Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Your Spine is Your LIFELINE

Your Spine is Your Lifeline
For many people, the spine is just another part of the body. However, the spine is so much more than an amazingly constructed connection of 33 different bones, the intervertebral discs and supporting ligaments and muscles. 
The spine is the protective conduit for the spinal cord; which is the lifeline that connects consciousness through you. It is also the root of the vast neural networking between the brain, the body and beyond, and back again that keeps you alive and functioning.The spinal cord itself is about 18 inches long for most adults and approximately as large in diameter as your thumb. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves that branch off of this root.
These larger spinal nerves travel all through the body in gradually smaller and smaller branches to be able to transport information to and from all parts of the body and the brain. These eventually wind their way throughout the body, creating a literal net of nerves and sensors that allow us to experience pleasant sensations as well as pain. 
The Spinal Alignment 
With such a central role in how we experience our world, keeping the spine healthy is critical. When the spine is not correctly aligned pressure can occur on the delicate spinal cord or on the spinal nerves, resulting in pain, discomfort and stress throughout the body. The brain and body don't differentiate. Generally speaking, your system treats Physical, Emotional, Mental, and Chemical stress the same. If you can't handle the impact in the moment, your nervous system in all of its wisdom to preserve your life, will contract and this tension will become bound in the body holographically.
Since they are not located in close proximity to the spine, many people don’t realize that, body aches, low energy levels, migraines, heart disease and the negativity they are experiencing in their life may be directly related to alignment issues with the spine. Treating and suppressing symptoms only provides temporary relief. The key to lasting health is to create a mindful relationship with your body. To quote Thomas Edison, The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Take the Red Pill- You can be Thriving Beyond Surviving

Take the Red Pill- You can be Thriving Beyond Surviving

For most people, the initial response to hearing that someone is seeing a chiropractor is to assume that person is experiencing pain in their back, neck or in the joints of the body. While a chiropractor certainly does address challenges in the spine, that is just the foundation of what is available when you visit a chiropractor with a holistic approach. Chiropractors practicing Network Spinal Analysis are specially trained to look for stored trauma in the body and the habitual muscolo-skeletal distortions that overtly represent it.
In my lifetime of deep experiential work with people in my role as a doctor of chiropractic, a movement specialist, psychotherapist, healer, mentor and coach and in seeing thousands of clients at major crossroads in their health and life I've honed in on what I would call the magic *red pill for thriving beyond surviving.
The Reorganizational Healing (ROH) framework combined with the Chiropractic application of Network Spinal Analysis provides a comprehensive look at the entire person. After all, pain, injury, emotional and mental stress in one area of the body or life has a very big impact on the rest of one’s life and body.
When you pull on a dog's tail- the BARK comes out on the other side- right?  One of the biggest ah ha’s my clients wake up to is that Everything is connected. The big picture is that there is a line of connection from your lineage through to, and beyond, you. With ROH  and NSA we can access new choices that free energy and influence change now.
Reorganizational Healing
ROH or Reorganizational Healing is a choice available for those seeking an empowered path at the juncture of healthcare and personal development. It is not about restoring a person to a prior state of health. It is about enhancing all systems of the body to bring them into harmony and optimal functioning. Through this approach, wellness is obtained through  resourcing our innate gifts for making sustainable change.
ROH is about becoming more self-aware and resourceful with the drains and gains to our energy. Learning to optimize our energetic bank accounts so to speak produces enough metabolic energy for us to hold on to living the lives of our dreams and not settling for less. We only downsize our lives when we perceive there isn’t enough energy. When we have a lack of energy we start saying no to things and eventually suffer in our body and life from living a dulled down version of who we are supposed to be. Waking up and learning to have excess energy available at all times is a key strategy in developing a truly, joyous body and life.
Network Spinal Analysis
NSA or Network Spinal Analysis is an evidence-based approach developed by master innovator, Dr. Donald Epstein D.C,for improving spinal and neural integrity leading to coherent (unified/whole) signaling in the nervous system. Through producing waves in the spine the nervous system becomes more and more refined and sensitive to subtle information. Picking up on your body’s cues early is a way of maintaining health and could one day save your life.
The NSA approach is a revolutionary way of providing support to the body in its ability to self-heal. This is very different than traditional manipulation through chiropractic treatment. It uses the gentle pressure of a soft touch on specific areas along the spine to address interferences or neural blockages in the spine as well as reduce, reorganize and teach new strategies for the central nervous system to self-regulate daily tension.
Through the use of network spinal analysis clients develop better communication between the brain the body. With reorganizational healing we are able to develop a true understanding of our core nature and how to harness the dynamic forces we are in interplay with. These are the tools for being the map makers of our own health, lives, and destiny.

*From the movie, the Matrix: "You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." A bluepill refers to a human that is not aware of the true nature of the Matrix

Monday, August 8, 2011

Aug 2011- MWC Purification of Body Mind and Soul 21 day Cleanse...

Good Morning!!! Today is day 2 of 21! I hope everyone is off to a good start. There are some people on this cleanse with us that have never done a cleanse before and for that matter, never even considered that the food we eat become part of who we are. There are others of us on this cleanse that have done this many times.

Don't be fooled... as fresh or as seasoned as you are with cleansing, you will have challenges. That is actually part of the point, right? We are letting go of food habits that in a lot of ways are emotional defense mechanisms. We are letting go of toxins from our body tissues that may have been lodged in there, sometimes, as far back as the womb. We are getting a peek at our 'food behavior' particularly during the times you are normally shoving fast food unconsciously into your mouth. A cleanse brings up a lot! That is why I am starting this blog for us. Together we are much stronger than individually.

Some tips...

1. Remember to drink PLENTY of water. If you're bored with the water... add cucumber, mint, lemon, and/or rosemary.
2. Don't let yourself get hungry. That makes the cleanse a real drag! Make an extra smoothy when you're hungry, or eat an apple. Ask yourself, are you really hungry or are you just used to grabbing Cheeto's at 230 every day. If so find a competing behavior like going for a walk, sitting in nature, reading a book, writing in your journal. Notice the random thoughts about food and do your best to replace them with thoughts that are more vitalistic.
3. Make wild rice and add it to your salads... yum
4. Vegetable broth is something I love to sip on during the day... its warm and comforting. You can make your own or buy the Organic one from Imagine (they have it at Rainbow)
5. Move your body
6. Reach out to us when you are struggling. Maybe some of you could plan a meal together. Tanya may even be interested in leading you through cooking a couple meals that are in the cleanse for you to have during the week. She has done this cleanse before and came up with lovely options to make the food on here interesting.
7. If you mess up. It's okay. Start over on your next meal. If you are really struggling or a big guy (like Tim), go ahead and use the meal plan that starts on Day 11 now. It will give you more protein.

I am sure there will be more, but I wanted to get this out there as a start.

I am grateful to be on this journey with you all.

To me a cleanse is very sacred. I see my body as the temple I live in and I want it shining bright and healthy so that I can do the things I love for my entire lifetime~

Tomorrow from 830-930 am... Join me at Magnolia to cultivate, through meditation and yoga, a peaceful space in your bodymind and ways to find peace when we are feeling challenged by this cleanse as well as in life.

Dr. Stephanie Bridwell

Monday, August 30, 2010

Perspective of NSA and Dr. Stephanie Bridwell from a new patient

When I first heard of Dr. Stephanie and Magnolia Wellness Center, it was through my older brother, Mike, who had been seeing her for a few months for his back; an injury sustained during work had forced him into early retirement and kept him glued to the couch or hobbling around like an old man. His condition has since improved and he has become more active again although he has not completely recovered. When repetitive stresses in my life and work created a knot the size of a plum in the back of my neck I was ready to head to Chinatown in search of someone who would tweak me back into shape and beat my tight muscles into submission; Mikey stopped me and sent me to Magnolia Wellness Center with a gift certificate and blessings of restored vitality. I can’t thank him enough.

My first private introductory session with Dr. Stephanie revealed some surprising things to me, information I had either had no previous knowledge of or had taken for granted for years. She first informed me of my scoliosis: two sizeable wrong turns my spine decided to make while my body was still awkwardly adjusting to a high school growth spurt. The lateral bends in my spinal column happened to be both right where that plum lodged itself at the base of my skull and in my lower back, another area that frequently caused me pain and discomfort. Now these aches had a cause – I was already one step closer to salvation.

The other bit of information I took away from my first session made so much sense to me that its no wonder I had been ignoring it for so long. Your spinal column is the conduit for your Central Nervous System. It houses and protects the very nerves that relay every important message from your brain to your body and back again. I learned this in seventh grade but for some reason chose to forget this information and continued abusing my back with heavy lifting and reckless endangerment. Somewhere along the line other aspects of my life began to be affected from the mistreatment of my spine, senses such as my hearing and eyesight. The nerves that communicate these senses were being twisted around in my misshapen spine and their functionality was suffering because of it. Obviously some damages sustained were unconnected and irreversible (damage to my ears from playing music too loud, damage to my eyes from staring at the sun [I have to stop doing that]) but it makes sense to me that by correcting the mistakes in my posture and improving the conduits through which my nerves travel I would in time notice a gradual return in my senses. Now I have a reason to sit up straight other than impressing the elderly – its actually better for me in the long run.

Finally, Dr. Stephanie introduced to me a breathing exercise called the “breath wave” that she wanted me to practice continually throughout every day. By taking a breath deep into my belly and acknowledging it as it rises up into my chest, I noticed almost every vertebrae in my back shift and bend with my filling lungs, like a wave, sending a surge of energy from the base of my tailbone to the top of my spine. With practice over time, every vertebra would loosen up and move in a fluid motion enabling this exercise to realign my spinal curves and open my closed gateways for my nerves to travel through. The breath wave, Dr. Stephanie assured me, would eventually do so much more for me in life, but at that time this improvement was enough for me.

The session was over quickly for how much I learned about myself and I was sent back into the world with a taller, more respectable stance and some newfound insight into my own life. Breathing deeply and happily, I wandered through San Francisco and felt sorry for the people who were taking their commute to work too seriously. Already I had questions to ask Dr. Stephanie but I had plenty of time to mull them about in my own head until my next appointment.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

Network Chiropractic-SF Examiner

SF Women's Health Examiner

Interviewed by Rheba Estante
SF Women's Health Examiner

Dr. Stephanie Bridwell is a professional chiropractor and the founder of Magnolia Chiropractic in San Francisco. Upon discovering Network Spinal Analysis she began offering it at her clinic. Drop in rates are $55 for a session. Dr. Bridwell is also a yoga teacher and holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology. The clinic website can be found at

1. What is Network Chiropractic?

An evidence-based method of assessing, correcting, and transforming spinal tension patterns that we acquire during our lives as our bodies respond to physical, emotional, and chemical stressors. Network Care includes the modalities Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) and Somato-Respiratory Integration (SRI). With NSA gentle and precise contacts are made along the spine where the spinal cord attaches to bone. This assists the body in first discovering and feeling where spinal tension patterns are and then learning to develop a breath wave that free’s the ridgid areas of tension. This helps the body reorganize to a higher more sophisticated level as a new baseline. We are re- training the body to self correct and better utilize stress before it is stored ad tension in the future. Simply started, the intent is to enable the body's own self generated mechanisms of movement and respiration to assist in the correction of tension pattern and interference to the nervous system. The care is a continuum of increasing spinal awareness and self corrective efficiency.

2. How is network different to treat posture problems than standard chiropractic?

The shape, position, tension, and tone of our spine is in relationship to the shape, position, tension, and tone of our lives. Our perceptions create different responses in our nervous system and our physiology. Think about the position of your spine when you are in pain, disempowered, or after getting a parking ticket…its hunched forward, right? How about when you feel successful, passionate, just got recognition for a job well done…your shoulders are now open and back, your chest is lifted and head is on straight. Both postures greatly affect your health and vitality. They have competing affects on nerve flow, flexibility, blood pressure and adaptation to stress, just to name a few.

3. How did you become interested in network?

I was in Chiropractic school and studying several techniques in depth. When I received my first Network Adjustment, I knew something very deep, powerful, and graceful had just occurred. I felt a profound sense of peace in my body and in my mind and it lasted for five straight days. I remember being highly aware of this shift. Each subsequent adjustment built on the last and now I live my life in that peaceful flexible, adaptable, state most of the time. As a business owner and person that plays life ‘full out’ my life is very demanding and because of my Network care my body and my mind are in a calm and focused state allowing me to dance with all the layers of my life.

4. What are the common reasons that women seek network chiropractic?

Menstrual irregularity, fertility problems, mood swings, insomnia, concern related stress, back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, and to have a greater connection to their body.

5. What are some specific ways that network is great for women?

This care is excellent for woman for many reasons. Our reproductive organs live our pelvic region. Our care promotes freedom in this area, which aids labor, delivery, menstrual cycles, moods related to hormonal imbalance, fertility, and overall motion.

6. Can pregnant women be treated with network?

Yes. I have cared for many women successfully through pregnancy. Our care helps to create space in the pelvis for the baby to grow and the uterus to expand in a balanced way. This is very helpful to avoid breach presentation and back labor, and an overall easier pregnancy. What about children? Our nervous system is developing from the time we are utero. The sooner we get it checked and cleared of interference the better. If a baby is born with a misalignment or abnormal stress on the spine-the nervous system is wired with that as part of the original script. I am committed to children being cleared of abnormal patterns early and wired to ease as soon in life as possible so that it becomes a the baseline for the rest of life.

7. What are the other modalities your clinic offers?

We offer body work and KaliRay TriYoga Classes.

8. How can network be used for people who have mobility problems or poor posture due to the type of work they do?

We help to correct spinal tension patters and retrain the body to hold tension differently. This will teach them to use their bodies differently at work and in their own personal circumstances.

9. How did you design the vision for Magnolia Chiropractic?

It gives me goose bumps to see how this dream has unfolded into such a successful reality. I have been visioning this wellness center since I was in my early twenties when my father was ill. I wanted there to be a better way for people to heal with dignity, respect, and for their to be a ‘real-ness’ to it. Meaning, the people I care for know what is happening. They know what is changing, they are part of the process and are being empowered in ways that positively effect their well-being so that they are not dependent on me, but can tap into their bodies healing wisdom outside of the office. We give people tools on how to do this and to trust in our inner doctor.

10. What is your vision for yourself as a practitioner and for the clinic in 2010?

Magnolia Wellness Center is a Network Chiropractic Studio dedicated to educating and serving our community to discover their bodies innate healing wisdom, transform their lives and awaken to their fullest potential.

Everything we do is a reflection of this vision.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What kind of body will you have in the New Year?

What Kind of Body Are We Going to Have Next Year?

Contrary to popular belief, our physical body is never older than seven years! This is due to the fact that the body recreates itself constantly. Tissue cells die and are replaced by new ones. Every second we lose about three-and-a-half million red blood cells. There is nothing to worry about though, for another three-and-a-half million are born to replace the old ones. Ninety-eight percent of the atoms present in our body today will be gone within one year and replaced by new ones. The body is more like a river of constantly renewed tissues rather than a frozen sculpture of decaying matter.

Skin cells live for seven days, heart cells for ninety days, while bone cells have a thirty-six month life span. There is a different life expectancy for every type of tissue cell depending on its function and location in the body. Life energy, the creative force, is constantly at work recreating our tissues and organs. Life energy or 'human electricity' travels via the nerve system to reach every single tissue cell in the body.

When nerves are compressed or irritated, there is a loss of life, abnormal function results and the reproduction cycle of cells is altered. We either have a slower rate of reproduction which is degeneration or decay, or we have a faster rate of turnover which is uncontrolled growth or tumors.

The question we must all ask ourselves is, what kind of body are we going to have next year? Is it going to be a healthier one or a sicker one? Is it going to replace itself normally or abnormally? Is it going to express more ease or dis-ease? If already in a state of degeneration and decay, is it going to keep going downhill, or is it going to rebuild itself? If a state of dis-ease exists, are we going to give our body the potential to heal itself, or are we going to allow it to express more disease?

Chiropractic is special in that it utilizes the adjusting of vertebral (spinal) subluxations or blockages that interfere with life force expression. The result is a body that has the potential to reproduce itself normally and recover by healing itself.

Healing is creation, and the creative spark of life. Consistent chiropractic adjustments release life force by keeping the life channels open and free of subluxations. In time the body can recover and express better health.

In seven years we will have a brand new body, but what kind is it going to be?

By Arno Burnier, D.C.