Timely advice for the iPad generation

advice-sheet-blogThey’re calling it ‘iPosture’ – the stooped body shape adopted by people texting, emailing or playing games on their iPad or smartphone.

It’s thought to be responsible for an alarming increase in the number of young people suffering back pain. Research carried out recently by healthcare provider Simplyhealth showed that 84% of 18-24 year-olds – the group most likely to be found hunched over a mobile device – had been affected by back pain in the last 12 months.

Whilst the majority of people experience pain in their lower back, 18-24 year-olds feel it most in the upper back and neck – a sure-fire indicator that ‘iPosture’ could be to blame. This age group now loses more working days a year to back pain than their parents’ generation.

So it’s timely that we are bringing out our latest learning resource factsheet, with useful tips on how to protect your back, to coincide with National Back Care Awareness Week which began on Monday (7 October).

Our new Back Care learning resource joins a large library of advisory sheets available on our website. Here you can download and print a large range of useful material including:

  • The art of sitting
  • Car ergonomics checklist
  • DSE helpful hints
  • Laptop helpful hints for use with mini keyboards
  • Laptop helpful hints for use with standard keyboards
  • Advice for using portable communication devices
  • Tips and advice for using iPads and tablet devices
  • Workstation exercises

In addition, there are 10 other online resources for you to read and share with your colleagues including hints and tips on workstation setup, choosing a chair, posture at home and bad posture solutions.

With millions of people now spending as much time in front of a computer, laptop or tablet screen as they do in bed, there has never been a more important time to emphasise the importance of sitting properly.