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Australian Chiropractors Urge Reduction in Emotional Stress to Help Spine

In the Australian news service "F2 Network" comes articles that informs people with emotional stress may have a negative impact on the spine. The article, dated January 6, 2003 quotes Dr. Anthony Coxon, President of the Chiropractor's Association of Australia (Victoria) who says, "While many people understood that physical stress may cause back pain, emotional pressure also affects the spine. A lot of people think about back issues as being the consequence of physical knocks, bad posture and lifting things in the wrong manner. But all emotions will trigger a response in the central nervous system. Particularly, emotional stress can lead to neck and back pain brought on by vertebral subluxations (partial dislocations)."

The content notes that vertebral subluxations happen once the bones of one's spine are locked in an abnormal position and hinder the proper functioning of the central nervous system. Dr Coxon said research conducted recently showed an immediate link between psychological stress and increased loading on the spine, but how the effects differ from one individual to another with "introverts" being affected the most.

Dr Coxon explained how the study was conducted. "Participants in the study were connected to a lumbar motion monitor and automatic blood pressure and heart rate monitors, then asked to lift an item 5 times." Dr Coxon continued, "Participants were also instructed to complete personality profiles. Before each experiment was completed, the session was interrupted and the tester left the room." Then he explained that throughout the first stage the tester was friendly and encouraging, but on return they became agitated and highly critical of the participant.

"The introduction of stress into the activity had significant detrimental effects on the spine and surrounding muscles. There was an immediate increase in muscle activity and load on the spine." Dr Coxon said the study showed that the effects of stress varied according to gender and that 'introverts', 'intuitors' and 'thinkers' bore the brunt of the pressure.

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