A few weekends ago we decided to take the family down to the canal to walk around and grab a bite to eat. It didn’t take long to notice that the vast majority of people walking the canal were glued to their phones…more than usual. It dawned on me that most of these people were playing Pokemon Go. As a chiropractor that treats a lot of neck pain, I couldn’t help but think about all the stress that was causing on the neck and upper back.
There has been a lot in the news about the benefits associated with Pokemon Go along with the pitfalls. I see the value in getting people outside and visiting places that they might not if not for the game. My concern is with the strain that is place on the neck when holding it in a forward flexed position for long enough to need an auxiliary battery.
We know that the head weighs about 10-12 pounds and we also know that the weight of your head increases as you look down. The weight of the head can increase to as much as 60lbs depending on how far the head is positioned forward. You can experience this for yourself with this very simple exercise. Take something that weighs about 10-12 pounds (bowling balls aregreat if you have one around) and hold it next to your shoulder with your lower arm straight up. Now move the weight farther our in front of you and you will notice that you immediately start to feel more strain on your arm as the weight moves forward. Imagine doing this for hours as you search for PokeStops around Indianapolis.
As I mentioned earlier, I love that Pokemon Go is getting peoples outside. There are so many wonderful benefits to being outside and I want to promote that as much as possible. What I don’t want to do is promote more strain on the neck and upper back, so we have come up with some stretches that would be helpful if you find yourself purchasing an auxiliary battery for your phone and spending hours searching for PokeBalls.
We would be happy to send you a list of our Tech Neck Stretches if you contact us through our website or our through our facebook page