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Old 30th May 2007, 11:09 AM   #1
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Laptops Are Crippling Millions With Back Problems

Sounds interesting until you see who they call on as their star witness.


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Booming sales of laptops have led to a surge in the number of computer users with back and muscle problems, experts have warned.
Girls as young as 12 are being diagnosed with nerve damage caused by slouching over screens, a group of leading chiropractors said.
Millions of others are at risk of "irretrievable damage" to their spines, necks and shoulders because of poor posture when using laptops, it was claimed.
Back specialists say as many as four in five patients have chronic nerve damage caused by working on portable PCs.
If the "back specialists" are chiropractors, I'm surprised the number isn't north of 100%

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London-based chiropractor Michael Durntall was among those calling for more research into the issue.
He said he had seen dozens of Xrays showing signs of degeneration in the joints of regular laptop users.
Mr Durntall added: "Mothers bring in their 12-year-old daughters suffering back pain and when they arrive I can see their slumped posture straight away.
"I also see many people in their twenties and thirties with a dowager's hump - a rounding at the base of the neck - after only a few years of looking down at a small screen while sitting slumped on a chair for long periods."
Rishi Loatey, a chiropractor from Wembley, North-West London, said he often treated back and neck pain caused by using a laptop on the move, such as on a train.
Nicola Hunter, a physiotherapist and occupational health specialist, said that hand and arm pain similar to repetitive strain injury was easily induced by resting wrists against the edge of a laptop.
She added: "There's evidence that it stops the nerves and tendons moving as they normally would, and this can cause nerve injury."
There are more than five million laptops in circulation in the UK.
They account for 70 per cent of all computer sales, according to PC Pro magazine.
The problem of laptop-related pain is yet to be properly examined by the Health and Safety Executive.
The HSE merely advises users to follow guidelines for general computer use, but take more breaks.
Chiropractors recommend the use of a docking station, which links a laptop to another screen and keyboard, or a stand which raises the screen to a higher level.
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Old 30th May 2007, 11:19 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by BPSCG View Post
Sounds interesting until you see who they call on as their star witness.


If the "back specialists" are chiropractors, I'm surprised the number isn't north of 100%
My political hatred of of the mail aside, they support any and all medical woo going, they were the engine driving the anti-vax movement in the UK, are pro homeopathy and crystal heeling and fawn over "Dr" Gillian McKeeth TAPL*
They are also on the forefront of the cellphone/ WiFi causes cancer BS.

I'm not surprised at this story at all.




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Old 30th May 2007, 11:32 AM   #3
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'cause, y'know, 12 year old kids never slouched before the advent of laptops.
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Old 30th May 2007, 11:58 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by BPSCG View Post
If the "back specialists" are chiropractors, I'm surprised the number isn't north of 100%
Slight problem with that statement is that uk chiropractors are somewhat different from the mop in the US who go by that name
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Originally Posted by geni View Post
Slight problem with that statement is that uk chiropractors are somewhat different from the mop in the US who go by that name
We do have more pro EBM chiros- but not all of them are. Which type do you think the Mail would go for?
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Originally Posted by geni View Post
Slight problem with that statement is that uk chiropractors are somewhat different from the mop in the US who go by that name
Could you elaborate?
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Originally Posted by BPSCG View Post
Could you elaborate?
off the top of my head; It is pretty rare for a Uk chiro to work on anything other than back pain & they try to play down the woo.
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Old 30th May 2007, 04:24 PM   #8
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Chiropracty is, by definition, woo.

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