Minster Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions influence the way the mind and body react. Happy emotions make us smile. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly notice. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are studying these. A recent study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of Minster Chiropractic Center who cares for many Minster back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to consider the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit upright.


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! An interesting development regarding the the relationship between muscular states and emotions, researchers discovered that upright seated postures are beneficial. Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated posture was found to improve self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as reduce fear. Linguists noted that slumped posture people used more negative emotion words and fewer words than upright posture people. They therefore recommended in their study to sit upright when facing a stressful situation as it can maintain self-esteem, decrease self-focus, decrease negative mood and generate a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to build resilience to stress. (2) Minster Chiropractic Center notices firsthand how emotions affect Minster chiropractic patients, particularly Minster back pain patients who are stressed and down.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a down mood! – physical responses like slumping are not unusual. In an electromyographic study of back muscles, it was found that negative emotions increased differential back muscle activity while positive emotions didn’t. The muscles were left alone, not having to respond at all. (3) While healing, the back pain sufferer’s spine does not need any more stimuli. Minster Chiropractic Center offers gentle Minster chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox® Technic to relax 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.  

Make your Minster chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and aggravate your back pain, Minster Chiropractic Center is here to ease the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and find a way to make you smile! 

Minster Chiropractic Center encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to enhance healing from back pain.  
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