One of the most pervasive questions that patients, Practice Members and doctors alike ask about Network Spinal Analysis is “How does it work?” It’s the same question asked about many healing arts that achieve results that may seem incomprehensible to the logical, rational mind. That tends to put these interventions in the unknown black box of “placebo” or “mind body interaction”. Even though those black boxes have been embraced the truth is there is mechanism for how this work creates miraculous changes. There has to be, no change occurs without a mechanism. As we further understand these mechanisms we see the implications are enormous.
Whether you choose to call it fringe or the cutting edge, ultimately, not having fully known mechanisms can be challenging when it comes to the public fully adopting the a given modality. What is energy rich and truly transformational will often challenge a culture that is energy neutral. Having mutually accepted common ground, such as research, provides the opportunity to cast a wider net, serve more people and be a greater source of contribution to humanity’s evolution.
James Oschman, one of the titans of energy medicine research, and Maurie Pressman recently published An Anatomical, Biochemical, Biophysical and Quantum Basis for the Unconscious Mind in The Journal of Transpersonal Studies. This paper ties together diverse areas of research from biology, physics, quantum physics, neurobiology and electronics to offer a plausible theory for how people experience unconscious and transpersonal (beyond the personal identity) changes through the bodywork such as Network Spinal Analysis and Somato Respiratory Integration. This is starting to fill in the gaps about experiences many people have under Reorganizational Healing care such as emotional release and retracing.
The nervous system is widely accepted as the mode of transmission of information in the body. Yet, it is known that many responses simply happen more rapidly than can be accounted for by pure nerve conduction. Oschman and Pressman are offering a communication system that is “ten or more times faster than nerve transmission”. These pathways include semiconduction through the “living matrix”, quantum interactions such as quantum coherence and biophotonic emission as well as complex computational interactions occurring in and between cells described by Dennis Bray in is 2009 book “Wetware, A Computer In Every Living Cell”.
You may recall from Neuro 101 that a neuron has to reach threshold before sending an action potential (signal) to the brain. What about all the sub-threshold information and stimulation? It is suggested that the living matrix acts as an analog transmission system. This matrix is comprised of the interconnection of nuclear material, the cellular cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix. This forms an interconnected network termed the Continuum Pathway. The transmission of information on this pathway occurs much more rapidly than nerve conduction. This is consistent with unconscious action seen in states of “flow”, a word popularized by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Flow is a state of peak performance often noted in music and sports performance when the conscious mind is at rest and flawless action is effortless. Action in this state may be attributable to the continuum pathway.
Quantum coherence and bio-photon activity offer a quantum mechanism for information storage and propagation. It has been found that the electrons, atoms and molecules acting in synchrony through a connection of matter that exists between the liquid and solid state in the body described as the liquid crystalline matrix. Transmission of information through this mechanism could occur at the speed of sound or light. The authors explain here:
These molecular vibrations can build up into collective modes of both electromechanical oscillations (phonons or sound waves) and electromagnetic radiations (photons) that extend over large distances within the organism and that can also be radiated into the space surrounding the cell or tissue or the organism as a whole.
This also bridges into the conversation of the human energy field that is continuous in and out of the body.
Later in the paper Oschman and Pressman propose “four key entrances or portals in this transpersonal network.” These are
- The neural system and the semiconductive living matrix
- “The acupuncture points and other sensitive points at the skin surface that connect the environment to the connective/myofascial “metasystem” extending throughout the body. These points allow for the bidirectional transpersonal information flow across the skin surfaces of both patient and therapist.”
- Integrins at the cell surface that create intra and extra cellular communication.
- Finally, impacts on the genome and epigenome.
The third portal is a wonderful categorization for the spinal gateway utilized in Network Spinal Analysis.
You can see a gross to small structural progression here as well as a possibility for tone to be expressed through the phasing system. The phase or tone would be the background tension in the liquid crystalline matrix or the living matrix throughout the entire body. Through this proposed system and accessing these portals it can be seen how making a contact could create change from the skin all the way down to the genome level.
Oschman and Pressman admit that this is a proposed mechanism and that there still needs to be some advances in our ability to observe the interactions in a way that produces irrefutable proof. But, such is the way for all systems that are on the cutting edge of any paradigm.
Reference: Oschman, J., & Pressman, M. (2014). An Anatomical, Biochemical, Biophysical, and Quantum Basis for the Unconscious Mind. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies 33(1).