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Pokemon Or Pain? A lesson from a teenager

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On my morning bike ride today I saw a teenager standing on the side of the road. He was walking while staring intently at his iPhone. He was gaming vigorously with one hand while keeping another hand on his neck . Was I the only one that thought this looked odd?

I slowed and took a guess, “Pokeman?” Excitedly he replied “Yes!”.  Being the chiropractor, what I was more interested in was why he had a hand on his neck! So when I asked about this, he casually admitted that with all this “gaming” it gets painful looking down.

Is this really the price we are willing to pay to “game”? Here’s the question, what would you choose…pain or Pokemon?


~ Dr. Alibhai


From our website about neck pain:

Imagine balancing a 12 lb. (5.5 kg.) bowling ball on the tips of your fingers.

All day long.

That’s just one of many things your neck must do. Your neck and shoulders work hard. Even the smallest deviation in the relationships of the seven bones of your cervical spine (neck) can cause pain and reduced head and neck mobility.

Minor and Major

Generally, we see two types of neck pain cases. Minor neck and shoulder pain involve sensations of discomfort, stiffness or soreness. If these symptoms last for more than a day or so, occur frequently or were preceded by an accident or some type of injury, we consider it major.

Response to Stress

Physical, emotional or chemical stress can affect the frequency and severity of neck pain. For many of us, the neck and shoulders are the “weakest link in the chain” and so stress shows up here.

Often, emotional stress is the overlooked culprit. Ever hear of something being a “pain in the neck”? Fear, anger or frustration can trigger the tightening of our neck muscles without our even being conscious. In time, chronic muscle spasms set in. Which can lead to headaches.

Some over-the-counter pain reliever might dull the pain, but it ignores the underlying cause!




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