Dr Jason West, Private Practice; West clinic
Frankenhauser Injections – A form of neural therapy
Meet Cori, an amazing woman, mother and determined patient. Cori came into the office 3 years ago because of infertility issues. We gave her a Frankenhasuer therapy and she had a baby. Three years later, another treatment and another baby. Does lightning strike three times? Yes, third treatment and third baby. It’s because of the nerve reset therapy called neural therapy.
You can see her story on www.dailydosevitaminh.com.
Neural Therapy is a treatment system for chronic pain and illness. It involves the injection of agents in the region of autonomic ganglia, peripheral nerves, scars, glands, trigger points, and other tissues. It is believed to act through normalizing the illness-related dysfunction of the nervous system. Even though certain Neural Therapy procedures are widely used in the U.S. (regional anesthesia, epidural injections, trigger-point injections), Neural Therapy as a comprehensive healing system is virtually unknown to most practitioners. In Europe’s German speaking countries it has become one of the most widely used modalities in the treatment of chronic pain and intractable illness. Four theories will be discussed which can explain the dramatic effects that the neural therapy injection can have on the patient’s illness or pain.
The Germans were the first to recognize the issues of nerve transmission interruption due to scars and adhesions. They began to treat scars by injecting them with local anesthetic to break up the adhesion net created by the healing response. They found that many muscle and joint pains resolved completely by just addressing scar tissue.
The evolution of neural therapy included the injection of nerve plexuses with local anesthetic to reset their cell membranes. Once these nerves were injected, the nerve transmission was restored to normal, alleviating pain and associated downstream physiology.
One of the most profound nerve plexus injections is called the Frankenhauser plexus (inferior hypogastric plexus) injection. The treatment seems to ‘wake-up’ the nervous tissue in the pelvis.
This injection has shown amazing results in women with:
- Bilateral hip pain that has been unresponsive to treatment in the past and gets worse with menstrual cycles
- Pelvic pain
- Any menstrual issues (heavy flow, excessive pain, etc.)
- Infertility of unknown origin
- Adhesions from the scars of hysterectomies and c-sections
- The number of treatments done with neural therapy depends upon the response of the patient; however it is very common to require 1-3 sessions.
It has been shown in most cases of chronic illness that there are associated changes in the autonomic nervous system with changes in the membrane potentials of ganglia and nerve fibers, which lead to changes in conductivity (1,2,3,4,5). Under certain circumstances, the dysfunction can spread to neighboring ganglia and affect both afferent and efferent fibers. Abnormal signals from the periphery can overwhelm the control mechanisms at the spinal cord level—the “gate control mechanism”(6) and it can come to a “mass effect” in the spinal cord (7). The mass effect is a state of electrical chaos as the spinal cord level with failing control and selection mech- anisms. Abnormal neuronal signals are now flooding the brain, leading to disturbances in the central nervous system and sec- ondary changes in the immune system, hormonal system, digestive system, reproductive system etc. The central changes in turn, facilitate the continuation of the original changes in the periphery, and a vicious cycle is created (1).
Neural Therapy is the attempt to break this cycle. The first step in Neural Therapy is the attempt to find the “primary lesion”, the structure that originated the causative abnormal signal and started the cascade of abnormal events. In Neural Therapy jargon, this structure is referred to as the “interference field” or “focus” Frequently. the focus is a site of injury, per- haps a scar or a subclinical illness such as chronic sinusitis or an asymptomatic tooth abscess. Any acute illness can leave the affected structure or organ dysfunctional and as a chronic active focus – in spite of apparent recovery from the original illness . An acute upper respiratory tract infection can leave the sinuses as a long-lasting focus creating chronic illness in the affected person. A sinus interference field is frequently responsible for such varied symptoms as chronic severe neck pain, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, and premenstrual syndrome.