(The data contained in this HCOB is not to be construed as a recommendation of medical treatment or medication. This issue does not supplant, nor is it intended to dissuade, anyone from seeking competent medical attention for any physical condition. The method given in this issue is undertaken or delivered by anyone on his own responsibility.)
Among the many types of assists in Scientology is one which can straighten joints and the spine.
It could be called a Nerve Assist.
Chiropractic spinal adjustment is often successful. But sometimes the spine goes out of place again and has to be adjusted time after time. The Nerve Assist was actually developed as a favor to chiropractors, many of whom now use it. In our theory, it is nerves that hold the muscles tense, which then hold the spine out of place.
There are twelve big nerves which run down a person's spine, spreading out from the spine across both sides of the shoulders and back. These twelve nerves branch out into smaller nerve channels and nerve endings. Nerves affect the muscles and can, if continually tensed, pull the spine and other parts of the body structure out of place.
Nerves carry the shock of impacts. Such a shock should dissipate, but it seldom does entirely. Nerves give orders to muscles. With an impact, a surge of energy starts down the nerve channels. Then, from the small ends of the nerve channels, the energy surge reverses and the result is a bulge of energy which stops midway along the channel. This gives what is called a "standing wave. " It is just standing there, not going anywhere.
The Nerve Assist consists of gently releasing the standing waves in the nerve channels of the body.
1. The auditor has the person lie face down on a bed or cot. Then, with his two index fingers, the auditor strokes down close to the spine on either side, fairly rapidly but not very forcefully. This action is then repeated twice.
2. The auditor then reverses his original action, following the same channels with his two fingers back up the spine. This is done three times.
3. Now, with his fingers spread fan-like, the auditor strokes the nerve channels, using both hands at the same time. He strokes away from the spine and to the sides of the body. Once he has covered the whole back in this way (working down from the top of the spine to the bottom of the spine), he repeats this step two more times.
4. The auditor now reverses the direction of his strokes so they go back up to the spine.
5. The auditor now has the person turn over so he is lying face up. The auditor, using both hands, continues to parallel the nerve channels around to the front of the body.
(Note: In following the nerve channels around to the front of the body, the auditor strokes only as far as the points of the arrows in the illustration below. The nerve channels being handled do not extend across the chest or abdomen, so stroking is not done across those areas.)
6. He then reverses his direction on those same nerve channels.
(Note: In following the nerve channels in step 6, the auditor begins stroking at the spots indicated by the points of the arrows in the illustration above, stroking towards the back.)
7. Then the auditor strokes down the arms and legs. The person is again turned face down, lying on his stomach, and the auditor starts over at step 1.
This procedure is continued until the person has a cognition or expresses some relief, and has very good indicators. He may also experience a bone going into place, often accompanied by a dull popping sound. At this point the Nerve Assist should be ended off for that session.
The pc is then taken to the Examiner, and the assist is written up and placed with the Exam Form in the pc's folder.
The Nerve Assist should be repeated daily until all the standing waves are released.