Health and Wellness
for the Whole Family
Network Spinal Analysis · Chiropractic · Wellness Care
About Dr. Barry Weinberg
Dr. Barry S. Weinberg is a chiropractor and author of the best-selling books, A Clear Path to Healing and To Face a Dragon. He is the chief physician and founder of A Place for Healing... a family chiropractic wellness center founded in 1994 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Barry is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. Among his musical accomplishments, he is most noted for composing the score for the documentary film, Florida Crackers. He is committed to bringer greater health, wellness and awareness to the community through education, Network Spinal Analysis and community service.
Interview with Dr. Barry S. Weinberg
Florida Crackers: The Cattleman and Cowboys of Florida
This really gives you a great understanding of the history and life of the Florida Cracker. I never knew "cowboys" existed anywhere outside of the "Old West" until seeing this documentary. This picturesque view of the life of Florida Cattlemen is facinating, and keeps you entertained from beginning to end. If you love horses, you love history and learning about people then this is definitely for you!
"When I first started Network, I was having severe chest pains and constant headaches.
Now I am pain-free and my breathing is much deeper. The stresses of life are much
About A Place For Healing
A Place for Healing is unlike any doctor’s office you’ve ever been to. With its home-like atmosphere and friendly, loving staff, you are provided with a warm, nurturing environment to heal old wounds, recover from past traumas, and reach your optimum health potential.
At A Place for Healing, we emphasize that all health and healing comes from within the individual. Understanding that the human body is an intelligent, self-healing, living being, rather than treating the disease, we treat the person through health-promoting strategies such as Chiropractic, Reorganizational Healing, Network Spinal Analysis, and Somato Respiratory Integration .
According to a Recent Patient Survey
• Flexible and Convenient Office Hours
• Relaxing, Comfortable Healing Environment
• A Caring, Patient Doctor who Listens
• Everything is Thoroughly Explained
• Affordable Payment Plans
• Health Care with a Personal Touch
"Network Spinal Analysis represents the epitome of body work in our time; the leading edge of body-mind-spirit integration. This work will transform the planet."
Candice Pert, Ph.D.,
Professor of Research, Georgetown University, Author of Molecules of Emotion
Network Spinal Analysis
How Does This Stuff Work Anyway?
It’s actually quite simple...once you understand a few concepts:
Did you know we have three brains? Actually, we have one brain made up of three integrated parts. The first brain is the Brain Stem or Reptile Brain. This is the Survival Brain. It controls all functions responsible for our survival – as an individual and as a species. It controls such things as hunger, thirst, heart beat, breathing, digestion, immunity, and sexual drive. It is the basic, primal part of us that is in all animals – Give Me Food...Give Me Shelter...Give Me Sex! Most importantly in regards to this article, it initiates the Fight- or-Flight Stress Response.
Our second brain is the Limbic System or Mammal Brain. It is in all mammals and is composed of such interestingly named parts such as the amygdala, hippocampus and thalamus. This is our Emotional Brain. It controls all functions related to emotional aspects of survival. It controls such things as memory, behavior, pleasure and pain responses, and experience of all emotions. Most importantly in regards to this article, it maintains the Fight-or-Flight Stress Response and initiates the Defense Posture.
The third brain is the Cerebral Cortex or Human Brain. It is in “most” humans and is evident in other mammals, especially apes, dolphins and whales. This is the convoluted part we see in monster movies sitting in a jar. It is our Thinking Brain. It controls all functions related to higher thought.
It controls such things as decision making, attention, awareness, language, judgment, reading, writing, etc. It is the center of higher thought. Most importantly in regards to this article, it is impaired by the Fight-or-Flight Stress Response and Defense Posture.
Every moment, our brain is assessing the world around us and asking one question: “Am I Safe?” This question is asked on all three levels: Intellectually, Emotionally and Survival. If at any moment the brain determines you are in danger on any of these three levels, it sends out an alert to the body and the Fight -or-Flight Stress Response occurs. Mechanisms of survival are activated by the Brain Stem to prepare you to face the situation or run away. This occurs whether we are being chased by a lion, taking a final exam, or seeing flashing lights in our rear view mirror. It occurs any time the brain determines, “Danger!”
Here is the Stress Response in a Nutshell:
• Adrenalin is Released (Provides More Energy)
• Blood Sugar Elevates (Provides More Energy)
• Blood Pressure Rises (Provides More Oxygen to Muscles)
• Pulse Increases (Provides More Oxygen to Muscles)
• Muscles Tense (Provides Readiness for Action)
• Pupils Dilate (See More In Less Light)
• Immunity turns off (These three functions use a lot of
• Digestion turns off energy and are not necessary
• Sexual Function turns off for our immediate survival.)
These are all appropriate responses to survive an attack from a lion or any other danger. However, once the danger is gone and the stress is over, these body functions should return to a state of balance and the body should move into a state of safety.
This paragraph is the most important in this article...so pay
attention: If during these stressful events, the Emotional Brain
or Limbic System is involved (we feel fear, anger, resentment, etc.),
it then sends a message to the Brain Stem to maintain the Stress
Response to keep us safe, just in case such a situation ever happens again. Over time, this develops into what is called Defense Posture.
According to the Center for Disease Control, this is the
cause of 95% of all disease and is directly what Network
Spinal Analysis (NSA) addresses. NSA helps people move
from Stress Physiology and Defense Posture to a state of
Safety and Growth.
If you look at the list of responses in Stress Physiology, it is immediately apparent that long term these are our most common chronic ailments:
• Adrenalin is Released (Anxiety/Depression)
• Blood Sugar Elevates (Diabetes)
• Blood Pressure Rises (Hypertension)
• Pulse Increases (Cardiac Arrhythmia)
• Muscles Tense (Fibromyalgia, Neck and Back Pain, etc.)
• Pupils Dilate (Far-vision)
• Immunity turns off (All immune related diseases)
• Digestion turns off (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion, etc.)
• Sexual Function turns off (Impotency, Infertility)
When the body and brain are locked in stress physiology and defense posture, we react as if the stress that caused it is still occurring, even though it may be decades in our past. In this state, health and healing are impossible, and our quality of life and degree of wellness greatly diminishes.
Not only does this effect us physically, it effects us emotionally and mentally as well.
When our brain and body are locked in Defense, blood supply to the Cerebral Cortex is diminished. Our ability to experience higher thought, make decisions and place our attention on those things that are important to us is impaired. When our Limbic System is locked in Defense, we are more apt to experience fear, anger and sadness than we are to feel joy, peace and love. We experience a higher degree of separation from ourselves and those around us. We become numb to what we are feeling in our bodies and our hearts.
Since we are still reacting to stresses and events from the past, we lose our ability to respond and adapt appropriately to changes in the present. We feel stressed out all the time and we get sick often and easily. We may feel locked in a job, relationship or other circumstance that we can not change. As Thoreau wrote so eloquently, we begin living lives of "quiet desperation."
Help the brain and body develop new strategies to self-assess and regulate its own tension, move from defense into safety, and more effectively adapt to stresses and change so as to cause growth instead of defense.
If you're working on my spine, why do you always look at my feet and feel my ankles? Why do you always want me to turn my head left and right? Why do you ask me to tuck my chin? All of these actions are part of Network Spinal Analysis to find a very special point on your spine called the Spinal Gateway.
Hey...do you mind if I talk a little R-rated with you for a moment. Have you ever been in a room with someone you were sexually attracted to, when suddenly they touch you on a special place on your body, or Errogenous Zone, that made all the days worries disappear. Your mind suddenly blanks and your body begins to melt into a big pile of mush?
The Spinal Gateway is a "Heal-ogenous" Zone and has a similar effect on your brain, spine and nervous system. In a body that is stuck in the Stress Response and Defense Posture, NSA helps us to find the one or two tiny spots (Spinal Gateways) amidst the tension on the spine that are free, in safety, and most important, possess energy available for healing and growth. When an area
of the spine is locked in defense, we feel tense and tight in this area. The energy is locked
up and not available. It is invested in defending us from DANGER!
So...how does such a gentle touch make such a giant change in our health and wellness?
By placing a gentle force exactly at the Spinal Gateway, for just a moment, the Higher Brain
(Cerebral Cortex) is alerted to a place in the body that has been forgotten, but safe, and has a
lot of free energy to share. As we gently touch the Spinal Gateway (like the Errogenous Zone),
the body drops its defenses and realizes we are safe. The areas in defense actually learn from the Spinal Gateway. Suddenly, we may take a deep breath or feel tension release from our shoulders or low back. We may feel tingly or electrical sensations. We may feel a desire to move or take a bi-i-i-i-g stretch.
Over time, with guidance from the NSA practitioner through the Three Levels of Care, your brain and body develop strategies of breath and movement to self-assess and regulate its own tension, move from defense into safety, and adapt more effectively to stresses and change, causing growth instead of defense.
Everything that I have shared with you in this article, is documented by a team of researchers at the University of California Medical School in Irvine. Headed by Dr. Robert Blank, they have found that Network Spinal Analysis Care...
• Doubles our Experience of Wellness.
• Triples our ability to make healthier choices.
• Helps our Brain and Nervous System self-organize to higher levels of Complexity with each Level of Care...in other words, EVOLVE.
A Place for Healing
Dr. Barry S. Weinberg, Chiropractor
1732 NE 26th Street, Suite 200
Wilton Manors, Florida 33305
(East Fort Lauderdale Area)
(954) 848-HEAL (4325)
Our Office Hours
Monday 8-12 & 3-5:30
Wednesday 8-12 & 3-5:30
Friday 8-12 & 3-5:30
Late Hours and Saturdays Available