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The Domino Effect May Be a Healthy One

By Tom Herrin

There are lots of expressions people use as part of their everyday language.  I was at the lab at a hospital with one of my sons and one of the lab workers made the statement that they guessed it was Murphy's Law that day.  Since he was about to have blood drawn at that moment, it made him a little insecure.  Most people are familiar with that expression meaning that if anything can go wrong, it will.  Another well known expression is that something has a domino effect, meaning that once something is started in motion, it continues to affect something else.  It is always fun to watch the domino effect when someone has set up an elaborate series of these dominoes playing pieces.  Playing dominoes can do some good things for health besides entertainment or the challenge of making this effect work.

It Can Improve Critical Thinking

Most people use critical thinking skills on a regular basis.  Playing dominoes requires people to find ways to use as many of the tiles as they can, preferably all they have.  They are also trying to find a way to accumulate as many points as possible.  This is going to be the sum total of all the dots on the pieces.  Improving these skills can be useful in school or work.

It Can Help Manage Blood Pressure

Plenty of people have trouble with blood pressure.  Whether it is from lifestyle, genetics, or whatever, blood pressure can have a tremendous effect on health.  When it is uncontrolled, it can damage organs and cause people to feel ill.  Playing a game such as dominoes can help to increase endorphins, therefore it can help to lower blood pressure.  The human body has some unique ways to help it cope.  This may be a great way to wind down from a day's activities.

It May Provide Good Social Opportunities

Most of us can use more family time.  After busy days at work and school, it can be great for us to spend some quality time as a family.  When we play a game such as dominoes, we can relax while we interact.  Teaching our children about good sportsmanship by example can surely benefit most families.  We don't need an expert to tell us that.  While playing this game, we can develop several useful skills, and math is one of them.  Doing this as a family can help to strengthen those important emotional ties.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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