Williamson Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions influence our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly notice. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are examining these. A recent study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions caught the attention of Apple Country Chiropractic who cares for many Williamson back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to consider the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit up straight.


When someone is depressed or just in a down mood, what does their body usually look like? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, fatigued? We’ve all seen this. Upright posture does so much to improve positivity and decrease 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 beneficial. Upright seated posture as opposed 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 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, lessen focus on self, decrease negative mood and generate a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to foster resilience to stress. (2) Apple Country Chiropractic sees firsthand how emotions impact Williamson chiropractic patients, especially Williamson back pain patients who are stressed and sad.


For back pain sufferers – who are surely not immune to a down mood! – physical responses like slumping are not unusual. In a study of back muscles using electromyography found that negative emotions raised differential back muscle activity while positive emotions did not. The muscles were left alone, not having to react at all. (3) When healing, the spine of the back pain sufferer doesn’t need any more stimuli. Apple Country Chiropractic offers gentle Williamson chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox® Technic to calm its muscles and lessen 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.  

Set up your Williamson chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and aggravate your back pain, Apple Country Chiropractic is here to ease the pain, remind you to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and get you to smile! 

Apple Country Chiropractic encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.  
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