Network Spinal Analysis is – Researched and Evidence Based

Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) may seem unusual but, with thorough supporting studies, it’s at the frontier of body-mind research. It also has an abundance of life-changing testimonials.

To find out more about this innovative approach to healing, read on.

Research and Network Spinal Analysis

Following the development of Network Chiropractic by Dr Donald Epstein in the 1980s as a way to release stress and tension in the body through very gentle touches to the spine, stories of life-transforming experiences from patients receiving the treatment began to spread throughout the USA.

The Association for Network Care then teamed up with the University of California’s Irvine Medical College to retrospectively explore the impact of NSA on quality of life and wellbeing, and better understand the relationship between body, mind and the spine when it came to improving overall health.

Over 2,800 patients participated and the results showed that 76 per cent reported improved wellness in all categories assessed including:

  • Physical health

  • Emotional and mental wellbeing

  • Response to stress

  • Life enjoyment

  • Overall quality of life

The longer the individuals were in care, the greater the level of improvement. And after more than three years of treatment, no limit or ‘ceiling’ was found to the benefits.

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But what’s actually happening?

Although the study showed NSA had a very positive impact on patients’ self-perceived quality of life, it didn’t fully explore the physiological mechanisms behind the improvement. The question still remained: what’s really going on within the body and mind of a patient under NSA care?

This question led to the ongoing exploration of NSA by researcher Edmund Jonckheere Ph.D.

Dr Jonckheere, along with his colleagues at the University of Southern California’s Department of Electrical Engineering, began to use a tool called Surface Electromyography (sEMG) to study the signals that were recorded along the spines of patients during NSA sessions. The results revealed a definitive relationship between the wave-like motions created during NSA treatment and a patient’s level of healing progress.

The research by Dr Jonckheere and his team led to a number of scientific articles, one in which he wrote: “The main conclusion is that the sEMG signal of NSA reveals a new class of complex nonlinear behaviour.”

To put it simply, this meant the electromyography signals conclusively showed that NSA was helping the brain and body to develop an entirely new pattern of behaviour with a global effect.

The story continues…

Rigorous academic study and research grounded in fact is necessary for any methodology to be accepted by the scientific community. The NSA method is no exception, and additional research is still being conducted to explain how and why NSA has such a profound effect on the majority of patients, and across such a variety of symptoms.

The Advertising Laws in the UK limit what we can share on our website, so we recommend you read the original sources. This is a list of current research papers, though the list continues to grow, so apologies if any papers are not yet included:

Reorganizational Healing: A Paradigm for the Advancement of Wellness, Behavior Change, Holistic Practice, and HealingEpstein DM, Senzon SA, Lemberger D. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. May 2009;15(5):461-64. PMID: 19450165

For the current list of research into Network Spinal Analysis, see the following:

Stationary regime for Standing Wave Central Pattern Generator, Martin del Campo R, Jonckheere E. GlobalSIP 2015 — Symposium on Signal Processing and Mathematical Modeling of Biological Processes with Applications to Cyber-Physical Systems for Precise Medicine. Orlando, Florida, USA December 14–16 2015

Reorganization of the Cervical Curve & Improved Quality of Life Following Network Spinal Analysis Care: A Case Study, Knowles D, Knowles R, Burnier B. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. December 7, 2015. pp 217-225

Resolution of Abdominal Migraines & Improvements in Concentration & Learning in a 6-Year-Old Girl Following Network Spinal Analysis Care: A Case Study, Lucks C, Lucks L. J. Pediatric Maternal & Family Health – Chiropractic. Volume 2015, Issue 4. pp 140-148

12th International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) Sherman College of Chiropractic Spartanburg, SC October 10-11, 2015

Various Authors. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 27, 2015. pp 184-212.

Improvements in Mood, Posture and Balance in an Older Patient Receiving Chiropractic Care: A Case Study

Bredin M, Putt K. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ May 21, 2015 ~ Pages 125-129

11th International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS) Sherman College of Chiropractic Spartanburg, SC October 16-19, 2014

Various Authors. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ April 24, 2015 ~ Pages 48-98

Improvement of a Functional Movement Disorder in a Patient Receiving Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration Care: A Case Report, Lucks C, Lucks L. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. April 9, 2015. pp 26-33

The Seasons of Wellbeing as an Evolutionary Map for Transpersonal MedicineEpstein D, Senzon S, Lemberger D. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 33(1), 2014, pp. 102-130

Improved Language Development Following Network Spinal Analysis in Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lumb K, Feeley K. J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health – November 3, 2014. pp 70-75

Improvement in Meniere’s Disease, Balance, Coordination and Quality of Life Following Network Spinal Analysis Care, Feeley K, Kemp A. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. November 25, 2013. pp 107-119

Reduction of a Lumbar Scoliosis & Improved Cervical Curve in a Geriatric Patient Following Network Spinal Analysis Care: A Case Study, Ray K, Knowles D, Knowles R. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. June 10, 2013. pp 18-28

Improvement in Vision in a Patient with Diabetic Retinopathy Following Network Spinal Analysis CareIrastorza M, Knowles D, Knowles R. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. February 16, 2012. pp 25-30

Reorganizational Healing as an Integrally Informed Framework for Integral Medicine, Senzon S, Epstein D, Lemberger D. Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 2011 6(4), 113-133

Restoration of the Cervical Curve and Improvement in Neurological Function in a Patient Following Network Spinal Analysis, Rohrbach T, Knowles D, Knowles R. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research. September 15, 2011. pp 99-103

Editorial: Seeds of Meaning, Transformations of Health Care, and the Future, Senzon SA. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. December 2010;16(12):1239-1241. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2010.0785

On a standing wave Central Pattern Generator and the coherence problem, Jonckheere E, Lohsoonthorn P, Musuvathy S, Mahajan V, Stefanovic M. Biomedical Signal Processing and Control 5 (2010) 336–347. doi:10.1016/j.bspc.2010.04.002

Reorganizational Healing: A Paradigm for the Advancement of Wellness, Behavior Change, Holistic Practice, and Healing, Epstein DM, Senzon SA, Lemberger D. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. May 2009;15(5):461-64. PMID: 19450165

Editorial: Reorganizational Healing: A Health Change Model Whose Time Has Come, Blanks RH. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. May 2009;15(5):461-64. PMID: 19450161

Letter to the Editor: Network Spinal Analysis, Jonckheere EA. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. May 2009;15(5):469-70. PMID: 19450163

Improvement in Attention in Patients Undergoing Network Spinal Analysis: A Case Series Using Objective Measures of Attention, Pauli Y. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, August 23, 2007; 1-9

Quality of Life Improvements and Spontaneous Lifestyle Changes in a Patient Undergoing Subluxation-Centered Chiropractic Care: A Case Study, Pauli Y. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, October 11, 2006; 1-15

Chiropractic Care of a Battered Woman: A Case Study, Bedell L. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, July 20, 2006; 1-6

Wellness lifestyles II: Modeling the dynamic of wellness, health lifestyle practices, and Network Spinal Analysis. Schuster TL, Dobson M, Jauregui M, Blanks RH. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. April 2004;10(2):357-67. PMID: 15165417

Wellness lifestyles I: A theoretical framework linking wellness, health lifestyles, and complementary and alternative medicine. Schuster TL, Dobson M, Jauregui M, Blanks RH. Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. April 2004;10(2):349-56. PMID: 15165416

The Transition of Network Spinal Analysis Care: Hallmarks of a Client-Centered Wellness Education Multi-Component System of Health Care Delivery, Epstein D. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, April 5, 2004; 1-7

Successful In Vitro Fertilization in a Poor Responder While Under Network Spinal Analysis Care: A Case Report, Senzon SA. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, September 14, 2003; 1-6

Insult, Interference and Infertility: An Overview of Chiropractic Research, Behrendt M. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, May 2, 2003; 1

Chaotic Modeling in Network Spinal Analysis: Nonlinear Canonical Correlation with Alternating Conditional Expectation (ACE): A Preliminary Report, Bohacek S, Jonckheere E. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, December 1998; 2(4): 188-195

Reduction of Psoriasis in a Patient under Network Spinal Analysis Care: A Case Report, Behrendt M. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, December 1998; 2(4): 196-200

Changes in Digital Skin Temperature, Surface Electromyography, and Electrodermal Activity in Subjects Receiving Network Spinal Analysis Care, Miller E, Redmond P. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, June 1998; 2(2): 87-95

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: About the Cover (cover picture), Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1998; 2(1): Cover

An Impairment Rating Analysis Of Asthmatic Children Under Chiropractic Care, Graham R, Pistolese R. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997; 1(4): 41-48

A Retrospective Assessment of Network Care Using a Survey of Self-Rated Health, Wellness and Quality of Life, Blanks RH, Schuster TL, Dobson M. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997; 1(4): 15-31

Network Spinal Analysis: A System of Health Care Delivery Within the Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Model, Epstein, D. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, August 1996; 1(1): 51-59


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