The Development of Network Care
Network Care represents a significant paradigm shift in the practice of Chiropractic. In the 1970’s and the early 1980’s Dr Donny Epstein, an American chiropractor, decided to combine his passion for the original principles of chiropractic with a growing awareness of traditional and emerging healing practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Ayurveda.
Instead of pushing on “stuck” spinal joints (those with limited movement or a large amount of stored energy) he experimented with focusing his attention on joints that were already working. He applied gentle pressure on spinal segments that seemed to be moving freely and therefore receptive to his touch. His intention was to work in unison with the body’s natural rhythms and intelligence instead of trying to manually enforce a correction.
The results were unprecedented. Most obvious in the beginning were large spontaneous body movements (wriggling, twisting and stretching) and releases of emotion. More impressive were the results his patients began to report: reduced pain and improved organ function. They also reported feeling more free and at ease in themselves, more self-confident and expressive, coping better with stress and having a much clearer experience of their body and their feelings.
His practice became highly sought after and over the following decades he refined his methods into a precise system known as Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) or ‘Network Care’. His methods have been embraced by chiropractors throughout the world.