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.
EMOTIONS AFFECT POSTURE
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
back pain patients who are stressed and down.
NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AFFECT BACK MUSCLES
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.
CONTACT OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
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!