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Toronto 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 see. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are examining these. A recent study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre who cares for many Toronto back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to consider the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit upright.

EMOTIONS AFFECT POSTURE

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 improve positivity and decrease fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well influence emotional reactions! An interesting development regarding the 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 improve self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as decrease fear. Linguists found that slumped posture people used more negative emotion words and fewer words than upright posture people. They therefore recommended in their study to sit upright when in a stressful situation as it can keep self-esteem in check, reduce focus on self, lower negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate increased, too. Sitting upright may be a means to foster resilience to stress. (2) Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre sees firsthand how emotions affect Toronto chiropractic patients, particularly Toronto back pain patients who are stressed and down.

NEGATIVE EMOTIONS AFFECT BACK MUSCLES

For back pain sufferers – who are certainly 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 react at all. (3) While healing, the spine of the back pain patient doesn’t need any more stimuli. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre offers gentle Toronto chiropractic spinal manipulation via Cox® Technic to relax 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 Toronto chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and aggravate your back pain, Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre 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! 

 
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to enhance healing from back pain.  
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