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How eSports Athletes Should Avoid Upper Back Pain

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

 

 

 

 

Pro gamers and eSports athletes have a daily routine that is a lot more rigorous than most people realize. Over  60 hours a week to practice video games at a competitive level is very common and can put serious strain on the body over time. For most pro gamers there is no true down time and running off of 4-6 hours of sleep can cause health problems. Not only is there a mental exhaustion while playing, the physical strain on the upper and lower back can turn a lucrative six-figure career into a long-term health problem.

Sitting long periods during just one session will cause a gamer to get muscle fatigue and this leads to poor posture, soreness and aching muscles. The “slouching”  elementary school teachers warned students about is nothing compared to what takes place with eSport athletes. The poor posture can cause a disorder called upper crossed syndrome. This is the result of the muscles in shoulders, neck and chest lose their proper balance of function and lead to health issues.

The muscles in the front of the neck and upper back become shortened and weak and other opposing muscles are overstretched. The most common activity that causes upper cross syndrome is computer use. Reading, biking, cell phone use and long-term television use have all been top causes for people suffering from this condition. The muscles that are “trained” in this position will create poor posture that can be challenging to correct if the activity continues.

Common symptoms of upper cross syndrome include:

  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • jaw pain
  • shoulder pain
  • chest tightness
  • Numbness or tingling in the shoulders and arms

It is very important that the elite gamer and pro eSport athlete monitor how they feel while practicing or performing to avoid upper back pain. Simple steps such as using the best gaming chair, taking short breaks and performing stretches for just a few minutes during the course of the day can prevent a career being shortened due to injury and insure the gaming future of the athlete. If the symptoms of upper crossed syndrome have already started it is very important to pay attention to the amount of time being spent playing and to develop a plan that will prevent the problem from getting worse. A set time period to allow for stretching and breaks is the most important. Staying hydrated will also help. Avoid caffeinated drinks and sodas to decrease inflammation in the body that can also increase discomfort and interfere with the body as it attempts to heal properly. 

 

Disc Injury After Auto Accident

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Following a rear end collision it is common for the patient to have whiplash from the impact of the accident.  The sudden impact of being rear ended forces the body into different and opposing directions at a speed that is uncontrollable and near impossible to stop while it’s occurring.

Another term for whiplash is cervical acceleration-deceleration syndrome. The sudden impact causes the head and neck to quickly move in one direction and then another in the opposite direction and this causes the soft tissue to become injured in the process.

Immediately following an accident it is always advised to have an evaluation as soon as possible to rule out any fractures or any life threatening conditions. Most of the time an injured person will be sent home and instructed to follow the R.I.C.E. method to begin the healing process. Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are typically what follow a slight rear end collision but there are times when they develop into more serious grades of injury that involve a more complex treatment.

In about 25% of those cases a disc injury is caused and can become a chronic problem. Most disc related injuries involve a tear in the outer portion of the disc and the nerve endings in them get torn and cause pain. It can take months for those tears to heal and with proper treatment that person can return to their normal daily activities without any residual problems.

Some of the symptoms that a person may experience following whiplash can be;
Dizziness
Headaches
Stiffness
Visual changes
Memory changes
Jaw pain

Some symptoms related to a disc herniation from whiplash are:
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Tingling or burning sensation in the arm, hand or fingers

Herniated disc are generally diagnosed from a combination of the medical history, examination and imaging studies from MRI. There are different approaches and strategies for the person who was injured in an accident to insure proper healing in order to get back to their normal routine as fast as possible. A common treatment technique for many practitioners is called McKenzie method. These exercises are used to extend or stretch the area of the spine that is injured and helps decrease the pain levels of the person who was injured.

Chiropractic care and home exercises are beneficial and non invasive ways to manage pain following certain types of disc injury following an auto accident.

Can Slumped Shoulders Cause Jaw Pain?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

I want to introduce you to a common problem called Upper Cross Syndrome or UCS. Upper cross syndrome is a chronic issue that generally  takes years to develop. However, once symptoms arise they can cause problems and be very symptomatic,  ultimately leading you to contact your local chiropractor for help.

Headaches, neck pain and jaw pain are often related to misalignments or subluxation in the cervical spine.  If you’ve been reading  post on this site you can recall that subluxations occur when certain muscles attached to the individual segments of the spine (vertebrae), tighten and can move those segments away from their normal position. This in turn causes negative effects that go beyond the general area in question.

Inflammation will begin around the nervous tissue and the nerves function less than optimally and decrease communication signals needed from the spinal cord to their desired location in the body.

 

headaches, neck pain, jaw pain

headaches, neck pain, jaw pain

If you have UCS you will notice that if you look at yourself in the mirror from the side, your head is forward and your shoulders are rounded towards the front of your body and your chest is somewhat slumped inwards. This type of posture is due to the muscle imbalances in the upper body responsible for keeping you upright and stable while walking around. When you do begin your treatment plan make sure that certain things are being addressed to help you overcome and correct this issue as fast as possible.

Spinal adjustments and postural exercises are the most effective way to restore proper balance in the areas affected by the long term onset of UCS. Over the next few weeks continue to read these post as I share the best ways you can begin working on UCS to reduce the symptoms you have dealt with.

Neck Pain With Minor Car Damage

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

fender_bender

Whiplash usually occurs when the head is suddenly whipped or snapped due to a sudden jolt commonly involving a motor vehicle collision. However, it can also occur from a slip and fall injury.  Chiropractic is a great method of treatment and health care service to address the injured whiplash patient. We have discussed the cause of whiplash and what happens when we are hit from behind unexpectedly.  We cannot guard against the abnormal forces that occur in the neck as it all happens faster than we can voluntarily contract our muscles. Also, the myth about

no car damage =  no injury is just that – a myth!

In fact, in low speed impacts, less damage to the car transfers greater forces to the contents inside because the energy of the force is not absorbed by crushing metal.

Symptoms of whiplash can vary widely and range from –

  • neck pain and stiffness
  • headaches
  • shoulder pain
  • dizziness
  • jaw pain or TMJ
  • arm pain
  • visual disturbances
  •  hearing problems

Cobb Pain & Wellness Clinic can help you after you have been rear ended, you have some pain but think you will be ok in a few weeks because the car only had a small amount of damage.

Cobb Pain & Wellness Clinic

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013