Back Pain – The Latest in Video Game Related Maladies
They make us fat, violent, anti-social, and also contribute toward arthritis. And now, they’re a cause of back pain.
Some experts in the field of physiotherapy have named video games as a potential source of back-related problems. It all has to due with the hours and hours of sitting in the same place.
“This seems on the cards considering the associated health problems of obesity, reduced levels of activity, and the popularity of passive entertainment systems such as PlayStations that encourage further inactivity and prolonged sitting posture in the adolescent age group,” Duncan Reid, New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association spokesman, said in a recent Stuff.co article.
What triggered this concern was an increasing number of lower back pain in teenagers. Back problems are apparently common in those who do too little and those who do too much, and obviously gamers fall into the former category.
The moral of the story is, as always, when you’re playing video games for hours on end, stop and do something else for a while every now and then. It will help you live longer.