Continued from the last post, I will share with you a Q n A with Dr. Sophia Rodrigues and some simple exercises to stabilize and support the spine.
Network Spinal Analysis™ (NSA) is an evidenced-based approach to wellness and body awareness. Gentle, precise touch to the spine cues the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies. Two unique healing waves develop with this work. They are associated with spontaneous release of spinal and life tensions, and the use of existing tension, as fuel for spinal re-organization and enhanced wellness. Practitioners combine their clinical assessments of spinal refinements with patient’s self-assessments of wellness and life changes. Greater self-awareness and conscious awakening of the relationships between the body, mind, emotion and expression of the human spirit are realized through this popular healing work. NSA is exclusively practiced by Doctors of Chiropractic in relationship to the identification and self-regulation of spinal tension and subluxation patterns.
R: What changed your perception and choice to move from traditional chiropractic to Network Spinal Analysis (NSA)? S: I herniated disc and had chronic low back pain, while in chiropractic school, after sitting a lot, the stress of school, and doing some super heavy crazy weight lifting squats. While in chiropractic school, I practiced and received a traditional chiropractic manipulation technique which really helped with temporary relief of the low back pain. But when it came to really getting rid of the chronic low back attacks, while trying to work, build a practice, and having to go to bed with pain, I really needed something else.
I decided to try NSA, as I was guided to do so by a spiritual teacher, who thought I could help meditators with NSA. I thought NSA was weird when I first saw someone getting adjusted as they had these waves moving through their spine and obvious emotions releasing, and I could not figure out how those gentle touches (no cracking) could do anything. I had my first Network adjustment and it was an incredible life changing opening in my whole body, mind and soul. After that first Network adjustment, I cried and cried as I knew NSA was why I had studied so hard and meditated so long and how I could help so many people and meditators too! Everything I always wanted to give and share in my life came together in that one Network Adjustment, and since then I have been passionately giving and receiving NSA ever since. Then low and behold, after going through several months of NSA, really working through all the chronic pattern, slowing down enough to feel all the emotions around the low back pain, and not getting it temporarily cracked and out of pain, I had no low back pain whatsoever and I could do and I continue to do major squats and lunges regularly competing with girls half my age! And not only did the low back pain go away, I had ulcerative colitis, a life debilitating stress related disease, which was healed with the low back pain and never has returned after 22 years now! No more chronic low back pain and a happy life, body and gut!
R: In seeing someone like myself with years of surfing and pushing my body into overdrive and recovering from injuries, what is your best advice to recovery and stabilizing the spine and moving towards a pain free body? S: Regular NSA Care is the best thing I can recommend from my own experience. As you release the fight or flight and the built-up tension over the years, as far back as the womb, your body will learn to unwind the tension patterns, and you will be much more adaptable to stress on a physical, mental, and emotional level. When I released the chronic patterns, manifesting in low back pain and ulcerative colitis, I went from seeing 60 to 200 people in a day, and I could handle it and thrived on it, on every level. I like to say you will learn to “eat stress for breakfast and spit it out as personal growth mentally, physically and emotionally and be able to do more, be more, and live more fully!”
R: Can you share the exercises you gave me in a pdf and if you have anything to contribute to the protocol or lumbar stability? S: The rehab exercises I attached are for building the lumbar paraspinal muscles which after a matter of weeks, after a lumbar injury, go from muscle to fat and are weakened and then more prone for injury.
Overwhelming physical, emotional and/or chemical stresses affect the spine--whatever goes to the back of our mind goes to our spine and hides there as tension. Pain in the spine is the body’s innate wisdom trying to get us to listen, step back and question what needs to shift or change in our lives. Disease is a manifestation of the body trying to heal: it may be a maladaptive way, but it is the body’s way. In Network, rather than putting attention on the areas of disease or pain, we place gentle forces in key areas of ease and peace, allowing those peaceful areas to grow so that it fills the whole body and life with ease.