Children begin to suffer from it but adolescents and adults are the most affected. What is this new evil about? You need to read this article!
This is what the doctor told me a few days ago when I went to see him for a terrible back pain that prevented me from moving. After checking me, he repeated: You suffer from Ihunch. “How?” “I asked him to repeat it, because I didn’t understand exactly what my condition was.” As if the doctor were talking to a preschooler, he repeated:
“You suffer from Ihunch and you haven’t realized it.” I’m talking about all this because to you, as it happened to me, maybe the same thing happens to you:
The Ihunch is a really new term that is becoming popular among physiotherapists, chiropractors and some psychologists and its name comes from the capital letter related to the apple brand that has popularized electronic devices worldwide (“I”) and the term in English “hunch” which means “hump” and what all together means is something like: “The hump that is formed by the bad posture we acquire every time we check, work and read on our electronic devices.”
In December of last year, the New York Times published a very interesting article where it mentions that Ihunch not only has to do with the bad posture we acquire when looking at our phones, but also mentions the emotional effect of constantly being with our head stooped and shoulders hunched.
The point is, the people who have been using these smart devices in recent years, we have developed this “smart hump” and now our body is already suffering it considerably.
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1. Chronic back and neck pain
This is the easy part of this new disorder: physical discomfort. By staying for so long with a curved back and a bowed head, our muscles become exhausted, tired and present inflammation, contractures and frequent sprains.
2. Bad digestive transit
By constantly sitting badly, we frequently oppress our intestines and stomach exerting such pressure that it prevents them from carrying out their movements in a normal way and if to this you add, the many hours we spend without regular physical activity and poor diet, we have the combination fatal sedentary lifestyle that leads to obesity.
3. Feelings of sadness and discouragement
The really difficult part is this: if we ask anyone to describe the physical posture of someone cheerful, spirited, full of energy and happy, they will describe an upright person, with a good posture where the shoulders stand back, a tucked belly, a chest full of pride and a big smile on their face, but if we ask them to describe a depressed or sad person, they will speak of a person with their heads down, hunched over, their shoulders down and without making eye contact. And that description is exactly the one that corresponds to someone with the characteristics of the Ihunch. Our posture influences our mood. Yes, even if you don’t believe it.
After discussing all this with my doctor, he recommended some vitamin injections to strengthen my nerves and the enormous recommendation to change my posture when using my cell phone, which is easy: raise your cell phone to eye level, stand up straight and Every time you remember, change your posture and throw your shoulders back.
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The next time you are in a waiting room, a restaurant, or the truck, look around you and observe people how their posture is not ideal while looking at their cell phone or tablet. Then remember this article and correct your posture.