Prolotherapy a possible cure for chronic pain

Is there anything more frustrating than chronic pain?

People who suffer from it know that its toll can be both physical and emotional, and can range from inconvenient to incapacitating.

In an effort to help his chronic pain patients a New Zealand doctor named John Lyftogt recently developed a treatment that he termed “Neural Prolotherapy.”

Its outstanding results are already changing the way the medical community approaches chronic pain treatment.

Neural Prolotherapy (NPT) is a natural injection therapy in which a five per cent dextrose (sugar) solution is injected subcutaneously to treat nerves that have become injured and entrapped due to inflammation.

Even though these nerves are just under the skin, they often create pain that is felt deeper in the tissues.

The dextrose not only reduces swelling in the nerves, it also changes the way pain is signalled and stimulates healing. Thus, it helps heal entrapped nerves while also preventing pain recurrence.

I’ve been practicing “neural prolo” for a number of years, and my patients have been amazed at the results.

Following a complete health and osteopathic analysis, I first ascertain whether a patient is a candidate for the treatment. If so, a number of injections are given.

While there is some discomfort at the time of injection, there is also usually immediate relief in the affected area.

That relief can last anywhere from hours to weeks, depending on the severity and duration of the injury. Typically patients require a series of three to eight treatments before complete relief is achieved.

Conditions that are helped by NPT include fibromyalgia, migraines, whiplash, neck/hip/back pain, tendinitis, arthritis, bursitis, sciatica and muscle/ligament injuries. Ready to ditch your chronic pain? I’d be happy to tell you more about how NPT might be able to help.


Dr. Ross Ralph, Dr. TCM, R.Ac., is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Courtenay Healing Centre. He can be reached at 250-338-2866 or

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