Theoretically, Neural Therapy removes short circuits in the body’s electrical system, improving the flow of energy and normalization of cellular function. Potential benefits include pain relief and improved health. Categorized with complementary and alternative medicine, Neural Therapy involves the administration of anesthetics like procaine and lidocaine injected into skin, scars, veins, nerve complexes, and other organ tissues to alleviate pain and improve bodily function. Many conditions are affected by the autonomic nervous system including allergies, asthma, arthritis, colitis, headache, neuralgia vertigo, and menstrual pain.
Prolotherapy, also known as nonsurgical ligament reconstruction, is useful for many different types of musculoskeletal pain, including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, unresolved whiplash injuries, chronic tendonitis, partially torn tendons, ligaments, cartilage, degenerated or herniated discs, TMJ and sciatica.
Invented in the 1950s by George Hackett, Prolotherapy is based on the theory that chronic pain is often caused by laxity or looseness of the ligaments that are responsible for keeping a joint stable. When ligaments and associated tendons are loose, the body is said to compensate by using muscles to stabilize the joint, which results in muscle spasm and pain.
Prolotherapy treatment involves injections of chemical irritant solutions into the area around such ligaments. These solutions cause tissue to proliferate (grow), increasing the strength and thickness of ligaments. In turn, this tightens the joint and presumably relieves the burden on associated muscles, stopping muscle spasms. In the case of arthritic joints, increased ligament strength allows the joint to function more efficiently, thus reducing pain.
The structural “bands” that hold bones to bones in joints, ligaments can become weak or injured and lose their original strength or endurance. As the blood supply to ligaments is limited, healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments have many nerve endings that cause pain. When tendons, the tissue which connects muscles to bones, also become injured and weak, this also leads to pain.
Prolotherapy often involves the use of dextrose (sugar water) solution, which is injected into the ligament or tendon where it attaches to the bone. This causes a localized reaction in these weak areas which influences the increased activity of fibrocytes, cells which lay down reparative connective tissue in the area of disrepair, resulting often in permanent injury. Historical review shows that a version of this technique was first used by Hippocrates on soldiers with dislocated, torn shoulder joints. When he placed a hot poker into the joint, it would then miraculously heal.
Prolozone is the combining of prolotherapy and ozone injections. The treatment involves the injection of ligaments and joints with anesthetics and proliferative substances such as concentrated sugar fluids followed by the injection of ozone gas. The combination often produces greater results than prolotherapy itself. Another variant prolozone is the injection of ozone into joints following injection with anesthetic. Prolozone is indicated for similar problems, such as prolotherapy: joint pain and instability, spinal pain, and muscle spasm associated with joints.