Increase In Cases Of Neck and Back Pain Attributed To Overuse Of Mobile Phones and Laptops

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Chiropractor Tries to Curb Low Back Pain
A chiropractor is seen with his patient in a handout photo. Reuters/Newscom

A recent research has revealed that a large number of youngsters suffer from neck and back pain because of a sedentary lifestyle. The research was conducted by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).

The study results have revealed that more than half the population of young adults in the UK, aged between 16 and 24 years, live with neck and back pain. The statistics have nearly doubled in 2015, since the figures for 2014 suggest that only around 28% of the youth suffered with back pain.

According to the survey conducted by BCA, 86 percent of the respondents confessed that they experience back and neck pain that lasts over a period of time. In addition, the research reveals that on an average, a person ends up spending 1.8 hours using their tablets and phones, 1.4 hours gaming and 3.7 hours using their laptop or computer.

BCA claims that the sharp increase in the number of cases reported with back and neck pain is because of the sedentary lifestyle. People, especially the younger ones, tend to spend straight 10 hours sitting in front of their workstation and desks. This has thus reduced, and in certain cases, completely eliminated the time devoted to physical workout and exercising.

"We're seeing a rise in the number of people experiencing back and neck-related problems because our modern lifestyle is forcing us to stay seated and I'm concerned that the number of patients under the age of 30 coming through our doors is increasing," said chiropractor Tim Hutchful, reported The BBC.

According to Hutchful, taking regular breaks while sitting down and working on a computer or a tablet is very important. In the sitting position, the pressure exerted on the disc in the spine is twice as much as the pressure exerted when standing. Therefore, it is essential to stand up from time to time while working in a sedentary position to release the tension accumulated in the lower back, reported the Empire State Tribune.

Rishi Loatey, Hutchful's colleague, revealed how in the past the only youngsters who reported such kind of pain were those who has been hurt in car accidents. However, now, a majority of youngsters report of neck and back pain secondary school onwards, reported Tech Times. The results of the survey have been published on the BCA's website.

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