I got a really stiff neck this morning when I was sitting in bed, reading my kindle and checking emails on my phone. However, I'm not alone - a recent study carried out by the British Chiropractic Association has revealed that nearly 44% of the British population currently suffering from back or neck pain - up by 12% since 2010.
It's just possible that some of this can be attributable to our daily activities - in particular the use of 'mobile technology devices' - smart phones, laptops, mp3 players and tablets in particular. Nearly three quarters (74%) of those questioned by the BCA typically use technology devices for work every day and a huge 88% of respondents continue using it in their own time. The broad capability and range of modern mobile devices available, coupled with significant advances in internet access, means that technology is incorporated into nearly every part of the daily routine. Not surprisingly, over half the respondents (52%) used a mobile device while walking, over a third (38%) use one on a tube or train, and over half (51%) have used a device whilst in bed.
It's really important that we recognise the impact that stooping forward, hunched over a small screen, peering at a tiny font or video can have on our bodies - and it's important that we do everything we can to minimise the potentially detrimental effect.
A few simple hints and tips for gadget users...
Have a look at this short video to ensure that your posture is correct - whether at your desk or in an armchair...
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