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Fort Wayne Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

July 13, 2021

Emotions influence our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions make us smile. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly notice. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are examining these. A new study about emotions and back muscle reactions caught the eye of Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc who cares for many Fort Wayne back pain sufferers. It’s a reminder to consider 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’ve all seen this. Upright posture does so much to increase positivity and reduce 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 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 noted that slumped posture people spoke with fewer and more negative emotion words than upright posture people. They therefore recommended in their study to sit upright when facing a stressful situation as it can keep self-esteem in check, reduce focus on self, decrease negative mood and produce a positive mood. Speech rate rose, too. Sitting upright may be a means to foster resilience to stress. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc sees firsthand how emotions impact Fort Wayne chiropractic patients, especially Fort Wayne back pain sufferers who are stressed and down.


For back pain sufferers – who are surely not immune to a sad mood! – body responses like slumping are not unusual. 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) When healing, the spine of the back pain sufferer doesn’t need any extra stimuli. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc offers gentle Fort Wayne chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of 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 shares the benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management benefits aback pain patient’s spine, muscle, and system.  

Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and worsen your back pain, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is here to lessen the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and find a way to make you smile! 

Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to enhance healing from back pain.