I hear this question frequently, “How can such a light touch do anything?” Typically after people receive one or two sessions they begin to experience just exactly how profound light touch Chiropractic is, but today I am going to demystify it for those who have never experienced it before.
Network Spinal Analysis works at the level of the spinal cord and effects nervous system function and communication. Through thorough analysis of the body’s spinal-neural integrity systems from a skilled practitioner, the precise location is identified where the body says “yes, this is the spot to place a precise, gentle touch in order to make the most effective global response throughout my entire body.”
Now that may seem impossible to some but our body’s nervous system is actually wired for this degree of subtlety and communication. Think of a time when someone gently kissed your neck at just the right time and place and how that gentleness created a response throughout your entire body. At a neurobiological level that feeling creates a cascade of feel good neurochemicals (how your nervous system communicates) which promote health, enhance your body’s innate immune system, and produce feelings of overall well-being. This is one of the ways that a light touch can create a global healing response throughout your entire body.
“In a system of considerable complexity (such as the human body and nervous system), there is a precise point where even a small amount of energy applied (light touch) brings about a major change.” ~Dr. David R. Hawkins
These gentle touches also cue your brain (particularly the frontal part of your brain) to pay greater attention to your body. This is how healing becomes an inside out approach. What I mean by that is that parts of your brain begin to “wake up” and create connections to parts of your body. Sometimes these are parts of your body that hold tension or have pain, other times these are parts of your body that feel peaceful or experience bliss. Often times when something hurts (or yes also when it feels too good) we tend to try and protect, guard or avoid feeling it in order to decrease what we believe will feel like greater pain (or joy). What this effectively does is decrease the communication between that part of your body and your brain and you actually lose some of your internal resources for being able to heal and connect to that part of you.
For sustainable healing to occur you must be the one making the changes and connections from the inside. Nothing done outside of you, to you, will create a lasting change. Network Spinal Analysis in conjunction with Somato-Respiratory Integration helps you become more aware of you so you can make the necessary shifts from the inside. Benefits of this type of care are:
- You become more aware of your body by enhancing neural communication to parts of your body on the inside
- Creates ease in your nervous system so that you can heal and grow instead of being in survival mode in your body’s communication system
- Develop new neural pathways and strategies to help you become more adaptable to life stressors and this creates greater health and well-being
- Feel more empowered in your ability to navigate whatever comes to you in life (including physical dysfunction, pain, disease or other everyday life events)
- Expand into versions of yourself that are more healed, whole and experience more joy and fullness of life expression
Sound good to you?! Let’s get started! I can’t wait to help facilitate you connecting to more of you and your self-healing and self-regulating abilities so that you feel more empowered in your health and your life!
Dr. Amanda Hessel, DC, MS, L.Ac