You've been playing your favorite video game for hours on end. You've just made a top score. Or, you've just successfully rescued your princess or prince. You feel accomplished and relieved. You decide to take a break, but you don't realize how much strain you've been putting on your hands, arms, shoulders, and neck. You start to wonder why your hands and arms are so tired. Then, you start to feel a little pain in your wrist and back.

These symptoms are not uncommon for gamers. Many people who play video games on a regular basis are susceptible to a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, and when you consider the fact that the number of gamers is constantly on the rise, the number of gaming injuries is not going down.

In fact, the gaming industry is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. But with the ever-growing popularity of the gaming industry comes more injuries. Gaming injuries are unlike most other injuries, because they are not due to physical trauma, but instead due to the strain and stress of the intense and repetitive motions that are required to play some games.

Gamer's Thumb

Gamer's thumb is a pretty common ailment in the gaming community. It affects many gamers who use a controller for many hours per day, which causes them to develop pain in the thumb joints. It is a form of repetitive strain injury (RSI), which is caused by excessive and repeated use of the same muscles and tendons, especially through forceful, sudden movements.

Gamer's thumb is caused by an inflammation of the tendons that control your thumb. The tendons have a covering that protects them from friction and from rubbing against each other. When they rub against each other constantly, the covering is worn off, and the tendons are exposed to friction. After this, tendons start swelling.

It is important that gamers take preventive measures in order to avoid or reduce the risk of developing a gamer's thumb. To prevent or reduce pain from a gamer's thumb, it is important to take frequent breaks from your game controller.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Wrist tendinopathy is characterized by an inflammation of the tendons that are located within the wrist. Tendinopathy is an umbrella term that refers to the painful condition of many tendons and connective tissue, including those in the wrist. Tendinopathy is often caused by chronic overuse, improper use, or injury. It usually affects the wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

The inflammation in wrist tendinopathy can be caused by overexertion or by an underlying issue affecting the wrist region. While the condition is common among gamers, it is also common in athletes who play a lot of tennis, racquetball, or squash. Other causes include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Repetitive motion, such as typing on a computer keyboard for too long
  • Improper hand positioning while sleeping
  • Wrist joint misalignment that is caused by a car accident, for example

Another ailment plaguing the gaming community is carpal tunnel syndrome, which is one of the most common types of RSI. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a symptom caused by overuse or trauma to the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a passageway for the median nerve and blood vessels that supplies the thumb, index, and middle fingers. The median nerve provides sensation to the thumb, index finger, and the palm side of the middle finger. The median nerve controls the muscles in the thumb that help you grab and hold things.

Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome is easy if you follow some simple steps. The best thing you can do is break up long periods of typing by taking a stretch break at least every half hour. When you do this, hold each stretch for about 30 seconds to help the muscles relax and to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

Back Pain

Gaming involves a lot of sitting. When you sit for long periods of time, tight muscles in your back can cause aches and pains. When you play a game, you're hunched over and staring at a screen for hours, which can cause both the muscles and the spine to become stiff. The back pain may be caused by poor posture or an incorrect position of the spine. This pain may seem minor, but it can get worse over time and cause problems in the future.

Gaming chairs and ergonomic computer desks are great for preventing back pain. Another easy way to relieve back pain caused by gaming is a few stretches. Regularly performing simple stretches will help relieve persistent back pain.

SpiderTech's Solution

While the preventative measures mentioned above can be taken to help avoid any of these gaming injuries from occurring, there is another solution that can both help alleviate pain and enhance performance: kinesiology tape. That's right; kinesiology taping is no longer just for athletes.

Kinesiology tape is a type of athletic tape that can be used to ease pain, reduce inflammation, support an injured area and help improve appearance. When applied correctly, the tape can help bring relief to a variety of conditions, including back and shoulder pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain, hamstring strains, and many other problems.

This tape is made up of a cotton fabric, which has a latex-free elastic adhesive that is easy to remove. It is popular for people who are looking to help relieve many of the pains and injuries associated with training and playing sports, such as shin splints, muscle fatigue, muscle strains, and ligament injuries.

SpiderTech now manufactures gaming gear for gamers requiring pain relief by supporting lymphatic flow and helping to reduce inflammation. The wrist pre-cut gaming gear, including strips for wrist, hand, and elbow gaming injuries. Wrist pre-cut gaming gear to help speed up the healing process by reducing swelling and inflammation and increasing blood flow to injured tissue. For back pain, the postural one piece pre-cut tape helps maintain good posture and alleviate pain.

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