‘Technology leaving teenagers in pain’

Chiropractor Anna Wilson
Chiropractor Anna Wilson

A chiropractors in Pocklington says it is noticing a rise in the number of young people presenting with neck and back problems due to their lifestyle choices.

As part of Chiropractic Awareness Week (14-20 April), Chiropractic Plus, on Regent Street, is warning parents that teenagers are at increased risk of back and neck pain due to the length of time they spend on laptops and mobile devices.

New findings from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) reveal that more than one in ten (12%) people in the Yorkshire and Humber first started experiencing neck or back pain before they were 20-years-old.

In the UK, 40% of 11 to 16-year-olds have already suffered neck or back pain and worryingly, more than one in seven (15%) parents said their son’s or daughter’s back or neck pain is a result of using a laptop, tablet or computer.

Commenting on the findings, chiropractor Anna Wilson, from Chiropractic Plus, said: “We are seeing more and more people under the age of sixteen with back and neck pain and technology is so often the cause. Young people are becoming increasingly sedentary which is damaging their posture. There is the tendency to sit in a hunched position when working on computers and laptops, as well as phones and gadgets, putting a lot of strain on the neck.”

“Learning how to sit properly and keeping active will help to keep young people healthy and pain free. It’s important that parents seek help for their children from an expert as soon as any pain starts - if conditions are left untreated it could lead to chronic back and neck problems in later life.”

Chiropractic Plus is encouraging parents to limit the time their children spend using technology and instead encourage more active pastimes over the Easter holidays.

Pop into the clinic and pick up a copy of a free newsletter on ‘Teens and Technology,’ including tips on preventing pain associated with carrying heavy school bags, or book your child or teenager in for a free teen posture check with a chiropractor.