Dr John Lyftogt

"Persistent pain is a treatable disease of small fibre nerves" : Dr. John Lyftogt

John Lyftogt MD

Retirement from Clinical Work

Dr John Lyftogt retired from his Practice, most recently at CWS, Barbadoes St, Christchurch at the end of November 2013. He regrets the inconvenience and distress his retirement may cause, and thanks the many patients whom have supported the development of Neural Prolotherapy over the past 11 years. ACC no longer fund this treatment and in general, New Zealand doctors have not been interested in learning.  If you wish to find a practitioner overseas, simply google "neural prolotherapy" and the city in which you wish to receive treatment. Dr Lyftogt does not keep a register of doctors that have undergone training.


Background and Training

Dr John Lyftogt was born in the Netherlands and graduated from Leiden University Medical faculty in 1973. In 1975 he moved to Christchurch, New Zealand and established a Family Medicine practice. He always had an interest in Sports Medicine and chronic injuries and he undertook post graduate training in Musculoskeletal Medicine. 

Development of Neural Prolotherapy/Perineural Injection Treatment

In 2003 he was trained in Adelaide, Australia in Prolotherapy by Dr Margaret Taylor.  He developed a new type of Prolotherapy, which he named Neural Prolotherapy (NPT) but is also known as Perineural Subcutaneous Injections (PSI) or Perineural Injection Treatment (PIT).  

The results of this treatment were so positive that soon his General Practice became flooded with patients with pain and injuries, both sporting and occupational. He moved to Active Health, a large multi-disciplinary practice at the QE11 Sports Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he further developed the treatment.

Current Focus

He moved several times following the devastating 2011 earthquake in Christchurch which destroyed QE11 stadium, continuing treating up to 20 patients per day until late in 2013, when he made the decision to cease active clinical work and focus on teaching this extraordinary treatment to other like-minded health professionals around the world. Each year, Dr Lyftogt travels extensively to teach at several locations in the USA as well as Asia, Europe, and South and Central America. 

Published Papers

Dr John Lyftogt has published seven papers and is co-author of a RCT on the treatment of Achilles tendinosis, which was published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine in June 2009 and reprinted in April 2011.


Over the past five years Dr Lyftogt has conducted over twenty 2 or 3 day Introductory Workshops  in Neural Prolotherapy/Perineural Injection Treatment in New Zealand, Australia, Italy, The Netherlands,The Philippines, Taiwan, Mexico and the USA. 

Over 1100 Health Practitioners from more than twenty different countries have attended these workshops. Dr John Lyftogt is at the forefront of major developments and discoveries into the treatment of neuropathic pain with Transdermal Drug Delivery modalities like Neural Prolotherapy and Transdermal condiments. These treatments are effective, harmless and economical. They are based on the latest developments in the neurosciences and understanding of the neurobiology of the Peripheral Nervous System.

Latest News

Neural Prolotherapy Master Classes taught by Dr John Lyftogt are getting booked up early!

The popularity of these advanced-level classes means that there will be probably be more classes added to the schedule.

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