Neural Therapy

Neural therapy is a regulatory therapy. It was discovered by brothers Walter and Ferdinand Huneke (1925).

Neural therapy is an injection-based treatment which uses local anesthesia for diagnosis and therapy purposes: Stimuli are used on a targeted basis and pathological effects are disrupted (e.g. the "vicious circle" when pain occurs). This desensitizes the system that processes pain, allowing it to reorganize itself and try and attain the physiological state once more.

From Lorenz Fischer: Neuraltherapie. Neurophysiologie, Injektionstechnik und Therapievorschläge. 4th edition, Stuttgart; MSV: 2014.

Indications

Acute and chronic pain, neurogenic inflammation, circulatory disorders, autoimmune diseases, vegetative disorders among others.

Types of treatment

1. Local therapy

Here, an injection is administered directly into the affected structure, e.g. into the muscles (trigger points), painful tendon insertions, joints, etc.

2. Segmental therapy

The skin, muscles and internal organs are connected to one another reflectively (i.e. across the nerve pathways via the spinal cord). The main medium for this network of connections is the sympathetic nervous system. Segmental therapy has a regulating effect on the skin, muscles and internal organs. Injection points are the sympathetic ganglia, nerve roots, peripheral nerves, etc.

3. Interference field therapy ("interference field" = neuromodulatory trigger):

An interference field is a chronic but usually asymptomatic irritation of a particular structure (changes in the teeth and jaw, irritated scars, chronic inflammation, etc.). Interference fields can cause pain and illness outside of the anatomical segment as their persistent pulsing leads to functional and structural changes in the nervous system. For instance, new connections can be created between nerves (neuroplasticity). This means that the pain segment is much broader than the anatomical segment. For this reason, most interference field events are now generally attributed to the segment ("expanded segment").

Further principles of neural therapy

Injections are not just used for therapy. Targeted, short-term deactivation of painful structures also allows a precise diagnosis to be made, for example in the case of painful tightening of the muscles (trigger points), nerves, blocked joints, etc. Neural therapy has an effect on, among other things, the regulatory properties of the autonomic nervous system. Pain and inflammation can be caused and perpetuated by a part of the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic system.  In this respect, (possibly repeated) neural therapeutic treatment can interrupt the "vicious circle" of pain and inflammation.