By Paul Fitzgerald
X-Box and Playstation fanatics turn to new oral device to combat pain and play longer
The warning labels that come with X-Box and Playstation game guides seems troubling: "You may experience discomfort in your hands, arms, shoulders, neck or other parts of your body when playing video games."
Then the labels go on to suggest that gamers should not "ignore these warning signs... promptly see a qualified health professional."
That's right, playing video games on a regular basis brings on symptoms associated with painful and sometimes permanently disabling injuries or disorders of the nerves, muscles, tendons, blood vessels and other parts of the body. These musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis, vibration syndromes and other conditions. The same holds true for people who spend too much time on the computer.
It's no secret that more and more people who are gaming junkies are experiencing posture problems, pain and discomfort of various sorts. While Microsoft, makers of the X-Box, and Sony, inventors of the Playstation, recommend you see a doctor if pain-like symptoms arise, it turns out gamers are instead turning to a new sport orthotic that is alleviating pain and allowing them to play longer and feel better too.
The orthotic, called the New Age Performance Mouthpiece, is a smash hit on the market and is now being sold across Canada, the USA and abroad. Parents are buying them up by the thousands as this new cutting-edge device is proven to help alleviate pain and discomfort, while helping kids have better body form.
Dr. Anil Makkar is a popular neuromuscular dentist and one of the co-inventors of this new technological marvel that is being used by gamers, athletes and recreational enthusiasts alike.
The brainchild of the device has studied jaw alignment techniques extensively at the esteemed Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dentistry. Rutgers University recently released a research paper on proper jaw alignment and concluded it has a definite positive impact on the body and for one's performance.
This is just what the device does: it aligns one's jaw in its optimal position. When your jaw is properly aligned, your body is proven to be in better configuration which has many positive benefits. Most of the population has a bite issue, so this new technology is a breakthrough on many levels.
Dr. Makkar states, "There have been a lot of scientific studies on performance mouthpieces and jaw alignment dating back to the 1950s. Several research and scientific papers have clearly stated that when one's bite is in the correct position, the alignment of your body is also affected in a positive way. Our new device, worn on the lower teeth, will allow everyone to experience immediate results that could help prevent pain and discomfort and make you perform longer and better during all sorts of activities like with gaming and workouts."
Unscrew the bottom of the case and there is the device ready for use. And today it can be purchased online or through various dental offices throughout Canada and the United States as well as out of their head office in Mississauga, ON, Canada.
Parents and kids are chomping on the new invention in a big way.
Melanie Stinson bought each of her sons a device, and she and her kids are more than impressed with the results.
"My two boys, ages 12 and 14, loved their video games, but I was scared to learn that they were getting neck and shoulder pain and I noticed their postures were slagging," says Stinson. "I heard about the new mouthpiece and we decided to give it a try and sure enough it's game on for me and my kids. They don't complain about different kinds of pain and they can spend longer sitting in a proper position with the device placed on their lower teeth."
Dr. Makkar is overwhelmed with the positive response from parents, kids and all sorts of people who are addicted to their X-Box and Playstation games.
"We have had many sceptics but more and more people are realizing that once you put the device in your mouth, you will immediately notice how the tension leaves the body," he explains. "The body's alignment is more properly in tune, and you notice a huge difference right away. Your neck and face become more relaxed and your body is in much better form."
The second you put the device into your mouth, you release the tension through the face, the neck, and the shoulders, and it allows the body to align properly, and when it aligns properly the body just functions better. The device allows you to gain access to improved strength and flexibility you already have but something is getting in the way of.
Robert Charlton, a business owner from Mississauga, ON with a background in marketing and promotions, and extensive experience in the health and fitness industries, originally approached Dr. Anil Makkar about developing the mouthpiece together.
"We first set out to introduce our new appliance to athletes and recreational types," says Charlton. "Turns out, one thing led to another and parents and their kids want solutions to short and long term pain associated with playing video games, and our device fits the bill."
Charlton adds, "Jaw alignment is as important for everyone as it has so many benefits for the body. If you are a gamer and have pain and discomfort, pop in our invention in your mouth and you will immediately notice a positive difference."