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Brooks Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions influence our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly observe. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are studying these. A new study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions caught the attention of Soft Health and Healing Clinic who cares for many Brooks 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 down mood, what does their body usually look like? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, tired? 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 discovered that upright seated postures are beneficial. Upright seated posture as opposed to a slumped seated posture was noted to raise 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 suggested in their study to sit upright when facing a stressful situation as it can keep self-esteem in check, reduce self-focus, decrease negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to generate resilience to stress. (2) Soft Health and Healing Clinic notices firsthand how emotions affect Brooks chiropractic patients, particularly Brooks back pain sufferers who are stressed and sad.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a sad mood! – body responses like slumping are not uncommon. In a study of back muscles using electromyography 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 spine of the back pain sufferer doesn’t need any additional stimuli. Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers gentle Brooks chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of 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.  

Make your Brooks chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and aggravate your back pain, Soft Health and Healing Clinic is here to lessen the pain, remind you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and get you to smile! 

Soft Health and Healing Clinic encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.  
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