Gentle Chiropractic Care in Canberra

Our focus at Body Mind Empowerment Centre is on the delivery of an exceptionally gentle, ‘low force’ chiropractic method called Network Spinal Analysis, also known as Network Care or NSA Care. Most people find this form of chiropractic to be very comfortable, and yet very effective in helping with a range of conditions.

Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) is a form of neuroplastic treatment which uses gentle touches to the spine in order to stimulate the nervous system’s capacity to learn a strategy of self-correction. This retrains the brain and nervous system so that the body can learn to reduce or even eliminate abnormal function that may be the cause of symptoms such as, but not limited to pain, weakness or numbness.

As well as being effective for symptom relief, NSA Care is also great for improving overall well-being. In a retrospective study* of 2818 patients receiving Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) care, 59% of patients improved on the overall quality of life index, and about two-thirds of patients showed clinical improvements in all of the following: physical state, mental/emotional state, stress evaluation and life enjoyment indices.  

Another very encouraging conclusion of this study conducted by researchers at Irvine College of Medicine, which included over 2800 participants, was that 95% of respondents reported their expectations had been met with Network Care. Below is a summary of the published study that assessed over 2,800 patients conducted within the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Collage of Medicine, and Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine California 92697-1275.

What trends were seen in patients receiving this form of care? 

In this study, which evaluated a population of over 2,800 patients under Network Care in the U.S., Australia and other countries, showed an increasing percentage of patients reporting progressively greater improvements in the areas assessed as a function of duration of care; that is, in the population studied, there was no"ceiling" to the results over time. The benefits reported were evident as early as 1 to 3 months under care and continued for those under care for as long as 3 plus years. Investigators concluded that "within the boundaries of this design, these findings provide substantial evidence that Network Care should be included among those practices with established health benefits." 

This now may present the largest study ever to assess such a wide range of patient reported health and wellness benefits of any population. Seventy six per cent (76%) of the patients studied reported improved combined wellness changes in all categories assessed, including overall lie enjoyment. 

This study found the following health and wellness benefits of NSA:

1. Improved Physical State relative to:

  • Less physical pain
  • Less tension or stiffness of spine
  • Improved allergies, eczema, skin rashes
  • Fewer incidences of colds and flu
  • Fewer headaches
  • Less menstrual discomfort 

2. Improved Mental/Emotional State

  • Improved positive feelings about self
  • Less moodiness, angry outbursts and depression
  • More interest in life
  • Improved ability to think and concentrate
  • Less anxiety and concern about vague fears
  • Improved ability to stay on task - focus/concentration
  • Less distress about pain

3. Improved Response to Stress & less stress relative to:

  • Family
  • Significant relationship
  • Health
  • Finances
  • Daily problems 
  • Work
  • General well-being

4. Improved Life Enjoyment relative to: 

  • Positive feelings about self 
  • Interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Incidence of feelings of joy or happiness
  • Confidence when dealing with adversity
  • Experience of relaxation and well-being
  • Compassion for and acceptance of others
  • Feeling open when relating to others
  • Openness to guidance by "inner voice"

5. improved overall quality of life relative to:

  • Personal life
  • Oneself
  • Extent one adapts to change
  • Handling of problems in life
  • Actual life accomplishments
  • Life as a whole
  • Overall contentment with life
  • Significant other
  • Job
  • Life being what one wants it to be 
  • Romantic life
  • Actual work done
  • Co-workers
  • Physical appearance 

In addition to these categories, the study also identified a significant increases in health promoting practices and a decrease in health detracting practices in people who received Network Care. 

1. Engaging the power of Neuroplasticity

NSA teaches the body how to make its own corrections. The chiropractor uses a range of gentle finger pressures in specific locations along the spine and body in order to stimulate a response that becomes more complex and effective over time. This utilises the nervous system's neuroplastic capability to learn more sophisticated tasks which can then be utilised for healing and enhance performance. 

In a large percentage of individuals, Network Care (NSA) evokes a spontaneous self-perpetuating contraction of the paraspinal muscle. The movements may be very sutble, barely perceptible, or very obvious and may involve the arms and legs.
— Irvine College of Medicine

2. who usually receives this type of care?

This medical school study reported the following health & wellness benefits from Network Care appeals to highly motivated individuals who are interested in alternative care as a means to achieve a holistic health enhancement. 

  • 95% of respondents reported their expectations had been met; and 
  • 99% wished to continue Network Care.

3. other research on nsa

Other research has now been completed that has helped to better explain the physiological mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of NSA. Please feel free to request more details about those published results. 

4. Ways to evaluate and understand health 

This study explained the difference between two distinct models:

  • Biomedical model
  • Holistic or Wellness model

The Biomedical model considers the symptoms of a person and his/her laboratory test results to assess the condition or disease. 

The Holistic or Wellness model considers the symptoms of a person and his/her extent of function, perceptions, and overall quality of life. This is very much in keeping with the definition of health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social wee-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity," which was put forth by the World Health Organisation in 1948.


1. Blanks, R.H. Schuster, T.L., Dobson, M.A., Retrospective Assessment of Network Care Using a Survey of Self-Related Health, Wellness and Quality of Life, Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 1997, Vol. 1, No. 4, p. 15-31.

2. Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946, entered into force on 7 April 1948.