West Des Moines Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions influence our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions make us smile. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we usually observe. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are analyzing these. A recent study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of Executive Chiropractic of Iowa who cares for many West Des Moines 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, how can you tell? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, tired? We have all seen this. Upright posture does so much to improve 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 found that upright seated postures are beneficial. Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated posture was found to raise self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as decrease fear. Linguists noted 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 facing a stressful situation as it can keep self-esteem in check, lessen focus on self, decrease negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be a means to generate resilience to stress. (2) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees firsthand how emotions impact West Des Moines chiropractic patients, particularly stressed, sad West Des Moines back pain sufferers.


For back pain sufferers – who are surely not immune to a sad mood! – body responses like slumping are not unusual. 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 left alone, not having to respond at all. (3) When healing, the spine of the back pain sufferer doesn’t need any additional stimuli. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers gentle West Des Moines chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of 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.  

Set up your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and aggravate your back pain, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is here to ease the pain, remind you to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and find a way to make you smile! 

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to enhance healing from back pain.  
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