Baton Rouge Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions influence our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions make us smile. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly see. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are analyzing these. A new study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions caught the attention of Spine & Sports Rehab Center who cares for many Baton Rouge back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to look at the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit up straight.


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 improve positivity and reduce fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well impact 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 as opposed to a slumped seated posture was noted to improve 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 facing a stressful situation as it can keep self-esteem in check, lessen self-focus, decrease negative mood and produce a positive mood. Speech rate rose, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to build resilience to stress. (2) Spine & Sports Rehab Center sees firsthand how emotions impact Baton Rouge chiropractic patients, particularly Baton Rouge back pain patients who are stressed and down.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a sad mood! – physical 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 left alone, not having to respond at all. (3) While healing, the back pain sufferer’s spine does not need any more stimuli. Spine & Sports Rehab Center offers gentle Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and aggravate your back pain, Spine & Sports Rehab Center is here to lessen the pain, remind you to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and find a way to make you smile! 

Spine & Sports Rehab Center encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.  
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