– Dr. Neil Raff
Signals for certain types of pain, such as a cut or a burn, go directly to our brain. Pain signals from other certain organs or structures go to a region called center or substation called ganglion where they are processed and then sent to the brain.
Problems can arise when these regional ganglion become so hypersensitive from certain stimuli that even the slightest input, such as a certain movement or turn, will set off a signal of severe pain. Then, a pattern of repeated severe pain is set up in certain parts of the body despite no underlying damage.
In the 1920s, German scientists became aware of this type of malfunction in certain parts of our nervous system. This included the autonomic nervous system which controls and regulates our inner body functions, such as heart rate, sweating, blood pressure, regulation of balance, etc.
Thus, inappropriate pain could also be linked to excessive sweating, palpitations, and dizziness, which creates another level of symptoms including anxiety. They were able to develop a treatment program using certain types of injections to reset and correct these dysfunctional nerve messages.
This is called Neural Therapy and has proven to be very effective in many cases of chronic pain and other associated symptoms, especially when imaging studies like MRI and CAT scans are unable to locate any site of pain generators, or showing some damage that doesn’t get better with any treatment.