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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Tablets, smartphones fuel epidemic of 'iPosture'... -

Tablets, smartphones fuel epidemic of 'iPosture'...

It sounds like the latest gadget from Apple. But ‘iPosture’ is being blamed for an alarming level of  back pain among 18 to 24-year-olds.
The term is being used to describe the stooped body shape adopted by those texting, emailing or playing games on their iPad or smartphone.
Some 84 per cent of those aged 18 to 24 admitted to having suffered back pain in the past year, in a survey by the healthcare provider Simplyhealth.

Dr Brian Hammond, chairman of BackCare, the national back pain charity, said: ‘The vast majority of people experience back pain in the lower back.
‘Over half the population experience pain in the neck or lower back every year.

‘This survey shows that 18 to 24-year-olds are more likely to experience pain in the upper back and neck.
‘It is likely that slumping and hunching over computers and hand-held devices is a contributory factor in the different types of back pain reported by different generations.
‘Younger people are far more likely to be hunched over a device on a sofa, and would benefit from paying close attention to the basics of good posture.’
The results also show that almost all age groups spend as much time in front of a computer, laptop or tablet screen in total as they do asleep in bed, some even more so.
Excluding time spent watching the ‘traditional’ TV, the typical young adult spends 8.83 hours a day in front of a screen. The total is 6.64 hours for the older generation.
The 18 to 24-year-olds are also much more likely to either slouch or hunch in front of their PC or other devices.
Part of that could be down to a lack of old-fashioned advice, because it appears that being told to sit up straight seems to be on the decline.


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