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Ashburn Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions impact our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions make us smile. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are the outer reactions we usually observe. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are analyzing these. A new study about emotions and back muscle reactions caught the attention of Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn who cares for many Ashburn back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to look at 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 have all seen this. Upright posture does so much to increase positivity and reduce fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well influence emotional reactions! In an interesting twist in this story of the relationship between muscular states and emotions, researchers found that upright seated postures are advantageous. Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated posture was noted to improve self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as decrease fear. Linguists found that slumped posture people spoke with fewer and more negative emotion words than upright posture people. They therefore recommended in their study to sit upright when in a stressful situation as it can keep self-esteem in check, decrease self-focus, lower negative mood and produce a positive mood. Speech rate increased, too. Sitting upright may be a means to build resilience to stress. (2) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn notices firsthand how emotions impact Ashburn chiropractic patients, particularly Ashburn back pain patients who are stressed and down.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a sad mood! – body responses like slumping are not uncommon. In an electromyographic study of back muscles, it was found that negative emotions increased differential back muscle activity while positive emotions did not. The muscles were undisturbed, not having to respond at all. (3) When healing, the spine of the back pain sufferer does not need any extra stimuli. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn offers gentle Ashburn chiropractic spinal manipulation via 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.  

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions make you slump and worsen your back pain, Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is here to lessen the pain, remind you to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and find a way to make you smile! 

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.  
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