I was in the line at #Starbucks and I looked around and everyone -EVERYONE - was looking at a handheld device HUNCHED over!!! See my stories for pics of the hunch 😱 . .
Excerpts from NYT (google NYT & iHunch): Smartphones are ruining our posture. And bad posture doesn’t just mean a stiff neck. It can hurt us in ...psychological ways.
Technology is transforming how we hold ourselves, contorting our bodies into what the New Zealand physiotherapist Steve August calls the iHunch. (Or text neck, iPosture...) The average head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds. When we bend our necks forward 60 degrees, as we do to use our phones, the effective stress on our neck increases to 60 pounds — the weight of about five gallons of paint. When Mr. August started treating patients more than 30 years ago, he says he saw plenty of “dowagers’ humps, where the upper back had frozen into a forward curve, in grandmothers and great-grandmothers.” Now he says he’s seeing the same stoop in teenagers.
When we’re SAD, we slouch! We also slouch when we feel scared or powerless. Studies have shown that people with clinical depression adopt a posture that eerily resembles the iHunch. .
Slouching can effect MOOD! Compared with upright sitters, the slouchers reported significantly lower self-esteem and mood, and much greater fear. .
Slouching can also affect our MEMORY: slouchers showed a negative recall bias (remembering the bad stuff more than the good stuff), while those who sat upright showed no bias.
In fact, there appears to be a linear relationship between the size of your device and the extent to which it affects you: the smaller the device, the more you must contract your body to use it, and the more shrunken and inward your posture, the more submissive you are likely to become.
STOP the iHunch NOW by stretching chest and shoulder muscles, strengthening upper back, engaging core and neutralizing pelvic tilt. ❤️
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