As a holistic chiropractor I work with the “whole” person. I understand how emotional stress can lead to dis-ease in the body. A person can eat well, take nutritional supplements and receive physical or structural chiropractic care, but if the emotional body is out of balance, their improvement may be limited.
Over the years, while working with patients that have come to see me for physical pain in their bodies, I have developed a greater understanding of how stress affects the physical body. When I discovered neuroemotional technique, I knew that I had come across a technique that could help to fill in the missing piece for certain patients that were stuck in a pattern of emotional stress affecting their bodies.
What is Neuroemotional Technique?
Neuroemotional Technique (Net) is a mindbody technique that uncovers emotional stress in the body and helps to free the body of this stress. Hans Seyle’s work showed that emotional and mental stressors produce the same physiological responses as physical and chemical stressors. Emotions are related to information substances called neuropeptides, neurotransmitters, and hormones.
These information substances can interact with every cell in the body. When these information substances react with a cell an entire cascade of responses may be elicited by the cell. On a simple level this may include the heart rate changing, breathing changes, and pupil dilation.
Net assists the subconscious or limbic system of the body to complete the process of extinction of an emotional response. For example, a person may have had an emotional event from their past cause an emotional response in their body. The conscious brain may believe that the issue has either been resolved or not, but this doesn’t seem to matter, because the subconscious brain may still be affected by this event or situation. This original event may be setting up a conditioned response by the body to react to a similar stress. The body will keep reacting because the process of extinction has not been completed.
A major component of Net is the acupuncture five element theory. This theory associates specific emotions with a meridian system. For example:
- Anger is associated with the liver meridian
- Resentment is associated with the gallbladder
- Fear is associated with the kidney
- Grief is associated with the lungs