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Are gadgets causing back pain?

HealthBy Sunday World
Are gadgets causing back pain?

There are already warnings out there about the affects of smart phones and tablets, with experts claiming gadgets can disrupt memory and keep people up at night.

Now research has discovered that young people are suffering from back pain and neck aches due to their use of technology, dubbed as the "sedentary epidemic".

The British Chiropractic Association have found that the number of under 30s seeking medical help is increasing, which they believe is due to spending up to ten hours a day looking at a screen while sitting down.

In fact, around 45 per cent of under 30s who were surveyed as part of a group of more than 2,100 Britons noted they were suffering from neck and back pain, compared to 28 per cent last year.

Meanwhile, looking at all age groups, 86 per cent reported the problem - more than the 77 per cent in 2014.

It's thought this is down to aspects such as gadgets getting smaller, meaning we have to tilt our heads down lower to look at them, and the fact that many office workers these days move from desk to desk on a daily basis, resulting in sitting in ill-adjusted chairs.

BCA Chiropractor Tim Hutchful, who was part of the study, is concerned about the number of young people looking for help. He has offered some advice on how the troubles can be avoided.

“Whether at your desk, on your tablet or sitting watching TV, it's really important to take regular breaks to relieve the build-up of tension in your lower back. Sitting causes up to twice as much pressure on discs on the spine as standing so, as a nation, we're vulnerable," he explained in the findings.

"Your back is always hard at work - even when you think you're relaxing.”

It's best to stretch your legs whenever you can, preferably every 30 minutes, and try to hold your mobile up higher to avoid tilting your head down. You may look humorous to others but you'll be the one laughing when you notice the difference something so simple can make. The same goes for making sure your computer screen and office chair is at the right level; your eyebrows should be in line with the top of your screen.

To make things easier at home during the period of aches and pains, make sure you sleep on a firm pillow which offers support.

And even while away from the office, keep your posture straight and try to avoid tilting your neck in any uncomfortable way.

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