The autonomic portion of the nervous system controls unconscious functions such as breathing rate, heart rate, blood flow, and digestion. Nerve signals need to flow freely in order for the body to function efficiently. If this flow is disrupted, then dysfunction results which can manifest as symptoms of pain, disability, and disease. The goal of neural therapy is to restore and regulate normal nervous system function so it can be effective for many conditions. Common ones include: muscle pain, joint pain, athletic injuries, post-surgical pain/scars, and migraines/headaches. It involves injection of a local anesthetic (procaine) into specific areas which changes the membrane potential of nerves temporarily. This allows for the re-wiring of the affected part of the body, similar to rebooting a computer.
When scar tissue forms after injury or surgery, the fascia, muscles, and skin are held together but it is less flexible than in it’s original state. These wounds may heal in a way that creates a “short circuit” between the severed nerve fibres. Signals no longer transmit smoothly or nerves reconnect improperly to ones that they should not be connected to. As a result, nerve signals in the area of the scar may fire in a disrupted “fight or flight” manner. Non-tender scars may even cause disturbance in an area of the body farther away. By injecting scars with anesthetic, the flow of signalling can be restored allowing for decreased localized and distant pain, as well as improve localized and distant body functions.
Trigger Point Injections:
Chronic pain often involves tight areas of muscle that are difficult to stretch and release. Muscles are held in this contracted state by inappropriate nerve impulses. By injecting the affected neuromuscular trigger point with anesthetic, the muscle can release allowing for restoration of function and decreased localized pain.