Pflugerville 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 usually notice. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are analyzing these. A new study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of Pflugerville Wellness Center who cares for many Pflugerville back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to consider the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit upright.


When someone is depressed or just in a sad mood, how can you tell? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, fatigued? 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 found that upright seated postures are advantageous. Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated posture was found to improve self-esteem, arousal, and mood as well as reduce 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, decrease focus on self, decrease negative mood and produce a positive mood. Speech rate increased, too. Sitting upright may be a means to build resilience to stress. (2) Pflugerville Wellness Center sees firsthand how emotions impact Pflugerville chiropractic patients, especially Pflugerville back pain patients who are stressed and down.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a down mood! – physical responses like slumping are not unusual. 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 respond at all. (3) While healing, the back pain sufferer’s spine does not need any additional stimuli. Pflugerville Wellness Center offers gentle Pflugerville chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of Cox® Technic to calm its muscles and lessen 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 Pflugerville chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions make you slump and worsen your back pain, Pflugerville Wellness Center is here to ease the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and get you to smile! 

Pflugerville Wellness Center encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.  
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