By:M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru:According to PTI reports Women are over two times more likely to be plagued by 'iPad neck' -- a condition defined as persistent pain in the neck and upper shoulders due to excessive use of tablets -- due to their bad postures, a study has found.The study, published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, found that 'iPad neck' is associated with a lack of back support while keeping the tablet on one's lap during usage. Other postures include lying on one's side or back.
Researchers from University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in the United States conducted a survey of 412 people about their device usage habits and neck or shoulder complaints.The most frequently reported symptoms were those of stiffness, soreness, or aching pain in the neck, upper back, shoulder, arms, hands, or head.
Postures that led to pain included sitting without back support, sitting with the device in the lap, sitting in a chair with the tablet placed on a flat desk surface.Flexing the neck forward for long periods of time puts pressure on the spine, causing neck and shoulder muscle strain and pain.
The study showed that women were 2.059 times likelier to show musculoskeletal symptoms than men.The symptoms were experienced by around 70% women, as compared to fewer than 30% of men.