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The Triune of Health

What would happen if one of the legs of a three legged bar stool was shorter than the other three? The stool would be uneven and tip over.

Guess what? Your body is exactly the same way.

We are made up of three things:

  1. Structure
  2. Chemicals
  3. Emotions (Mental)

If any of these three things - The Triune - is off balance, you will suffer either pain/injury or malfunction/illness. That's why chiropractors who practice Applied Kinesiology use the entire body (Whole person/ Holistic) approach for treatment.


We aren’t just a bag of bones. There are countless chemical reactions that occur in the body every second of the day that keep us alive and our organs functioning. Our pancreas secrets insulin when we eat so we don’t go into a diabetic coma. The gall bladder secretes bile to emulsify the fats we eat. The pituitary gland secretes chemicals that signal to many other organs and various bodily functions occur throughout the day.

You never know all these things are happening; they just do. So what happens if one of these organs doesn’t work optimally? Chemicals will not be released properly and the body’s chemistry will go off balance. Left long enough, illness or disease can develop.


Our mental state is extremely important to our health. If I could fix the minds of all my patients, my office as well as all the other doctors’ offices would close. There is a condition called somatizing. This is where we internalize our emotions to a point where it adversely affects our body. i.e.; ulcers, heart attacks, telogen effluvium (hair loss from stress), TMJ, neck and low back spasms, just to name a few.

So if you are upset over work, marriage, a death, money, anything that puts your mind under stress, you can alter your body's balance. The imbalance can lead to illness and/or injury that you're unaware of until you finally feel pain or distress.

The other side of the coin is there are many psychological problems that have a physiological cause. For example, depression is often caused by blood sugar problems, fibromyalgia or other auto-immune diseases that keep the patient in constant pain. These problems can also be evaluated with Applied Kinesiology.


Our body’s structure comes from bones, muscles and ligaments. Sometimes we are born with a curved spine (scoliosis). That’s like getting a late start in a race. You can still catch up but you have to work harder than the rest of the pack.

Oftentimes, we start off with good spines, and then through life’s occurrences, we jolt the spine out of place. Accidents, sports, falls, lifting, STRESS, CHEMIAL CHANGES, gardening - the list is endless. An improper movement of a bone in the spine in relation to the surrounding bones of the spine is called a subluxation.

You may not know you have a subluxation if it is a minor one. However, even a minor one - sometimes called the silent subluxation - can be enough to pinch a nerve at that level of the spine. This in turn will cause whatever muscle and ORGAN that the nerve serves, to not function properly. Left untreated long enough and illness or injury can occur.

Dr. Donna Watson