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The Latest Cause of Neck Pain: Pokémon Go

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Text neck is posture in which the neck is bent forward and down as someone looks at their handheld phone or device.  More alarmingly, chronic text neck may lead to premature degeneration in the cervical spine, bone spurs, and muscle deformity. Regular adjustments from a chiropractor can help minimize these health risks. This is especially alarming for young people’s spines. Their spines are still growing and developing, and experts aren’t sure what impact this can have over the course of years or decades.

In addition to text neck, Pokémon Go players are in danger of tripping and falling by walking while looking their phones. Don’t get so wrapped up in the game that you’re not watching where you’re going, especially on busy streets or sidewalks.

How to play Pokémon Go injury-free

If you or someone you love is playing Pokémon Go a lot, these tips can help prevent text neck and the problems it can cause:

•Get regular neck and back adjustments from your chiropractor.

•Hold your phone at a higher angle.The higher you can hold it while playing, the less strain you’re putting on your neck.

•Take breaks.After you catch a Pokémon, take a short break to put the phone down and arch your neck and shoulders back. If you’re at a Poké stop or Gym, take a break every 15 to 20 minutes.

•Stretch your neck.Tuck your chin down, then slowly raise it upward. Then swivel your head over one shoulder, then the other.

•For chiropractic care, call Abrankian Back and Neck Center at 718-472-0448

 

 

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