Staring at your handphone screen for too long causes tension in your neck.
In recent years, more and more people have been seeking treatment for headaches – many caused by lifestyle factors.
Mrs Chong (not her real name), a fund manager in her 40s, consulted me after experiencing mild daily headaches, followed by a severe throbbing headache over the forehead and behind the eyes for about two weeks.
Her headaches were associated with heart palpitations and sweaty palms. She could not focus well during meetings. She has hypertension. She spends about 10 hours daily on digital devices and goes on monthly work trips to Europe.
These are all possible risk factors for headaches. The heavy usage of digital devices will cause tension to build up in various parts of the body, especially the neck muscles.
Headaches are prevalent among professionals who often travel across different time zones. This is due to the lack of rest and the high altitude experienced.
Mrs Chong was treated with painkillers and hypertension medications. As a precaution, I arranged a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, which can detect a variety of brain conditions.