Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Tail of the Sun

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Network Chiropractic Care at Tail of the Sun in Ashland, Oregon:

What is Network Spinal, or Network Care?

The “official” definition of this important evolution in chiropractic treatment techniques (courtesy of founder Dr. Epstein’s website) is as follows:

Network Spinal™(NS) is an evidenced-based approach to wellness and body awareness. Gentle precise touch to the spine cues the brain to create new wellness promoting strategies. Two unique healing waves develop with this work. They are associated with spontaneous release of spinal and life tensions, and the use of existing tension as fuel for spinal re-organization and enhanced wellness.

Practitioners combine their clinical assessments of spinal refinements with patient’s self-assessments of wellness and life changes. Greater self-awareness and conscious awakening of the relationships between the body, mind, emotion, and expression of the human spirit are realized through this popular healing work.

Network Spinal is exclusively practiced by Doctors of Chiropractic in relationship to the identification and self-regulation of spinal tension and Subluxation patterns. Network Spinal™, through specific low force touches to the spine (called adjustments or entrainments), assists the brain in developing new strategies to:

  • Experience the world
  • Adapt to stress
  • Dissipate tension from the spine and nerves
  • Connect with your body’s natural rhythms
  • Experience greater well being
  • Make healthier choices
  • Create a more self – correcting self-reliant spine
  • Develop the Somatopsychic and Respiratory “healing waves”

Network Spinal does not manually, or by instrument, manipulate spinal fixations structurally (often associated with a snapping or popping sound), nor does it directly treat painful areas of the spine and body. Instead, by enhancing your body’s awareness of itself and specifically your spine, patients can develop new strategies for healing, adapting to stress, and experience increased wellness. The goal of these strategies is to promote spontaneous self-correction and self-regulation of spinal tension patterns and healing.

 How is Network Care different from traditional chiropractic methods?

Network Spinal (NS) evolved from Network Chiropractic, a method developed in the mid-1980s by Dr. Donald Epstein to help patients resolve tension patterns which occur when the spinal cord is over-stretched during physical injury or when the body is under mental or emotional stress.

Instead of adjusting or aligning your spine through forceful manipulation, Dr. Luke Schmelzle typically uses very light pressure on specific parts of your spine (your neck and sacrum in most cases). The pressure causes a wave-like movement and breathing pattern to occur along your spine, releasing tension and helping your body to unwind. No twisting, popping, or cracking is necessary.

What is a typical visit to Tail of the Sun like?

During most visits to see Dr. Luke at Tail of the Sun, you’ll experience Network sessions called entrainments. Entrainment is a term that means to synch mind and body, and during the entrainment sessions a wave-like deepening of your breath and a subtle rocking of your spine will synchronize to help the tension in your body release.

The entrainment room is intentionally designed to be peaceful, serene, and a safe space. A variety of music is typically played in the background, specifically chosen to enhance the entrainment process. Patients, or practice members, typically remove shoes, belt, and empty pockets before the session.

You will lie on a table while Dr. Luke evaluates your spine and muscles, and then assesses your posture and breathing patterns. Then, he’ll use gentle pressure on specific points along your spine to help develop the tension-releasing Network Wave. A typical entrainment visit lasts about 20 minutes and will leave you feeling more relaxed, energized and at peace.

During your session you will be encouraged to move if you want. As your body unwinds the unhealthy patterns you may feel the urge to lift/stretch, you may begin to breathe more fully into an area that was previously not moving with the breath. This is your body at work healing itself. Most often you will be adjusted alongside other patients. This allows the doctor to let you have time to process the work that was done and to also observe you simultaneously. The community effect can actually facilitate or speed up the release of tension in your own body. You may observe some of the other patients very still, some moving, some of them resting and others may be doing stretches, etc. the doctor has given them.

Entrainments are just one of the aspects of the care that you’ll experience at this office, however during other visits you’ll work with breath work called Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI). There are 12 SRI exercises in all, and you’ll be introduced to how to use them on your own to accelerate your progress.

How do the light touches in Network Care work?

I love it when someone gets off the table at their first visit and asks, “You barely touched me, yet I felt my body relax, tension release, deeper breathing, and my mind calmed down. How on earth dies it work?”

Well… In a nutshell, the precise touches in a Network Adjustment send powerful signals to your brain to let go of stored tension and stress.

The first thing to understand is that your body works as a whole, and it’s your brain that controls Everything. Through your nervous system, it monitors, coordinates, and responds to everything inside and outside of you, keeping you alive and as healthy as possible.

Whenever there’s tension in your body, it’s most often created by your brain as a means of protecting you from unresolved stress. By stress I mean anything that’s a challenge to you – physically, psychologically, emotionally, or chemically. Your body has engaged with it, but then not fully let go, either because the stress is too big or it’s ongoing. Layers of stress build up, leading to significant tension and distortions.

In a Network Adjustment, we’re working to directly communicate with your brain to address this unresolved stress. The contacts are at the anchor points to the tension patterns in your spine at either end where the spinal cored hooks in. Contacting precisely here helps your brain to find stored tension and stress. It’s like it runs a sophisticated self-diagnostic program to detect problems.

It’s the gentleness of the touches that gets your brain’s attention in a whole new way. When your brain is stuck in stress-mode, the lower protective “brain stem” is way more active and involved. The touches are a signal to this part to switch off and for the upper “frontal lobe” to wake up. I’m judging just the right amount of force your body needs to feel safe and relaxed.

The effects are universal and powerful. Over a series of adjustments, the contact points develop and become better and better at actively helping your body to digest and resolve the held tension. This flows through into your life, and in particular, helps you to deal better with future stress and to make good decisions for yourself.

With less tension and stress on board, the natural wisdom of your body is able to fully express itself, making you healthier and helping you thrive! Old trauma patterns are released, and more energy is available to help you thrive!


What kind of results can I expect right away?

You can expect to immediately feel more relaxed and flexible in your body. Your breathing will become deeper and easier. In most cases, your pain and tension levels will be significantly reduced within a short time.

But this is really the tip of the iceberg. As your body shifts out of fight or flight mode, you’ll begin to experience more clarity, a sense of inner-calm and peace and a pleasant elongation and fluidity of your spine as your posture straightens. This is the beginning of the many life-changing benefits that Dr. Luke has to offer.

What conditions/symptoms can you help with?

Network Care is more than a therapeutic approach, because it’s main goal is not just the treatment of symptoms. Instead, the main goal is to optimize the way your brain and body communicate, so that you can truly heal.  By releasing tension from the spine and helping the nervous system adapt to stress more effectively, our unique process has helped thousands of people experience relief or improvement in the following areas:

» Low back pain
» Whiplash
» Asthma
» Neck pain
» Torticollis
» Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
» Tension Headaches
» Headaches
» Attention Deficit Disorder
» TMJ
» Migraines
» Scoliosis
» Disc Herniation
» Muscle Spasms
» Anxiety
» Disc Injuries
» Muscle Strains
» Fibromyalgia
» Bulging Discs
» Sciatica
» Chronic Fatigue, and more

How often will I need to come in to get results?

We start with a thorough examination and case history. The recommended visit frequency will depend on your current condition, and your overall health and wellness objectives.

Our initial program consists of 12-24 visits over a 12 week period. We will conduct re-evaluations on a regular basis to assess your progress.

What scientific evidence do you have that your methods work?

Network Spinal Analysis, or now Network Spinal (NS) is a cutting-edge methodology at the frontier of body-mind research. A retrospective study of over 2,800 people conducted through UC Irvine Medical College documented significant improvements in quality of life in the majority of people receiving Network Chiropractic care, and the wave patterns that occur during an NSA entrainment are the focus of a number of research papers by French mathematician professor Edmund Jonckheere and his colleagues in the USC Department of Engineering.

Network Spinal and the respiratory wave is currently being researched at over a dozen universities around the world.


I’ve suffered from back pain for years. Will this care really help me?

Back pain, especially chronic back pain, is rarely a simple situation. There are many factors that can contribute to ongoing back pain, including unresolved physical injuries, emotional and mental stress, and even inherited patterns.

Rather than just giving you a twist or a pop for temporary relief, we suggest a holistic approach that will help you identify and change the patterns that are contributing to your back pain. Through low force Network Spinal entrainments, we’ll help you to release tension and to connect with the underlying source of your pain so that you can truly resolve it.

Contact Dr Luke for more information. Set up a comprehensive exam to learn more about your nervous system, and what network chiropractic can do for you, at 541-816-1911.


I’ve suffered from headaches for years. None of the medications I’ve prescribed has helped. How can you help me?

Although we don’t claim to diagnose and directly treat symptoms, we have worked with scores of patients with many types of headaches, including tension headaches and migraines, with positive results. In most cases the severity and frequency of the headaches significantly diminishes, or the headaches vanish altogether.

Medications only provide temporary relief for headaches. We seek to understand the factors contributing to your headaches and help you make the necessary life changes to keep the headaches from recurring. Our experience has shown us that headaches, like any other pain signals, are a sign that your body is asking for a change in your behavior, your perceptions, or your body structure.

So, we focus on helping you develop the awareness and discover the resources to change the way you are interacting with your body and living your life. The by-product of the lifestyle changes that you make is often a headache-free experience.


I work at a computer all day and I have constant neck pain. Can you help with this?

When it comes to their computer station, most people have a far from optimal ergonomic setup. In fact, we find that even people with excellent workstations often get neck and back pain from long hours in front of the screen. We will certainly consult with you to create a more ergonomic station.

The problem is that most people either aren’t aware of, or just ignore their body’s cues and the feedback telling them to move, stretch or reposition themselves. They regularly push through to finish a project, even though their bodies are building up considerable tension in the process.

Our solution is to help you get connected to and in-tune with your body. Your body will learn new strategies for releasing tension. Network Spinal is also an excellent technique for restoring the cervical curve. This really makes a difference!

Will my insurance cover Network Spinal at Tail of the Sun?

Many insurance companies will cover chiropractic services, including Network care. Insurance companies will not cover for wellness or maintenance care. Insurance companies will pay only for initial acute program and in some instances, to correct or support a serious structural program. While Tail of the Sun does not contract with any insurance companies, we can prepare statements for you to submit to your insurance company.

We suggest that you continue on one of our affordable wellness plans when you reach this phase in care to help you reach your optimal state of health and for prevention.

Is Network Care good for children?

Absolutely! Network Care is wonderful for the entire family, and we highly recommend that everyone be in care together. We have babies in care as well! Everyone can benefit from living in greater connection to themselves and the world.

I’m pregnant. Should I wait until after I have my baby to start?

Network Spinal, or Network Care, is perfect for the expecting mother both for its gentle application as well as its effective results and outcomes. For the first 4-5 months during pregnancy, care is performed without variation. After 5 months, contacts are made while using body pillows and lying on your side. Pregnant women experience many great advantages under Network Care and many report smoother pregnancies and labors.

How can I be sure your process will work for me?

The best way to find out if our process will work for you is just to try it out! Dr. Luke has helped hundreds of people.  In most cases, patients begin to feel positive changes within several visits, and many times even after just one visit.

You should start to feel more awareness of your body and breath. You might feel your steps are different; you will see you carry your body differently. As you progress along, the spine revitalizes, energizes, and helps the body to self-correct distortions of alignment and posture. Additionally, a wide range of physical complaints such as headaches, pain, eczema, menstrual cramps, dizziness, and many others have been reported to improve or even resolve. You will discover that you can heal yourself.

We will help this process through our effective clinical care. We are confident that you’ll immediately be certain if you’re in the right place and if this care is congruent with you.