Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), otherwise known as Network Chiropractic, is a lesser-known approach to chiropractic care. Despite its minimal exposure it is an effective chiropractic method that centers on the central nervous system. This method of chiropractic began in the 1980s by founding chiropractor, Donald Epstein.
The purpose of Network Chiropractic in NYC is to release the tension that has built up around the patient’s spine. The muscles act as a rubber band when they are tense. This tense tissue then binds to the vertebrae causing the bones to become misaligned. This misalignment is best known by the term, subluxation. Subluxations can lead to a host of health complications and chronic pain. The nervous system is responsible for the tension and ultimately the existence of the subluxation.
This field of chiropractic care focuses on the tension, which is the root of the problem. Because Network Chiropractic works to correct the tension, not just the misalignment, the practitioner is able to address and adequately treat the patient’s actual issue, not just mask the pain that is present by correcting the subluxation. The goal is to address and restore proper nerve function to prevent future tension and subluxations.
The process of Network Chiropractic is consolidated into two steps. It is a gentle and systematic approach designed to allow the body to find balance through the lightest amount of force possible. Because it is a light approach there should be no cracking or popping sounds as are associated with traditional chiropractic adjustments. Not only that, but twisting and cracking movements are not utilized at all. This gives peace of mind to the patient who does not feel comfortable with traditional chiropractic cracking that use a bit more force.
The practitioner is able to cause a shift in the nervous system from being in a defensive state physiologically to conforming into a healing state. This is done through spinal channels in the body, called gateways; where the practitioner is able to work with the nervous system. When pressure is applied to these areas it cues the brain to focus its attention to those areas where the tension is being held. This then creates a pathway to reorient this defensive pattern.
The first step in Network Chiropractic is release the tightness of soft tissues, which includes the muscles and meninges that have become tight and are causing the subluxation. Meninges are the sheath like structure that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. By releasing the tension here, the second step becomes more manageable. The second step is to guide the misaligned / subluxated vertebrae back into place to achieve the proper alignment.
Because Network Chiropractic focuses on the nervous system, not just correcting pain, it is often sought out by patients who want healing of mind, body, and spirit. During an appointment a patient will experience what is known as “network waves” which are healing waves that flow through the central nervous system via the spine to the entire body.
Throughout a visit the patient will be required to lie on a table where the practitioner will use light touch and pressure to locate spinal tension. This touch will allow the brain to engage and connect with the area of tension. Through this engagement the brain is able to overcome the tension. As the patient undergoes this therapeutic process through multiple sessions this healing mechanism will eventually become automatic. The brain will be able to overcome the tension when the brain or body experiences stress.
While it may not seem desirable at first, more than one appointment may be necessary for ultimate healing and benefits. Putting in the time and commitment can lead to lasting healing. There are three levels of Network Chiropractic care; basic, intermediate, and advanced. Basic is for new patients or those who have high levels of trauma or stress of the spine. Intermediate and advanced appointments are for healthier patients who need greater care.
Network Chiropractic is only practiced by a licensed chiropractor who has received additional training. Traditional and NSA chiropractic share a similar goal of healing that require spinal or musculoskeletal adjustments. Network Chiropractic differs from traditional chiropractic in that it is a gentler approach. NSA also focuses on emotional healing along with physical improvements in pain.
Dr. Kaminsky has studied Network Chiropractic and enjoys the technique. Although he prefers the more effective and more direct technique of Craniosacral Therapy.