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Abduction Stress-The amount of resistance measured by an NSA practitioner when moving a patient’s legs apart on the table, which indicates a type of spinal cord tension.

Acceptance-The act of receiving something offered. The ability to accept an experience as it is within your body, without the desire or need to change it, end it, or have a different experience. This is one of the  steps to ending suffering.

Acknowledgement-Recognition of the existence or truth of something.  This is a necessary step to ending suffering.

Active Subsystem-The way the brain, nervous system, and emotional subsystem transfer energy through muscles and tendons to generate the forces that provide stability to the spine.

Adduction Stress-The amount of resistance measured by an NSA practitioner when moving a patient’s legs together on the table, which indicates a type of spinal cord tension.

Adverse Mechanical Cord Tension-First used by neurosurgeon Alf Breig, the term AMCT has been modified by Donny Epstein (the developer of NSA) as: “A condition of the spinal cord and its soft tissues produced by various factors which can traction, elongate, or compress the spinal cord; interfering with its function, tension, oscillation, and compromising its physiology; thus predisposing the central nervous system and peripheral nerves to a state of facilitation, and the facilitation leading to such tension.”

Allopathy-A term coined in the early 19th century by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, as a synonym for medical approaches that treat symptoms without addressing the disharmony produced by the underlying disease

Awaken-To have an experience that transcends the normality of everyday activities and life experiences, and that enhances one’s perception of the Divine.

Awareness-The state or ability to perceive, feel, or be conscious of events, objects or sensory patterns. The first step to create any kind of sustainable change, and to end suffering is to have awareness of an embodied experience as it is, without attachment, judgement, defense or a story about it.


Behavior-A pattern of actions taken; a series of sensory motor patterns; an expression of an internal state that can be observed; purposeful movement towards a goal or objective.

Bio-Field-A subtle energy field of standing waves proposed to form the energy anatomy, including the chakras and acupuncture meridians, and act as the super-regulator of all of the biochemistry and physiology of the body.

Birth Trauma-Peri-natal injury that can present as head trauma, neurological and spinal cord stress, decreased muscle tone, stiffness, difficulty nursing, unexplained crying and other physical and psychological symptoms.

B.J. Palmer-The son of D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic (1882-1961), who was responsible for much of the development and promotion of the chiropractic profession.

Brain-That part of the central nervous system considered to be the control or coordination center of the body.

Breath-The inhalation and exhalation necessary for life. Breath plays a key role in self and body awareness and influences various states of consciousness.
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Central Pattern Generator-Neural networks that can, without rhythmic sensory or central input produce rhythmic patterned outputs. Central pattern generators (CPG) can be modulated to adapt to the organism’s needs and surroundings. There are 2 known CPGs:Human gait and the Somatopsychic Wave produced with Network Care.

Cerebral Cortex-That part of the brain responsible for the awareness of the subtle cues of the inter-relationship of the body, its symptoms, and associated emotional states. It is associated with conscious choice, and allows you to redirect your attention and see the “bigger picture.”

Chemical Stress-A type of physiological stress caused by the exposure to, or ingestion of, natural or synthetic substances toxic to the body. This typically appears as a ‘rubbery, spongy’ feel to the musculature.

Chi-In traditional Chinese culture, chi (also Qi or ch’i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Chi is frequently translated as “energy flow.”

Chiropractic-A system of health care that recognizes and places utmost importance on the innate healing capacities of the body while seeking to remove impediments to the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Chiropractic comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “treatment by hand.” The profession focuses on the idea that the cause of all disease processes begin with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment; and treatment usually focuses on applying a force, by hand, to the patient’s spine.

Coccyx-The final segment of the vertebral column commonly referred to as the tailbone, compromising of 3-5 usually fused segments.

Congruence-A state when a person’s internal beliefs, strategies, and behaviors are fully in agreement and oriented toward securing a desired outcome.

Connection-To have rapport, affinity, or harmony.

Connective Tissue Matrix-A web of collagen connective tissue (fascia) that is completely interwoven with all the body cells, tissues, and organs. It provides not only physical stability and structure, but is believed to be the ground matrix for a high speed signaling network using biophotons and electromagnetics transmitted by liquid crystaline structures in the collagen.

Constancy (Certainty)-A steadfastness of mind under duress. Human beings often have a need for constancy, sameness, or certainty during times of high uncertainty.
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D.D. Palmer-David Daniel Palmer was the founder of chiropractic. In 1910 he wrote: “Consciousness is associated with nerve vibration; the external organs focus the vibratory movements, perform the function of receiving, directing and transmitting vibrations…. These vibrations pass into the interior by means of the nervous system. If this means of communication is normal in tension, its vibration and carrying capacity are also normal. The tension and rigidity of nerve tissue determines the amount of molecular oscillation….”

Degenerative Disc Disease (DJD)-is not really a disease, but rather a degenerative condition of the spinal structures. It can include arthritic changes, decreased space between the vertebrae, tears in the annulus fibrosis (the firm, tough outer layer of the disc) and damage to the nucleus pulposus (the jelly-like inner layer of the disc). There appears to be no direct/linear correlation between disc degeneration and low back pain, however.

Discover-To become aware of or find something or someone unexpectedly in the course of a search.

Donald Epstein/Donny Epstein-Donny is the founder and developer of Network Spinal Analysis, Somato Respiratory Integration as well as being the developer of Reorganizational Healing, and an Emerging Energetic based discipline.
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