Richmond Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

July 13, 2021

Emotions impact our mind and body reactions. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we usually see. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are studying these. A new study about emotions and back muscle reactions caught the attention of Johnson Chiropractic who cares for many Richmond back pain sufferers. It’s a reminder to look at 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, tired? We have all seen this. Upright posture does so much to improve 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 advantageous. 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 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, decrease focus on self, decrease negative mood and produce a positive mood. Speech rate rose, too. Sitting upright may be a means to generate resilience to stress. (2) Johnson Chiropractic notices firsthand how emotions impact Richmond chiropractic patients, especially stressed, sad Richmond back pain sufferers.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a sad mood! – body responses like slumping are not uncommon. In an electromyographic study of back muscles, it was found that negative emotions raised differential back muscle activity while positive emotions did not. The muscles were left alone, not having to react at all. (3) When healing, the spine of the back pain patient does not need any additional stimuli. Johnson Chiropractic offers gentle Richmond 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.  

Schedule your Richmond chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions compel you to slump and aggravate your back pain, Johnson Chiropractic is here to ease the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and get you to smile! 

Johnson Chiropractic encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.