Frequently Asked Questions

What is Network Chiropractic and how is it different from traditional chiropractic methods?

Network Chiropractic (a.k.a. Network Spinal Analysis) was developed by Dr. Donald Epstein many years ago to help patients resolve tension patterns which occur when the spinal cord is over-stretched during physical injury or when the body is under mental or emotional stress.

Like an over-stretched rubber band, the spinal cord tissues oscillate at a higher frequency or “phase” when they are under tension, and that frequency is distributed throughout the body’s 75-100 trillion cells via an elaborate nerve network that links every cell.

Instead of trying to mechanically adjust or align the spine through manipulation of the vertebra like a traditional chiropractor, a Network Chiropractor seeks to understand the physical, emotional and mental factors related to the tension pattern and then find the specific points on the spine that will help the body resolve its tension using just a few ounces of pressure.

No twisting, popping or cracking is necessary.

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What is a typical visit to the Abundant Life wellbeing centre like?

A typical visit to Abundant Life is an uplifting experience!

A Network Spinal Analysis session is called an “entrainment”, a term that means to get “in sync”. During an entrainment a wave-like deepening of your breath will spontaneously occur and various regions of your spine will begin to gently move in sync with each other as tension releases.

You will remain fully clothed lying on a table while Dr. Craster evaluates your body using the Network Spinal Analysis system. She will feel your spine and muscles and observe your posture and breathing patterns. She will then use gentle pressure on specific points along your spine to initiate the entrainment process.

A typical visit lasts about 20 minutes and will leave you feeling more relaxed, energized and at peace.

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What kind of results can I expect right away?

You can expect to immediately feel more relaxed, loose and flexible in your body. Your breathing will become deeper and easier. In most cases, your pain and tension levels will be significantly reduced within a short time.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! As your body shifts out of “fight or flight” mode, you’ll begin to experience more clarity, a sense of inner-calm and peace and a pleasant elongation of your spine as your posture straightens. This is only the beginning of the many life-changing benefits that Network Chiropractic has to offer. You can read more about the long-term benefits of our care under Our Services.

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What conditions/symptoms can you help with?

Network Chiropractic is not considered a “treatment” or “therapy.” However, by releasing tension from the spine and helping the nervous system adapt to stress more effectively, our unique process has helped thousands of people experience relief of the following:

Low back pain » Whiplash » Neck pain » Torticollis
Tension Headaches » Headaches » TMJ » Migraines
Disc Herniation » Muscle Spasms » Anxiety » Disc Injuries
Muscle Strains » Bulging Discs » Sciatica

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How often will I need to come in to get results?

Your recommended visit frequency will depend on your body’s current condition, your lifestyle and your overall health and wellness objectives. You can read more about the benefits and objectives of our programs under Our Services.

You should come in an average of twice a week initially to obtain the best results. However, you’ll still receive many benefits from our care even if you come in less often. We don’t believe in a regimented approach and during your initial visits we’ll evaluate your specific situation and decide together which programme is the best fit for you, or we’ll create a customized programme to meet your specific needs.

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What scientific evidence do you have that your method works?

Network Spinal Analysis may appear subtle and “energetic”, but it isn’t just some new-age fad! We’ve worked with thousands of people from many countries, including numerous leaders in business, science, athletics, and the arts with outstanding results (find out what people are saying about us).

A retrospective study of over 2,500 people conducted through UC Irvine Medical College documented significant improvements in quality of life in the majority of people receiving Network Chiropractic care.

The wave patterns that occur during a Network entrainment are the focus of several research papers by French mathematician professor Edmund Jonckheere. Professor Jonckheere is currently exploring the relationship between the “wave” created in Network Spinal Analysis and the energy-efficiency and adaptability of the nervous system.

Network Spinal Analysis is a cutting-edge methodology on the frontier of bodymind research! Find out more about Network Spinal Analysis Research. Find out more By following our partner links.

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How is your Network Chiropractic clinic different from other natural health clinics in my area?

Abundant Life has served thousands of people in the Bath and Yeovil areas, with our first office opening in 2002.

Dr. Craster is an experienced healthcare practitioner with over ten years experience. To find out more about Dr. Craster, see our meet the team pages

We teach Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) exercises as part of our program curriculum.

We provide educational seminars and interactive workshops, many at no additional cost, on a regular basis to help you get the most out of your care with us. We also offer select nutritional and wellness-enhancing products to optimize your experience and ensure that you get lasting results.

We provide the most comprehensive natural care programmes available in Somerset and Avon. Our goal is to help you simplify your life, to support your growth and to help you sustain a wellness lifestyle, and we stand behind our work with a 100% risk free guarantee!

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I’ve suffered from back pain for years. What would you suggest?

Back pain, especially chronic back pain, is rarely a one-cause one-cure situation. There are many factors that can contribute to ongoing back pain, including unresolved physical injuries, emotional and mental stress.

Rather than just giving you a twist or a pop for temporary relief, we suggest a holistic and comprehensive approach that will help you identify and change the patterns that are contributing to your back pain.

Through a cutting-edge approach that combines low force Network Spinal Analysis “entrainments” (a unique method that promotes a spontaneous wave-like release of tension within the spine) and a specific series of exercises called Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI), we’ll help you release tension and connect to the underlying source of your pain so that you can truly resolve it.

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I’ve suffered from headaches for years. I’ve tried a number of doctors and therapists, but none of the treatment or medications they’ve prescribed have helped. Can you help?

Although we don’t claim to diagnose and treat any symptoms directly, we’ve worked with hundreds of patients with many types of headaches, ranging from tension headaches to migraines; with positive results. In most cases the severity and frequency of the headaches significantly diminishes, or the headaches vanish altogether.

Medications only provide temporary relief for headaches. We seek to understand the factors contributing to the headaches and help you make the necessary life changes to keep the headaches from recurring. Experience has shown us that headaches, like any other pain signals, are a sign that your body is asking for a change in your behaviour, your perceptions or your body structure.

We help you develop the awareness and discover the resources to change the way you’re living. The by-product of that lifestyle could very well be a headache-free life!

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Between trying to run my company and trying to spend quality time with my family, I’m finding it overwhelming. How can your programmes help relieve me of this stress?

The stress over having too much to do and not enough time to do it is epidemic in our culture. Consistently high stress levels freeze the body in a “fight or flight” mode, tightening muscles, rounding shoulders, making breathing shallow, and limiting blood and oxygen to the parts of your brain and body that are responsible for relaxation, revitalization, creativity and growth.

We find that a busy life is typically not the problem. The problem is an inability to shift gears and “unhook” from the stress-causing factors that are overwhelming you.

Our programmes will help you release tension from your body and learn how to adapt to and manage the stress that you’re under without taking it home with you. Expect to work with us for about 10 weeks to get the ball rolling. Your entrainments will allow you to release tension from your spine and nervous system naturally, we will teach you helpful exercises and give you plenty of recommendations to decrease your stress levels quickly and naturally.

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I work at a computer all day and I have constant neck pain. Can you help with this?

When it comes to their computer station, most people have a far from optimal ergonomic setup. In fact, we find that even people with excellent workstations often get neck and back pain from long hours in front of the screen.

The problem is that most people either aren’t aware of, or just ignore their body’s cues and feedback telling them to move, stretch or reposition themselves. They regularly push through to finish a project, even though their bodies are building up considerable tension in the process.

Our solution is to help you get so connected to and in tune with your body’s cues and feedback that you’re able to stay present and attentive to the exact positions you need to be in.

Instead of staying static at your desk and needing neck pain to let you know that you’re not being attentive to your body, with our care, you’ll be able to stay fluid, flexible and free instead.

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This all sounds good, but how much will it cost?

The cost is the best part! Our programmes are very affordable, especially when you consider the cost that doing nothing about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing could have on your life and health.

To see a short video explaining how Network Chiropractic can help you, and a demonstration of a network ‘entrainment’  please see video on our home page or sign up for one of our introductory workshops at the clinic.

Once you are ready to call our office to schedule your initial consultation; Please note that these appointments have very limited availability, and a waiting list is often in place.

The initial consultation cost is £55, plus additional fees for any examination/tests required. This may include sEMG nerve scan and/or Digital X-rays, all options will be discussed at your consultation. Total cost will be capped at £200. Follow up appointments are up to £38 if you Pay-As-You-Go, alternatively we have affordable payment plans to suit every pocket, reducing the cost by up to two-thirds. Details available on request. We are the only centre offering network chiropractic in Bath and the surrounding area.

We accept most types of insurance.

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How can I be sure that your office will be a good fit for me?

At The Abundant Life wellbeing centre, we believe that the only way for you to really know for sure if our approach is right for you is if you give it a try!

We also promise that if at any time during your initial consultation we feel that we cannot help you, we will not charge you a penny.

You can also learn more about our approach and get a feel for our office by attending one of our Free Monthly Workshops. We invite you to join us for the next programme. Just give us a call at the office you wish to attend to reserve your space (workshops fill up fast so be sure to call now to ensure a spot)

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Still not sure? Here are 10 reasons to choose Abundant Life

1. Network Chiropractic is well a researched model of healthcare, and is growing fast in popularity across the world.
2. Network Chiropractic is safe for everyone of any age.
3. Resolve long-term health problems naturally.
4. We are the only centre offering Network Chiropractic in Bath and Yeovil.
5. Our centre runs regular wellness workshops for our members, many of which are FREE.
6. Our doctors can recommend and supply the purest health products available.
7. We offer regular healing days that you can take part in called clear days.
8. Our friendly team will always make you feel welcome.
9. We offer affordable payment options and late night opening.
10. You are in safe hands...

...principal chiropractor Dr Thomasina Craster, has been in the health field for over fifteen years as a yoga and meditation teacher and 10 as a network chiropractor. She regularly leads local, national and international healing workshops.

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