The Dangers of Video Game Posture

A boy playing a video game.If you’re a gamer you probably haven’t given a lot of thought to the way that you sit while you’re playing. However, according to a small study performed by a California-based physical therapy firm, you probably need to give it a little more consideration.

45 kids aged between five and 15 were watched for just five minutes in a study that was performed in conjunction with the Cal State Bakersfield’s Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology, the results were predictable yet depressing. Children who were sitting in chairs showed poorer posture after just five minutes of gaming and those who sat on the floor displayed even more pronounced traits of poor posture.

Gaming Safely

While it’s clear that video games frequently lead to poor posture, there’s no reason for you to give up gaming. All you need to do is teach yourself how to properly position your body while playing. Here’s how to keep your spine aligned while killing bad guys:  

  • Support your back. Instead of sitting on the floor, select a chair that provides support for your lower back while cradling the rest of your body. Work on training yourself to sit back comfortably while you game. You may be tempted to lean forward while you play, but it’s important that you break this habit.
  • Keep the monitor or TV at the proper height to avoid straining or twisting your neck. You should be looking straight forward instead of craning your neck up or holding your head down. Make sure to give your neck a stretch every 15 to 20 minutes while you play so you avoid holding your body in the same position for too long.
  • Keep both feet flat on the ground. You shouldn’t cross your legs or sit with one foot higher than the other. This not only impedes blood flow, it also creates tension on your lower back. You should also clear items away from your legs as you play to enable comfortable leg movement and positioning.
  • Be aware of the time. Keep a clock near your gaming area so that time doesn’t get away from you while you play. Try to avoid marathon gaming that lasts for hours and be sure to stop every half an hour or so to give your body a stretch and to walk around a little while. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids.

If you’d like to learn more about the effects of poor posture on your overall health, talk to your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to explain how slouching affects every muscle in your body and even the amount of breath that you’re able to take in. With a few handy chiropractic tips, you can rest assured that gaming won’t take an unwelcome toll on your health.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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