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Reorganizational Healing as an Integrally Informed Framework for Integral Medicine
ABSTRACT – Reorganizational Healing (ROH) is explored as an integrally informed methodological framework to be utilized within the emerging field of Integral Medicine. ROH assists individuals to discover who they are in their current situation, symptom, life challenge, or life evolution. Transformation and awakening are accessed in ROH in terms of the individual’s readiness to change as well as various energetic typologies of change and resource availability (biological, emotional, mental, and spiritual). Developing an ROH map assists both healer and patient in understanding how they change; what energetic intelligences are available as resources; and what “season” one is in, in terms of discovery, transformation, awakening, or integration. The history of ROH, which has developed over the past 30 years, is also recounted.
The Network Spinal Wave as a Central Pattern Generator
Objectives: This article explains the research on a unique spinal wave visibly observed in association with network spinal analysis care. Since 1997, the network wave has been studied using surface electromyography (sEMG), characterized mathematically, and determined to be a unique and repeatable phenomenon.
Methods: The authors provide a narrative review of the research and a context for the network wave's development.
Results: The sEMG research demonstrates that the movement of the musculature of the spine during the wave phenomenon is electromagnetic and mechanical. The changes running along the spine were characterized mathematically at three distinct levels of care. Additionally, the wave has the mathematical properties of a central pattern generator (CPG).
Conclusions: The network wave may be the first CPG discovered in the spine unrelated to locomotion. The mathematical characterization of the signal also demonstrates coherence at a distance between the sacral to cervical spine. According to mathematical engineers, based on studies conducted a decade apart, the wave itself is a robust phenomenon and the detection methods for this coherence may represent a new measure for central nervous system health. This phenomenon has implications for recovery from spinal cord injury and for reorganizational healing development.
Reorganizational Healing: A Paradigm for the Advancement of Wellness, Behavior Change, Holistic Practice, and Healing
Reorganizational Healing, (ROH), is an emerging wellness, growth and behavioral change paradigm. Through its three central elements (the Four Seasons of Wellbeing, the Triad of Change, and the Five Energetic Intelligences) Reorganizational Healing takes an approach to help create a map for individuals to self-assess and draw on strengths to create sustainable change. Reorganizational Healing gives individuals concrete tools to explore and use the meanings of their symptoms, problems, and life-stressors as catalysts to taking new and sustained action to create a more fulﬁlling and resilient life.
Wellness Lifestyles II: Modeling the Dynamic of Wellness, Health Lifestyle Practices, and Network Spinal Analysis™
Objective: Empirical application of a theoretical framework linking use of Network Spinal Analysis™ (NSA; a holistic, wellness-oriented form of complementary and alternative medicine [CAM]), health lifestyle practices, and self-reported health and wellness.
Design: Cross-sectional self-administered survey study.
Respondents: Two thousand five hundred and ninety-six (2596) patients from 156 offices of doctors who were members of the Association for Network Chiropractic (currently titled Association for Network Care); estimated response rate was 69%.
Measures: Exogenous variables entered into the structural equation model include gender, age, education, income, marital status, ailments, life change, and trauma. A wellness construct consisted of calculated difference scores between two referents, "presently" and "before Network" care, for self-reported items representing wellness domains of physical state, mental-emotional state, stress evaluation, and life enjoyment. Positive reported change in nine items assembled into dietary practices, health practices, and health risk dimensions serve as indicators of the construct of changes in health lifestyle practices. The NSA care construct consisted of duration of care in months, awareness of energy and awareness of breathing since beginning Network care.
Results: Of the exogenous variables only gender, age, and education remain in the final parsimonious structural equation model in these data. Reported wellness benefits accrue to individuals along a direct path from both self-reported positive lifestyle change (0.22), and from NSA care (0.43). The path (0.65) from NSA care to positive health lifestyle changes indicates that NSA care also has an indirect effect on wellness through changes in health lifestyle practices.
Conclusions: The Structural Equation model tested in these analyses lends support to our theoretical framework linking wellness, health lifestyles, and CAM. This study provides further evidence that our measurements of health and wellness are particularly appropriate for investigating wellness-oriented CAM. There is a positive relationship between the experience of NSA care and self-reported improvements in wellness as well as self-reported changes in lifestyle practices. NSA care users tend toward the practice of a positive health lifestyle, which also has a direct effect on reported improvements in wellness. These empirical links are discussed relative to the sociodemographic characteristics of this population and show that use of NSA care is an aspect of a wellness lifestyle.
Ground Breaking Research Presented at Prestigious IEEE Global SIP Conference on Network Wave
Improvements in Mood, Posture and Balance in an Older Patient Receiving Chiropractic Care: A Case Study
Objectives: To report on and discuss the changes in a 72 year old male who presented for chiropractic care suffering from multiple health complaints.
Case History: A 72 year old male presented to a private chiropractic practice in Auckland, New Zealand suffering from severe postural alterations, mild depression, low back pain, balance disturbances, perpetual tiredness and mild depression.
Interventions and Outcomes: Over a nine week period, a specific and conservative chiropractic care plan was provided to the patient. The care plan involved Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) adjustments and the frequency of care was altered throughout this period based on both subjective and objective measures. A complete health history and physical examination was completed prior to care. A full posture analysis (Posture Pro 8 posture analysis system), and surface electromyography (sEMG) scans were performed at baseline and were then monitored regularly over the nine week period. Subjective measures were also monitored during each adjustment visit. Significant improvements were noted in postural and sEMG findings as well as in subjective measures of health over the 9 week period.
Conclusions: While under chiropractic care, improvements in both self-reported subjective and objective measures were noted in a patient with severe postural alterations, low back pain, balance disturbances, perpetual tiredness and a mildly depressive state of mind. These improvements include overall physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the patient.
Reorganization of the Cervical Curve & Improved Quality of Life Following Network Spinal Analysis Care: A Case Study
Objective: The objective of this study is to report on the reorganization of the cervical curve in a patient undergoing Network Spinal Analysis chiropractic care.
Clinical Features: The patient is a 31-year-old male who presented for Network care with complaints of arthritis in his neck, stabbing pain in ribs and numbness/tingling in both hands. Radiographs were taken which demonstrated an Atlas Plane Angle measurement of 14.7° indicating loss of cervical lordosis.
Intervention and Outcomes: Chiropractic care plan consisted of Network Spinal Analysis care. Based on initial spinal assessment, low force spinal adjustment contacts were applied to enhance spinal and neural integrity and increase somatic awareness. The patient received a total of 61 adjustments over a period of 6 months. After 6 months surface electromyography, thermal scan, radiology and patient’s subjective assessment demonstrated significant improvement. Lateral cervical film showed increase in Atlas Plane Angle to 30° and the restoration of the patient’s lordotic cervical curve.
Conclusion: This case study reports on the increase of the cervical lordosis in a patient undergoing Network Spinal Analysis care. Improvement in the patient’s objective outcomes indicates that while under Network care, the patient’s body has undergone reorganization. This case study adds to subluxation-based chiropractic research focused on the restoration of the cervical curve. Further research is warranted to determine the relationship between Network Spinal Analysis adjustments and improvement in the cervical curvature.