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The Gentle Touch of Change


Network Spinal Analysis

Dr. Rohrbach has the second highest level of certification possible in Network Spinal Analysis. Network Spinal Analysis, also known as NSA, is a very unique approach to chiropractic care developed by Dr. Donny Epstein. While NSA has very powerful and positive effects on people who experience various pains, symptoms, or conditions, its true intent is to reconnect the brain and body so that the inherent healing power within all of us can flow unobstructed through the nervous system. By restoring proper tone to the spinal cord and nerves, the body can function at its highest capacity. Network seeks to help not just restore the connection, but to help the body reorganize to a higher level of function than before.

To begin to understand how NSA affects the nervous system, consider the strings on a guitar. They are anchored to the top and the bottom of the guitar, yet remain free to vibrate and move in between. Depending on the tension of the strings, the guitar is either perfectly “in tune,” or some degree “out of tune.” In order to express the most optimal sound, it is essential to continually refine the tuning so that it is as close to perfect as possible. Tuning the guitar is done primarily at the very top and the very bottom. When the strings are at the correct tension, or more specifically vibrating at the same frequency, they are said to be in tune, or “entrained.” This is when the greatest potential for music exists.

Now envision your spine. At the very top of the cervical spine (Neck), the brain stem is anchored to the vertebrae. At the very base of the spine, specifically the sacrum and coccyx (tail bone), the other end of the spinal cord is attached. In between these two locations, the spinal cord is designed to float freely within the spinal bones so that it can maintain the perfect amount of tension and adapt to a persons life and movements. The brain, spinal cord, and nerves were perfectly designed to send and receive clear messages between one another and the rest of the body. When the body undergoes stressors that it cannot adapt to, whether physical, chemical, or emotional in origin, it often assumes a defensive structure and function, placing adverse tension on the entire nervous system. This physiological state prevents a person from experiencing true health and ease because signals in the nervous system become interrupted. When this is occurs, it is as though the spinal cord is “out of tune.” Chiropractors often refer to this as subluxation. Because the human body is so intelligent, it can sometimes figure out a way to “get back in tune” and dissipate the stored tension on its own. However, in many instances, the brain and body need some assistance in order to release the stored neural tension and become “entrained” back to the optimal level of tension.

Using a highly developed analysis, NSA uses a series of gentle and specific fingertip contacts on the neck, and the base of the spine, where the spinal cord is anchored. When applied, these contacts are collectively referred to as “spinal entrainments” or Network adjustments. In NSA, these adjustments do not produce the “popping” sound associated with traditional chiropractic adjustments. The purpose of these contacts are to entrain, or “tune” the nervous system and reunite the brain with the body. When receiving an entrainment/adjustment, people begin to experiences two wave-like motions. One of these motions is a respiratory wave. As the breath travels along the spine, it becomes deeper and brings with it a sense of ease allowing the body to begin functioning more cohesively. The other wave-like motion occurs as the brain and the body begin dissipating the stored tension from the muscles, vertebrae, nerves, brain stem, and spinal cord. When this happens, the brain “educates itself” by remembering the appropriate position of spinal structures, thereby allowing the body to re-organize itself at a higher level and reconnect with its natural rhythms.

This benefits people in EVERY stage of healing. Whether a person is suffering with health challenges and wishes to begin care to get relief, if they are a high performance athlete seeking to optimize function, or anywhere in between, NSA will deliver results. What makes NSA unique when compared to other approaches in chiropractic is that it seeks to not only bring a person back to the level of health they were at prior to any injury or health challenge, but it seeks to evolve their brain to a higher level of function. Just as a perfectly tuned guitar produces the best music, a perfectly tuned nervous system allows for the optimal expression of health, well-being, and life.