“How to beat aches and pains if you play cards”
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Whether it’s Wednesday night poker with the boys or Thursday afternoon bridge with the girls… whatever, playing cards is an enjoyable social function.
But behind this relaxing and sometimes competitive pastime lurks … PAIN!
Sitting for the long periods of time required for some card games can lead to low back stiffness, pain, and a tried feeling.
Get up and stretch frequently. When you stand, place your hands on your hips and gently arch your back backwards and hold it for a few seconds. Other more specific exercises also may be helpful… but this is a good start.
Low back stretching and strengthening exercises can do wonders if you practice these both before and after your card games. Moist heat and/or ice packs applied after your card playing can also help relieve your low back symptoms afterwards.
Neck and shoulder pain is common when you sit for long periods of time with your head slightly bent. Remember, your head weighs about 14 pounds or so- less if you’re stupid and more if you’re smart (just kidding!!) and your neck and shoulders do most of the work holding it up. So stretching and strengthening exercises before and after you play are a good idea.
Sitting for long periods of time also can cause your knees to stiffen. Over-the-counter medications can help with the pain. Always be sure to let your doctor know if you are taking these because they can interact with other medications and cause significant side-effects. Ice packs applied to the knees can help relieve inflammation. Make sure you place a towel between the ice pack and your knee. Limit your ice pack session to 20 minutes.
Your hands and wrists can get very fatigued while playing cards. Specific loosening up exercises before, during, and after you play can help.
Try using a card holder. These are available at stores. Or just cut a slit in a piece of wood.
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