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McHenry Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions impact our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly see. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are analyzing these. A new study about emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of OrthoIllinois Chiropractic who cares for many McHenry back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to consider the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit up straight.


When someone is depressed or just in a sad mood, how can you tell? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, fatigued? We’ve all seen this. Upright posture does so much to increase 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 noted to improve 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 facing a stressful situation as it can maintain self-esteem, decrease focus on self, lower negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be a means to build resilience to stress. (2) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic sees firsthand how emotions impact McHenry chiropractic patients, especially McHenry back pain patients who are stressed and down.


For back pain sufferers – who are surely not immune to a sad mood! – physical responses like slumping are not unusual. In an electromyographic study of back muscles, it was found that negative emotions increased differential back muscle activity while positive emotions didn’t. The muscles were left alone, not having to respond at all. (3) When healing, the spine of the back pain sufferer does not need any more stimuli. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers gentle McHenry chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of Cox® Technic to calm 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 describes the benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management benefits aback pain patient’s spine, muscle, and system.  

Set up your McHenry chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions make you slump and aggravate your back pain, OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is here to lessen the pain, remind you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and find a way to make you smile! 

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to enhance healing from back pain.  
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