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Sitka Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions influence our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly observe. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are studying these. A new study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions caught the eye of Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka who cares for many Sitka back pain sufferers. It is 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 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 raise self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as decrease 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 keep self-esteem in check, lessen focus on self, lower negative mood and produce a positive mood. Speech rate rose, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to build resilience to stress. (2) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka notices firsthand how emotions impact Sitka chiropractic patients, particularly stressed, sad Sitka back pain sufferers.


For back pain sufferers – who are surely not immune to a down mood! – body responses like slumping are not unusual. In a study of back muscles using electromyography found that negative emotions raised 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 doesn’t need any additional stimuli. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka offers gentle Sitka 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.  

Make your Sitka chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions make you slump and aggravate your back pain, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is here to ease the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and find a way to make you smile! 

Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to enhance healing from back pain.  
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