Why NSA Chiropractic? Our Journey From "Spinal Manipulation" to Gentle Touches of the Spine

Dr Rachael Talbot and Dr Olaf Frank (Doctors of Chiropractic), founded Naturally Empowered Wellness & Chiropractic in summer 2014. They both come from the traditional chiropractic world of spinal manipulation but due to personal experiences have chosen to specialise in a unique approach to health and wellbeing called Network Spinal Analysis (NSA for short). This has revolutionised their approach to both their own health and that of the people they serve. Rachael and Olaf are the first certified practitioners in the North West of England, having previously owned practices in both Cardiff and Bristol.

So what is Chiropractic and where does NSA fit in?


Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and drug free approach to health and healing for your entire family. For over a century chiropractors have been helping to improve health, reduce pain and suffering and transforming the lives of thousands.

Chiropractic is based on two key scientific principles:

1.       Your body is designed to be self-healing and self-regulating

2.       Your nervous system coordinates this ability

3.       Your spine protects your nervous system, so how well your spine works can affect your nervous system

Chiropractors work with the spine to increase the function of the nervous system, so that people can heal from a wide variety of ailment. Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) is a low force chiropractic approach (ie no clunks and clicks) that was developed in the 1980’s to help people to deal with the effects of stress including emotional, chemical and physical challenges on their bodies. Because the touches are so gentle it’s not about the chiropractor “putting the bone back into place”, instead it’s about how the body responds to the gentle contact. Many people report spontaneous clicks from their spine during and after a session.

NSA chiropractic is slightly different in that they do not aim to “remove” a problem form your spine as with spinal manipulation. Instead NSA practitioners are trained in depth to use very gentle, precise contacts to the spine that result in two healing waves that move through the body. These waves allow the client to release built up tension from the spine and body, and develop new strategies for health and wellbeing. So instead of removing a problem, NSA Practitioners focus on creating a healthier, more flexible, more functioning spine and individual.

What does that mean for our clients? 

Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) achieves consistent, reproducible results in reducing tension and restrictions in the spine. For many this results in less pain, better recovery from injury, improved emotional and mental state and increased life enjoyment. Everyone is different and we often see unexpected improvements in other areas as the body heals. Everyone has the capacity to have a better experience of their body. NSA is a great tool for helping people achieve this.  As it is so gentle and specific, it is suitable for all ages from new born babies to the very elderly.

So why see an NSA Chiropractor?

A large study of nearly 3000 people under NSA care showed remarkable results. Over 76% reported significant improvements in all of the following areas:

·         Physical pain and symptoms

·         Emotional and mental wellbeing

·         Stress

·         Life enjoyment and overall quality of life.

We see people with a wide range of complaints, from back and neck pain, whiplash, headaches and migraines to people suffering from stress, anxiety and lack of energy. We also work with groups as diverse as athletes who want to improve performance and reduce injury rates to children with cerebral palsy or learning disabilities who just want a better quality of life.

Whatever your challenge or condition, by reducing stress and tension in your nervous system and spine your ability to heal will increase and your experience of life will improve. Regular free talks and demonstrations are available in the office.