Physical Stress and Chiropractic

Chiropractic Stress Series: Physical Stress

D.D. Palmer, author of 1910’s The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, stated that the three main causes of nerve interference and subluxation are the 3 T’s: trauma, toxins, and thoughts.

Since then, many chiropractors have referenced these three elements to identify the source of each patient’s pain, discomfort, and illness. This helps the chiropractor not only mank adjustments to the body, but uncover the overall health and wellness of the patient.

Before we get to the Three T’s, we need to understand nerve interference and subluxation.

What is Subluxation?

The chiropractic definition of subluxation is a slight misalignment of vertebrae in the spine. The spine houses the spinal cord, which houses the nerves that carry signals from the brain to the rest of the body. Subluxation of the vertebrae is said to be the central cause of many health problems, according to chiropractic theory.

Nerve Interference

Subluxation is what causes nerve interference because the vertebrae that are out of alignment can come into contact with and put pressure on the delicate nerves of the spinal cord. Adjusting the misalignment of the vertebrae allows the nerves to function properly and restore and maintain overall health and wellness.

Chiropractors can help with many different types of physical pain by making spinal adjustments to correct nerve interference caused by subluxation. But what causes the subluxation in the first place?

The Three T’s: Trauma, Toxins, and Thoughts

If you are experiencing subluxation of your vertebrae, it is likely due to trauma, toxins, thoughts, or a combination of the three. Pinpointing the cause of your misalignment is a fundamental part of chiropractic medicine; with regular chiropractic adjustment, you can fix the not only the physical symptoms, like pain, but the root-cause of the misalignment.


Trauma is the most obvious cause of subluxation. This refers to any physical injury that might cause misalignment of your vertebrae. There are many different physical injuries capable of impacting the spine, including:  

  • Childbirth
  • Sports injury
  • Car accident
  • Forceful coughing
  • Falls

Your chiropractor may take x-rays or simply do a physical exam if you are having pain related to trauma. It’s likely that you will need to see the doctor for a series of chiropractic adjustments as well as an at-home regimen of stretching in order to fully heal your misalignment.


The public at large is demanding more and more information about the toxins we are exposed to each day.  This includes the way these dangerous toxins come into contact with your body as well as the impact they have on your overall health. Any kind of toxin, such as a cleaning agent, processed food, or air pollution, can cause imbalances in your body. Your muscles react to imbalances by contracting, creating subluxation in your spine.

If you have had no physical trauma, but are having back issues, headaches, muscle weakness, or any other symptoms that could be related to subluxation, you might need to start looking at the toxins going into your body and where they are coming from. Sometimes changing the cleaning agents you use at home or making a change to your diet— coupled with regular chiropractic adjustments— can go a long way in fixing the alignment of your spine and relieving your pain.


While it might not be the most obvious cause of subluxation in the spine, it is likely the number one cause for most patients. Stress from your job, a fight with your significant other, worry about your kids, or even just watching the news can cause the muscles in your body to contract when you start feeling the stress and anxiety of everyday life.

Aside from the physical adjustments from your chiropractor, they will also give you advice on how to better manage stress so that your body doesn’t have the reaction and continue causing you pain.
If you have physical pain and are looking for help that addresses not just the symptoms but also the root cause, the doctors at Bergen Family Chiropractic Center are here to help. Request a chiropractic appointment online to see how we can improve your overall health and wellness.

About the Author Dr. Richard Santucci

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