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Chiropractic Care for Gamers

By Paul Rothbart

Video games have come a long since Pong. As much fun as virtually hitting a white pixel around a black screen was in the 1970s, it certainly wouldn't cut it today. Technology provides us with video games that can recreate virtually any activity with photo-realistic graphics and stereo sound. Thanks to the internet, gamers can connect with each other from all over the planet. Video games can be addictive and long hours spent sitting in front of a screen clutching a controller can take a toll on several parts of the body. Gamers should take precautions to avoid injury. Chiropractic care may also be helpful.

Physical and Mental Problems Gamers May Face

While gamers don't have to face the actual dangers depicted in their games, they are physical problems that are common. Neck pain and stiffness are caused by sitting with the head at the same angle, looking at a monitor. The same can happen to the back when seated in one position for long periods. Handling joysticks and controllers, pushing buttons frantically can cause carpal tunnel and finger pain. Since many gamers take their hobby seriously, anxiety and stress can also result. Excessive gaming can make a mess out of a healthy human being.

Have Fun and Avoid Problems

Just as with someone who works at a desk all day, posture and a properly set up space are important for gamers. A chair with good lumbar support will help reduce the risk of back pain. Setting your monitor so the top is at eye level will keep your head in the proper position to avoid neck pain. Ergonomic keyboards, mice, and game controllers are much better for your hands and wrists than the standard type. Sit up straight, feet flat on the floor. Resting your forearms on your desk can prevent strain on the arms, wrists, and hands. Take frequent breaks. An all-night session of your favorite multiplayer game may seem epic, but it can do serious harm. Limit the time spent playing. There is a whole world of real adventures out there to explore. 

See a Chiropractor

Chiropractic care can help with many of the issues that gamers face. A chiropractor will fix subluxations in your neck, back, and joints and make the necessary adjustments. This can help you feel more relaxed while in your virtual world, further preventing pain and stiffness. Some people also find that regular chiropractic care helps them manage their stress levels. Wouldn't it be nice to be the most relaxed gamer in the group? All of these benefits can carry over into your work and home life and help you better enjoy other hobbies.

Gaming is a fun escape from the sometimes mundane real world. But it can cause health problems. Ergonomic gear and good posture can help reduce them. Consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. You may find that seeing a chiropractor will help keep you at the top of your game. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.

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