Questions & Answers
The following is a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ).
During most visits to Dr. Mike’s Network Chiropractic Center in Toronto, you’ll experience NSA sessions called entrainments. Entrainment is a term that means to get in synch with, and during the entrainment sessions a wave-like deepening of your breath and a subtle rocking of your spine will synchronize to help the tension in your body release.
You’ll be fully clothed and you’ll lie face-down on a table while Dr. Cohen evaluates your spine and muscles, and assesses your posture and breathing patterns. Then, he’ll use gentle pressure on specific points along your spine to help develop the tension-releasing Network Wave. A typical entrainment visit lasts about 20 minutes and will leave you feeling more relaxed, energized and at peace.
Entrainments are just one of the aspects of the care that you’ll experience at this office, however during other visits you’ll work with one of our Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) practitioners, who will teach you specific body-mind SRI exercises based on whatever is going on with you.
There are 12 SRI exercises in all, and you’ll learn how to use them on your own to accelerate your progress.
You can expect to immediately feel more relaxed, loose and flexible in your body. Your breathing will become deeper and easier. In most cases, your pain and tension levels will be significantly reduced within a short time.
But that’s really the tip of the iceberg. As your body shifts out of fight or flight mode, you’ll begin to experience more clarity, a sense of inner-calm and peace and a pleasant elongation and fluidity of your spine as your posture straightens. This is the beginning of the many life-changing benefits that Dr. Mike has to offer.
Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) evolved from Network Chiropractic, a method developed in the mid-1980s by Dr. Donald Epstein to help patients resolve tension patterns which occur when the spinal cord is over-stretched during physical injury or when the body is under mental or emotional stress.
Instead of adjusting or aligning your spine through forceful manipulation, Dr. Mike Cohen typically uses very light pressure on specific parts of your spine (your neck and tailbone in most cases). The pressure causes a wave-like movement and breathing pattern to occur along your spine, releasing tension and helping your body de-stress and unwind. No twisting, popping or cracking is necessary.
The best way to find out if our process will work for you is just to try it out! Dr. Cohen has helped hundreds of people and in most cases patients begin to feel positive changes within several visits, and many times even after just one visit. We do our best to educate you about what is happening and we’ll explain in detail what you can expect and how long it will take to reach your goals. We are confident that you’ll immediately know if you’re in the right place by the way you’re treated and the way you feel after the sessions.
NSA is not considered a therapeutic approach, because it’s main goal is not just the treatment of symptoms. Instead the main goal is to optimize the way your brain and body communicate, so that you can truly heal. With that said however, by releasing tension from the spine and helping the nervous system adapt to stress more effectively, our unique process has helped thousands of people experience relief or improvement in the following areas:
» Low back pain
» Neck pain
» Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
» Tension Headaches
» Attention Deficit Disorder
» Disc Herniation
» Muscle Spasms
» Disc Injuries
» Muscle Strains
» Bulging Discs
» Chronic Fatigue
Your recommended visit frequency will depend on your body’s current condition, your lifestyle and your overall health and wellness objectives.
Our initial program consists of 12-24 visits over an 8 week period. We will conduct re-evaluations on a regular basis to reasses where you are at and what your needs are.
We don’t follow a cookie-cutter approach, so during your initial visits we’ll evaluate your specific situation and give you our reccomendations and then we can decide together and create a customized program to meet your specific needs.
Network Spinal Analysis is a cutting-edge methodology at the frontier of body-mind research.
A retrospective study of over 2,800 people conducted through UC Irvine Medical College documented significant improvements in quality of life in the majority of people receiving Network Chiropractic care, and the wave patterns that occur during an NSA entrainment are the focus of a number of research papers by French mathematician professor Edmund Jonckheere and his colleagues in the USC Department of Engineering.
Professor Jonckheere is currently exploring the relationship between the wave process created in the body through Network Spinal Analysis, and the energy-efficiency and adaptability of the nervous system. Find out more about The Science behind NSA.
How is Dr. Mike’s Network Chiropractic Center different from other clinics offering Network Spinal Analysis in the Toronto area?
Back pain, especially chronic back pain, is rarely a one-cause one-cure situation. There are many factors that can contribute to ongoing back pain, including unresolved physical injuries, emotional and mental stress.
Rather than just giving you a twist or a pop for temporary relief, we suggest a holistic approach that will help you identify and change the patterns that are contributing to your back pain.
Through low force Network Spinal Analysis entrainments (a unique method that promotes a spontaneous wave-like release of tension within the spine) and a specific series of exercises called Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI), we’ll help you release tension and connect to the underlying source of your pain so that you can truly resolve it.
I’ve suffered from headaches for years. I’ve seen one or more doctors in the GTA, but none of the medications they’ve prescribed have helped. How can you help me?
Although we don’t claim to diagnose and directly treat symptoms, we have worked with hundreds of patients from Toronto and surrounding areas with many types of headaches, ranging from tension headaches to migraines with positive results. In most cases the severity and frequency of the headaches significantly diminishes, or the headaches vanish altogether.
Medications only provide temporary relief for headaches. We seek to understand the factors contributing to your headaches and help you make the necessary life changes to keep the headaches from recurring. Our experience has shown us that headaches, like any other pain signals, are a sign that your body is asking for a change in your behavior, your perceptions or your body structure.
So, we focus on helping you develop the awareness and discover the resources to change the way you are interacting with your body and living your life. The by-product of the lifestyle changes that you make is often a headache free experience.
I am finding it overwhelming to run my own company or work at my job and try to spend quality time with my family. How can your programs help relieve me of this stress?
The stress of having too much to do and not enough time to do it is epidemic in our culture. Consistently high stress levels freeze the body in a fight or flight mode, tightening muscles, rounding shoulders, making breathing shallow, and limiting blood and oxygen to the parts of your brain and body that are responsible for relaxation, revitalization, creativity and growth.
We find that a busy life is typically not the problem. The problem is your inability to shift gears and unhook from the stress-causing factors that are overwhelming you.
Our programs can help you release tension from your body and learn how to respond to and manage the stress that you’re under without constantly carrying it within you. Expect to work with us about two to three times a week for 8 weeks to get the ball rolling. We’ll help you release tension from your spine and nervous system, teach you helpful exercises and give you plenty of recommendations to decrease your stress levels quickly and naturally.
When it comes to their computer station, most people have a far from optimal ergonomic setup. In fact, we find that even people with excellent workstations often get neck and back pain from long hours in front of the screen.
The problem is that most people either aren’t aware of, or just outright ignore their body’s cues and the feedback telling them to move, stretch or reposition themselves. They regularly push through to finish a project, even though their bodies are building up considerable tension in the process.
Our solution is to help you get so connected to and in-tune with your body’s cues and feedback that you’re able to stay present and attentive to the exact positions you need to be in.
Instead of staying static at your desk and needing neck pain to let you know that you’re not being attentive to your body, with the help of our care, you’ll be able to tune in and stay fluid, flexible and free instead.
The initial Wellness Discovery Package consists of two fifty minute visits, and is $340. We have a special offer on our Health Pass page so that you can print out a $150 savings certificate. This brings your initial investment down to $190. If you choose to continue care with us, our ongoing programs are actually very affordable, especially when you consider the potential cost of not doing anything proactive about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Plus, if you have extended health benefits, our care is billed under Chiropractic, so be sure to check with your policy.
The only way for you to know for sure if our approach will be a good fit for you is to give us a try.