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.
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 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
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! – 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 back pain
sufferer’s spine 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.
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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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, prompt you
to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and find
a way to make you smile!