Frequently  Asked  Questions & Answers

What to expect at your initial visit?

Your initial visit with the Doctor of Chiropractic will last approximately an hour and a half and includes a consultation, a life history, and a thorough spinal examination. We also will review what is working and not working, and what you would like to see change. You will receive your first gentle Network Entrainment, also called an entrainment or Network Adjustment. In addition, Dr. Sophia will give you a feeling of what our unique approach can do for you, and we will discuss what you noticed, how your system has changed, and then you can decide on your own if our method is right for you. We will give you recommendations for care which outlines what can be done for you, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. From this, you can then decide on a plan of action.

Are there forms I need to fill out before my first appointment?

Yes, here are our new patient forms:

Personal History form to complete

Click Here to view and print Personal History Form PDF

Please print this form, fill it out and bring it to us on your initial visit.

 

Informed Consent to Receive Networks Spinal Analysis (NSA) Care

Click Here to view, print, and sign Informed Consent to Receive Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) Care PDF

Please read this form, print and sign it, then bring it to us on your initial visit.

 

Privacy Practices

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Click Here to print and sign that you have read the Notice of Privacy Practices Signature Page PDF

Please read our Notice of Privacy Practices and then print and sign the Signature Page and bring the Signature Page to us on your initial visit.

 

What will Network Spinal Analysis do for me?

NSA helps you to use the energy within your spinal tension to fuel the healing process. Network Care helps your internal cues to become so available that you can more often act, think, feel, and respond in a more productive and healthier fashion. Through a specified plan of Network Adjustments or Entrainments, you will progress through a series of Levels of Care, which over time will enable you to: better adapt to your environment and its stresses; make healthier life choices; develop a healthier spine and body; and live a more fulfilling and enriched life.

What is the focus of Network Care?

Through Network Care, we will assist your body to develop new and better strategies for effective living and greater healing. These strategies will help you:

 

  • Establish the capacity of your nervous system to connect and release areas of tension, and impaired function
  • Enhance your ability to generate automatic respirations and movements that help your spine and nervous system to dissipate tension, increase circulation and energy flow, and promote healing
  • Develop an effective and trusting relationship with your spine, nervous system, body, and your healing process
  • Monitor improvement in coordinated function of nerves, muscles, vertebrae, and soft tissues that promotes a healthy spine and nervous system
  • Assist your body in removing spinal interference to communication between your brain and the cells of your body, increasing your body’s ability to properly respond to its experiences, challenges, and needs
  • Develop lifetime strategies for self-awareness and healing
  • Assess the significant improvement in your health and quality of life through a very wide range of indicators
  • Monitor your progress with periodic clinical re-evaluations performed by your chiropractor
What can I expect during a regular Network Care visit?

Network Care as you receive it is a system of gentle or light touches and body movements that help enable the body’s healing systems and mechanisms. This application called a “Network Adjustment,” or what is sometimes referred to as an “Entrainment,” helps the body have a greater awareness and move away from defense toward growth and healing. NSA “feels” good because there is no abruptness and no need to become tense while on the table. You may notice your body “moving” as your body begins to experience a “healing wave.” Many people report after a session a deep sense of peace or calm and generally are very relaxed.
You may be in a room with one or a few tables. If you wish to have privacy during your visit, please let us know. Most of the time you will be lying on a special table face down, fully clothed except for your shoes off. This makes it easier to perform a leg check for spinal tension patterns, observe respiration, muscular tension patterns and movement, as well as better enable us to palpate your spine. Every so often you may be asked to fill out a form, a wellness evaluation, to assess your progress and establish if any changes should be made in your care. These forms will be reviewed and discussed with the doctor during progress and re-evaluations.

Why are gentle contacts performed mostly on the neck and lower spine?

As far as a gentle touch, this is consistent with Network Spinal Analysis. The intent is to enable the body’s own self-generated mechanisms of movement and respiration to assist in the correction of mechanical tension and interference to the nervous system, promoting better strategies for you and your body. The care is a continuum of increasing spinal awareness and self-corrective efficiency. A gentle touch adjustment has been demonstrated to be effective to achieve these ends. Since the regions your Network practitioner is seeking to affect are not the regions of maximum tension, fixation, inflammation or pain, but instead regions often remote from them likely to generate these conditions, minimal force is required for correction. The body has a striving to be self-corrective and utilize its energy most efficiently. The body’s own self-organizational intelligence responds to the specific touch to generate a change. The neck and low spine are the major regions of attention in Network Care, since these are the regions where the spinal cord itself is attached to the vertebral column. Therefore, altered tension from these regions can have widespread, or global, spinal and nervous system consequences warranting specific clinical intervention.

What are these 'Healing Waves' you mention?

Through Network Care, the brain may generate two waves that are associated with dissipation of energy, enhanced vertebral motion, coordination of the spinal subsystems, and enhanced well-being. These are known as the Respiratory and Somatopsychic waves and are unique to Network Care. The Respiratory wave is characterized by a full and profound natural rhythmic breathing which begins at the base of the spine, progresses upward between the shoulder blades, around the shoulders, and into the neck. It naturally gently rocks the vertebrae “melting” tension and enhancing the development of your body’s emerging strategies of wellness. The Somatopsychic Wave (soma for body, psyche for mind or spirit) is associated with muscular contraction which pulsates and organizes various spinal segments into a fluid wave-like coordinated motion. These wave mechanisms are currently being studied at the University of Southern California to better characterize them and to evaluate their potential role in the body’s reorganization to a higher level. During the Network sessions, your practitioner may position your spine to allow for a more effective redistribution of energy, improved coordination of the spinal integrity subsystems, and an enhancement of full spinal involvement in these “healing waves.”

Where does pain fit into the picture?

Pain is an experience of awareness. Pain acts to alert the individual that the body-mind is being challenged in maintaining its status quo. It tells the body-mind that something has to shift or change, or greater awareness need be paid attention. This is a means of the body saying “Wake Up! Something here needs attention!”

Will this help my back and neck pain?

Usually, people find that many types of painful symptoms are improved through NSA care. It is important to remember that everyone is unique and thus responds to any type of care in their own individual way. You could experience positive benefits within a few short visits or longer. We encourage you to experience NSA and see.

What should I do during a Network spinal adjustment?
  • For the few moments while you are receiving your Network Entrainment, close your eyes and suspend your thoughts and bring your attention to your body and breathe. This helps educate the mind to let go of the attachment to observing outside oneself and thinking.   Conscious thoughts interfere with your feelings often distracting you from the healing process.  Feel what the body is wanting and simply pay attention. You will notice that you will almost immediately start to breathe more deeply. Pay attention to the movements of your body, too.  You will be amazed at how much tension can be dissipated.

 

  • Breathe deeply, no more deeper than comfortable.  This allows for easier release of old patterns locked in the spine and nervous system and helps to integrate the Network Entrainment.  

 

  • In each Level of Care, your level of active participation in the process will increase in complexity and attention while simultaneously you are learning new inherent strategies for living and healing. As your wellness facilitator, we will communicate in each level what we want you to be aware of and coach you during your visits.
How frequently should I schedule Network adjustments?

The frequency of your visits varies according to your desired wellness goals. Some clients want to follow the specific Network Spinal Analysis Levels of Care, while others want to create their own schedule. We will work with you to achieve the results you want, but your expectations must be consistent with your efforts.

Is there anything I should avoid before a Network Entrainment?

Avoid heavy meals or alcohol three hours prior to your Network Entrainment and wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to allow for easy respiration.

What Should I do After Network Entrainments?

Please take a 5-minute walk before you drive. Should your schedule and weather permit, enjoy the tranquility of the ocean along the bike path just across the street from the office. It is okay to exercise anytime before or after a Network Entrainment, always listening to your body, spine, and their needs.

How can I learn more about each level of Network care?

With each level of care, we will have workshops to demonstrate successful participation in each level and the power of the healing waves that will develop in your spine. It is a very enriching, joyous healing experience and journey.  Click here to see our upcoming events and classes.

How long does a Network Entrainment take?

A Network Entrainment can last from 5-20 minutes depending on the level of care and what is needed that day. Please plan for 30 minutes in and out our door, including preparing to get on the table and walking outside after every visit.

How can I participate in my healing process?
  • Practice Somato Respiratory Integration™ exercises at home.  You can learn to do these exercises in our office and read The Twelve Stages of Healing book that describes these exercises in detail, written by Dr. Donald Epstein, the developer of Network Spinal Analysis™.

 

 

  • Read about, listen to healing and unifying principles of life.

 

  • Find solutions to life situations by going within and ask your innate self for the answer, be still, listen and feel for a response. The communication lines will be opening as you receive Network Care.

 

  • Listen for the commonly unheard, feel for the commonly unfelt, and look within for the commonly unseen. Healing involves growing beyond one’s usual frame of consciousness.  Healing is rarely comfortable or convenient.  Recognize that change will occur in your body-mind and in your life. You are the solution.
What should I look for to measure my progress?

You should start to feel more awareness of your body and breath. You might feel that the length of your steps is different; you will see you carry your body differently. As you progress along, the spine revitalizes, energizes, and helps the body to self-correct distortions of alignment and posture. Also a wide range of physical complaints such as headaches, pain, eczema, menstrual cramps, dizziness, and many others have been reported to improve or even resolve. You will discover that you can heal yourself. We will help this process through our effective clinical care.

How will we assess progress?

Assessments of your progress will include monitoring of your spine and body awareness, responsiveness to inner rhythms, tension, and ease patterns. At regular intervals, following commencement of care, reassessments will be performed. These will include your personal perception of your wellness and your awareness of your spine and body-mind changes. As your chiropractor we will report to you the improvement in your spinal and nervous system integrity and your ability to self-regulate and reorganize your spine.

What does the care cost?

This is a very good question and a common concern for some people seeking care. We have several plans for care covering individuals and families. We consider it an investment in yourself, and we take you and your family’s well-being very seriously. Our care is very affordable for people with or without insurance, especially considering the tremendous improvements in quality of life received associated with the care.

How long do I need to come for care?

That is another individual question. During your initial report of findings, your first few visits, and after our full evaluation of you and your health profile, we will determine a plan of care to most effectively assist you in reaching your health and wellness goals.

What if I’ve been away from Network Entrainment for awhile?

After 4 or more months out of regular care, at the returning client visit you will receive a Network Entrainment. Dr. Sophia and you will decide what plan and fee structure best suits your needs or a reevaluation may be scheduled.

Is NSA good for children?

Absolutely! NSA is wonderful for the entire family, and we highly recommend that everyone be in care together. We have babies in care as well! Everyone can benefit from living in greater connection to themselves and the world.

I'm pregnant. Should I wait until after I have my baby to start?

NSA is perfect for the expecting mother, both for its gentle application as well as its effective results and outcomes. For the first 4-5 months during pregnancy, NSA care is performed without variation. After 5 months, contacts are made while using body pillows and lying on your side. Pregnant women experience many great advantages under Network Care, and many report smoother pregnancies and labors with care.

How do I get started with Network Spinal Analysis Care?

It’s as easy as calling our office at (808) 823-0418 and scheduling your initial visit or make an appointment online. During that visit, you will have a complete consultation about any current or past health concerns as well as review your confidential health history. We will perform a complete spinal evaluation. We will also discuss how Network Care will be able to help you after we better understand what you are seeking from the care. The best way to know what Network does and how it can help is to experience it yourself. Give us a call– you’ll be glad you did!

 

Consultation, Spinal Exam, Two Network Adjustments,
60-Minute Massage ($249 Value)

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