Technology putting children at risk of back pain

Monday 14th April marks the start of Chiropractic Awareness Week and local chiropractic leaders the Anglo
European College of Chiropractic (AECC) are advising parents that their children could be at risk of suffering
from back or neck pain due to sedentary lifestyles and the excessive use of technology. New findings from
the British Chiropractic Association reveal that over one in five (15%) people in the South West first started
experiencing neck or back pain before they were 20 years old.

When it comes to taking care of your back and the joints and muscles that can cause back pain and other
issues the AECC are leaders in the field. Operating a busy clinic, staff and the final year student interns that
they supervise see many patients each year that start to experience back or neck pain before the age of 20.
Maria Browning, AECC chiropractor with specific interest in paediatrics and Deputy Director of the Clinic
comments “We all know how much young people love technology, whether it’s playing on the iPad or the
Xbox kids can be absorbed for hours on end. But using technology for such long periods can mean that we sit
in awkward positions which can ultimately cause problems and put strain on our bodies. It’s really important
that we work with children and young people to help them to stay well throughout life and that’s what we
look to do here at the clinic.”

The AECC offer an exercise and rehabilitation service, which alongside chiropractic treatment can help
patients work towards having a healthy back by looking at activities to keep the muscles healthy and strong.
Nine year old Emma Husmann comes along to the exercise centre once every week and works at a variety of
strengthening exercises which help to keep her pain at bay. Emma’s Mum, Hanne commented: “Emma really
loves coming along to rehab and performing all of the exercises set for her, the interns make it really fun and
many of the exercises are things we can also do at home. Staff emphasise the importance of staying active
and it’s something we try and stick to. I think it’s important to lead by example, if we stay fit and active she
will too.”

With a staggering 73% of 11‐16 year olds spending up to six hours a day on a laptop, tablet or computer it’s
clear that becoming serious about back health is more important than ever. To mark Chiropractic Awareness
Week the AECC will be holding a day of activities on the 29th April at 4pm onsite at the AECC in Southbourne.
The day will include a range of fun activities aimed at children. It’s free to attend and will include snacks and
refreshments. To register for the event call: 01202 436 222 or visit