Cupertino Network Chiropractic

We have been using this totally gentle method with our patients for over 18 years. The great benefits of network chiropractic have been observed through scientific research. Over 80 of our patients were participants in a large study conducted by the University of Irvine Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology. The study demonstrated significant improvements in physical, psychological and stress adaptation in patients participating in the study. (Please read study at end of article).                                                        The study reflects the transformative positive changes we have seen in our patients receiving this work. We love caring for patients with the network chiropractic method.

How Does Network Chiropractic Work?

1. Gentle and honoring systematic two-step method of:

Step #1. First releasing the soft tissue structures that surround the spine that can twist, pull and bind the spinal bones.  Releasing these soft tissues that bind the spinal bones brings great ease to the whole spinal system.

Step #2. Structurally gently guiding the misaligned spinal bones into proper alignment.

Because of this two step process the body can be realigned with the most gentle and honoring lightest force adjustments. It just makes natural sense to first release the tight binding rubber band like soft tissue pulling on the spinal vertebrae before you direct the bones into alignment.  As a matter of fact, some of the time, only Step #1 is needed to cause realignment of the spine.
This two-step method makes the adjustment process easy and more long lasting because tight soft tissues are not again pulling the bones out of alignment. Also, many of the spine vertebrae automatically go back in alignment when the “soft tissue tight rubber band” like pattern along the spine is released in step one.

2. Designer Treatments – just like a fine tailored suit that is measured and made just for you, each treatment is specifically designed for you. Choosing from the many different Chiropractic techniques we have studied, the Chiropractor selects the adjustment type for you at that visit. Each of the specific techniques works differently to release different aspects of your misaligned spine.

During an office visit the Chiropractor chooses and makes one of the gentle maneuvers or adjustments along the spine. The Doctor then lets your body respond for a minute or two. Then he evaluates all the changes and shifts in body structure that have occurred from what he just did. The Doctor chooses another gentle method that will now best fit the “new you”, the new pattern that has occurred. In this way the Doctor is following your body’s progress and step-by-step gently directing your body into greater ease and alignment.
During a visit you may receive a number of different gentle Chiropractic methods depending on what your body exactly needs. This moment-to-moment honoring of what your body needs, makes the process gentle, empowering, and powerful for the patient.

3. The Doctors use the lightest force possible and yet this encourages increased health and well-being.

The Doctor is using the principle of leverage when he makes the light and gentle adjustment. You can push a huge boulder from a cliff without having to ram it with huge force if you use the leverage of a tree branch. When putting that lever in the exact right place at the right time with the right amount of light force – you can easily move the boulder. Likewise, the Doctors have to know the exact leverage points and maneuvers to utilize on the spine.

4.  The Chiropractor waits between each maneuver or adjustment to let the body shift and change on response to that adjustment.  In this way we are not overpowering the patient’s nervous system, but instead allowing it to do most of the work itself. We feel this encourages and actually teaches the body to become self-corrective and more self-reliant in the future. It is like a parent showing a child how to tie their shoes and then stepping back and letting the child practice and work with tying the laces.

If the parent steps in all the time and does the shoe tying for the child, the child will never becomes empowered and self-sufficient. Health improvement is about empowering and freeing the awesome power you have inside of you to be healthy. By using light force and then stepping back to let your body respond, the Chiropractor is letting the greatest and wisest Doctor, the Doctor within you, to participate in the corrective work.

The following is a presentation of the study done at Irvine Medical School on the network chiropractic method in which 80 of our patients participated.

“Documentation and Characterization of Network Care.”

A retrospective study of network patients’ self-reported outcomes.

Conducted within the department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. College of Medicine. University of California, Irvine, California 92697-1275

Network’s objective is:

“…to assess and correct two classes of vertebral subluxation: facilitated subluxation and structural subluxation, using safe, “hands on,” low force adjustments of the spine…”

What is subluxation?

Vertebral or spinal subluxation is a clinical condition affecting the relationship and alignment of the spinal bones and neurological structures which influences the overall function of the body’s natural coordinating systems. Its affect on the body may be subtle and asymptomatic, or may be more dramatic. The effects, however, are cumulative and global.

Benefits Associated with Network

A recent retrospective study of 2,818 patients in the United States and worldwide demonstrates that Network Care is associated with statistically significant, profound, and consistent improvement in self-reported health and wellness issues, including:

1. Improved PHYSICAL WELL-BEING:

  • Improved flexibility of the spine
  • More energy, less fatigue
  • Fewer colds or flu
  • Fewer Headaches
  • Reduced pain

2. Less STRESS relative to:

  • Emotional well-being
  • Health
  • General well-being
  • Coping with daily problems
  • Family
  • Significant relationship
  • Work

3. Improved EMOTIONAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING:

  • Positive feelings about self
  • Decreased moodiness, temper, and angry outbursts
  • Less depression, more interest in life
  • Fewer concerns about small things
  • Improved ability to think and concentrate
  • Less anxiety and concern over vague fears
  • Improved ability to stay on task
  • Less distress about physical pain

4. LIFE ENJOYMENT:

  • Openness to guidance by inner feelings
  • Experience of relaxation and well-being
  • Positive feelings about self
  • Interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Feeling open when relating to others
  • Confidence in dealing with adversity
  • Compassion for others

5. LIFESTYLE CHANGES (.i.e increase in):

  • Regular exercise
  • Tai Chi/Yoga
  • Meditation/prayer
  • Relaxation/self- hypnosis
  • Health foods/vitamins
  • Vegetarian/partial vegetarian
  • Less use of prescription medications

6. Overall QUALITY OF LIFE Improvement relative to:

  • Personal life
  • Oneself
  • Extent one adapts to change
  • Handling of problems in life
  • Actual life accomplishments
  • Life as a whole
  • Overall contentment with life
  • Significant other
  • Job
  • Life being what one wants it to be
  • Romantic life
  • Actual work done
  • Co-workers
  • Physical appearance

Demographics

A demographic analysis of the retrospective study (conducted between Nov. 1994 and April 1995) demonstrates that Network Care attracts highly motivated individuals interested in alternative and complementary care, vitalistic or holistic care. In particular, Network Care attracts those who are well-educated, white-collared, and professional from the “baby-boomer” generation.

  • Gender:                       73% female

27% male

  • Age:                            44 + 11 yrs

(means +SD)

  • Occupation:

48% professional
22% white collar
8% blue collar
7% student
6% homemaker
6% retired
2% unemployed
2%slef-employed

  • Education:

30% professional graduate
51% college/university
12% high school
7% other

  • Income:

15% > $ 60.000
13% $45-60.000
13% $35-45.000
19% $25-35.000
40% < $25.000

  • 95% of respondents reported their expectations had been met: and 99% wished to continue Network Care.

Summary… This study demonstrates a strong connection between Network Care and self-reported positive changes in the overall health and well being of practice member respondents. Future studies will assess Network patients longitudinally.

References:

  1. Epstein DM. Theoretical Basis and Clinical Application of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA). Longmont CO: Innate Intelligence Inc. Nov. 1995
  2. Epstein DM. Network Spinal Analysis: A system of health care delivery within the subluxation-based chiropractic model. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1996; 1(1) : p49-58
  3. Blanks RH. Boone WR. Schmidt S. Dobson M. Network Care: A retrospective outcomes assessment. 1996 (In Preparation).
  4. Dobson M. Boone WR. Blanks RH. Women and Alternative Health Care: A retrospective study of recipients of Network Care. 1996 (Submitted).

Investigators

W. Ralph Boone. Ph.D. D.C,
Susan Y. Schmidt, Ph.D.,
Robert H. Blanks. Ph.D.

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