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Network Spinal Analysis Care Enhances Wellness
“Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) is a unique system for advancing spinal and neural integrity,
developing new strategies of self-organization, and living life from the ‘inside out.’”
Dr. Donald Epstein, founder & developer of NSA
The recently completed Longitudinal Study at the University of California – Irvine, College of Medicine, showed that people under Network Care are thirty percent more likely to initiate and maintain positive lifestyle changes. It was also demonstrated that Network Care doubles the expected wellness benefits that people receive from these changes, as compared to when only constructive health/lifestyle changes were implemented.
This means that even if you have quit smoking, have the best diet, religiously adhere to the most exemplary exercise program, practice daily stress-reducing meditation & yoga, use vitamins and supplements, and perform other health promoting practices, you can double the benefits you experience by including regular Network Care. If you haven’t yet made all the changes you’d like, and you’re at a place of desiring to make changes, Network Care can support you as well.
The completed studies of NSA patients’ self-reported changes span the largest range of health and wellness domains for a non-medical approach. The Retrospective Study performed through the UC—Irvine, College of Medicine in 1997 indicated improvements in all areas surveyed. The Retrospective questionnaire evaluated wellness through the patient’s own experience of changes in the following categories: Improved Physical State, Improved Mental/Emotional State, Improved Response to Stress, Improved Life Enjoyment, and Improved Overall Quality of life. Not only did seventy-six percent of the patients studied report improved combined wellness changes in all categories assessed, but the longer the individuals were in care, the greater the level of improvement. Even after over three years of care, no limit or ceiling was found to the benefits. This is remarkable.
Patients reporting a significant change in life circumstances and past traumatic experiences reported a greater perceived improvement in wellness. This further suggests that those who “needed” stress buffering the most (holding all other variables constant) had the highest perceived benefit from Network Care.
The Retrospective questionnaire is being utilized at the New Zealand Chiropractic Association School of Chiropractic, in Auckland. The Epstein model of spinal and neural integrity is part of the curricula at the school, as well as Network Spinal Analysis™ being taught as an elective at the school and practiced in their clinical program.
The recently completed Longitudinal Study tracked 2,596 patients from 156 offices of NSA doctors over a one year period. The questionnaire developed for the Retrospective Study was repeatedly completed. This study, soon to be submitted for publication, appears to support the conclusions of the Retrospective Study, further validating the questionnaire and the effectiveness of Network Care.
A paper from the Longitudinal Study featuring an analysis of the interconnections between wellness, health lifestyles and Network Care was presented at the International Society of Quality of Life Research Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, in November 2003.
Additional papers regarding the changes in spinal electromyographic activity in patients’ bodies during NSA entrainments, and the somatopsychic wave and the proposed mathematical models to predict these changes were presented at the International Conference Physics and Control in St. Petersburg, Russia, in August 2003.
The actual neurophysiological processes which take place in patients under NSA Care are under investigation. Two wave forms have been described to date. Specific changes have been reported by patients when expressing predominantly the “respiratory wave,” while other benefits are reported during periods when patients are experiencing both the respiratory wave, and the “Somatopsychic Wave™.” The time periods under care when these waves are most likely to be experienced has been described and identified relative to the Network Levels of Care, or the clinical application of NSA. The “somatopsychic wave™” represents a consistent, readily repeatable physiological model for non-linear mathematical modeling. This characteristic should be of interest to a wide range of disciplines interested in the dynamics of human function.
A Functional MRI (brain scan without X-rays) in a pilot study of only one person suggested an extremely significant increase in brain efficiency via change in blood flow to the cerebral cortex (the thinking brain). This study was sufficient to have a grant awarded to a medical college for further study of the potential enhanced brain function in Network Care. It is hoped that this study will be expanded upon and will be performed at various international institutions
More research is planned. A study of immunologic function associated with NSA Care is currently being developed in conjunction with a Professor of immunology at the University of Auckland.
Additionally, Candace Pert, Ph.D., former chief of brain biochemistry at the National Institutes of Mental Health and currently Professor of Research at the department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University Medical Center is currently involved in developing a further research agenda studying monocyte selectivity for neuropeptides associated with various phases or states of spinal cord tension patterns proposed by Dr. Donald Epstein.
Dr. Pert and Dr. Epstein are entering into a cooperation for a theoretical paper bridging the Pert model of neuropeptide (the chemicals of emotion) and membrane research with the Epstein model of spinal and neural integrity and model of the Emotional Subsystem. It is being proposed that the alteration of membrane tension at the spinal level may be associated with a predisposition to certain neuropeptide binding at the cell membrane. It is further proposed that the Somatopsychic Wave™ seen in Network Care is associated with a change in this peptide-membrane relationship as tension is liberated from the nervous system and tissues regain flexibility and compliance.
What makes these changes possible? What is different about Network Care? Put very simply, rather than attempting to fix or control any problem, or return a patient to a previous state (a concern of almost all other health care practitioners), an NSA doctor will seek to promote new properties within the nervous system and spinal tissues. These properties are believed to assist in advancing spinal and neural integrity, wellness, quality of life and self-organization, allowing the expression of a greater degree of wellness.
Spinal integrity, the shape, tone and position of the spine, is dependent upon three interacting subsystems: passive (vertebrae, discs & ligaments), active (muscles & tendons), and neural (spinal cord, nerves & meninges).
The overriding control for all three systems is the emotional subsystem. All of our reality gets filtered through our emotional subsystem. How we perceive our daily lives, what defines our reality, is determined by our previous emotional experience in similar situations.
The NSA doctor recognizes that the distortions in the spine are the physical adaptations the nervous system has made in order to protect the person from overwhelming stresses/emotions—-a nervous system in defense. Rather than “fix” these distortions, the NSA doctor utilizes very light touches on specific contacts on or near the spine to cue the brain to areas of tension. The brain learns new strategies for dissipating tension stored in the emotional subsystem. Tension patterns shift, and the person experiences changes in his/her bodymind—including improved physical & emotional well-being.
NSA, through specific clinical methodology, elicits an innate response which through its apparent chaotic character can be surmised to involve inherent neurophysiological processes which are also chaotic in nature. This response appears to link the active, passive, neurological, and emotional subsystems into a deterministic complex affecting spinal/neural integrity. The results of this process are reflected at the human perception level as improvements over a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional factors; all of which are believed to be components of health.
These responses and expressions of improvement have been quantified as a wellness coefficient and measured through a non-medical health questionnaire format which has demonstrated a high level of internal and external validity.
In conclusion, the objective of Network Care is to give the nervous system the tools it needs to experience life in ways it has never experienced it before. As people progress through Network Care, their nervous systems become more flexible, and continually learn new ways of experiencing potentially stressful situations. Network Care is a method of tapping into the tension in your body and using it as fuel for change and healing!
To experience this life changing work, please contact:
Kimberton Wellness Connection
Drs. Allison & Matthew Lapp
2121 Kimberton Rd
Kimberton, PA 19442
Phone: (610) 935-3434