Welcome to the third post in our series about subluxation and stress to the nervous system. Last time, we discussed how physical trauma can disrupt the normal function of the nervous system. If you missed either the previous posts, you can view them here: part 1 – part 2. Today we’ll be discussing how our mental state and thoughts impact the body, its impact on how we interact with the world around us, and the symptoms we experience as a result.

In the early 1900s, the founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer, published a book describing the three causes of dis-ease and subluxation as “trauma, thots, and toxins.” Allegedly before the book was published, it was reviewed by contemporaries who noted the various misspellings of the word “thoughts” as “thots.” When Palmer realized his mistake, he decided to leave it in the book, proclaiming that the extra letters were ridiculous and a waste of typeset. Colloquially, many chiropractors still utilize the spelling “thots” as a throwback to the early days of the profession.

When it comes to thoughts causing subluxation, the main trigger is stress, and the modern world offers it to us in spades: long working hours, deadlines, bills, family management…the list could go on forever. We usually see these stressors as more taxing on the mind, but what we often fail to realize is that the mind is the seat of the nervous system!

As non-physical stress builds on the system, it can produce physical symptoms. We experience increase sensitivity to pain and other stimuli because the brain is working overtime to deal with non-physical elements of our lives. What that means is that unresolved stress can become a perpetuating factor in common discomforts such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and even digestive upset. It can also prevent chiropractic adjustments from holding.

Correcting physical symptoms frequently requires that we step away from traditional modalities such as adjustments and therapies to address what’s going on in your life. By utilizing proven techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, daily exercise, and reframing of worldly events, we can help minimize the “thought” component of the subluxation and by extension other problems. More chronic or complex issues sometimes require co-management with another practitioner such as a psychologist or behavioral therapist.

Remember, the next time someone says “it’s all in your head,” they may be onto something! Just because there’s no injury doesn’t mean there’s nothing wrong. Helping to settle a troubled mind is just one of the three necessary components of correcting dysfunction in the nervous system and living a better life.

This concludes our “thots” on the mental component of the “Three T’s,” thoughts. Stay tuned for our next post in the series: Stress to the Nervous System – Toxins.

Experiencing symptoms of your own? Call our Winter Park office today at (321) 972-2008 to make an appointment! Also feel free to leave us a comment below.


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