Australian Chiropractors Urge
Reduction in Emotional Stress to Help Spine
From the Australian news service "F2 Network" comes an
article that informs people that emotional stress can have a negative effect
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 most people understood that physical stress can cause back
pain, emotional pressure can also affect the spine.
people think of back problems as being the result of physical knocks, bad
posture and lifting things the wrong way. But all emotions will trigger a
response in the nervous system. In particular, emotional stress can result
in back and neck pain caused by vertebral subluxations (partial
The article notes that vertebral subluxations happen when
the bones of your spine are locked in an abnormal position and interfere
with the correct functioning of the nervous system. Dr Coxon said a recent
study showed a direct link between psychological stress and increased
loading on the spine, but that the effects vary from person to person with
"introverts" being affected the most.
Dr Coxon explained how the study was conducted.
"Participants in the study were hooked up to a lumbar motion monitor and
automatic blood pressure and heart rate monitors, then asked to lift an
object five times." Dr Coxon continued, "Participants were also required to
fill out personality profiles. Before each experiment was completed, the
session was interrupted and the tester left the room." He then explained
that during 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