Network Spinal Analysis
By Dr. Jamie Neely
I’ve been practicing Network Spinal Analysis (aka “Network”) for over fifteen years. When I first began, this form of practice was largely unheard of. Since that time, Network has been popularized by celebrities and has even been featured on Gwenyth Paltrow’s website Goop and on Netflix.
Why did I decide to practice Network along with hands on chiropractic?
I originally looked into Network because I’d been suffering with a painful “kink” at the base of my neck for over a year. I’d tried a number of different chiropractic techniques but none provided lasting relief.
For years I‘d heard about tonal techniques (also called energy techniques). Luckily, I was able to find a colleague who practiced Network and was amazed at the quick results. The pain and kink at the base of my neck started to go away immediately, I could turn my neck again and I had a host of other benefits including improved breathing and overall air flow. Inspired by how I felt, I began studying, researching and practicing this specialized technique.
Initially, when I heard that Network was an energy technique I was worried that this type of chiropractic was too fringe. In fact -this is quite the opposite. Some of the research had me reviewing my old anatomy and physics notes. I also learned that my experience wasn’t unique. Tony Robins, who is well known to use the best health services, also receives this type of care along with his wife. (This is a fun video but there is some cursing ☺)
In fact, I studied with the Donny Epstein, the chiropractor he describes in this entertaining video.
How does it relate to “regular” hands on chiropractic?
Chiropractic was founded on the idea that we have an innate energy that runs our body and keeps us strong and healthy. Proper energy flow or tone shows up as a healthy vibrant person with a feeling of ease. These people feel “in the flow” and that life is moving along as it should. They have a sense that all is right with the world. However, blockage of this energy creates poor tone, blocks vitality, brings dis-ease and eventually disease. This all shows up as symptoms as our body tries to get our attention, and point our way back to health.
Network is different from the common hands on techniques often used in chiropractic. There isn’t any pushing or any popping sounds. While that technique is also painless, Network is the gentlest of the techniques we use at our office and is sometimes referred to as “the light touch” technique.
How does it work?
There’s an ideal flow state within everyone and sometimes the body needs a little help to find its way back to that state. It’s particularly powerful in cases where there’s been trauma like a car accident, fall or a concussion. Network gently guides the body back to flow.
In many cases, every day stresses have built up areas of tension that block this natural flow of energy. After a while, these areas of tension suck up the energy that should otherwise be available to keep you happy and healthy. In this state people often report anxiety or depression, stiffness, trouble sleeping and a host of other symptoms including headaches and chronic pain.
Network helps the body learn to release its own stress and return to a state of ease. It has provided me with some of my most healing and profound moments as a chiropractor.
How Long does a Network appointment take?
It does take longer than the conventional appointment and requires special scheduling by the front desk. On average, 5-15 minutes.
In the Goop series on Netflix, why were they making strange movements during the session?
If you would like to try Network on your next appointment please let the front desk know when you schedule your next appointment.
My network care with Dr. Neely has been a life changing path for me. I’ve lived with chronic back and neck pain for the last 15 years and have tried countless forms of therapy that never worked from physiotherapy, acupuncture, pain clinics, medications, etc. After my second visit I felt a drastic change in my pain levels and well being and haven’t looked back since.