Children as young as seven are developing hunchbacks and curved spines because of the hours spent bending over smart phones and tablets, a chiropractor has claimed.

Dr James Carter warned that he had seen an “alarming increase” in the condition, which he called “text neck.”

He said patients often came in complaining of a headache but that a simple heel-to-toe test revealed that they had developed a backwards curve in the neck having spent hours hunched over electronic devices.

“I have started seeing lots of cases over the past two years, especially in young schoolchildren and teenagers,” Dr Carter told Daily Mail Australia.

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