The Foot Pain Relief Clinic
What is Prolotherapy
PROLOTHERAPY is a procedure preformed by podiatrists and medical practitioners who have had specialized training in this technique.
Prolotherapy involves the injection of a natural substance (proliferant) into weakened or damaged tissue /structures, which stimulates an inflammatory response (the body's natural healing mechanism). This response is the first phase in healing damaged structures. Our bodies are designed to survive. We are built to adapt. We are made to heal!
HOW DID PROLOTHERAPY GET ITS START? The procedure is over 80 years old and was first described by George Hackett, MD.
Dr. Hacket was a trauma surgeon in Ohio and noticed that injecting the proliferant solution increased the thickness of ligaments and set out to study its effects. He started injecting patients in attempt to help them. He studied thousands of patients with an approximately 90% success rate. He published his first book in 1956 entitled "Ligament and Tendon Relaxation Treated by Prolotherapy". It is a fascinating read! Dr Hackett lectured extensively on prolotherapy.
One of his students was Dr. Gustav Hemwall, MD who carried the torch of prolotherapy from the 1950's to the 1990's and did a lot for propagating prolotherapy. He started the Hacket-Hemwall Foundation in 1969 to help others worldwide. It is a procedure approved by the American Osteopathic Association of Prolotherapy Integrative Pain Medicine.
The Hackett Hemwall Foundation is recognised as the leading provider of Prolotherapy education in the United States.
Carol A. Thomson, our chief podiatrist,has been involved in prolotherapy since 2011 after attending one of Dr Margaret Taylor's workshops in Adelaide.
Carol was so impressed with prolotherapy and its effectiveness, she traveled to the Hackett Hemwall Foundation at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to attend one of their annual Hands on Prolotherapy Conferences. Carol is now well experienced in prolotherapy treament having given thousands of injections.
Carol Thomson teaches the Hackett-Hemwall technique to Podiatrists at her clinic in Frankston.