Emotions impact our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are
the outer reactions we usually observe. What
about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are examining
these. A new study about emotions and back muscle
reactions captured the attention of Hollstrom & Associates Inc who
cares for many Largo back pain sufferers. It’s 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 down mood,
what does their body usually look like? Slumped forward,
eyes to the ground, fatigued? We’ve all seen this.
Upright posture does so much to improve positivity and reduce
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 advantageous.
Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated
posture was found to raise self-esteem, arousal, and
mood as well as decrease fear. Linguists found 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 maintain
self-esteem, decrease focus
on self, decrease negative mood and generate
a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting
upright may be a means to generate
resilience to stress. (2) Hollstrom & Associates Inc sees firsthand how
emotions affect Largo chiropractic patients, particularly
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 raised differential back muscle activity
while positive emotions did not. The muscles were left
alone, not having to respond at all. (3) While healing, the back pain
sufferer’s spine doesn’t
need any extra stimuli. Hollstrom & Associates Inc offers gentle Largo
chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox®
Technic to calm its muscles and lessen its pain.
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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.
Make your Largo
chiropractic appointment now. If stress or emotions make you slump and aggravate your back pain,
Hollstrom & Associates Inc is here to ease the pain, prompt you
to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and get you to smile!