Have a proper back


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Have a proper back

Even as you spend hours browsing the internet on your smartphone/ laptop, make sure that you are not neglecting your back

In a recent study published in The Telegraph, it was maintained that computers and mobile telephones are causing an increase in back problems for teenagers in United Kingdom. The study also stated that 84% of young adults in the UK suffer from back pain due to extensive usage of mobile devices, tablets, laptops and the like. The Indian scenario is no different, actually. Talking about it, Dr. Garima Anandani, spine specialist at Qi Spine Clinic, stated how she treats very young patients of 16 to 17 years suffering from backache on a regular basis. In most cases, the problem is disc bulge. "Correcting one's posture solves most backache problems," she adds.

The bitter truth:
Back pain is caused predominantly due to poor posture from using mobile devices. A startling revelation from the study stated - most adults, of all age groups, spent as much time hunched over a computer, tablet, smartphone, or other digital device as they spent sleeping. This resulted in over half the population experiencing neck or lower back pain.

Are you a victim of 'text neck'? Extensive usage of mobile phones doesn't only cause back issues, it affects the neck too. A new condition dubbed 'text neck' is on the rise due to the amount of time people spend hunched over their mobile phone and tablet computer screens. People who text a lot can also develop pain in their thumbs and wrists.

Weak Spine:
The spine is made up of multiple small bones, inter-vertebral discs that act as shock absorbers. Due to incorrect usage, these discs start drying up in the lower spine which bears the load. This weakens the spine. Cervical Spondylitis and related cases of neck-pain or stiff neck is a common problem especially after increasing use of mobile phones (and computers). The symptoms include pain in the neck, shoulders and back. It could be radiating down to the shoulders, forearms, palms and fingers. The ache may be continuous or intermittent in nature.

Causes of a weak back:
Unhealthy lifestyle, loss of weight control, lack of rest, and an insufficient intake of Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, calcium and protein are the major reasons for youngsters complaining about severe neck and back pain. #

Do it right:
Mind your posture. Having a proper posture will solve half of your problems. While using your digital gadgets, sit with a straight back in a comfortable position. Keep it at a reasonable height in front of you. And take proper rest. Not to talk about a break from your smartphones and laptops. Remember to indulge in some physical exercise, outdoor activities and the like


Ruler's of Penmai
Registered User
Jul 26, 2012
We always forget our sitting posture when we are very much busy in browsing the internet through various gadgets like martphone/ laptop, and then complain about back ache etc., Very useful tips you have shared! thank you Vijigermany!

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