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Invasion of the Pokémon Go!

By Debra Rodzinek

The surprisingly popular new Pokémon Go game has taken the world by storm! In the short time it has been out, reviewers of the game have listed some benefits and deterrents associated with playing the game.  

Health Benefits of the Game

Believe it or not, there are some health benefits attached to the game. The only way to catch these elusive creatures is to be within a few feet of them, so players actually have to get up and walk to play this addictive game. Some players have reported weight loss and increased energy along with enjoying the game. 

Also, within the game is a feature that allows players to hatch an egg in an incubator. But, the only way for the egg to eventually hatch is for the player to walk around for an extended distance (usually between 2 and 10 kilometers, or 1.2 to 6.2 miles).

Social Benefits of the Game

A main complaint with social media is that people don’t seem to interact anymore. Everyone has their noses buried in their phones. However, a user reported that while playing the game, he threw down several “lures” to attract Pokémon and ended up attracting about 30 random gamers instead! 

Injuries with the Game

If you or your loved ones have been invaded by these Pokémon, please be careful. Unfortunately, there have been injuries reported with players of the game who were distracted while playing and walking. Injuries have been reported by players who have fallen into ditches, walked into poles, or even been in near misses in their cars. Yes, some people are playing while driving.    

The company that created the game cautions players: ‘‘Pay attention to your surroundings; you never know what beautiful or interesting things you’ll see while playing the game."

If you have found yourself injured from a Pokémon mishap, are sore from all of the walking, or feel that your back could use an adjustment to improve your new exercise routine, come by The Joint and let our expert chiropractors ease your pain. With a personalized treatment plan created just for you, numerous locations, and convenient hours, the experts at The Joint will have you back out in the field in no time so that you can catch them all!

There are no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, The Joint offers patients an alternative and an all-natural way to find pain relief.    

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