SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE ESTABLISHED FOR NEURO EMOTIONAL TECHNIQUE (NET)
by Dr Graham
Evidence for NET stress reduction technique used at Spectrum
Isn’t it fantastic when science actually catches up with our lived experience or ‘reality’? A recent scientific study in PubMed (a pre-eminent international medical journal) has added solid evidence behind a long used Chiropractic method called Neuro Emotional Technique or NET. Uncountable people worldwide have experienced relief of stress related to particular memories of negative experiences. Now there is measured scientific evidence to reveal insights as to the mechanisms.
History of NET
NET was discovered in the late 1970s, after the founding in 1964 of Applied Kinesiology (or AK) that is based on muscle testing as a form of health diagnosis. NET was designed from that original foundation.
How and where does stress manifest in our body?
NET uses muscle testing to find where in our body a stressful experience may have created an unresolved stress pattern. That unresolved stress pattern can keep on having a negative influence on our health because our brains respond in the same way to the memory of the event as to the actual event, meaning that our bodies will go into fight and flight mode, changing our posture, blood flow, how our organs work etc. The body-memory can be triggered by simple things such as a tone of voice, a colour or a posture, and often we are actually notvconsciously aware that it has happened. A simple example of body stress is the way we hold our shoulders up higher when we are super busy or feeling threatened. Another example is the way we feel tightness in the solar plexus (stomach) when we feel overwhelmed. Everyone is unique in how they respond to stress, and some of us are more sensitive to it than others. More extreme cases of unresolved stress are known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This problem afflicts many military and emergency services veterans, but you don’t need to be in that line of work to go through a traumatic stress event or suffer its’ debilitating effects well beyond the original event. With an unresolved traumatic event as a back-drop, this usually means we over-react in a situation instead of responding more appropriately or from a position of authenticity and confidence.
Some of you are aware of NET and have experienced this at our clinic and/or perhaps another clinic. The practitioner identifies stress held in the body and asks the patient to use focused breathing to release the stress while stimulating specific points on the spine.
Results of the NET study
Researchers used MRI imaging of the brain of participants in this research project. They compared neurological activity (intensity of nerve messages) in the brain stress circuits of those treated with NET with the group not treated. Activity in key emotion related centres in the brain – the hippocampus, anterior cingulate gyrus, brainstem and insula – was far less when NET-treated participants were again confronted with stimuli related to their original trauma event. Researchers also found that the people treated with NET were thereafter experiencing significantly less generalized anxiety than those who did not have the NET treatment.
Take-away message from the NET study
What the results in this study show is that emotional centres of people receiving treatment were calmed. Furthermore, the dynamics demonstrated by this study are probably representative of those dynamics in people all over the world whose stress is less and health better for having experienced NET.
Annika and Graham both use NET and you can call on 65501223 to find out more or drop by for a brochure or mention this newsletter at your next visit.
Reference: Neuro emotional technique effects on brain physiology in cancer patients with traumatic stress symptoms: preliminary findings. J. Cancer Survivor. 2017 Feb 8