The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) has revealed that there was a 72 per cent rise in the number of people suffering strain injuries from overusing their Wii gaming consoles and iPhones over the Christmas holidays.
The institution did not divulge the exact number of patients who had reported such injuries in their London clinic, although it claimed that the amount was high enough to be worrying.
Manoj Mehta, head of clinic and osteopathy at the BCOM, said in a statement to The Press Association: “The Christmas period is the obvious time, particularly this year's longer-than-usual break, when people spend more time entertaining themselves at home.”
Mehta said that many injuries occurred due to people not warming up before excessive play and from failing to take breaks from their gaming sessions on the Wii.
He advised people who are suffering from strain to do mild stretching exercises and not to over-exert themselves while playing on the console.
People who over-used the iPhone complained of suffering from neck pains and headaches, particularly after excessively use of games and apps.