Adjusting While Angry


The cause of subluxations is often multifactorial. That means that people get subluxations when subjected to a number of stressors at the same time that overwhelm the individual’s resistance.

I have three examples from my files.

Example one. A chiropractor comes to see me with severe wrist pain. She’s already been to a few other DCs who tried a variety of techniques to no avail. She had also gone to a craniosacral therapist and other bodywork practitioners, all to no avail. The wrist is in such pain it is affecting her ability to practice.

“I got hurt while adjusting my patient,” she said.

“OK, get into the posture of subluxation,” I said. “Go into the posture you were in when you got hurt.’

When she adjusted patients she bent over them and twisted herself a little as they lay on the table. As she assumed that position I checked and adjusted her. Little improvement.

As a general rule, when people don’t clear out quickly look to the mind. There is often an emotional component. Let’s go there.

“Do you remember what you were thinking or feeling when the pain began?”

“Yes, my husband had just gotten home and he really upset me because he didn’t call before he left work. I was thinking of that while I was adjusting the patient.”

I asked her to get into the physical posture of subluxation and then think of how upset she was at her husband. So she’s in the physical AND the emotional posture of subluxation.

“Picture yourself at the office bent over a patient giving an adjustment and your husband comes home and upsets you.”

Subluxations reappeared that had been cleared out a moment ago. But then again, she hadn’t been in the emotional posture of subluxation. Those subluxations were now adjusted.

“The wrist and hand pain are gone,” she reported. After months of suffering she was able to work again.

Example two. Patient’s knee is hurting. Also lower back pain.

“I was cleaning out my house,” he said.

I checked and adjusted. Not much change. Time to ask about emotions.

“What kind of mood were you in as you cleaned up the place?”

“My daughter refused to help. I was angry at her because I had to do all the work myself.”

I had the patient get into the emotional posture of subluxation. As he thought of how upset he was with his daughter I adjusted his subluxations. The knee pain disappeared.

Example three. “I’ve been impotent since my divorce two years ago,” said an otherwise healthy male.

Physical subluxations were corrected but emotional ones were the key. “Think about how you felt about the divorce,” I said.

Immediately subluxations appeared where before there had been none. They were corrected. “Now think about the financial hit you took from the divorce.” More subluxations appeared and were corrected. “Think about the feeling of betrayal.” Again more subluxations arose and were corrected. We continued along this line until I could not find subluxations popping up no matter what he thought about his divorce and ex.

The next day he wrote me saying he was back to normal.

Moral of the story – if problems are not corrected look to the posture of subluxation, emotional as well as physical.

What if problems still persist? DD Palmer once said that toxicity is a main cause of dis-ease. The most common source of severe toxicity is the mouth, specifically the teeth – root canals, mercury fillings, infections, cavitations. But that’s another article.

I wonder if Harvey Lillard was upset about something when he bumped his head while in a cramped position? Maybe about his dentist? We’ll never know, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

This post was written by Tedd Koren, DC

Tedd Koren, D.C. is the developer of Koren Specific Technique. For information, go to Dr. Koren also writes patient education materials for Koren Publications. Go to

Leave a Reply