Unless you're superhuman, you've probably experienced more than a few neck pains and headaches. Evidence suggests a potential connection between the two.
Keeping static postures is a contributing factor for neck and headache pain. What’s a ‘static posture’? Depending on your fitness it’s about 30 minutes of being in the same position. You could be playing candy squish on your phone, reading, working on a notebook, or driving. Awkward postures make matters even worse.
Students subject themselves to hours of prolonged reading, writing and computer work, which may make them a high-risk group for neck pain and headaches.
A study evaluated the effect of neck pain and headache pain on the academic performance of 118 college students. A survey was used to gather data on head and neck pain, which were then correlated with student grade-point averages (GPA), an indicator of academic performance.
Results showed a high incidence of neck pain (51.3%) and headaches (73.7%) within the student population; many students also reported problems with concentration as a result of such conditions.
Moreover, academic performance diminished in 17.9% of patients suffering from neck pain and 39% of students with headaches.
If these conditions affect student performance, it's a distinct possibility that the general population is likewise affected. Work that requires extensive concentration or focus often involves static postures.
Don’t let the work you do become a pain in the neck (pardon the pun). Take frequent breaks, even if they are only brief. Keep up your fitness. Mind your posture, and talk to your chiropractor about developing good preventative strategies.
Rose KA. The effect of neck pain and headaches on the academic performance of college students. Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal System 2000:8(4), pp118-122.