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Manahawkin Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions impact the way the mind and body react. 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 studying these. A new study about emotions and back muscle reactions captured the attention of Manahawkin Chiropractic Center who cares for many Manahawkin 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, fatigued? We’ve all seen this. Upright posture does so much to improve positivity and reduce fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well impact emotional reactions! In an interesting twist in this story of 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 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 suggested in their study to sit upright when facing a stressful situation as it can keep self-esteem in check, lessen self-focus, lower negative mood and produce a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be a means to build resilience to stress. (2) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center notices firsthand how emotions affect Manahawkin chiropractic patients, particularly Manahawkin back pain patients who are stressed and sad.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a sad 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 didn’t. The muscles were undisturbed, not having to respond at all. (3) While healing, the spine of the back pain sufferer does not need any additional stimuli. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center offers gentle Manahawkin chiropractic spinal manipulation in the form of 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 describes the benefits of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management benefits aback pain patient’s spine, muscle, and system.  

Set up your Manahawkin chiropractic appointment soon. If stress or emotions make you slump and worsen your back pain, Manahawkin Chiropractic Center is here to lessen the pain, remind you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and find a way to make you smile! 

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