Georgetown Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

July 13, 2021

Emotions influence the way the mind and body react. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions produce frowns. These reactions are the outer reactions we most commonly observe. What about other emotional, inside reactions? Researchers are analyzing these. A recent study regarding emotions and back muscle reactions captured the eye of Dr. Butwell who cares for many Georgetown back pain sufferers. It is a reminder to consider the whole person - mind and body! – and to sit up straight.


When someone is depressed or just in a down mood, how can you tell? Slumped forward, eyes to the ground, fatigued? We have all seen this. Upright posture does so much to increase positivity and reduce fatigue and anxiety. (1) Body posture may well impact emotional reactions! An interesting development regarding the the relationship between muscular states and emotions, researchers found that upright seated postures are advantageous. Upright seated posture as opposed 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 spoke with 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 rose, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to generate resilience to stress. (2) Dr. Butwell notices firsthand how emotions affect Georgetown chiropractic patients, especially stressed, sad Georgetown back pain patients.


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) While healing, the back pain sufferer’s spine does not need any extra stimuli. Dr. Butwell offers gentle Georgetown chiropractic spinal manipulation via 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 Georgetown chiropractic appointment now. If stress or emotions make you slump and aggravate your back pain, Dr. Butwell 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! 

Dr. Butwell encourages a positive outlook and upright body position to bolster healing from back pain.