The world’s first legally recognized cyborg has learned that his technological augmentation can be a real headache, both in a metaphorical and literal sense.
This shouldn’t be a surprise. After all, many new technologies–and even some old ones–can cause headaches and other pains.
A New Sense of Color
Neil Harbisson is the world’s first legally recognized cyborg. A native of Spain, he now lives in the UK, where he advocates for the rights of human-machine hybrids, even though he has few recognized compatriots. Harbisson has been recognized as a cyborg thanks to his antenna. The antenna isn’t there for radio or cell phone reception, it’s there for something that most of us take for granted every day.
The goal is to give him a unique sense of color. Harbisson is completely colorblind, but he doesn’t want to see colors. On the contrary, he is very aware of the benefits of his grayscale vision: the ability to see well at night, an ability to see further, and an ability to focus on shape without being distracted by color. Instead, he wanted to be able to feel color. The antenna wired to his brain allows him to sense colors from the infrared to the ultraviolet and get a physical sensation in his brain.
Unfortunately, this sometimes also leads to headache. He jokes that these “antenna aches” don’t have dedicated medication, so he just takes headache pills.
Although it might be tempting to attribute Harbisson’s headaches to the extreme nature of his body modification, the truth is that many technologies have the potential to give us a headache.
Although looking at screens all day has become the norm, there are still many people who can’t do their work because of their disabling screen headaches. With these headaches, it’s important to separate true screen headaches from those caused by poor posture and other physical causes. That way you can tell how best to treat them.
Many people may seem like a cyborg because they’re inextricably attached to their cell phones, and these people are also at risk for headaches, especially those related to a condition that’s being called “text neck,” because it puts too much force on your neck thanks to the typical posture of standing with their head bent down to look at their phone.
Advanced Technology to Treat Headaches
Fortunately, technology doesn’t just cause headaches. It can be used to treat headaches, such as those caused by the jaw condition TMJ. Our neuromuscular dentistry approach depends on technology that can accurately gauge the tension in your muscles, track the precise motions of your jaw, and record the sounds of your jaw.
This scientific evidence forms the basis of a scientific diagnosis for your TMJ, which can lead to a scientific treatment plan that can give real, long-term relief for many people who haven’t been able to find relief elsewhere from a doctor, chiropractor, or other healthcare provider.