In the office you’ll hear us talking about the 3 T’s of chiropractic. The 3 T’s being: Thoughts, Traumas, & Toxins. These are the 3 main ways we get subluxated in the first place; thoughts being our mental/emotional stress, traumas being physical stressors, and toxins being chemical stress. Everything we’re exposed to in our environment has to be processed by our nervous systems. So when the body is unable to adapt to whatever stress it encounters, it stores it in the body which is when symptoms start to show up. Before we get to the point of pain and discomfort, we want to encourage you to be PROactive rather than REactive when it comes to your health. By reducing “the 3 T’s” you can reduce stress on your system to help you feel and function better!
Reducing emotional stress
This can be a whole blog post in itself. But mental health can be an overwhelming topic to unpack, so taking baby steps can help it be a little more manageable. One simple thing you can incorporate into your day to reduce emotional stress is meditation. Numerous studies have shown amazing benefits of meditation, including reducing overall stress and anxiety. Insight Timer is an awesome free app you can use to start practicing.
Reducing physical stress
When we talk about physical stressors many people think of car accidents, broken bones, slips, falls, etc. But another major form of physical stress is actually LACK of movement. We live in the age of technology, which makes everything accessible at our fingertips but means we don’t even have to get off the couch to order a pizza. Society is sitting more than they ever have, and it’s affecting our health and wellbeing. The spine and nervous system need motion to stay healthy, so during those long days at the office make sure you’re incorporating some movement into your schedule. An easy way to do this is when you’re on your lunch break, do about 5-10 minutes of intention movement. This can be a quick yoga video (YouTube has great ones), or a few minutes of stretching to get the blood flowing and muscles warmed up again. It doesn’t take much, and your body will thank you!
Reduce chemical stress
Everything we put in and on our bodies must be processed by the nervous system. Chemical stress can come in many forms; it’s the food we eat, the water we drink, the medications we take, and even the personal care products we use on our bodies. Think about how many products we use in a day, then multiply that by months, then years. That is A LOT of different chemicals we’re exposed to over our lifetime. That’s why being intentional with the products we purchase is so important. Everything adds up and impacts our health, so one way to help reduce your toxin load is to buy organic whenever possible. Although it’s slightly more expensive than other products, the health benefits far outweigh the financial investment. Organic food has a lower risk of exposure to antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides (all of which have shown negative effects to hormonal health). Organic food also provides more nutritional value, so you’re getting more out of what you’re putting into your body. A good way to start transitioning to more organic is by replacing a few things at a time. Start with items on the “Dirty Dozen” list (a list of the top 12 “dirtiest” produce).
Can you think of any of the “3 T’s” that could be negatively impacting your health?