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The Triangle of Health Part 1
Apr 03

The Triangle of Health Part 1

In this, the first episode of the Family Wellness video podcast, Dr Giles shows and explains the Triangle of Health.

The Triangle of Health is the basis for all health. It includes structural health, emotional health, and physiological health.


Hey everybody, my name is Troy Giles. I’m a Doctor of Chiropractic and I’m a Wellness Professional. Today what we’re going to be talking about is the triangle of health. The triangle of health is what we work on here at the office. It’s basically the overall concept of how you can get well. The triangle of health includes basically three areas, structure, emotion, and physiology. So for this let’s go ahead and discuss this concept here, with this, what do you call this here?

Probably a chart.


So can we cut that and you can splice that in easy enough?


Yes. So start from “Let’s take a look at this chart.”

Okay. So in order to understand this a little bit more let’s take a look at this chart. Here we have structure, emotion, and physiology. As a chiropractor, we start and we look at the idea of the structure. How straight is the spine? This is an x-ray of the front view of the spine. Normally, this x-ray would be straight up and down. The vertebrae would run up and down this direction, but you can see here there’s curvature and this curvature is what we call scoliosis. If you notice right here, at the very bottom of this femur head, or where the hip is, this is much lower than this side over here. What’s that doing is causing this, the lumbar vertebrae, to angle to the left and then back to the right. In this position that spine is going to wear down significantly. What we find is that on the side of concavity, or the curvature right here, there’s a negative charge build up. That negative charge will actually draw other minerals to that vertebrae and cause bone spurs. Those bone spurs, or that increase in calcium and other minerals, causes there to be bone spurs and overall degeneration of the spine. So it’s very important, as far as our first triangle, or the first side of that triangle, to make sure that the hips are level and that the vertebrae are going straight, that the spine is actually moving up and down in a straight line. Looking at it from the side, of course, you do want to have some curvature, but not looking at it straight up and down, straight in the front position. So that’s the first side of that triangle that we want to work with…structure.

Next we want to look at emotion. I’m a wellness coach and part of wellness is working with your emotion, see? So it’s pretty easy. What we find is when people have emotions stored up with things that have happened in their past, those emotions can cause the body to be very uptight all the time. So there’s two sides of our nervous system. One is parasympathetic. That would be uptight fight or flight. The other side is parasympathetic, or relaxation. What we find is when people have a lot of emotion build up from their past it makes them be uptight. So if you can imagine running from a bear. If a bear was chasing you and you’re running through the woods and then you run for a while, then you finally get to a tree and you run up the tree and you’re getting out of the way of the bear. Once you get up the tree and the bear is able to go away, you can now relax and eat your lunch. So the idea is if you’re running from a bear, you’re going to be uptight, fight or flight mode. Once you get up the tree and you want to start to eat you want to be in relaxation, so parasympathetic. So we want the ability to go back and forth between these two parts of the nervous system. But when you’re uptight and when you have a lot of emotion, you’re over here all the time and you’re unable to relax and heal. So what we suggest is that we make a list of past emotions and we’ll talk about this in a future webcast of how these emotions work. But the idea is to get rid of those emotions that are associated with those past experiences to get rid of them so you can relax and heal. The third part of the triangle is physiology. No physiology means we’re going to treat layers of infection and we’re going to support organ systems. So we want to determine if you have any layers of infection, such as in your gut. You might have a parasite or you might have other kinds of fungus or things in your gut. We want to help you get rid of those layers of infection and ultimately rebuild that organ system. So as we work with you, we want you to focus, so that’s what we’ll be focusing on is that triangle, again, structure, emotion, and physiology. So you can keep that in mind and study that a little bit more. Until next time, have a great day.

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One Comment

  1. Stephanie Ripley

    Way to go Doc!! We love seeing you on You Tube! So many great things said, I especially liked “the spinal cord is the extension of your brain” I’ll use that in my Yoga classes. We look forward to many more. Thanks for all you do for us!
    With love, The Ripley’s
    Treg, Stephanie, Sage, Skylar, and Praxton

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