Emotions influence the way the mind and body
react. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are
the outer reactions we usually notice. What
about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are studying
these. A new study regarding emotions and back muscle
reactions captured the attention of The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR who
cares for many Colorado Springs 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 down 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 improve positivity and decrease
fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well influence emotional
reactions! An interesting development regarding the the relationship between muscular states and emotions,
researchers found that upright seated postures are beneficial.
Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated
posture was found to raise self-esteem, arousal, and
mood as well as reduce fear. Linguists noted that
slumped posture people used more negative emotion words and fewer words than upright posture
people. They therefore suggested in their study to sit
upright when in 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 foster
resilience to stress. (2) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR notices firsthand how
emotions affect Colorado Springs chiropractic patients, particularly
back pain patients who are stressed and sad.
NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AFFECT BACK MUSCLES
For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not
immune to a sad mood! – physical responses like slumping
are not uncommon. In an electromyographic study of back
muscles, it was found that
negative emotions increased differential back muscle activity
while positive emotions did not. The muscles were left
alone, not having to react at all. (3) When healing, the back pain
sufferer’s spine doesn’t
need any additional stimuli. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR offers gentle Colorado Springs
chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of Cox®
Technic to relax its muscles and reduce its pain.
CONTACT The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the
benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management benefits aback
pain patient’s spine, muscle, and system.
Schedule your Colorado Springs
chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions compel you
to slump and worsen your back pain,
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is here to ease the pain, remind you
to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and get you to smile!