Is your job giving you a headache?

Is your job giving you a headache?

No matter how much you ‘love’ your job, there’s always the possibility of an approaching headache or migraine…

By Candice Jackson | 22nd May 2015

Come on, admit it, your job (at least some of the time) gives you a headache, right?

While we can’t help you fix your relationship with the boss from hell, deal with the stress of looming deadlines or socialising with an annoying colleague, there are a few aspects within your control that can be done to minimise headaches and migraines during work hours.

We spoke with Bertrand Doeuk from Brisbane Headache & Migraine Clinic about jobs that are more susceptible to headaches and migraines, revealing office bound and computer based roles were top of the list.

“ This type of work increases the prevalence and risk of headaches and migraines, as most work stations have not been individually assessed and measured for each person,” Bertrand says.

Bertrand says the wrong chair height, table height and most importantly, computer screen height can all trigger bad posture and irritation of the brainstem. He says all of these workplace elements should be measured specifically for each individual.

However, it’s not always the workstation in the wrong, as workers generally sit in slumped or poor positions on the chairs, which puts incredible strain to the neck and brainstem.

Bertrand says over time, having the head slumped forwards will irritate and sensitise the brainstem, which can magnify the severity of headaches and migraines.

Having a sensitised brainstem also increases the risk of further headaches and migraines, which can become unbearable when paired with the other workplace headaches mentioned at the start of the article (we suggest deep breaths and big smiles for those ones).

Below are some tips for the headaches and migraines experienced at work that can be managed.

3 tips to work headache and migraine free

  1. Avoid sitting with a slouched posture
  2. When looking down to work, tuck your chin back and look down with your eyes rather than your head to keep good posture.
  3. Your eye line should be one third (1/3) of the way down from the top of the computer screen.

Is your job giving you headaches and migraines? It may be time to have your posture and brainstem checked to stop your headaches once and for all.

Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic
47 Pinelands Road, Sunnybank Hills | 485 Boundary Street, Spring Hill
P 1800 HEADACHE (1800 4323 2243)

Just a quick note: This post is sponsored, but we only write about things we reckon you’ll think are awesome. We’re all about sharing the love here at Style, and it’s the love from sponsors that helps make that happen. Thanks for the workplace headache and migraine tips Brisbane Headache & Migraine Clinic.


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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.


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