Emotions impact the way the mind and body react. Happy emotions make us smile. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly observe. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are studying these. A recent study about emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of Young Chiropractic who cares for many Easley back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to consider the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit upright.
EMOTIONS AFFECT POSTURE
When someone is depressed or just in a down mood, what does their body usually look like? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, fatigued? We have all seen this. Upright posture does so much to improve positivity and reduce fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well impact emotional reactions! An interesting development regarding the the relationship between muscular states and emotions, researchers discovered that upright seated postures are beneficial. Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated posture was found to improve self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as decrease fear. Linguists found that slumped posture people spoke with more negative emotion words and fewer words than upright posture people. They therefore recommended in their study to sit upright when facing a stressful situation as it can keep self-esteem in check, reduce focus on self, decrease negative mood and produce a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to generate resilience to stress. (2) Young Chiropractic sees firsthand how emotions impact Easley chiropractic patients, particularly Easley back pain patients who are stressed and sad.
NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AFFECT BACK MUSCLES
For back pain sufferers – who are surely not immune to a sad mood! – body responses like slumping are not unusual. In a study of back muscles using electromyography found that negative emotions raised differential back muscle activity while positive emotions didn’t. The muscles were left alone, not having to react at all. (3) While healing, the spine of the back pain patient does not need any extra stimuli. Young Chiropractic offers gentle Easley chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox® Technic to relax its muscles and lessen its pain.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management benefits aback pain patient’s spine, muscle, and system.
Make your Easley chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions make you slump and worsen your back pain, Young Chiropractic is here to lessen the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and get you to smile!