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New Roads 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 observe. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are examining these. A new study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions captured the attention of New Roads Chiropractic Center who cares for many New Roads back pain sufferers. It’s a reminder to look at the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit upright.


When someone is depressed or just in a sad mood, how can you tell? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, tired? We have all seen this. Upright posture does so much to increase 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 advantageous. 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 found that slumped posture people used fewer and more negative emotion words than upright posture people. They therefore suggested in their study to sit upright when in a stressful situation as it can maintain self-esteem, lessen focus on self, decrease negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate rose, too. Sitting upright may be a means to build resilience to stress. (2) New Roads Chiropractic Center sees firsthand how emotions impact New Roads chiropractic patients, particularly stressed, sad New Roads back pain patients.


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 raised differential back muscle activity while positive emotions didn’t. The muscles were undisturbed, not having to react at all. (3) When healing, the spine of the back pain sufferer doesn’t need any more stimuli. New Roads Chiropractic Center offers gentle New Roads 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 New Roads chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and worsen your back pain, New Roads Chiropractic Center is here to lessen the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and get you to smile! 

New Roads Chiropractic Center encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.  
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