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Wellness and Network Spinal Analysis Newly Positioned

October 2003
by Dr. Donald Epstein, DC

©Copyright The Chiropractic Journal

Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) has evolved over the past 20 years and most recently has been influential in expanding and articulating the wellness paradigm. NSA is an evidenced-based approach to wellness and body awareness. Gentle precise force applications to the spine cue the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies. Two unique healing waves develop with this work. They are associated with spontaneous re-organization, re-distribution and release of spinal tension.

Greater awareness of self and conscious awakening of the relationships between the body, mind, emotion, and expression of the human spirit are realized through NSA care. Doctors of chiropractic also use NSA as an application for the identification and self-regulation of vertebral subluxation patterns, spinal tension, and autonomic defense posture and accompanying osseous and muscular structural states.

NSA is currently taught exclusively to chiropractors and chiropractic students, in relationship to chiropractic practice and subluxation-based care. It is applied through a series of four levels of care. This application combines the practitioner's clinical assessment of refinements in self-regulation of spinal cord tension patterns, unique "self-organizing" spinal sensory motor strategies within the recipient of care and the patients' self-assessments of personal wellness and changes in lifestyle.

Practitioners are taught to practice consistent with the Council on Chiropractic Practice (CCP) guidelines and the canon of ethics of the Association for Network Care. However, there are other elements within the "Epstein Models" that NSA rests upon that supersede traditional chiropractic thought. The Models are soon to be offered through the curriculum of a certificate program of "Wellness Education and Outcomes Assessment" offered by Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.