Caring Hands Chiropractic


NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) is used to help physical problems that have an associated stress component. 

Stress can definitely be a factor in acute situations, and it is also often a factor in chronic and hard-to-resolve conditions.

When doing NET, the practitioner uses a functional neurology manual muscle test as a tool to help identify involuntary physiological responses.

In this way, the muscle test is used as a gauge of autonomic reactivity to given physical and/or verbal stimuli. To determine if there is a stress-related component to a physical problem, the practitioner cross-checks or 2-points, a suspected problem area to the Emotional Points (located on the forehead, halfway between the pupils and the natural hairline).

Manual Muscle Testing

It has been demonstrated that manual muscle testing can be used to access the physiology of the body, including the physiology of an emotional response, and that muscles – which initially test strong in the clear — will test as being inhibited (weak) when words are posed that have a ‘charge’ or stress-response associated with them.

To read a paper titled ‘On the Reliability and Validity of Manual Muscle Testing’ by Cuthbert and Goodheart press HERE.

Another important note. 

Within the NET process, the muscle test is always considered to reflect the patient’s EMOTIONAL REALITY, as it may or may not correspond with actual or historical reality. In fact, science has proven that pieces of our memories are often stored together with other associated memories, and later when a memory is recalled, we frequently add some of those other pieces that did not originally happen! Thus, the verbal cues within the NET process are purely used with the objective of determining the presence or absence of an involuntary physiological response to the words utilized.

In addition to verbal cues, the muscle test can also be used to determine if there is an involuntary physiological response connected with a physical touch or contact. Examples include areas of the body that may be holding trauma or areas that have associated meridian points, such as an active acupressure pulse point on the wrist.

The manual muscle test is a valuable tool that helps the practitioner find unresolved trauma and stored patterns of stress that can interrupt the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Once identified, NET helps connect the mind and body in a way that allows for the restoration of physical health and the release of stress-related issues.

The Role of Memory and Physiology

Science has proven that when we remember a past event, it is possible to have a ‘physiological response’ that is similar to the one that happened back then. Here is an example: Pretend you’re biting into a lemon; now imagine squeezing some of the juice into your mouth and feeling your mouth pucker in response to that sour taste!

If you are like most people, your mouth is probably starting to water, and this is a perfect example of having a physiological response to a memory (tasting a lemon).

Emotional responses can also be similarly stimulated with the memory of a past traumatic or stressful event. To read a paper titled ‘Neuro Emotional Technique Effects on Brain Physiology in Cancer Patients with Traumatic Stress Symptoms’ press HERE.

References: NET MIND BODY 

You are welcome to book an NET appointment with Andjela Pecotic at Caring Hands Chiropractic.

With a strong clinical interest in the effects of emotional and mental health on our physical health, Andjela completed a Life Coach qualification plus regularly uses Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) in her consults to support us in dealing with stress and stress-related physical body issues.


This month we are talking all things DETOX.

About 2 years ago, following some pathology that showed a decrease in my thyroid function and an increase in my estrogen, I decided to have a real look at the products and items in my home and how they were affecting my health. My journey was a long one. It took me some time to reach the point I am currently at.

My advice when embarking on this journey is don’t expect to do it all in one go. Replacing every cleaning and self-care product in your home is expensive, so I just replaced things as they ran out or broke.

Areas to consider.

Plastic containers. These contain hormone disrupting chemicals. DO NOT heat plastic, or put hot food into them as this liberates these chemicals. There are many glass containers available. I found Kmart and Ikea the most cost effective. You can also repurpose old jars.

Self-care products and makeup. A typical product will contain 15-50 chemicals. Considering most women use an average of 9 self-care products per day this means we are potentially putting up to 550 individual chemicals on our bodies each day1 ! Have a look for more natural makeup and self-care brands or if you have time you can make your own.

Cleaning products. These obviously contain a ludicrous amount of chemicals and artificial fragrances. Have a look at the environmental working group for green cleaners2. Many are readily available from the super market.

Food. Conventionally grown foods are typically produced using pesticides. Where you can, buy organic. If it’s not in your budget to buy completely organic then consider buying items from the “Dirty Dozen”3 list from the environmental working group. This lists the produce with the heaviest pesticide residues. Another consideration is buying as many foods as you can with no labels or as little recognisable ingredients as possible.

References: 1. Australian Academy of Science 2. EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning 3. EWG’s Dirty Dozen