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Why switching off could help protect your back…

Mersea Road Osteopaths discuss the impact that Switching On has on your back

We are seeing an increase in the number of back and neck pain complaints, which is great for us as an Osteopath clinic, but does start to raise concern over the cause of such an increase.

We could put this down to the availability and awareness of available treatments and services; the messages about addressing any problem areas as soon as possible; an increase in daily stresses surrounding work life balances; posture whilst sleeping.

However, in our experience a huge contributory factor is something closer to our hearts and slightly more obvious – the Smartphone!

Over 66% of UK adults now use a Smartphone, around 90% of 16-24 year olds own one and the ownership in the 55-64 year old age group is 50%, which has almost doubled since 2012.

Smart phones are no longer just used to communicate - but also now help us through every element of our day whilst also providing endless hours of entertainment. Smartphones have inevitably become the hub of our daily lives.

However, this comes with consequences. Along with increased anxiety, risk of accidents, sleep deprivation and depression, phone use has a direct impact on your back and neck.

The use of smartphones has led to a rise in the number of young people with back and neck problems, as the amount of time spent leaning over small phone screens can put spinal discs under increased pressure.

According to the British Chiropractic Association there has been a 60% increase in the number of 16 to 24-year-olds who suffer from back pain.

The “text neck” syndrome means smartphone users are now spending an average of two to four hours a day with their heads stooped down, which could lead to serious consequences.

Taking regular breaks, being mindful of your posture, using voice recognition, phoning rather than texting and bringing your phone up level with your face when using – are all simple steps that you can take to help prevent as much excess pressure on your spine.

For more information about your posture or treatment contact us directly.

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