“Just. One. More. Round.”
“Give me another hour, I’m about to level up!”
“GGWP! Wait, it’s best of three?”
If these lines sound familiar, you are a gamer. While there’s nothing wrong with playing the occasional MOBA, MMORPG or mobile game, you may not realize that spending too much time on your computer or smartphone can be bad for you.
After hours-long gaming sessions, have you experienced any of the following in your hands and wrists:
- Tingling and aching
- Lingering, burning pain
All three are signs of possible nerve damage or “nerve glitch” in your body. So what causes nerve glitch?
Constant pressing of buttons. This causes swelling at the base of the thumb, and this can pinch the nerves in your wrist.
- Holding your hand in an unnatural position, whether it’s resting over a keyboard or holding up a tablet or phone. Doing so for an extended period of time also causes swelling in the wrist that can pinch nerves.
- Repetitive movement of the index finger and thumb while using gaming peripherals such as a mouse.
- Continuous and repetitive hand and wrist movement for extended periods of time
Ever heard of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)? You should! Because CTS is a condition often associated with the gaming lifestyle.
CTS happens when the median nerve (located in your inner wrist near the base of your palm) is placed under constant pressure. If left untreated, CTS can cause weakness and loss of coordination in your fingers.
For a gamer, that’s bad news. So for the sake of your playing career, here’s what you can do starting today:
- Take 15 minute breaks for every hour of play. This is doable. Set the timer on your smartphone and when it sounds off, put down your controller or handheld device.
- Stretch your arms and hands. And while you’re at it, why not get up from your seat and take a short walk?
- Avoid slouching. It may feel comfortable but you are actually damaging the nerves in your back.
- Use ergonomic peripherals when playing. If your budget allows, purchase a chair that properly supports your back, buy a mouse pad that offers wrist support or get a neck pillow.
- As much as possible, play in moderation. No games during weekdays? You can do it! Gamers love a good challenge, right?
Here’s a bonus tip! To protect yourself from nerve glitch, introduce Vitamin B Complex into your everyday diet. B Complex vitamins help cells multiply and regenerate, particularly those in your nerves. So whether you’re gaming hard or taking it easy, you know you’re getting that healthy boost each time you take B Complex vitamins.
As always, consult your doctor first to know more about B Complex vitamins before you take them. Now, are you ready to play?