Restoring a healthy nervous system with targeted injections
Neural Therapy aims to remove interference within the nervous system by using specific injections into the areas of dysfunction.
OverviewNeural Therapy is an injection therapy aimed at removing neural interferences, restoring the nervous system to a healthy state of functioning.
BenefitsDecreased pain, increased range of motion, emotional release, regulation of autonomic nervous system, improved digestion.
About Neural Therapy
Nerves need to flow freely for optimal health to occur.
The autonomic nervous system unconsciously controls all body functions such as heart rate, digestion, perspiration, breathing, blood flow and just about anything else that occurs without your conscious direction.
When nerve flow is interfered with, then the nervous system regulation of connected body parts is compromised.
Nervous system dysregulation can occur due to injury, trauma, surgery, or scar tissue. This dysregulation can result in poor function, pain, disability, and disease. The purpose of neural therapy is to unblock the interference to normal functioning by using very specific injections into the areas of disturbance.
An Integrative Approach to Neural Therapy
Neural therapy is only one part of an integrated treatment program that may address many other obstacles to health. As one component resolves, it is important to address the deeper layers as they arise.
Depending on your symptoms and your response to treatment, you may need a single - or multiple - neural therapy injection treatments. Frequently, therapies such as spinal adjustments, acupuncture, or detoxification that have had limited success can be more effective when applied at the same time as, or after the nervous system disturbance fields have been cleared. The naturopathic approach is to treat the body as a whole and to integrate all the systems to optimize a healing response.
Your Naturopathic Doctor may complete testing to evaluate whether neural therapy may be a helpful component of your treatment plan. These tests may include:
Applications of Neural Therapy
Neural therapy can treat a wide variety of health concerns, alone or in conjunction with other therapies.
- Whiplash Injury
- Post-Concussive Symptoms
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Chronic Jaw and Head Pain
- Post-Surgical Pain (Incl. Dental Surgery)
- Scars and Scar Tissue Interference
- Digestive Symptoms
- Post-Traumatic Conditions or Chronic 'Flight-or-Fight' (Sympathetic Nervous System) Activation
How it Works
How does Neural Therapy work?
Overview of Neural Therapy
Neural therapy involves specific injections into areas of disturbances. The injections contain local anesthetic (such as procaine) and/or sterile homeopathic medicines.
The anesthetic alters the membrane potential of the nerve tissue, inhibiting the flow of a signal along the nerve; when the anesthetic wears off, the membrane charge and nerve function is restored to a healthier state.
In this way, neural therapy is like rebooting the ‘body’s computer’ - the autonomic nervous system - to reset and normalize function. The homeopathic medicines assist in the local healing response.
Targeted Area of the Body
Neural therapy injections are given at sites of nerve ganglions, trigger points, acupuncture points, and/or scars. The sites of injection are determined by your history of trauma and surgery, location of symptoms, autonomic patterns, or through Applied Kinesiology methods.
Health Benefits of Neural Therapy
Rebooting the nervous system can restore it to a more dynamic state of functioning, able to respond appropriately to stress when needed, and return to a state of relaxation once the stress has passed. This restoration can lead to decreased pain signals, increased range of motion, improved digestion, and a healthy metabolism.
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What does your first visit look like?
Your first visit is the opportunity for you to share your health goals, and for your doctor to gather vital health information that will help them to determine the root cause of your health concerns, and the best treatment plan for you.
Complete Medical and Lifestyle History
Your doctor will take a complete history, gathering details regarding your current and past health concerns, lifestyle, as well as current supplements and medications
If needed, your doctor will recommend tests, either at Integrative or with your medical doctor. They may also requisition results from tests you’ve completed in the past.
Within your first visit, your doctor will also perform a physical exam, assessing the site of your pain as well as connected structures. This may include a gait assessment, Applied Kinesiology, and orthopedic tests.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What does neural therapy treat?
Neural therapy treats specific areas of neural disturbance. It can treat a wide variety of conditions, including whiplash injury; post-concussive symptoms; chronic neck and back pain; chronic jaw and head pain; post-surgical pain; sinusitis; scars and scar tissue interference; hypothyroidism; digestive symptoms; post-traumatic conditions or chronic ‘fight-or-flight’ activation.
Am I candidate for neural therapy?
Only a practitioner trained in neural therapy can determine whether or not you are a good candidate. At your first visit, your Doctor will determine if you are a good candidate and will recommend a treatment plan.
How much does neural therapy cost?
The cost of neural therapy will vary depending on how many injections are required; the number of total treatments required; and the utilization of any other injection methods. At your first visit, your Doctor will provide a quote for your treatment.
How many treatments of neural therapy are typically required?
The response to treatment varies, depending on the overall health of the patient, severity of injury, and chronicity of injury. Once you begin treatment, your Doctor will be able to monitor how you respond and provide a better estimate of how many treatments may be required.
What are the possible side effects of neural therapy treatment?
Typical side effects of neural therapy treatment include pain; mild swelling of the area; and mild bruising. These side effects are typically transient. However, neural therapy works on the nervous system and areas of injury that may have an emotional charge; you may experience an emotional or physical release response to the treatment. Your Doctor will do a full review of potential side effects prior to your treatment.
Is neural therapy covered by MSP or Extended Health Plans?
Your visit will be with a Naturopathic Doctor; depending on your coverage, MSP or an extended health plan may cover a portion of the cost of the visit but rarely covers the cost of the injection itself. We recommend contacting your insurance provider directly prior to your visit to determine your coverage.