Emotions influence the way the mind and body
react. Happy emotions make us
smile. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are
the outer reactions we usually see. What
about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are analyzing
these. A recent study about emotions and back muscle
reactions captured the attention of Vancouver Disc Centers who
cares for many Vancouver back pain sufferers. It is 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’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 found that upright seated postures are beneficial.
Upright seated posture as opposed 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 spoke with 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, lessen focus
on self, decrease negative mood and create
a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting
upright may be just the way to foster
resilience to stress. (2) Vancouver Disc Centers notices firsthand how
emotions affect Vancouver 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 uncommon. In an electromyographic study of back
muscles, it was found that
negative emotions raised differential back muscle activity
while positive emotions didn’t. The muscles were left
alone, not having to react at all. (3) While healing, the back pain
sufferer’s spine does not
need any additional stimuli. Vancouver Disc Centers offers gentle Vancouver
chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox®
Technic to calm its muscles and lessen its pain.
CONTACT Vancouver Disc Centers
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the
benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management benefits aback
pain patient’s spine, muscle, and system.
Schedule your Vancouver
chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions make you slump and aggravate your back pain,
Vancouver Disc Centers is here to lessen the pain, prompt you
to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and get you to smile!