Emotions influence the way the mind and body
react. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are
the outer reactions we most commonly observe. What
about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are studying
these. A new study about emotions and back muscle
reactions captured the attention of Chiropractic Solutions who
cares for many San Jose back pain sufferers. It’s a
reminder to look at the whole person - mind and body! – and to
sit up straight.
EMOTIONS AFFECT POSTURE
When someone is depressed or just in a sad mood,
what does their body usually look like? Slumped forward,
eyes to the ground, tired? We have all seen this.
Upright posture does so much to increase positivity and decrease
fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well influence emotional
reactions! In an interesting twist
in this story of the relationship between muscular states and emotions,
researchers discovered that upright seated postures are advantageous.
Upright seated posture as opposed to a slumped seated
posture was noted to improve self-esteem, arousal, and
mood as well as reduce fear. Linguists found that
slumped posture people used 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 maintain
self-esteem, decrease self-focus, lower negative mood and generate
a positive mood. Speech rate rose, too. Sitting
upright may be a means to foster
resilience to stress. (2) Chiropractic Solutions sees firsthand how
emotions impact San Jose chiropractic patients, particularly
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! – physical responses like slumping
are not uncommon. 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 respond at all. (3) While healing, the back pain
sufferer’s spine doesn’t
need any more stimuli. Chiropractic Solutions offers gentle San Jose
chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox®
Technic to calm its muscles and lessen its pain.
CONTACT Chiropractic Solutions
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.
Schedule your San Jose
chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions make you slump and worsen your back pain,
Chiropractic Solutions is here to ease the pain, prompt you
to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and get you to smile!
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