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What is Network Chiropractic?

By Sheri Cyprus
Updated: Mar 03, 2024

Network chiropractic is the chiropractic system of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) created by Dr. Donald Epstein. NSA chiropractors hold the philosophy that the spine is a channel of energy that connects individual consciousness to planetary consciousness. Network chiropractic doctors are involved with gently reducing tension in the spinal column as a healing art.

Dr. Epstein developed network chiropractic to make improvements in the results of traditional chiropractic methods of spine adjustment. He noticed in his practice that if he adjusted certain segments of the spine before others, the body would often "self-correct" and move by itself in response to the adjustment of the first spinal segment. Network chiropractors are said to value the reduction of stress on the body and mind of the patient.

The network chiropractic method often requires gentler manipulation and less force than in the traditional chiropractic approach to adjusting tension in the spinal column. This approach focuses on the order adjustments are performed in to release spinal cord tension to prevent or reduce the harsh twisting of the spinal column. The goal is to use minimum force to produce the maximum results in tension reduction to add to overall health and wellness.

Tension in the spinal cord can disrupt the spinal column and cause pain and a general feeling of unwellness to the sufferer. Patients in network chiropractic care are usually encouraged to participate in and gain knowledge about their treatment. Network chiropractors are trained to help the patient develop an awareness of his or her spine in relation to the rest of the body. Dr. Epstein found better results using NSA than traditional chiropractic approaches alone and his results inspired some other chiropractic doctors to use the NSA system in their practices as well.

Network chiropractic methods have been said to affect the consciousness of the body in a wholeness approach. As the spinal cord is connected to the brain and the brain and spinal cord form the body's central nervous system, NSA chiropractic doctors believe that individual consciousness is improved when spinal cord tension is relieved through gentle methods of adjustment. The healing philosophy of network chiropractic is one of whole body awareness and well being.

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Discussion Comments
By anon993313 — On Nov 03, 2015

To the student who posted here (Post 6). One of the core principals of Chiropractic Philosophy is the idea of Innate Intelligence (which is a form of energy). You're a student, open your mind and learn.

By anon974513 — On Oct 18, 2014

Two years ago I came down with vestibular neuritis, severe neural damage in the left side of the body, bilateral BPPV and severe balance problems. The doctors could do very little. "Hopefully it will heal with time" they said, and shuffled me along to the next specialist happy to have a difficult case out of their hair.

My whole body was absolutely out of balance, and a year later there was hardly any improvement noticeable. I swallowed my skepticism and went to an NSA chiropractic. By now I've had over 100 hours of treatment and left well over $5000 there.

Has it been worth it?

Yes, most emphatically. Yes. It took many treatments to notice some effect, but my body and my health finally started to recover. At this point, I'm almost back to normal, and I'm getting rid of age old tension patterns in my body. NSA is a powerful treatment and l will recommend it to anyone who asks me.

By AnnaFurst — On Feb 27, 2014

I've been a patient at a clinic for three years. Since I have spinal fusion between L4 and L5 and bilateral total hip replacements, my treatments there are a necessary part of my health and mobility.

By anon343557 — On Jul 31, 2013

@Cavgirl: Have you asked your practitioner what's going on? They should happily tell you. If they refuse to tell you, then I would worry. They often respond to how open you are about it, so if you sit there quietly, they will treat you quietly. I know a lot of people don't even want to know what's going on; they just want to feel better.

I saw a network chiropractor for about a year for forward head carriage and other cervical spine subluxlations causing a pinched nerve in my upper traps. It was great. I got a lot of benefits, from reduction of pain to greater moods. I stopped due to lack of time and the only office was about an hour away from my house.

I just started again, I've been thinking about going back for the last six months and an office opened up right by my job. I've been experiencing occipital tightness, it's nagging and goes numb, sometimes radiates to my face, even causing intense migraines or what feels like a migraine at least. It's been about a month and I've had hints of tightness from working at the computer, but I remember to situate myself properly and breathe, and it goes away. It doesn't matter if you believe your spine is the gateway to the earth.

To me, what they are actually doing when they touch you, granted they are trying to send energy through that area, but they are also manipulating places where muscles/nerve/bones meet whatever. It's like acupressure points, which prove to have effects on at least blood circulation (powerful for healing).

I have a bit of background in massage therapy. Any day would I rather receive a chiropractic treatment than a massage. Chiro is twice as relaxing and fruitful at half the cost.

By cavgirl — On Aug 27, 2010

I was in a car accident 10 months ago and was in treatment for over three months with a traditional chiropractor. There was very little improvement, just $6,700 dollars worth of practice management chiropractic mentality. I really felt and believe she was more focused on her profits versus my care.

I switched to Network chiro. This was a very different approach and I experienced improvement (also, significantly less in cost). I do wonder though about the lack of communication about progress and findings between NSA doctors and patients. Is that the philosophy of Network?

By anon74904 — On Apr 04, 2010

I am considering network chiropractic care, but the doctor wants me to sign a year-long treatment contract for approximately $4,000. Is this normal for this Network Chiropractic? I'd like to try it but not to put up a ton of money first!

By anon66618 — On Feb 20, 2010

After spending years under the care of well accomplished Chiropractors who treated me for my many subluxations and two pinched nerves, I stumbled into a "Network Chiropractic" office.

At first I was a bit surprised by their hippie dippy way. No shoes allowed in their office, a waterfall, open rooms and hitting my pressure points. They promised me that they'd teach my body to heal itself. And they did.

I have 10 appointments and have been good to go ever since. Ten years later I get some stiff muscles now and then, but I've never needed to seek treatment again.

Highly recommended and way better than traditional "chiropractic" care.

Of course they don't teach this to you in chiropractor school! It actually works, which means your patient turnover rate is high. A cured patient is no longer a patient, right? Right!

By anon64377 — On Feb 07, 2010

I have a whiplash injury from a car accident. Network chiropractic did not work at first, then I was having as many as ten pain-free days in a row.

The insurance company cut off care, stating I had received, "maximum medical benefit."

I wonder how things would be if my care had continued.

Personally I think one responds to energetic models of healing by the degree to which they are open and allowing of it.

By anon63669 — On Feb 02, 2010

If Chiropractic is not working, you may want to consider a Rolfing 10-Series. Rolfing/Structural Integration has helped those in pain when other methods (traditional or alternative) have not. Rolfing is unique because it focuses on the fascia--a connective tissue that surrounds and connects muscles, bones, and internal organs.

When fascia is tight or does not allow for proper movement, entire bodily systems can be affected; this creates strain and pain.

By anon59632 — On Jan 09, 2010

I just decided to go see a chiropractor. I had no idea what this "Network" stuff is. I have some tight spots in my back, but nothing serious.

I went to my first real session. It's 15 minutes long. She only touches me five times (and when I say touch I mean she taps me five times) and tells me to breathe into that spot. The rest of the time, she's circulating around to her other patients, getting coffee, chatting to co-workers.

Is this a joke?

By anon51799 — On Nov 09, 2009

I went to a chiropractor for neck/upper back pain - I had the normal neck adjustment and was so 'weirded out' I wouldn't go to one again (I call it the intensity of an orgasm, without the pleasure!). Anyway, I found my current doctor because he used the activator and he was gentle in his touch and manner (not herky-jerky like one I went to on vacation in S.F.) Anyway, he moved from manual manipulation to activator to network and I love it. I only go once a month and they give me tools to help me keep healthy - breathing techniques etc.. Dr. Rob has been a Godsend and I appreciate his move to a more holistic approach - he takes time with me. it's not rushed and out the door -- working to help my body release the tension and easing it along the right path.

There's nothing wrong with that. if some aren't comfortable with it - fine stick with traditional.

By anon51226 — On Nov 04, 2009

i'm currently studying chiropractic at university. Nowhere have we learned about the spine being a channel of energy or a gateway to the earth.

We aren't taught this technique for a reason- frankly, it is embarrassing that network chiros are part of our profession.

By anon47330 — On Oct 03, 2009

I was having hip pain and had used accupuncture with no relief, and a network chiropractor solved my problem in two visits. I recommend it.

By anon46559 — On Sep 26, 2009

while this page is a step in the right direction, like most forums, often people with the complaints are the ones to post.

By anon44957 — On Sep 11, 2009

I was over-serviced by a chiropractor before I realized what he was doing, just booking me in week after week to finance his lifestyle.

I will not trust another one again as it seems to be rampant in their "industry".

By anon43123 — On Aug 25, 2009

For the last 10 months I've been treated by a network chiropracter for a slipped disc. As I am still taking pain killers, my patience is overstretched as I still go 3 days a week.

Am wondering if other techniques such as Gonstead would yield a faster result?

By anon38529 — On Jul 27, 2009

I am being treated by a Network Chiropractor.

The back pain I went for was gone early on, but the network chiro started to work on a whiplash I had many years ago.

But since I started in February, my whole nervous system seems to have gone crazy. The tightness and tingling come up anywhere on my body out of the blue, mainly if I am sitting or resting, even when I have not had a treatment.

Is this normal for this type of treatment?

Right now my scalp is tight and tingling and hot.

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