Emotions influence our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are
the outer reactions we usually observe. What
about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are studying
these. A recent study about emotions and back muscle
reactions captured the eye of Satterwhite Chiropractic who
cares for many Oxford back pain sufferers. It’s 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, tired? We have all seen this.
Upright posture does so much to improve positivity and reduce
fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well impact emotional
reactions! An interesting development regarding the 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 noted to raise self-esteem, arousal, and
mood as well as reduce 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, lessen focus
on self, decrease negative mood and create
a positive mood. Speech rate rose, too. Sitting
upright may be just the way to generate
resilience to stress. (2) Satterwhite Chiropractic sees firsthand how
emotions affect Oxford chiropractic patients, especially
stressed, sad Oxford back pain sufferers.
NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AFFECT BACK MUSCLES
For back pain sufferers – who are surely not
immune to a sad mood! – body 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 sufferer doesn’t
need any more stimuli. Satterwhite Chiropractic offers gentle Oxford
chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox®
Technic to relax its muscles and lessen its pain.
CONTACT Satterwhite Chiropractic
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 Oxford
chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions compel you
to slump and aggravate your back pain,
Satterwhite Chiropractic 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!