NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) was developed by Scott Walker, D.C. who was voted “Chiropractor of the Year” for his development of NET.
Net is primarily a system of finding and adjusting vertebral subluxations. What makes NET unique, however, is its focus on releasing patients’ emotional blocks stored in the body’s memory through simple chiropractic adjustments. It also relies, surprisingly, on aspects as unusual as a five-element acupuncture model, acupressure points, and homeopathic combination remedies, which Walker developed to support healing. NET isn’t a stand-alone technique, but is meant to be used alongside, or in addition to, techniques that a practitioner already uses and finds successful.
Crucial to an understanding of NET is that its practitioners believe that emotions are physiologically, not just psychologically, based. What they do, they say, in no way attempts to take the place of psychotherapy. Instead they focus on the fact that everyone has emotional trauma, present or past, that the body has locked into its memory, often below the realm of conscious thought. Our bodies replay these old memories at different times, and they can adversely affect our health. With chronic patients who do not seem to get better over the course of treatment, where structure, nutrition, and toxicity have already been addressed, trained NET practitioners look for something called a NeuroEmotional Complex, or NEC, a physiological manifestation of a trapped, negative emotion that they feel is preventing healing.
Practitioners use muscle testing to isolate a troubling emotional event, then ask the patient to hold a snapshot in his or her mind of their emotional state while lightly adjusting their spine and relevant acupressure points. Reportedly, the adjustment holds well and the patient is released simultaneously from the troubling emotion. Then the adjustment is supported by homeopathic combination remedies related to the acupuncture meridians involved in the treatment.
In the last 10 years, some very exciting work has been done by scientists around the world on the biochemistry of emotions. Scientists like Candace Pert, Ph.D., former Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, have shown us that the emotions may in fact be a very real link between mind and body, that neuropeptides, the biochemicals of emotions do their work throughout the body, including the spine and that what at first sounds so remarkable might turn out to be a simple, low-tech solution to freeing people from damaging emotional blocks that affect their health.