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Millville Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions impact our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions make us smile. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly see. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are examining these. A recent study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of Wilson Family Chiropractic who cares for many Millville 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, how can you tell? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, fatigued? We have all seen this. Upright posture does so much to increase positivity and decrease 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 beneficial. Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated posture was found to raise self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as decrease fear. Linguists noted that slumped posture people used fewer and more negative emotion words than upright posture people. They therefore recommended in their study to sit upright when in a stressful situation as it can maintain self-esteem, decrease self-focus, lower negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate increased, too. Sitting upright may be a means to generate resilience to stress. (2) Wilson Family Chiropractic notices firsthand how emotions affect Millville chiropractic patients, particularly stressed, sad Millville back pain patients.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a sad mood! – physical 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 did not. The muscles were undisturbed, not having to respond at all. (3) While healing, the back pain sufferer’s spine does not need any additional stimuli. Wilson Family Chiropractic offers gentle Millville chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox® Technic to calm 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 shares the benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management benefits aback pain patient’s spine, muscle, and system.  

Schedule your Millville chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and aggravate your back pain, Wilson Family Chiropractic 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! 

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