Pokemon Go brings a game into the real world. It started as a game on Game Boy, became a tv show, expanded to the real world with trading cards. Now you can walk outside your house and catch a pokemon in your backyard. It is a game of collection, where an individual collects Pokemon (pocket monsters) that they can evolve and battle to become more powerful. It’s sort of like geocaching but with fictional species that many people are nostalgic about. Because of this, you can walk around Main Street Newmarket on a weeknight and see more people out and about then ever before. At the intersection of Main and Park you can see between 50-100 people standing and sitting around, chatting with each other, and on their phones. Is this phenomenon good? Bad? Or somewhere in between? Let’s take a look at a few potential benefits and downsides:
Tip 1 & 2 → hold your phone higher & sit/stand taller: this will help you keep a more neutral and upright posture so as to reduce the strain on your neck, upper back, and shoulders. Holding your phone higher will also result in increased peripheral vision of your environment.
Tip 3 → Take frequent breaks: this will help give your muscles a break from holding one position. Holding any position for a sustained period of time can result in pain from strains and sprains. You can also use breaks to increase awareness of your environment for safety purposes.
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Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.