Network Spinal Analysis™ (NSA) Care
NSA is the strategic use of gentle contacts on the spine to
assist the nervous system in re-organizing the body to a higher level of
function. We offer three levels of care, which progressively bring practice
members to a greater level of connectedness, wellness, and alignment.
NSA does not attempt to manually, or by instrument, manipulate spinal fixations structurally (often associated with a snapping or popping sound), nor does it directly treat painful areas of the spine and body. Instead, by enhancing your body’s awareness of itself and specifically your spine, you understand and you can develop new strategies for healing, adapting to stress, and experience wellness. These strategies promote spontaneous self-correction and self-regulation of spinal tension patterns and healing.
Network Spinal Analysis, through specific low force touches
to the spine, assists the brain in developing new strategies to:
- Adapt To Stress
- Dissipate tension from the spine
- Connect with your body's natural
- Make healthier choices
- Experience greater well being
- Create a more self-correcting self reliant
NSA consists of gentle touch contacts along the neck and back to achieve greater communication between the brain and body, and new sensory and motor strategies. NSA adopts an approach associated with somatic (body-spinal awareness) training. There is a body of research characterizing NSA care and documenting its significant wellness benefits. You can obtain copies of published research articles and/or abstracts in this office or on this website.
In this office you will be receiving gentle touch Network adjustments, also called entrainments.
Assessments of your progress will include monitoring of your spine and body awareness, responsiveness to inner rhythms, tension, and ease patterns. At regular intervals, following commencement of care, reassessments will be performed. These will include your personal perception of your wellness and your awareness of your spine and body-mind changes. As your chiropractors we will report to you the improvement in your spinal and nervous system integrity, and your ability to self-regulate and reorganize your spine.
NSA is advanced through a series of Levels of Care
Each Level of Care involves the development of new and unique spontaneous wave motions, other body movements, and oscillations. These waves, which are suggested to be associated with greater spinal stability, the redistribution of energy, and the transfer of internal information, are also associated with greater wellness, improved quality of life, and increased life enjoyment.
The Care in this Office and Wellness Care
In addition to NSA care and wellness education, we as practitioners may perform additional examinations or assessments and offer health/spinal care or advice that is consistent with your individual needs. The care offered in this office is not a form of, or replacement for, the diagnosis or treatment of any symptom, disease, or malady. Instead, it is a form of wellness care and self-education that empowers your connection with your body-mind and develops new strategies for spinal and nervous system integrity and wellness. It develops new capacities in your body for the identification, spontaneous release, and redirection of tension, including those that are unique to NSA care.
It is common for people receiving NSA care to breathe more deeply and more fully, engaging the spine with their respiration, to spontaneously adapt postures that release or redistribute tension, to bust stress, and to experience more of their inner life energy. It is common to experience a wider range of motion and emotion during care. It is common, as care progresses, to find new options in the body and in life, which often leads to significant life changes.
This form of care in NOT suggested for those individuals who wish to remove a symptom or condition without the occurrence of other fundamental changes in their lives. The care in this office often promotes significant changes in health choices, lifestyle, experience of the body-mind, emotion, and consciousness.
Rather than attempting to simply return you to your previous state minus a symptom, these chiropractors instead choose to help you achieve new levels of wellness and life potential that you may never have had before.
Although in this office we seek to help you develop new strategies for wellness and spinal and nervous system integrity, as chiropractors the sole condition of concern is that of vertebral subluxation.
In Network Care, we categorize these subluxations into two categories: a structural segmental distortion and a spinal cord/nerve elongation or stretching. Through the gentle force applications at the spine to enhance spinal and nervous system integrity, subluxations are corrected. This is the only condition that we address in our office.
The only condition we offer to diagnose and correct is the vertebral subluxation and loss of spinal and neural integrity in relationship to this. We do not offer to diagnose or treat any other condition, disease, or symptom. If during the course of our spinal assessment/examination we encounter non-chiropractic or unusual findings, we will advise you of this. If you desire advice on further diagnosis or treatment of this condition, situation or circumstance, we will recommend that you seek the services of another health care provider whose practice is geared towards such differential diagnosis and treatment.
We want you to understand that care in this office is different from what many consumers may expect from chiropractors practicing manipulative therapy. Care in this office will consist of Network Spinal Analysis care and wellness education. You will be expected to be active in this process and an active participant in your care and healing.
Somato Respiratory Integration
Somato (Body) Respiratory (Breathing)
IntegrationTM (SRI) is designed to offer you new options in your
experience of your body and your personal healing. It educates you to your
body's rhythms and inner wisdom through focused attention, gentle breath,
movement and touch. SRI provides you with a means of placing your attention
on your body, the vessel of the human spirit, and provides a tool for focusing
your attention in a way that works for your healing and empowerment.
Somato Respiratory IntegrationTM
exercises (based on Donald Epstein's book 'The
12 Stages of Healing') are designed to help the brain to reconnect
with the body and its experience. The goal of Somato Respiratory
IntegrationTM is to help an individual develop lifetime
skills, safety, strength, wisdom and love in relationship to the
experience of his/her body, its vibration, structure, and energy.
Through reconnecting a person's breath, touch, focused movement
and attention, they are able to experience the body more fully
and instantly shift their state of consciousness to one that supports
trust for the body-mind and their life experience.
The following statement explains our approach to wellness, Network Spinal
Analysis™ (NSA), chiropractic, healing, and defines our mutual responsibilities in this exciting relationship.
In this office we offer spinal care, including wellness education as chiropractors who provide Network Spinal Analysis™ (NSA) Care, a low force approach which has unique outcomes and clinical results. As practitioners choosing to practice NSA, we are professionally and personally confident in regard to the safety and effectiveness of this form of care.
This office provides care in accordance with the Council on Chiropractic Practice Guidelines and the Canon of Ethics of the Association for Network Care, and the doctors have been trained in traditional chiropractic care and certified at the highest level in the procedures of Network Spinal Analysis Care.
The purpose of this statement is to help you better understand the nature of the services offered in this office and our mutual responsibilities. This fosters a more effective relationship and avoids misunderstandings regarding expectations. Having well understood expectations is anticipated to promote a greater sense of safety and healing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will Network Spinal Analysis do for me?
NSA helps the person to use the energy within their spinal tension to fuel the healing process. Network care helps your internal cues to become so available that people more often act, think, feel, and respond in a more productive and healthier fashion. Through a specified plan of Network Adjustments or Entrainments, you will progress through a series of Levels of Care, which over a time will enable you to: better adapt to your environment and its stresses; make healthier life choices; develop a healthier spine and body; and live a more fulfilling and enriched life.
What is the focus of Network Care?
Through Network Care, we will assist your body to develop new and better strategies for effective living and greater healing. These strategies will help you:
- Establish the capacity of your nervous system to connect and release areas of tension, and impaired function
- Enhance your ability to generate automatic respirations and movements that help your spine and nervous system to dissipate tension, increase circulation and energy flow, and promote healing
- Develop an effective and trusting relationship with your spine, nervous system, body, and your healing process
- Monitor improvement in coordinated function of nerves, muscles, vertebra, and soft tissues that promotes a healthy spine and nervous system
- Assist your body in removing spinal interference to communication between your brain and the cells of your body, increasing your body's ability to properly respond to its experiences, challenges, and needs
- Develop lifetime strategies for self-awareness and healing
- Assess the significant improvement in your health and quality of life through a very wide range of indicators
- Monitor your progress with periodic clinical re-evaluations performed by your chiropractor
What can I expect during a visit?
Network Care as you receive it is a system of gentle or light touches and body movements that help enable the body's healing systems and mechanisms. This application called a 'Network Adjustment,' or what is sometimes referred to as an 'Entrainment,' helps the body have a greater awareness and move away from defense toward growth and healing. NSA 'feels' good because there is no abruptness and no need to become tense while on the table. You may notice your body 'moving' as your body begins to experience a 'healing wave.' Many people report after a session a deep sense of peace or calm and generally are very relaxed.
You may be in a room with one or a few tables. If you wish to have privacy during your visit, please let us know. Most of the time you will be lying on a special table face down, fully clothed except for your shoes off. This makes it easier to perform a leg check for spinal tension patterns, observe respiration, muscular tension patterns and movement, as well as better enable us to palpate your spine. Every so often you may be asked to fill out a form, a wellness evaluation, to assess your progress and establish if any changes should be made in your care. These forms will be reviewed and discussed with the doctor during progress and re-evaluations.
What are these 'Healing Waves' you mention?
Through Network Care the brain may generate two waves that are associated with dissipation of energy, enhanced vertebral motion, coordination of the spinal subsystems, and enhanced well-being. These are known as the Respiratory and Somatopsychic waves and are unique to Network Care. The Respiratory wave is characterized by a full and profound natural rhythmic breathing which begins at the base of the spine, progresses upward between the shoulder blades, around the shoulders, and into the neck. It naturally gently rocks the vertebra 'melting' tension and enhancing the development of your body's emerging strategies of wellness. The Somatopsychic Wave (soma for body, psyche for mind or spirit) is associated with muscular contraction which pulsates and organizes various spinal segments into a fluid wave like coordinated motion. These wave mechanisms are currently being studied at the University of Southern California to better characterize them and to evaluate their potential role in the body's reorganization to a higher level. During the Network sessions, your practitioner may position your spine to allow for a more effective redistribution of energy, improved coordination of the spinal integrity subsystems, and an enhancement of full spinal involvement in these 'healing waves.'
What should I look for to measure my progress?
You should start to feel more awareness of your body and breath. You might feel your steps are different; you will see you carry your body differently. As you progress along, the spine revitalizes, energizes, and helps the body to self-correct distortions of alignment and posture. Also a wide range of physical complaints such as headaches, pain, eczema, menstrual cramps, dizziness, and many others have been reported to improve or even resolve. You will discover that you can heal yourself. We will help this process through our effective clinical care.
Why are gentle contacts performed mostly on the neck and lower spine?
As far as a gentle touch, this is consistent with Network Spinal Analysis. The intent is to enable the body's own self-generated mechanisms of movement and respiration to assist in the correction of mechanical tension and interference to the nervous system, promoting better strategies for you and your body to live with. The care is a continuum of increasing spinal awareness and self-corrective efficiency. A gentle touch adjustment has been demonstrated to be effective to achieve these ends. Since the regions your Network practitioner is seeking to affect are not the regions of maximum tension, fixation, inflammation or pain, but instead regions often remote from them likely to generate these conditions, minimal force is required for correction. The body has a striving to be self-corrective and utilize its energy most efficiently. The body's own self-organizational intelligence responds to the specific touch to generate a change. The neck and low spine are the major regions of attention in Network Care, since these are the regions where the spinal cord itself is attached to the vertebral column. Therefore altered tension from these regions can have widespread, or global, spinal and nervous system consequences warranting specific clinical intervention.
Where does pain fit into the picture?
Pain is an experience of awareness. Pain acts to alert the individual that the body-mind is being challenged in maintaining its status quo. It tells the body-mind that something has to shift or change, or greater awareness need be paid attention. This is a means of the body saying "Wake Up! Something here needs attention!"
Will this help my back and neck pain?
Usually, people find that many types of painful symptoms are improved through NSA care. It's important to remember that everyone is unique and thus responds to any type of care in their own individual way. You could experience positive benefits within a few short visits or longer. We encourage you to experience NSA and see.
What does the care cost?
We have several plans for care covering individuals and families. We consider it an investment in yourself and we take you and your family's well-being very seriously. Our care is very affordable for people with or without insurance, especially considering the tremendous improvements in quality of life received associated with the care.
How long do I need to come for care?
During your initial report of findings during your first few visits and after our full evaluation of you and your health profile, will we determine a plan of care to most effectively assist you in reaching your health and wellness goals.
Is NSA good for children?
Absolutely! NSA is wonderful for the entire family, and we highly recommend that everyone be in care together. We have babies in care as well! Everyone can benefit from living in greater connection to themselves and the world.
I'm pregnant. Should I wait until after I have my baby to start?
NSA is perfect for the expecting mother both for its gentle application as well as its effective results and outcomes. For the first 4-5 months during pregnancy, NSA care is performed without variation. After 5 months, contacts are made while using body pillows and lying on your side. Pregnant women experience many great advantages under Network Care and many report smoother pregnancies and labors with care.
How do I get started with NSA care?
It's as easy as calling our office at 415-931-0211 and scheduling your initial visit. During that visit, you will have a complete consultation about any current or past health concerns as well as review your confidential health history. We will perform a complete spinal evaluation. We will also discuss how Network Care will be able to help you after we better understand what you are seeking from the care. The best way to know what Network does and how it can help is to experience it yourself. Give us a call– you'll be glad you did!
The Network Wave of Healing
by Dr. Donald Epstein
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Books Referencing Network Spinal Analysis...
Healing Myths, Healing Magic - Dr. Donald Epstein
The Twelve Stages of Healing - Dr. Donald Epstein, Nathaniel Altman
Molecules of Emotion, Why you feel the Way you Feel - Candace Pert, Ph.D.
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Body Mind Disciplines - Nancy Allison
The Whole Mind, The definite guide to complementary treatments for mind, mood and emotion - Lynette Bassman, Ph.D.
Expanding Medical Horizons. A Report to the National Institutes of Health on Alternative Medical Systems and Practices in the United States - 1994
Alternative Medicine The definite Guide - Burton Goldberg
The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing
Music and Miracles - Don Campbell
A Child of Eternity - Adriana Rocha
Higher Ground and Flight Lessons - Michael Hall
Young Again - John Thomas
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