CHILDREN AND CHIROPRACTIC
THE NETWORK MODEL
By Donald Epstein, D.C. and Jackie Knowles, D.C.
Aware parents search for means to improve their children’s concept of self. Early in childhood the patterns that one carries throughout a lifetime develop. In the process of parenting we seek to initiate the process by which our children can learn to discard outworn, outgrown ties to objects and events. We hope that in our parenting we have not taught our children to judge too much, but have taught them gentle discernment of right and wrong.
Western psychology states that all of our psychological ills occur out of a poorly defined sense of self. According lo Brunner the self that we consider to be “me” that is real and substantial is developed by selective and imaginative remembering of past encounters with objects arid events in our world.
In the development of self one must pass through a hierarchy or a ladder, a progression of stages or phases. One cannot move on to a next phase or stage until he or she has successfully negotiated the previous step.
Traditionally psychologists have attempted to find out where an individual had become stuck or where in their development an individual phase was incomplete or not fully developed. Then a process of completion or a purging of the noxious event or memory was initiated.
Children pattern their body-mind connections after those who they model. They will learn to hold their neck forward and shoulders tense when in confrontation or fear in the same fashion their parents do. We believe that they observe the energy flow in their parents and the energy blockages (before they learn, that they can’t do that) and emulate in their own body-mind. Our children model after us how to react or respond to our environment. It appears that our children learn the judgments we make with our body, our face, and our spine as they learn to deal with life in a similar fashion as mommy and daddy.
Before children pass through the stage of understanding language, they feel what we are about, what we fear, and what we love. It seems that they watch and know what we feel about the world, at a core level. They may recreate our flows and blockages, as we have developed in us by learning to redirect their energy and emotions in the same way that we do.
Most diseases and syndromes, and most illnesses, are not real entities per see. Rather than being inherited, most are learned behavior patterns of the body-mind. What children get from their parents or modeling figures is a learned means of dealing with the world and learned postural patterns.
Disease, illness and the very way we view the world are related as a function of the program within us. We teach our children to have the same type of judgments and experiences, including diseases, as did our ancestors. This begins at the developmental stage prior to language, and is compounded by the words we speak.
These learned mechanisms of the function are called dominant patterns. The nervous system reacts so stimuli such as pollen, food, bacteria, viruses, or new situations based upon its dominant patterns. Using these encounters a developmental matrix is formed from which our sense of self evolves. Whether one learns to trust one’s inner power, or react with fear to new situations, is dependent on patterns incorporated within this matrix.
Even the most significant diseases are a learned neurological response anchored at a somatic level(s). Events that we have not fully recovered from that remain in our systems are added to our matrices. They create filters though which we interpret life. When the nervous system becomes locked in the memory of an old physical, mental, spiritual, or chemical trauma it still acts as if it is occurring. A person is unable to perceive current events independently from the filter of past events. This state is associated with the spinal system (the switchboard of reality) becoming fixed or locked, or rigid, as it “holds” on to information no longer present from the environment.
Our reality is produced as an effect of such redirected energy. This may manifest as physical, or mental, or emotional distortions, dis-ease, and if the growth does not develop beyond the pattern, eventually disease itself.
The sense of self is synthesized by selective and imaginative remembering of past encounters stored within the developmental matrix. The development of self is an inside job.
Spinal subluxations are interferences that occur in the nervous system that limit our ability to progress past a particular trauma or event, or redirected energy. This interference is sometimes projected into our concepts of future.
Network Chiropractic is based upon classification and adjustment of spinal subluxations. Very often, just a gentle touch contact is all that is needed to release the “spinal magnetic tape” and to release the learned patterns that are inconsistent with our fluent growth and development. The result of this is a natural clearing of that which is not us.
The earlier in life a child has the opportunity to receive these adjustive clearings of the nerve system, the earlier in life the judgments, the traumas, and the blocked energy flows that our children have learned can be released. Unbound, they may develop a healthier sense of self.
Becoming clear, in the now moment, spinally unrestricted, happy and joyful is the beginning of a healthy development of self affecting every perception and experience throughout your child’s lifetime.
Network Family Wellness Center
Danny Knowles D.C. and Richelle Knowles D.C.
1715 15th Street
Boulder, CO 80302