Unless you're superhuman, you've probably experienced more
than a few neck pains and headaches. The source of these conditions
remains unclear, although evidence suggests a potential connection
between the two. Evidence also hints at the maintenance of
static postures, such as with prolonged reading, writing,
or computer work, and stress as contributing factors for neck
and headache pain.
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. To test this hypothesis,
a recent study published in the Journal of the Neuromusculoskeletal
System evaluated the effect of neck pain and headache
pain on the academic performance of 118 college students.
A survey gathered data on head and neck pain, which were then
correlated with student grade-point averages (GPA), an indicator
of academic performance.
Results showed that 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
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. To
find out more about what you can do to ease the pain and frustration
of headaches and neck pain, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/headaches.html
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.