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Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) is a system for advancing spinal and neural (nerve) integrity, developing new strategies of self-organization, and living life from the "inside out."
In a study performed through the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine, changes reported by NSA patients spanned a wide range of health and wellness domains for a non-medical approach. Improvements were indicated in all areas surveyed.
The completed longitudinal study followed a population in care over a one year period. Data collected further validated the questionnaire used to measure wellness and quality of life, providing valuable insight into the strong changes patients achieve in Network care.
Strikingly, 76% of the 2,818 patient self-reported retrospective assessments showed statistically significant improvement in the physical, emotional, stress, and life enjoyment categories of health and wellness, as well as in overall quality of life. Even patients in care for more than three years seemed to indicate no ceilings in these categories. In fact, patients who had been under care the longest reported the greatest improvement.
It was found that NSA patients continue in care long after symptoms lessen or disappear. They make healthier choices in their lives and enjoy life more. The study also demonstrated that people found reasons other than physical symptoms to continue care. This was revealed by their improved wellness and quality of life indicators.
Network Spinal Analysis Research
In 1995-6 a study was conducted in conjunction with the University of California-Irvine Medical School. This study was an attempt to characterize the quality of life improvements in people receiving Network Chiropractic Care. 2,818 people filled out surveys and were asked questions about their overall health and well-being. The participants graded their health at the present time and before they started Network Chiropractic Care or "Before Network." Then their health and wellness was surveyed after receiving Network Care.
Benefits associated with Network Chiropractic include:
This study demonstrates that Network Care is associated with statistically significant, profound and consistent improvement in self-reported health and wellness issues, including:
1. Improved Physical Well-being
2. Less Stress relative to
3. Improved Feelings of Well-Being
4. Life Enjoyment
5. Overall Quality of Life Improvement relative to:
95% of respondents reported their expectations had been met and 99% wished to continue Network Care.
Blanks RH, Schuster T, Dobson M. A Retrospective Assessment of Network Care Using a Survey of Self-Rated Health, Wellness and Quality of Life. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Vol. 1, No. 4, 1997
NSA: A Research Perspective
by Donald Epstein, D.C.
Network care is delivered to enhance improvement in patients' passive, active, neural, and emotional sub-systems, advancing their spinal and neural (nerve) integrity. Outcome assessment revealed predictable and reproducible development of new strategies of self-organization as one progressed through a series of care levels.
Each level appeared to be accompanied by patients' increase in self-awareness and self-responsibility for their spine and nervous system, as it relates to their healing and life.
Rather than attempt to fix or control any problem -- including nerve tension, pressure, stress, pain, fixation or subluxation -- or return patients to a previous state, NSA practitioners 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.
The research demonstrates that even if a patient changes diet, exercises, meditates, and performs other health-promoting practices, the wellness index questionnaire does not predict greater wellness -- unless there is also a greater level of life enjoyment.
This is paradigm-shifting information. It appears to support the concept that an internal state of well being helps empower the educated choices we make, and that doing "the right things" does not necessarily produce wellness and health. Increased wellness helps our lifestyle choices work for us.
With NSA care, the improvement of each of the domains of wellness nearly doubled, as compared with constructive health/lifestyle changes.
Since this retrospective study reflected a large epidemiological group, it could be a benchmark for future studies assessing health- and wellness-related outcomes among patients with a more holistic view of health.
Further research that is underway:
Two types of natural body waves -- one respiratory and one somatopsychic -- develop uniquely in NSA care. These waves are believed to dissipate tension and reorganize the functioning of the spine and nervous system. Patient awareness of the waves is the most significant predictor of enhanced wellness on all levels measured.
The somatopsychic wave is a consistent, repeatable physiological phenomenon which can be studied as a non-linear mathematical model. This is of interest to other disciplines studying the dynamics of human function.
At the University of Southern California, the NSA population is being studied to assess certain mathematical aspects of biological self-organization. Moreover, in a group of people expressing the somatopsychic wave, it has been observed that movements of the larger spinal muscles exhibit synchrony, or "entrain" within the population.
Preliminary studies demonstrate that the organization of the surface EMG signal (recorded on patients possessing the strategy of the somatopsychic wave) develops greater levels of complexity as subjects progress through subsequent levels of care.
An exciting next step in research will be to characterize the mathematics of this wave in relation to each level, thus permitting a correlation between each of the levels of care and such aspects of patient progress as enhanced self-organization.
Further clinical investigation is essential and I fully support ongoing research to advance understanding of NSA's mode of action. This will increase our knowledge and improve the quality of service we can provide to the public.
I have clinically dedicated myself to furthering understanding of the biological links which will help us express a greater range of our humanity. This knowledge will aid us in making healthier individual choices, which, in turn, will enable ours to become a more compassionate, vital, creative, self-aware, and responsible human culture. I believe that by optimizing the individual's biology, NSA will -- one spine at a time -- facilitate positive transformation on a global scale.
(For more information about Network Spinal Analysis seminars or about any of the statements made in this article, please: visit DonaldEpstein.com, or InnateIntelligence.com; or call 303/678-8086; or write: Innate Intelligence, Inc., 444 N. Main St., Longmont, CO 80501.) © Copyright The Chiropractic Journal