Imagine that you can no longer grab a can of soda without your wrist, feeling like it wants to explode. This is what a game console can do to you. If you are playing video games continuously in wrong postures, you will witness the pain and suffering that extreme gaming can cause to your body.
1.Carpal Tunnel- A Gaming Injury You Don’t Want:
It’s the most popular injury among gamers. It goes by various names – Nintendonitis, Nintendo Thumb, Gamer’s Thumb, and even WASD Wrist. When you are continuously playing video games, the possibility of having your mouse-hand immobilized and declared incapable of working with the mouse is a scary thing. The cause of the worsening this situation can be due to various repetitive actions which includes:
- Keeping your hand at an odd angle for a long time over the keyboard to press the movement key causes swelling in the wrist which pinches the nerves.
- When constantly pressing a particular button on the game controller with your thumb, you will experience some inflammation at the base of your thumb.
Using an appropriate mouse can help when it comes to it, causing the wrist issues, but it does not help much with keyboard or game controller issues. The most reliable way is to avoid repeated motion injuries like the carpal tunnel is just to pause the game, get up, walk and make sure to do lots of carpal tunnel prevention stretches regularly.
2. Eye Strain
Don’t have an underlying eye problem? That’s amazing! But while staring at a computer or gaming screen for a prolonged time, you can suffer from eye strain. So you need to follow these eye strain prevention tips:
- Keep the screen 50-100 cm away from your eyes.
- Lit the room softly so that there isn’t such a direct contrast between the surroundings and the screen.
- Avoid bright overhead lightings like sunlight or fluorescent that can cause bad dazzle on the screen.
- Always keep the head of your screen at eye level so that you can look somewhat down at the screen. Never position the screen, so you have to look up.
- Turn down the contrast and brightness on the screen to a level that is convenient to your eyes.
- Keep the screen clean of smudges and dust otherwise you can have glare and contrast problems.
- Take frequent breaks within hours of playing. Continuous screen use causes you to blink less, which leads to dry-eye. Breaks can help mitigate this problem.
3. Posture – Sit Up!
There are two general gaming positions for enthusiastic gamers. First one is the “couch slouch”, where the gamer is chilling with the feet up on the coffee table and lounged back into the couch. Secondly, there’s the “full-on” position that involves leaning forward, elbows on knees, head tilted forward, and all attention focused on the screen. These positions are not good at all. There’s extra pressure on the elbows as well as the legs; the wrists are twisted, and thumbs are stretched unnaturally, and worst of all is your head is now pulled forward – placing the strain of holding it directly into your spine right between your shoulder blades. This is the posture that drives to the other gaming pain complaints such as back pain, sore shoulders, elbows, and thumb. If you’re a keen gamer and are used to spend many hours on gaming, then ditch the couch and opt for a comfortable and correct gaming chair that assists you in all the right places. And the best thing is to sit up straight and keep your head balanced squarely on top of your shoulders which will lighten many of those pains and aches.
So have you suffered from any of these problems? How did you get rid of them? Tell us in the comments section!
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