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  • Writer's pictureAlex Steiner, LCSW

What is Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) and How Does it Help Neutralize Trauma and Stress?

First things first, what is Neuro Emotional Technique (NET)? Maybe you’ve heard of it and want to learn more or maybe this is your first time hearing about it. NET is a very unique and special technique with fast and phenomenal results. If you enjoy holistic approaches that incorporate your mind and body, this might be for you.

NET is great at minimizing the “charge” or negative effect that stress and trauma have on you. Stress and trauma are things which have long standing effects on your mind and body. We can look at trauma and stress through a continuum, meaning it looks differently for each person and each person will define it differently.

Trauma could range from experiences of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, physical or emotional neglect, moving many times in childhood, history of addiction, unresolved grief, being involved in a car accident, phobias, a diagnosis such as cancer, chronic pain or illness and many more. These are just a few examples of the huge umbrella of trauma.

How was NET created?

NET was founded by two chiropractors. They were providing chiropractic treatment and adjustments. The patients were returning to their chiropractor’s offices for the same adjustments and experiencing the same aches and pains EVEN though they were already treated for them! The founders knew there was something more, something deeper, happening within the body and decided to investigate.

These chiropractors decided to incorporate perspectives from Chinese Acupuncture as well as Mental Health Treatment. This collaboration allowed them to combine thousands of years of research to create a formula which is most effective.

Let me break down some of the science of NET.

Part of what makes NET so unique is that it uses muscle testing/monitoring to communicate directly with the body and assess a person's response to any given stimulus.

You might be thinking, what is muscle testing? Simply stated, the body has within it and surrounding it, an electrical network. If anything impacts your electrical system that is not helpful to your health and body's balance, your muscles, when having physical pressure applied, are unable to hold their strength. (Muscle power = balance).

In other words, if pressure is applied to an individual's extended arm while the body is being adversely affected (by something like stress or trauma) the muscles will weaken and the arm will not be able to resist the pressure.

When pressure is applied once becoming more neutral (less impacted by the stress or trauma), the muscles remain strong and will easily resist the physical pressure that is applied when using the therapy.

NET also uses acupressure, where I will help guide you to provide a light or deep touch on your own pressure points as part of the healing process.

We can think of this as similar to the "knee jerk reflex" we have. You may be familiar with this test- it is where the doctor hits your knee at a spot just below your knee cap and your leg kicks out!

NET is really unique in that you are able to use your own body as a mechanism to support and help guide your treatment. It can be very transformational to be able to see the tangible change in muscle strength (congruence with feeling better) as you go.

If you are anything like me, you like to see results in real time. Sometimes we’re not sure if we feel better and sometimes it does take time to start feeling better, even when we are working hard in therapy. With this technique, your body is the evidence and your mind will support this evidence as you continue your therapy sessions and move into your life, where you will begin to feel things become easier and/or less painful for you.

What will MY results look like?

I can’t say what each person’s results will look like, because each person and what they would like to work on is so unique and individualized. What I can share with you is the research conducted by the founders of NET, this will give you an idea of what this process may look like.

NET researchers studied 23 cancer patients who had distressing cancer-related experiences that caused traumatic stress symptoms that persisted for at least six months. Some study participants received NET and others were waitlisted to a control.

The treatment group received a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while listening to the story of their distressing cancer memory before and after NET.

After NET, reactivity in a number of brain structures associated with the perception of emotional traumas was reduced.

For example, the parahippocampus is known to be important for other types of traumatic stress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder in war veterans and victims of sexual assault. When reading the fMRI’s examined in the study, the parahippocampus is no longer activated after treatment- with the average treatment time being between 3-5 sessions.

When doing NET with me you can expect to reduce the effects trauma and stress have on your life. You can expect to be empowered to take charge of your treatment and to continue living the life that you want to live.

If you are living in South Florida and feel that NET may be the right treatment for you, please call me at 954-391-5305 for a complimentary 15- minute consultation and we can discuss if you are a good fit, as well as how to get started! For more information on me and the services I provide, you can click to see my bio here.


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