“What is Network Spinal Analysis and how is it different from traditional chiropractic methods?”
Network Care or Reorganizational Healing, the foundation for our services offered at SWC, is a profound, whole-body approach to wellness that connects you to your ability to heal using both Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI).
Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) evolved from Network Chiropractic, a method developed in the mid-1980’s 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 spinal adjustments, a Network Spinal Analysis Practitioner typically uses a precise and gentle touch on specific parts of your spine. The contact causes a wave-like movement and breathing pattern to occur along your spine, releasing tension and helping your body destress and unwind.
“What is a typical visit with Dr. Lawrence G. Stern like?”
During most visits with Dr. Stern, you will experience NSA sessions called “entrainments”. Entrainment is a term that means to get “in sync” 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 lay face-down on a table while Dr. Stern evaluates your spine and muscles, and assess your posture and breathing patterns. Then, he’ll use gentle, precise pressure on specific points along your spine to help develop the tension-releasing Network Wave. A typical entrainment visit lasts about 20-40 minutes and will leave you feeling more relaxed, energized and at peace.
“What kind of results can I expect right away?”
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 of your spine as your posture straightens. This is the beginning of the many life-changing benefits Dr. Lawrence G. Stern has to offer.
“How can I be sure your process will work for me?”
The best way to find out if our process will work for you is just to try it out. We’ve worked with thousands of people and in most cases people 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’re confident that you’ll immediately know that you’re in the right place by the way you’re treated and the way you feel after the sessions.
“What conditions/symptoms can you help with?”
NSA is not considered a “treatment” or “therapy.” 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:
Anxiety : Asthma : Attention Deficit Disorder : Bulging Discs : Chronic Fatigue : Depression : Disc Herniation : Disc Injuries : Fibromyalgia : Headaches : Low Back Pain : Lyme Disease : Migraines : Muscle Spasms : Muscle Strains : Neck Pain : Post Traumatic Stress Disorder : Sciatica : Tension Headaches : TMJ : Torticollis : Whiplash
“How often will I need to come in to get results?”
There are three levels of Network Care. During each you will experience different sets of benefits.
In Level One of Network Care, you will begin to develop awareness about yourself through your breath, energy and movement. We work to re-establishing integrity in your nervous system and developing continuity in how your brain and body communicate.
Level Two of Network Care, you become an active participant in your healing. We build on your new level of awareness and help you see and acknowledge patterns in your body and in your life, developing acceptance of all of your parts. With greater connection comes positive, sustainable shifts in your life. You will notice changes in your body, the range of emotions you can experience and the quality of your thoughts.
In Level Three of Network Care you have established a strong platform or baseline and the life you are leading now is vastly different than the life you were leading before Network Care. You will notice changes in the quality of your relationships, how you perceive yourself and others. You may have adapted healthy lifestyle changes and replaced poor coping strategies. You may start developing or further your spiritual path. Your body is strong and flexible, your range of emotions is wide and varied and the quality of your thoughts are uplifting and exciting.
Your recommended visit frequency will depend on your body’s current condition, your lifestyle and your overall health and wellness objectives. Our Basic program consists of 30 visits over a 12 week period. Our Intermediate program consists of 45 visits over a 6 month period and our Advanced program consists of 60 + visits over a 12 month period.
We don’t believe in a “cookie-cutter” approach though, and during your initial visits we’ll evaluate your specific situation and decide together which program is the best fit for you, or we’ll create a customized program to meet your specific needs.
“What scientific evidence do you have that your methods work?”
Network Spinal Analysis may literally be “touchy-feely”, but it isn’t just a new-age “woo-woo”. It 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” created in Network Spinal Analysis and the energy-efficiency and adaptability of the nervous system. Find out more about The Science behind NSA. In fact, Dr. Stern was part of a documented peer review study in 2004 with Dr. Edmond Jonckheere, “Spatio-temporal analysis of an electrophysiological wave phenomenon!”
“How is the office of Dr. Lawrence G. Stern different from other clinics offering Network Spinal Analysis in the Westchester and Fairfield County area?”
Dr. Stern has received his advanced certification in Network Spinal Analysis. Approximately three hundred Network clinics worldwide offer this level of expertise in their practice!
“I’ve suffered from back pain for years. What would you suggest?”
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 spinal adjustment 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 “entrainment” (a unique method that promotes a spontaneous wave-like release of tension within the spine), 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 tried a number of medical doctors in the area but none of the medications they’ve prescribed have helped. Can you help?”
Although we don’t claim to diagnose and directly treat symptoms, we’ve worked with hundreds of patients 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 influencing and 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’re interacting with your body and living your life. The by-product of the lifestyle changes that you make is often a headache-free experience.
“Between trying to run my company and trying to spend quality time with my family, I’m finding it overwhelming. How can your programs help relieve me of this stress?”
The stress over 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 twice a week for 12 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.
“I work at a computer all day and I have constant neck pain. Can you help with this?”
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 our care, you’ll be able to stay fluid, flexible and free instead.
“How much will it cost?”
We provide two different Initial workup packages based upon your need for care. The Initial 4-Visit workup is provided for those individuals whose condition is chronic in nature (4 months or more). This workup consists of three visits, which include various diagnostic testing, education and care. Based upon your results from the previous three visits and your response to care, a Recommended Action Plan will be presented on visit # 4. The cost for your 4-day workup is $495.
Your initial consultation and follow up are one on one, or private sessions. A standard care package includes group setting entrainment sessions beyond your fourth visit. The group setting allows you the benefit of giving your system the time to relax and to integrate the work effectively while keeping the entrainment service as affordable as possible. In the group room, Dr.Stern may be working with up to 4 people at one time.
If you prefer private sessions, packages of private sessions are available. What’s the advantage of a private session? Private sessions provide space for one on one conversation that is not available during group sessions.
We recommend scheduling a private:
Every 6-12 visits to check in and review progress of care
If you have been away from consistent care for more than 2 months
If you have sustained an acute injury
If you have had a shift in personal relationships, work, or relationship with self
If you or a family member is in distress
If you choose to continue care with us, our ongoing programs are actually quite affordable, especially when you consider the potential cost of not doing anything proactive about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
Our programs can help you get where you want to go in your life. We are participating out of network providers and accept various types of insurance.
“How can I be sure that your office will be a good fit for me?”
The only way for you to know for sure if our approach will be a good fit for you is to give it a try. We are excited to hear from you. Give Dr. Stern a call at (914) 218-6424.
Serving Westchester and Fairfield Counties. Mt.Kisco, Katonah, Cross River, Bedford, Bedford Hills, Pound Ridge, South Salem, North Salem & Chappaqua, NY. Ridgefield, Stamford, New Canaan, Norwalk & Danbury, CT.