human body can be compared to a triangle.
Each side of the triangle directly influences the other two sides. We are healthy when our structural,
biochemical, and emotional aspects are harmoniously balanced. Proper exercise,
stretching, posture, movement, etc can address structural issues. The biochemical component is managed with
diet, supplements, detoxication, and avoidance.
Using a procedure called Neuro
Emotional Technique (N.E.T.), the
emotional component can be addressed.
care professionals often overlook the emotional component, yet it is human
nature to have an emotional response to significant events. Too often after an event, we don’t just
return to our “normal” state of being.
Our bodies hold onto a response and “lock it” in our nervous system as a
neuro-emotional complex (N.E.C.). These memories (conscious or unconscious)
impact the physiologic responses that we carry forward and may manifest either
in a specific dysfunction or a general influence on body function. The end result is often ill health. One might even call it a manifestation of
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
is the difference between a memory and an emotion (N.E.C.)? Although
people consider emotions as being only psychologically based, scientific
discoveries have shown emotions are physiologically based.
complex reaction pattern of changes in nervous, visceral, and skeletal muscle
tissues response to a stimulus... As a strong feeling, emotion is usually
directed toward a specific person or event and involves widespread
physiological changes, such as increased heart rate and inhibition of
- THE LONGMAN DICTIONARY OF
PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY
advancements in neuroscience demonstrate that emotions are an interaction
between chains of amino acids that form neuropeptides and receptors. Emotions
are normal physiological (organic) processes in the body, some of which are
pleasant and others that are quite unpleasant.
do emotions affect physical health? Just as the physiology of muscles can be affected by joint
and spinal subluxations, the physiology of emotions can also be affected by
structural factors. A muscle
contracting, when and how you want it, is normal physiology. When a muscle is in a state of constant
contraction (or spasm) at an inappropriate time, it is abnormal
physiology. Similarly, when an emotional
response is happening at an inappropriate time, it is also abnormal
physiology. Our mandate is to relieve
the N.E.C. link that is causing it.
emotions stored in the mind? We feel different emotions in different parts of our body
in different ways. The ancient acupuncturists correlated the different emotions
to different organ meridians in our body. For example: fear relates to the
kidney, anger to the liver, grief to the lungs, etc. Although the primary locations for the
physiology of emotions are in the brain, spine, autonomic nervous system, and
acupuncture circuits, emotions affect any and all parts of the body in a physiological
way. Research has demonstrated that the biochemicals of emotion travel to
almost every cell in the body.
kinds of emotions can become a N.E.C? An N.E.C. is not always something that you consciously
remember. Sometimes it seems trivial but
when identified in the context of subsequent health, it is recognized as
are good and necessary. Normally, a
person has a stressful life event, experiences the emotion, and stores the
event as a memory. However, if this same
person develops a neuro-physiological link to the event, the same event can
lodge in the body as a N.E.C. These are the same
conditioned reflexes that are best known as Pavlovian-type reflexes in which
dogs learned to associate bell-ringing with being given food. Pavlov showed that if a bell was rung every
time food was presented after a while the dogs would start to salivate after
ringing the bell even when no food was presented. He proved that we can associate physiologic
reflexes to specific stimuli. Using the
same analogy, the N.E.C. is the bell that results in changes to your
As a result, N.E.C.s can promote, exacerbate, or even cause recurrences
of illness, behaviors, and biochemical imbalances.
What is N.E.T.? N.E.T. (Neuro Emotional Technique) was
developed by Dr. Scott Walker, a chiropractor from San Diego, California
after he combined muscle testing, chiropractic science, and Traditional Chinese
Medicine. The technique allowed Dr.
Walker to access to emotions that were associated with a conditioned reflex. This
is a reflex pattern like the conditioned response that Ivan Pavlov documented
is a technique of finding and re-programming negative memories (N.E.C.s) that
prevent the body from returning to its normal physiology. Muscle testing, body reflex points, and
semantic reactions (physiological reactions to memories or words) are used to
assist and guide you to recall a specific negative emotion (N.E.C.) and when it
first occurred. This engages a specific
neuro-emotional pattern, much as a computer operator uses a specific program on
a computer screen. While you mentally
hold the emotional memory (N.E.C.), the body is reprogrammed to unlink the
memory from a physiologic response.
is N.E.T. supposed to accomplish? N.E.T. seeks to normalize a neurological imbalance that
will promote a change in physiology towards better health. N.E.T. does not deal with the spiritual
realm. It does not exorcise demons or entities. It does not predict your future
or deal, in any way, with parapsychology.
It will not tell you what your plan of action may, must, or should
be. It deals only with your physiologic
reaction to a past event.
I forget the stressful event or negative emotion? N.E.T.
will not make correct or change your recollection of the past event, nor will
it confirm what may have actually happened in the past. That deals with perception. All we ask from N.E.T. is to acknowledge an
event, imagined or otherwise, that has significantly impacted you. N.E.T. training emphasizes that all memory
events in an N.E.C. are simply the patient’s own “EMOTIONAL REALITY,” because
they may or may not correspond with actual or historical reality.
safe? Correction of a N.E.C. is safe and
gentle. Chiropractors often include a
spinal adjustment, but our technique does not find it necessary. Patients often express immediate relief
following N.E.T. It is not subtle. With the emotional side of the triangle of
health strengthened, you can clarify the needs and integrity of your structural
and biochemical health.
often might I need N.E.T? An artichoke graphic symbolizes the accumulated layers of
structural, biochemical and emotional factors causing ill health. Each of these factors (including N.E.C.s)
surface as they become the dominant issue. Thus, returning to vibrant and
resilient health is actually a “peeling” process in harmony with the timing of
the body’s own healing wisdom. Most
people have only a few major N.E.C. that warrant N.E.T.
involve psychological counseling? N.E.T. is not a substitute for psychological or
psychiatric therapy. Patients who show a possible need for psychotherapy are
referred to psychological or psychiatric professionals for evaluation and/or
treatment. The correction of a N.E.C. is
a physiological phenomenon that does not involve counseling, guidance, or
advice. It is purely a matter of the
body’s response to acknowledging an underlying negative emotion and enabling
the body to reduce/eliminate the impact the emotion has on your body.
What else can N.E.T. do for me? The influence of this
technique is limitless. Because N.E.T.
is not psychotherapy, it is aimed at maximizing the physiology of the body
through the removal of conditioned reflexes.
By using N.E.T. optimal health and success in all areas of life can be