Bottom Line: Are you connected to your phone and computer around the clock? Think about it, many of us aren’t more than an arm's length away from our phone at any time (even when we are sleeping). It’s part of living in a connected world. But all of that time on the phone cruising Amazon and Buzzfeed takes a toll. It can place a lot of tension on the supporting muscles of our neck and start to cause headaches.
Why it Matters: Messaging on WhatsApp, updating Instagram, and commenting on your friends Facebook page is fun. However, the hours per day we spend on our phones and computers can be a big contributor to tension headaches. Thankfully, you don’t need to throw away your phone to start solving the problem. Visiting a chiropractor has been shown to decrease both the frequency and severity of tension headaches. Chiropractors are the best natural health care option for people suffering from headaches.
Next Steps: Share this research with your friend who has the most followers on Instagram. If they are spending a lot of time engaged online, and taking awesome pictures, then they are very likely suffering from tension headaches as a result of their posture when using their phone. As a matter of fact, take a picture of this paper right now, post it to Instagram, and tag them! They’ll be happy you did.
Science Source: Evidence- Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic Treatment of Adults with Headache. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Volume 34, Number 5. 2011
Efficacy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in the Perception of Pain and Cervical Motion in Patients with Tension-Type Headache: A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine (2014) 13, 4-13