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Nashua Back Muscles Relax with Happy Emotions

July 13, 2021

Emotions influence the way the mind and body react. Happy emotions produce smiles. Sad emotions make us frown. These reactions are the outer reactions we usually observe. What about other emotional, inner reactions? Researchers are studying these. A recent study about emotions and back muscle reactions caught the eye of Moriarty Chiropractic who cares for many Nashua 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! An interesting development regarding the the relationship between muscular states and emotions, researchers found that upright seated postures are beneficial. Upright seated posture in constrast to a slumped seated posture was found to raise 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 maintain self-esteem, lessen focus on self, decrease negative mood and create a positive mood. Speech rate improved, too. Sitting upright may be just the way to foster resilience to stress. (2) Moriarty Chiropractic sees firsthand how emotions affect Nashua chiropractic patients, particularly stressed, sad Nashua back pain sufferers.


For back pain sufferers – who are certainly not immune to a sad mood! – physical responses like slumping are not unusual. In a study of back muscles using electromyography found that negative emotions raised differential back muscle activity while positive emotions did not. The muscles were undisturbed, not having to respond at all. (3) While healing, the back pain sufferer’s spine doesn’t need any more stimuli. Moriarty Chiropractic offers gentle Nashua 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 Nashua chiropractic appointment today. If stress or emotions make you slump and aggravate your back pain, Moriarty Chiropractic is here to lessen the pain, prompt you to sit up straight (like your parents used to tell you!), and get you to smile! 

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