With game consoles like the Nintendo Wii expected to be another best seller this Christmas, an Edinburgh physiotherapist is urging players to take it easy and warm up in order to prevent nigglesome injuries.
Chongsu Lee, founder of the Korean Physiotherapy Clinic has observed a number of patients seeking his healing hands after over exerting themselves using the energetic games console and advises players to warm up properly when playing.
The Nintendo console allows players to simulate a wide range of energetic sports in their own home and will no doubt encourage families and friends to get extra competitive and outdo each other in the winning stakes.
Chongsu, who has treated a range of sport injuries and chronic conditions with his martial art inspired physiotherapy method, Ki-Gong Hands-On, said: “These games are great fun for everyone but people often aren't aware that even though they are playing a game, they can still strain their muscles in the same way as workout.
“It might sound a bit unecessary for game playing but some of these games are no different to a full on workout. A basic stretch and warm-up beforehand could prevent a pain filled festive period.
“Consumers should warm up before using the hand held gadgets and anyone suffering strain should not over exert themselves if playing games such as tennis and the dance routine based games.”
Chongsu adds that people not used to exercising should keep their muscles warm during game play to avoid experiencing searing pain in places like the shoulder or back.
He said: “People can decrease their chance of injury by gently jogging on the spot for 5 minutes and stretching the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist and back by bending forwards, backwards, side bending to the right and left and rotating both sides.
“The movements use the same muscles and taking part in a period of repetitive activity when you're not used to it could cause problems.
“I think one of the most common accidents occur because people feel excessive and forceful actions are needed when playing the Wii but this is completely unecessary.”
Since the Clinic opened its doors in February this year, Chongsu has been treating around 400 patients on a regular basis, using the Ki-Gong technique.
Located on 8 Albany Street, Edinburgh the Korean Physiotherapy Clinic has a variety of treatments available including physiotherapy, Ki therapy and wellness massage. A session of Ki therapy lasts 50 minutes and costs £55.
For further information about this revolutionary new treatment, visit the www.koreanphysiotherapyclinic.co.uk or call 0131 473 2333.
Issued on behalf of the Korean Physiotherapy Clinic by Holyrood Partnership. For more details contact Holyrood Partnership on 0131 561 2244.