Yesterday, our son woke up with 103.7 fever. I immediately gave him a Network Adjustment followed by a gentle Toggle to his atlas. In less than an hour, his fever broke and today he has a little cough but no fever. No antibiotics. What medicine? Chiropractic, rest, positive intentions, nutritional immune boosters, lots of love and attention and the innate healing intelligence of the body. (Watch how his neck responds to the gentle Network contacts on his sacrum.)
“How does Network Spinal Analysis work? How does such a gentle contact make such a difference?”
This is by far the most common question I am asked by my patients. When looked at scientifically, the answer to this question is quite complex, yet there is I story I tell that answers it quite clearly. What’s profound about this story is that not only does it describe how network works, but it also describes the process of how we get sick and how we heal.
Here is “The Parable of the Fortress.” Enjoy!
Imagine a small, peaceful village. Farmers, merchants, women, children….all going about their daily routine. There is no danger. There are no threats.
Part I: Defense / Dis-Ease
Suddenly, a group of bandits arrive on horseback. They burn the houses. They steal their treasures. A few of the villagers are injured….a few are killed and the bandits leave. The villagers realize that there is now a danger. There is a threat. The villagers realize that they are no longer safe and need to defend themselves. They build a wall around their village with a gateway to enter and exit.
The bandits return. They climb over the wall. They dig under the wall. They smash the wall. They ride through the gateway. They burn the houses. They steal their treasures. A few of the villagers are injured….a few are killed and the bandits leave. The villagers realize that they are still in danger. There is a greater threat. They build a taller, deeper, thicker, stronger wall around the first wall with a smaller gateway to enter and exit.
And so it goes….on and on…building wall after wall.
The first half of the parable demonstrates the process of disease. As we go through life, we experience stress. These stresses may be of a physical, emotional/mental, or chemical nature.
Whenever we perceive any change in our external environment, a part of our brain asks one question: “Am I in danger? Is there a threat?” If the answer is “YES,” the brain initiates a response called “The Fight-or-Flight or Stress Response” and the body begins a series of reactions called “Defense Physiology.”
Just as the villagers put up walls around their village to protect them from the bandits, so does the body put up a defense to protect us.
This quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Breakfast of Champions” describes the process well:
“My mind sent a message to my hypothalamus, told it to release the hormone CRF into the short vessels connecting my hypothalamus and my pituitary gland. The CRF inspired my pituitary gland to dump the hormone ACTH into my bloodstream. My pituitary had been making and storing ACTH for just such an occasion. And nearer and nearer the zeppelin came.
And some of the ACTH in my bloodstream reached the outer shell of my adrenal gland, which had been making and storing glucocorticoids for emergencies. My adrenal gland added the glucocorticoids to my bloodstream. They went all over my body changing glycogen into glucose. Glucose was muscle food. It would help me fight like a wild cat or run like a deer. And nearer and nearer the zeppelin came.
My adrenal gland gave me a shot of adrenaline, too. I turned purple as my blood pressure skyrocketed. The adrenaline made my heart go like a burglar alarm. It also stood my hair on end. It also caused coagulants to pour into my bloodstream, so, in case I was wounded, my vital juices wouldn’t drain away. Everything my body had done so far fell within normal operating procedures for a human machine. “
Research now shows that 95% of all disease is a result of this stress response and defense physiology. In fact, the top 10 most diagnosed ailments are the body remaining in the stress response even after the threat is gone. Look at this table of the stress response in relation to the top 10 most diagnosed ailments.
- Adrenalin Pumped into Blood
- Blood Pressure Increases
- Heart Rate Increases
- Shallow, Rapid Breathing
- Blood Sugar Increases
- Muscle Tension Increases
- Pupils of Eyes Dilate
- Immunity is Turned Off
- Digestion is Turned Off
- Sexual Function is Turned Off
Top 10 Most Diagnosed Ailments
- 6 Depression and Anxiety
- 1 High Blood Pressure
- 10 Heart Palpitations
- 3 Respiratory Disease
- 4 Diabetes
- 5 Back/Neck Pain and Headaches
- 9 Vision Problems
- 2 Allergies and Frequent Colds
- 7 Digestive Disorders
- 8 Impotency
As you can see, when compared, there is a direct correlation between these two lists. In fact, the top 10 most diagnosed ailments are the long term effects of the body being stuck in the Fight-or-Flight Stress Response and Defense Physiology.
It is important to understand that in the dis-ease process, the brain and body believe that it is in danger. On some unconscious level, we made a decision, due to our experiences, that the world and our lives are not safe. Therefore, the body is continuing the stress response so that we SURVIVE the threat. It is the wall around the village.
This “wall around the village” is most obvious in our spine as muscle tension, altered posture, and reduced range of motion. In Network Spinal Analysis, we refer to this as Defense Posture, often seen as a roundedness in the back, the pelvis tucked under and the head forward. It can also be seen in the posture as a high shoulder or hip.
Traditionally in the healing arts, whether it be medicine, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, physical therapy and so on, the strategy has been twofold. The first strategy is to attack and kill off the threat. Medical doctors may prescribe antibiotics to fight off a germ and natural practitioners may prescribe herbs, nutrients or stress management techniques to reduce the stress-load on the body.
The second strategy is to attack “the wall” itself – “the wall” representing the components of the stress response as listed above. The medical doctor may prescribe blood pressure medication, while the chiropractor will restore the vertebra to its proper position and the massage therapist will massage the muscle until relaxed. And so on. In other words, to “climb over, dig under or smash the walls.”
Unfortunately, because the body is intelligent and it creates the stress response in order to protect itself from a perceived threat (whether real or imagined), just as in the parable of the Fortress, unless the brain, nervous system and body begin to “believe” it is safe once again, it will continue to initiate the stress response and put back its defense, usually with a “higher, deeper, thicker, stronger wall.”
That is why the symptoms, tensions, ailments keep coming back, never fully heal and become a chronic condition.
If you examine the Fight or Flight Stress response, you will begin to realize that when the body goes into defense, all of the mechanisms of healing and growth are diminished or stopped completely.
Ergo, when the body begins to let go of the stress response and the resultant defense physiology, then and only then can the body begin to heal.
Part II: Letting Go / Healing /Ease
Now, imagine years and years have passed. The bandits continued to attack the village year after year. The villagers continued to build thicker and thicker, deeper and deeper, higher and higher walls around the village with one tiny gateway to enter and exit. There is a vast fortress now around the village with many walls, with a gateway in each wall. The fortress is now impenetrable and the bandits have left never to be seen again. The villagers live in their fortress still believing they are in danger. There is a threat.
The truth: There is no longer a danger. There is no longer a threat.
One day, a wise sage arrives at the fortress. He knocks on the gateway. The soldiers guarding the gate demand, “Who goes there?” The sage answers, “I come with a message and a gift.” The guards frisk him, check his credentials, interview him and determine that it is safe to let him through the first wall….the first gateway. The villagers inside the first wall greet him and ask him for his message.
He tells them… “You are safe.” The villagers invite him to stay and after a few days they decide to tear down the outer wall.
The wise sage approaches the gateway in the next wall. He knocks on the gateway. The soldiers guarding the gate demand, “Who goes there?” The sage answers, “I come with a message and a gift.” The guards frisk him, check his credentials, interview him and determine that it is safe to let him through the next wall….the next gateway. The villagers inside the second wall greet him and ask him for his message.
He tells them…“You are safe.” The villagers invite him to stay and after a few days they decide to tear down the second wall.
And so it goes….on and on….until all the walls are down.
The second half of the parable demonstrates the healing process available through Network Spinal Analysis. Rather than trying to fix anything, correct anything, treat anything, we take the approach of the wise sage. We bring a message to the brain, nervous system and body.
“You are safe.”
How do we do this? Through Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), we first determine where the body is in defense.
These areas are in a state of tension. These may be areas of pain or discomfort, but more often they are areas that you are totally unaware of. They are areas “disconnected.” They are unresponsive to stimuli, but instead react with greater defense when touched or “treated.” In NSA, we tend to avoid these areas, where in other health-care practices, they are the area of treatment.
Next, we analyze the spine to find what we call “Spinal Gateways.”
Spinal gateways are often found right above, below or on the opposite side of the area of defense. They are areas of calm and ease, free of tension. They are very responsive to light touch. By making a gentle contact on the spinal gateway, at just the right time, with just the right amount of force, the attention of the brain is brought to this center of peace and for a moment, it decides, “I am safe.” Suddenly, you may feel yourself take a sigh-like deep breath….you may feel like you want to move or stretch and you begin to become aware of the area of defense as it starts to relax. You begin to feel the first “wall” come down.
Through a series of levels of care, we continue to develop these gateways, as the body “decides” to let go of all the dominant patterns of defense it has accumulated over a lifetime.
We do not force, coerce or direct the body to do anything through any medication or therapy. We simply bring it the message of safety and invite the body to let go of defense.
Through this process, the body heals.
Since receiving Network Chiropractic care, I’m off my meds…less tension in my back and neck. I’m much more aware of my mind and body. I experience very little headaches. I used to have an episode of vertigo about every other month, but now I’ve had only 2 minor attacks during the year I’ve been coming.
I feel energetic physically and mentally under Dr. Weinberg’s care. I now have peace and am stress free.”
People who have been to my practice know that I am not a counselor, life coach or therapist. Yet, when the spine and nervous system are free of tension and interference, anxiety, depression and fear tend to “magically” fade and they experience more mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
This is what my practice is all about.
Through the gentle, honoring contacts I apply to the spine with Network Spinal Analysis chiropractic care, people connect more with their bodies and develop new strategies to release tension, use tension to create change and become more adaptable to life. Through this process, not only does the body heal, but people experience more well-being in all areas of their life in a way that they never experienced before.
This is what my practice is all about.
Empowering people to heal themselves by finding the message in their pain, tension, illness, or injury and using it as a guide and the fuel to make subtle changes in their life that produce dramatic, positive results.
This is what life is all about.
This is what I am all about.
This is what my practice is all about.
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Have you ever had a pain that just wouldn’t go away? An injury that doesn’t seem to want to heal? Any chronic health problem or challenge? It is my intention in this article to share with you a subtle, but powerful solution to this dilemma. And although the solution is simple, I can guarantee a part of you will not want to do it. In fact, a part of you will scream, “NO! I WON’T DO IT.” Let’s explore this.
In any healing process, the first step is awareness. You have to become aware of a problem before it can be changed. If you have a piece of lettuce in your teeth, you can’t remove it until someone points to their mouth and says, “There’s something in your teeth.” In the healing process, this awareness usually starts as a symptom, such as a pain or discomfort.
The next step in any healing process is acknowledgement. You have to acknowledge that there’s a problem. If you ignore the pain or discomfort that you became aware of, what usually happens? It gets worse, doesn’t it? So acknowledgement is necessary. The admittance that “I have a problem and something needs to change.”
Now we come to the next step in any healing process. And this is the key to truly begin the healing. This is the step I referred to earlier. This is the step that you will probably resist and stop reading this article with an adamant “NO!”
The third and critical step to any healing process is ACCEPTANCE.
Once you become aware that there is something happening that needs to change, and you acknowledge it for what it is, to truly start the process of it changing and healing, you must accept it for what it is. You must feel it, experience it and accept that in this moment this is what is. You must accept that your life up to this point has led to this experience. You must accept responsibility that the structure of your life as you have lived it, your behaviors and actions, and your thoughts, beliefs and the meaning you give things led to this experience. And, most importantly, you must accept that you have the power to change it and only YOU can change it.
One of the greatest stories of the power of acceptance is the story of Victor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning and a survivor of the Holocaust. Victor Frankl was a prisoner in the Auschwitz death camps during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Surrounded by the smell of burning bodies and the sounds of children’s screams, Frankl found himself in an experience where death was certain.
One day, Frankl was taken to a dark room in the basement of a burnt out building, so that the “doctors” could give him a “routine checkup.” Before he knew it, he was strapped to a table and the men began sterilization surgery on him … without anesthesia. As he lay on the table in excruciating agony, he had a realization. These men had the liberty to go where they pleased and do what they wished, but, they did not have the freedom to think for themselves. They were puppets of a dark master, of which they must perform such horrible acts upon another human being. Although they had liberty, he, Frankl, had the freedom to create in his mind whatever picture he desired and think his own thoughts. With this sudden insight, he accepted his situation and began spending all his time with his eyes closed imagining himself running through green fields with his children and grandchildren. He saw himself being free of his horrible surroundings and envisioned himself traveling to America to share his story and newfound wisdom.
Victor Frankl survived the death camps. He traveled to America and wrote his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which has been a source of inspiration for millions of readers. If Frankl had not accepted his situation, he would have suffered through his experience and probably never survived. By accepting his appalling circumstance and creating a new vision within his mind, Victor Frankl not only lived through it, but healed himself in the process and helped millions of people around the world to accept their situation and heal as well.
So what comes after acceptance? NEXT!!! This is what is, but what’s next? What is your ideal? And your ideal is not to be free of pain or cured of your illness. The ideal is what is on the other side: abundant health, vital energy, full self-expression, living on purpose. Create a vision of your ideal and align the structure of your life, your behaviors and actions, and what you focus on with that vision … and watch the magic of healing, growth and success unfold.
If you want support with this process, please call our office at (954) 202-7477 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to experience the health and wellness benefits of reorganizational healing and network spinal analysis care.
Do you feel any pain or tension in the body?
Pain and discomfort has one purpose: The body is asking for your attention.
Often when we experience a pain or discomfort in the body, our first reaction is to resist it and do what ever it takes to make it go away. Instead, give the body what it is asking for: ATTENTION.
Close your eyes and put your full attention into the area of discomfort. FEEL IT without resistance….without trying to make it go away. Allow it.
It may take a little time, but by give the body the attention it is asking for, not only will the pain begin to lessen, the body will begin to heal.
Just as we give a child attention when he or she is crying….and not try to stifle their expression….so too should we give our body attention when it cries for it.
STOP BRUSHING YOUR TEETH!
Have I got your attention?
You may be wondering why I would make such a ridiculous statement.
Of course we need to brush our teeth, change our oil, and talk to our loved ones.
In order for anything of value to remain healthy, it must be maintained.
Are not our spine and spinal cord as important as our teeth, car or relationships? Why do most
people not maintain their spines?
Did you know that your nervous system – brain, spinal cord and nerves – controls, coordinates
and heals every cell and organ of your body…both structure and function. The body
dysfunctions, develops disease and eventually dies without proper nerve flow.
Every day you are exposed to physical, emotional, and chemical stress. This stress places your
spine and spinal cord under tremendous pressure. This pressure causes tension in your spine
which interferes with normal organ function and your body’s ability to heal properly.
Unfortunately, this adverse pressure rarely causes pain or symptoms, yet, it always causes
interference, damage and dysfunction. This damage over time causes pain and symptoms.
Your spine must be maintained if you wish to keep it healthy, just as you maintain your teeth,
car, relationships and anything else you care for. What happens if you do not maintain these
things? They degenerate, decay and eventually break down.
Research shows that people under regular chiropractic care, including infants, children, teens,
adults and the elderly, get sick less often, handle stress better, have stronger immune systems,
and have an overall improved quality of life. Why? Because their spines are free of tension
and interference allowing all the signals from the brain, which control, coordinate and heal all
body structure and function, to reach their destination…the cells of the body.
If you are currently experiencing pain or chronic illness, can I assume that you are not
maintaining your spine?
If you do maintain your spine, I congratulate you. You are taking responsibility for your
health and taking proactive steps to improve your quality of life, prevent disease and injury
and achieve your optimum health potential.
If you are not maintaining your spine, waiting for a pain or problem to arise before going to
the chiropractor, the damage has already been done, and is very difficult to correct. Often it
is then too late and requires more severe measures such as drugs and surgery. When it comes to
health, the attitude of “don’t fix it ‘til its broke” rarely works.
By keeping your spine healthy before developing pain or disease, and maintaining a healthy spine
throughout your life, you will spend less time and money, preventing weeks, months or even years
Here are some tips for maintaining a Healthy Spine:
1. Chiropractic Care:
If you wish to maintain a healthy spine, first all chronic tension and interference must be
corrected. Once the spine is healthy and free of tension and interference, it is as simple as
getting adjusted 1 to 4 per month, depending on your individual needs. By doing this, you can
guarantee yourself a lifetime of optimum health and vitality.
2. Stress Reduction Strategies
There are many strategies to help reduce stress tension in the body and body, including meditating
and deep breathing. If you wish to explore I very effective strategy I utilize in my own life, check out
Self Discovery Techniques.
3. Healthy Nutrition
- Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of Filtered water every day.
- Read food labels and don’t eat anything which has ingredients that do not sound like food.
(i.e. monosodium glutamate, blue #6, anything bleached, etc.)
- Eat food in the following ratio: 75% or more Alkaline Foods – 25% or less Acid Foods.
Alkaline foods are fruits and veggies…Acid is everything else.
(Exceptions: Almonds, Millet and Salmon tend toward Alkaline…pomegranates are Acid fruits
4. Proper Sleep Posture
Sleep on your side or back…never on your belly. If on your side, a pillow between your knees and cradled
in your arms helps reduce pressure in your spine. If on your back, a pillow under your knees also reduces
spinal tension. Also, make sure your pillow is the right size. If on your back, your head should be slightly raised.
If on your side, your head should be level with your shoulders.
5. Basic Workspace Ergonomics
· Back of chair should have good lumbar support
· Seat height should be so that knees and hips are at 90 degree levels
· Computer monitor should be directly in front of you with the top of the monitor and or below eye level
· Desk height and chair height should be so that the elbows are 90 degree angles when typing, and hands, forearms and wrists in a straight line.
· Sit with head and neck in an upright position, even when on phone (no holding with cheek)
· When typing, keep shoulders relaxed and elbow close to body.
· Ample space between legs and desk
· Use a document holder next to monitor when typing.
Please give us a call and we would be happy to allow you to come in for a spinal check-up and
consultation with the doctor at a discounted rate. The doctor will sit down with you, listen to
your needs, do a complete spinal evaluation and recommend a plan which is best for you.
Don’t let your spine degenerate as your teeth, car engine or relationships do if you don’t
maintain them. Maintain your spine and reach your optimum health potential.
Let’s Never Find Out What We Have Prevented!
Have you ever intended to make a change only to find yourself right back where you started shortly thereafter?
Perhaps you had a low back pain and your posture was off and you wanted to change your structure, so you visited a chiropractor?
Perhaps you wanted to change a behavior such as quitting smoking or exercising and eating healthier, so you joined a gym?
Perhaps you were feeling anxious or depressed and you wanted to change your perception so you consulted a therapist?
Often when making changes such as these, we often find ourselves frustrated that it is so difficult to make the change.
Have you ever experienced this? I know I have.
Why is this? The answer can be found in a model called The Triad of Change brilliantly created by the developer of Network Spinal Analysis, Dr. Donald Epstein.
The Triad of Change illustrates that in order for there to be a change, three things must be congruent: Structure, Behavior and Perception.
- Structure = What we have – our body, our home, our business, our schedule, our relationships, our finances, etc.
- Behavior = What we do – our actions, habits, movements, posture, facial expressions, etc
- Perception = What we think and feel – what we are focused on, the meaning we give things, our thoughts and feelings, etc.
For every Structure, there is a corresponding Behavior and Perception.
For every Behavior, there is a corresponding Structure and Perception.
For every Perception, there is a corresponding Structure and Behavior.
In order to make change in one of these “sides of the triad,” the other 2 sides must be in congruence.
Let’s use the three examples I made at the beginning of this article to illustrate:
Let’s say you have low back pain and your posture is off, so you visit a chiropractor to get help in changing your structure. In order for there to be a change in the structure, there will need to be a congruent change in your behavior and perception. The change in behavior may be more effective bending strategies and doing some stretching. The change in perception may be rather than looking at the pain as something wrong, looking at it as an alert signal from your body to do things differently.
Let’s say you want to change a behavior such as exercising and eating healthier. In order for there to be a change in the behavior, there will need to be a congruent change in your structure and perception. The change in structure may be finding a coach who can create and support you in an exercise and dietary routine. The change in perception may be from “I hate exercising!” to “Although its uncomfortable, I am getting stronger and more flexible every day…and I love that!”
Let’s say you are feeling anxious and depressed and you want to change your perception. In order for there to be a change in the perception, there will need to be a congruent change in your structure and behavior. Have you ever noticed that when feeling down, that your posture tends to be hunched over, head and neck forward and down? The change in structure may be to change your posture….to hold your head up and bring your shoulders back….perhaps working with a NSA practitioner to help you with that change. The change in behavior may be to take deep breaths and get yourself active in something you enjoy such as painting or exercise.
So you can see from these examples, that in order to make an effective change in any other sides of the triad, there must be a corresponding congruent change in the other two sides.
In my Network Chiropractic practice, A Place for Healing, whether a person comes to me to change there spine (structure), start exercising or quit smoking (behavior) and/or feel better physically or emotionally (perception), we always look at the other 2 sides of the triad to make the change.
So how do we effectively use the Triad of Change to make substantial, long-lasting change? We will explore this tomorrow in our next blog entry.