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Neuroplastic Treatment: A Different Approach

| Chiropractic Treatment | June 05, 2013


Neuroplastic Treatment: A Different Approach…
To Pain Reduction and Enhanced Performance

FASCINATING and BEAUTIFUL A representation of nerve cells at work in the brain.

FASCINATING and BEAUTIFUL
A representation of nerve cells at work in the brain.

The primary method used by Jason and Bilal is a form of neuroplastic treatment which uses gentle touches to the spine in order to stimulate the nervous system’s capacity to learn a strategy of self-correction. This typically results in enhanced mental and physical performance as well as reduced symptoms.
Jason’s initial focus is to reduce spinal stiffness and asymmetric restriction of movement rather than to correct specific misalignments of the vertebrae. Once the strategy develops, it encourages the spine to spontaneously realign itself. The understanding of neuroplasticity and its potential clinical value is explained by Norman Doidge, M.D. In his popular book The Brain That Changes Itself, he says: “I became interested in the idea of a changing brain because of my work as a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. When patients did not progress psychologically as much as hoped, often the conventional medical wisdom was that their problems were deeply “hardwired” into an unchangeable brain… I began a series of travels, and in the process, I met a bunch of brilliant scientists, at the frontiers of brain science, who had… made a series of unexpected discoveries. They showed that the brain changed its very structure with each different activity it performed, perfecting its circuits so it was better suited to the task at hand. If certain ‘parts’ failed, then other parts could sometimes take over. Scientists began to call this fundamental brain property ‘neuroplasticity.’ Neuro is for ‘neuron,’ the nerve cells in our brains and nervous systems. Plastic is for ‘changeable, malleable, modifiable.’”
Jason’s goal is to retrain parts of the brain and nervous system so the body can learn how to reduce or even eliminate abnormal function that may be the cause of current symptoms. A university study with over 2,800 participants found this treatment called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) resulted in enhanced health and well-being.

NSA uses specific touches to the spine in order to create spontaneous self-corrective spinal movements. Jason’s objective is to coach the body to refine these movements.
Researchers found the more complex these movements become, the greater the increase in nervous system coordination which indicates a greater capacity for positive changes in health. These researchers found that with NSA “…the synaptic strengths are adjusted, the neural pathways are established, and consequently the signal becomes less random.”2 In essence, these scientists are saying that a very positive neurological change occurs with this type of treatment. In fact, some of the same scientists conclude, in another paper, “…the sEMG (surface electromyography) signal of NSA reveals a new class of complex nonlinear dynamic behavior”3 in the nervous system.
The study1 into NSA with over 2800 participants found 95% reported their expectations had been met. It also concluded that “…within the boundaries of this design, these findings provide substantial evidence that Network Care should be included amongst those practices with established health benefits.

References:
(1) Blanks, R.H.; Shuster, T.L.; Dobson, M.A. Retrospective Assessment of Network Care Using a Survey of Self-Related Health, Wellness and Quality of Life, Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997,Vol. 1, No. 4, p. 15-31.
(2) Jonckheere, E.A.; Losoonthorn, P.; Boone, R. (2003). “Dynamic modeling of spinal electromyographic activity during various conditions.” Proceedings of the 2003 American Control Conference. 1:465-470.
(3) Lohsoonthom, P.; Jonckheere, E.A. “Nonlinear switching dynamics in surface electromyography of the spine.” Phycon, Vol. 1, pp. 276-281, 2003 International Conference on Physics and Control—Vol. 1 (PHYCON’03), 2003.

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