New Research Shows Tech Usage Could Lead to Bad Backs
#chiropracticawarenessweek (14th-20th April 2014)
Research conducted by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) warns parents that their children could be at risk from suffering back or neck pain as a result of the excessive use of technology and a sedentary lifestyle.
New findings from BCA show that 40% of 11 to 16 year olds in the UK have experienced back or neck pain with parents reporting that one in seven of these cases is as a direct result of their child using a laptop, tablet or computer.
The research revealed that almost three quarters (68%) of 11 to 16 year olds spend between one and four hours a day on a laptop, tablet or computer and a staggering 73% spend between one and six hours on the devices. More than a third (38%) of parents said their child spends between one and six hours a day on their mobile phone.
York-based chiropractor, Dr Phil Baines of Active Care Chiropractic commented, “We have noticed an increase in the number of enquiries regarding youngsters suffering from back and neck pain. In the same way that we recommend people with ‘desk jobs’ move at least every 40 minutes, children should be doing the same”.
“Posture is so important – sitting correctly can avoid a number of aches and pains developing, especially during the early years of life. Keeping active has obvious health benefits, not least to build muscles that will aid the support of good posture.”
For more information on Active Care Chiropractic – visit www.activecarechiro.co.uk or call 01904 654400