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Tech generation suffering from rise in back and neck problems

Your iPad may be great for a lot of things, but have you thought about the health consequences?

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An increase in the use of technology and the extended periods of time we spend seated are being attributed to a rise in in neck and back pain, the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has said.

In remarks to The Telegraph, the BCA said the number of people complaining of neck and back discomfort and seeking medical attention is increasing as they spend the majority of their waking day seated, frequently behind screens.

The BCA’s findings were based on a sample in Britain.

The number of people between the ages of 16 and 24 who claim to be suffering from these pains has risen from 28 per cent to 45 percent in the past year. The average person spends almost 10 hours per day behind some form of a screen; this being a mobile or gaming device, a computer or laptop, or a television.

“Many people are completely unaware that staying in the same position can cause unnecessary strain on the back,” Tim Hutchful of the BCA was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The BCA recommends that people take desk breaks regularly, sit straight and remain hydrated.

Also, it recommends that those working with a computer should make sure their screen is leveled with their eyebrows and that their chair is slightly tipped forward.