Emotions impact our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are
the outer reactions we usually see. What
about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are examining
these. A new study about emotions and back muscle
reactions captured the attention of Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center who
cares for many Paramus back pain sufferers. It is a
reminder to consider the whole person - mind and body! – and to
EMOTIONS AFFECT POSTURE
When someone is depressed or just in a down 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 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 discovered that upright seated postures are beneficial.
Upright seated posture as opposed 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 spoke with more negative emotion words and fewer 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, reduce focus
on self, lower negative mood and generate
a positive mood. Speech rate increased, too. Sitting
upright may be a means to foster
resilience to stress. (2) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center notices firsthand how
emotions impact Paramus chiropractic patients, especially
stressed, sad Paramus back pain patients.
NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AFFECT BACK MUSCLES
For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not
immune to a down 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 didn’t. The muscles were undisturbed, not having to respond at all. (3) While healing, the back pain
sufferer’s spine doesn’t
need any additional stimuli. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center offers gentle Paramus
chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox®
Technic to calm its muscles and lessen its pain.
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pain patient’s spine, muscle, and system.
Set up your Paramus
chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions make you slump and worsen your back pain,
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center is here to lessen the pain, prompt you
to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and get you to smile!