Emotions impact the way the mind and body react. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we usually observe. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are analyzing these. A recent study about emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic who cares for many Augusta back pain sufferers. It’s 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, how can you tell? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, fatigued? We’ve all seen this. Upright posture does so much to improve positivity and decrease fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well impact emotional reactions! In an interesting twist in this story of the relationship between muscular states and emotions, researchers discovered that upright seated postures are beneficial. Upright seated posture as opposed to a slumped seated posture was found to raise self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as decrease fear. Linguists noted 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 maintain self-esteem, decrease self-focus, decrease negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate rose, too. Sitting upright may be a means to foster resilience to stress. (2) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic sees firsthand how emotions impact Augusta chiropractic patients, especially Augusta back pain patients who are stressed and down.
NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AFFECT BACK MUSCLES
For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a sad mood! – physical responses like slumping are not unusual. In a study of back muscles using electromyography found that negative emotions increased 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 additional stimuli. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic offers gentle Augusta chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of Cox® Technic to calm its muscles and reduce 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 Augusta chiropractic appointment now. If stress or emotions make you slump and aggravate your back pain, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is here to ease the pain, remind you to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and find a way to make you smile!