Video Games and Your Body: Is It Time To Level Up to Chiropractic Care?

Pain in the neck, back, and wrists that is attributable to gaming, isn’t exactly anything new. Chiropractors have been treating video game related injuries for a few decades now. However, with the addition of the Nintendo Wii and Xbox Kinect to the mix, there are more ways than ever before to hurt yourself while playing a video game.

Chiropractic Tips for Keeping Your Back Healthy

Gaming technology is becoming more advanced, but our bodies aren’t. Here are a few ways to help you enjoy your fun without destroying your body in the process:

  • Stop slouching. Sit up straight and try not to sit on the floor while you play. Although it’s tempting, try not to lean into the game while playing.
  • Take off the weight. Those extra pounds mean added stress on the body, and extra pain on your muscles and joints.
  • Use your console for good. Both the Nintendo Wii and Xbox platforms make it possible for you to actively play games. Just make sure you’ve got enough room before playing.
  • Practice proper posture in other areas of your life. Good habits in other aspects of your daily routine will make sitting up straight feel more natural.
  • Don’t pull an all nighter. Your body needs between six and eight hours of sleep a night to rejuvenate. Staying up late to level up cuts into that important process.
  • Take periodic game breaks. Stretch your muscles and focus your eyes on something different than the screen to prevent stress.

Follow these hints and you’ll be able to play more effectively, and with less pain. If you’re experiencing pain in your neck, back. or wrists, contact your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to show you the proper way to hold your body while gaming, how you can encourage your family members to game properly, and why it’s important to put the controller down sometimes.


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