Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), also known as Network Chiropractic or Network Care, is an innovative approach to chiropractic. Where its traditional counterpart works on physically realigning the spine, Network focuses on communicating with the nervous system to release the underlying tension that keeps the spine misaligned. It’s highly effective because it addresses the root of the problem—tension—which comes from an improperly functioning nervous system.
NSA and the nervous system
The nervous system is your body’s control centre, sending messages from your brain along your spine and nerves to all parts of the body. It controls pain and is a major determining factor in overall well being.
Network practitioners believe that nerve interference is the main source of health problems. This interference is caused by physical, mental-emotional or chemical stress. The nervous system holds onto this stress as spinal tension that causes subluxations (spinal misalignments).
These subluxations persist in the body when your body-mind holds onto trauma or as life stresses accumulate with which the nervous system cannot cope. It’s this holding pattern of tension that causes people with back problems to continually have to visit a chiropractor.
Traditional chiropractors typically shake out these subluxations using forceful adjustment to realign the spine. Network believes that the spine gets out of line because of the unruly mind. Rather than eliminating subluxations on a purely physical level, Network works on improving communication between the body and mind via the nervous system to remove nerve interference.
“Network Chiropractic is unique from almost all other forms of health care because it works with what is already working with you instead of what is wrong,” says NSA practitioner Dr. Lisa Carlet. Networkers use gentle touches on the spine to place attention on the peaceful places in the body. The brain makes the connection and overcomes the tension. Eventually this becomes a learned process so that when stress arises, the nervous system naturally knows how to deal with it.
As with traditional chiropractic, consistent care is needed to overcome deep-rooted patterns of ill health. But with improved self-awareness, over time it’s possible to move beyond—to enhanced wellness and quality of life in a number of ways.
Benefits of Network Spinal Analysis
Since being developed in the late 70s, Network Spinal Analysis has developed a body of research to back up its claims. The University of California found that 76 percent of its study’s 2,818 NSA patients self-reported significant improvements in their level of physical, emotional, stress and life enjoyment factors. Some of the specific benefits people can experience from Network include:
- less pain and tension
- fewer headaches
- increased energy
- improved spinal flexibility
- increased relaxation and well being
- decreased anxiety
- improved concentration
- better stress adaptation
Like acupuncture, Network works even on the disbelievers. Light touches to the spine might appear as if nothing is happening, but it’s just that subtle touch that the nervous system needs to connect to its peace—a distinctive characteristic of this effective wellness modality.
In this stressed-out world, it’s so easy for the nervous system to get overburdened. By addressing the nervous system, Network brings peace to the body-mind, a natural precursor to optimum health and well-being.