THE NEUROLOGICAL INTEGRATION SYSTEM
The Neurological Integration System (NIS) was founded by Dr Allan Phillips of the Neurolink Center. Over 22 years of research has been put into developing this system, and new research is continually undertaken around the world, to establish and treat the underlying cause of symptoms and complaints.
Neurological Integration System (NIS) is based on the fact that the brain controls all bodily systems. The brain and spinal cord which are the main components of the central nervous system (CNS) are connected to the body through nerves. These nerves extend to all areas of the body, forming communication pathways between the CNS and the body part. The brain is continuously sending out messages to the body along these communication pathways, to assess how each system is functioning and in return the body sends messages back to the brain.
This feedback system allows the brain to make the necessary adjustments needed to keep the body within homeostasis, in other words, working at its optimum.
Each of us has a unique DNA template with predetermined tolerances. If these tolerances are exceeded, the communication link between the CNS and the body part is potentially broken or interrupted. This leads to the rise of symptoms and ill health. For example if you are playing a sport and you push your hamstring muscle beyond its predetermined tolerance, the brain will intervene and that muscles ability to contract is reduced, to ensure no further damage is caused to that muscle. In the process the communication pathway from the brain to the hamstring is then interrupted, with the symptom of this being pain. This means that the body will now attempt to compensate for the weakened muscle by shifting the load to muscles of lesser strength. This commonly leads to potential instability of the spine, pelvis, knee and foot.
Internal and external stressors, such as pathogens (viral, fungal, bacterial), chemical imbalances, emotional or physical stress or trauma to our bodies can also cause these communication pathways to be interrupted. This means that the signals cannot effectively be carried to the brain (via the nerves), resulting in a lack of governance over that area by the CNS.
NIS is able to assess the function of every system in the body by using muscle testing. Muscle testing* has nothing to do with muscle strength; it is a nervous system response. The objective is to retrieve information from the brain to see where these communication pathways are failing. Muscle testing gives us a clear yes/no to information regarding physical and emotional conditions. This assessment allows the practitioner to establish where the communication link between the CNS and the body part has broken down. It is this breakdown that is causing the underlying symptoms. NIS then helps the brain to make the corrections that the body needs to address the cause of the problem, resulting in improved health and symptom relief.
*Muscle testing has been scientifically validated as an indicator of altered physiological function. D.A. Monti, et al, 1999.
At BodyLink we aim to provide individualised, holistic health care that is suited to your needs. Treatments are non-invasive, stress and pain-free so are suitable for anyone from birth to older adults. The initial appointment takes 1 hour where a complete body assessment and treatment is carried out. Follow up sessions take between 30 – 45 minutes depending on the complexity of the complaint.
Once the original complaint is resolved, routine check ups every 3 – 6 months are recommended to ensure the body continues to function as it should. We are constantly putting our bodies under stress, both environmentally and physically, so quarterly check ups will ensure that small issues today do not develop into larger issues in the future.
How Does It Work?
So that the optimum function of the body’s systems can be restored, the brain must acknowledge the breakdown in the nerve pathways and reset the circuitry. We stimulate a defined area of the brain, called the post central gyrus, while also making contact with the part of the body that has just been found to have this communication / nerve pathway breakdown.
“The post central gyrus is known as the message ‘receive and dispatch’ centre of the brain. When this area of the cranium is touched, merkels tactile disks associated with slow adapting receptors are stimulated. These mediate light touch sensations which project centrally via the spino-thalamic tracts and dorsal column medial lemniscus pathway (DCML). This is a neuro-pathway directly associated with the post central gyrus. What this means is that if you close your eyes and have someone touch just one hair on your head, you will be able to tell exactly where they touched. That is the post central gyrus that allows you to relate to the sensation and its location. The same principle applies with NIS treatment. It is the post central gyrus that knows or ‘acknowledges’ exactly which contacts (and their relationship) the practitioner is holding.
When the skin is touched there are receptors stimulated that project sensation via the DCML back to the post central gyrus. Now Pacinian corpuscles, found in the dermis of the skin respond to contact and pressure, again this sensation is mediated via the DCML to the post central gyrus. The key function of the DCML is to recognise form by touch and recognise the position of body parts in space. These both relate to the Post central gyrus hence why it is known as the message receive and dispatch centre of the brain.”
The brain is the main control centre and is constantly monitoring and co-ordinating all cellular and physiological functions in our body. Consider some of these brain phenomena:
- The brain operates at 400km per hour, controlling 300,000 enzyme functions per minuteskin
- It contains 100 billion active neurons, each with some 20,000 connections
- It interprets information from 260 million light receptors in the eyes
- It governs millions of cells containing our unique DNA blue print
- The brain co-ordinates every single function in our body, its timing and how it works with other systems
With this in mind it is logical that only our brain is the best equipped to address our symptoms of ill-health. If the brain is not put in charge of correcting the problem, the real causes of complaints will never resolve.