Baton Rouge Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

Emotions impact the way the mind and body react. Happy emotions make us smile. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we usually notice. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are examining these. A new study about emotions and back muscle reactions caught the eye of Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation who cares for many Baton Rouge 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 down mood, how can you tell? 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 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 suggested in their study to sit upright when facing a stressful situation as it can maintain self-esteem, reduce focus on self, decrease negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to build resilience to stress. (2) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation sees firsthand how emotions impact Baton Rouge chiropractic patients, especially stressed, sad Baton Rouge back pain sufferers.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a down mood! – physical responses like slumping are not uncommon. 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 undisturbed, not having to react at all. (3) When healing, the back pain sufferer’s spine doesn’t need any additional stimuli. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers gentle Baton Rouge 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.  

Make your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment now. If stress or emotions make you slump and worsen your back pain, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is here to ease the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to say!), and get you to smile! 

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.  
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