Have you heard of network chiropractic care? If you answered, “no”, you are likely not alone.
Network Chiropractic Care, otherwise known as Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), is a gentle touch approach that nurtures the nervous system. The emphasis on a reset is multi-faceted across physiological and mental/emotional health.
The intervention occurs through spinal cord adjustments that support a re-organization of the tension within the nervous system. Its aim is to shift out of a stress-based state towards more optimal functionality. A more thorough synthesis is provided on Daocloud HERE.
It is EXTREMELY important to consider the health of your nervous system. The nervous system is tied into so many other areas including hormonal regulation, detoxification pathways, and digestive health, then, of course, the brain!
I had been passively looking for a chiropractor with a focus on gentle applications. Admittedly, I had been doing just about everything else for good health, but keeping this type of treatment on the back-burner. Until recently, I didn’t realize that the gentle approach that I was looking for would equate to NSA. However, upon the introduction, I was immediately drawn to the concept.
In the Functional Medicine community, we frequently talk about neurology and respective tie-ins to overall health. The nervous system (or systems, because there are different components to the master system) is a foundational system imperative for both structural health and overall well-being, yet may be under-emphasized in personal approaches to wellness.
In February of this year (2019), I started my journey with Network Chiropractic Care. The timing was a little off due to some pre-established travel plans, but like with anything in life, there never really is a perfect time and sometimes we just need to dive in.
I wasn’t expecting favorable results from my initial scan, but I was also surprised at how much tension I was actually carrying. Therefore, after wrapping up my travel, I returned in March to enroll in a 3-month intensive. (The specific practice I enrolled can be accessed HERE).
At this point, I’m a few weeks into my care plan. It will be an exciting update down the road upon completion of the intensive. However, for now, a few initial observations are as follows;
- Most of the applications are very, very light in touch. It’s is nothing like getting a massage. However, it is amazing how relaxed your muscles feel after a session.
- For now, I’m still dealing with tension and tightness that returns, sometimes in little as a few hours to a day after a session, but, so far, the treatments have made me MUCH more aware of how I engage with my body. Operating in a subconscious, auto-pilot sort of way, I have realized how often I have been twisting and contorting throughout the day and evening, particularly around the shoulder and upper back area.
- The relationship between neurology and breathing is even more clear. I have been aware of this mind-body connection area for quite some time. It appears in so many healing modalities from meditation to yoga to visual frameworks, such as guided imagery. However, in the NSA framework, you really feel it. A minor touch on a specific point can almost immediately shift your breath. I would like to think this is a release within the body and further demonstration of what is working. To be continued…
I would love to share more about my journey with Network Chiropractic Care. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to learn more about the experiences and insights I have had thus far.
In the meantime, a few additional resources are below;
Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH is a lifestyle health educator and coach who supports clients to channel authority over their health, well-being, and overall vitality. Offering health education approaches and 1-on-1 coaching modules, she gets them out of excess weeds of information and inconsistent practices that don’t get desired results. Through helping people focus on the right applications paired with appropriate consideration for bio-individual facets, they become stronger, more confident self-advocates for their health. Bottom line, they will surpass challenges, embrace healthful living with ease, and, best of all, feel a greater sense of empowerment and more energy!