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Wii Warm-Up!

Posted April 17, 2007

The Times of London reports this morning about worries over Nintendo's Wii game system.  Apparently, some players are complaning of sore backs and a condition called "Wii elbow".



From the British Chiropractic Association:

1 Shoulder shrug — slowly shrug your shoulders towards your ears. Hold for two to three seconds, then relax. Repeat three times. Because it is easier to relax a muscle after you have tightened it, you will relax the muscles in the shoulder and allow the blood to flow into the arms.

2 Wrist stretch — slowly stretch the wrist backwards, hold for two to three seconds, then slowly stretch it forwards and hold for two to three seconds. Repeat three times. This exercise prevents tightening of the wrists.

3 Make a fist — hold the arm at right angles from the elbow. Make a fist and tense it, and the whole of your arm. Hold for two to three seconds, then relax and let the arm flop to your side. Repeat three times. This will help the blood flow and tone the muscles.

4 Neck muscle stretch — try to make a double chin, to stretch the muscles at the base of the neck. Hold this position for two to three seconds and repeat three times. Always stretch very slowly.

5 Lower back loosen — standing with your feet a shoulder-width apart, slowly circle your hips five revolutions to the right and then five revolutions to your left.

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  • looking4myvoice Apr 17, 2007

    I've had a wii since December and only play 1-2 hours a week. I suffer from wii elbow when I bowl on wii sports since you have to force the wiimote into the air to get strikes. I try to warm up on other sports before I bowl but that does not solve the problem. Nindendo goes above and beyond to warn players to take a break and to use care.

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