A Gradual Increase In The Frequency of Your Pain

April 16, 2010 by Dean Watson · Leave a Comment 

Has there been a gradual increase in frequency of your headache or migraine over the years?

If yes, this is a clear indicator that your neck is involved.

A gradual (as distinct from a sudden, recent) increase in frequency indicates that a neck disorder (usually stiffness of one or more of then top three spinal segments) is worsening and results in a gradual increase in frequency in headache or migraine over the years – sometimes to become continuous – a constant headache! A gradual increase in frequency in headache or migraine over the years suggests very strongly that your neck is the source of your headache or migraine.

However that’s not to say if there hasn’t been an increase in the frequency of your headache or migraine over the years then your neck is not involved.

The other change that often accompanies a gradual increase in frequency is that over the years you are needing to take stronger (as the one you are taking is having less and less of an effect) and stronger medication – this is another indication that your headache or migraine is the result of a worsening neck disorder.

To Summarise & Steps to Finding a Practitioner

So to summarise, if your headache or migraine is one sided and can occur on either side, or can swap sides within the same episode; if your headache or migraine is preceded or accompanied by neck stiffness, pain or discomfort; and if your headache or migraine has gradually increased in frequency over the years, there is a strong probability that your headache or migraine is coming from a neck disorder. But the final confirmation is temporary reproduction and lessening of familiar head pain when we examine your neck. This is a key to diagnosing neck related or cervicogenic headache.

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About Dean Watson
Consultant Headache & Migraine Physiotherapist; International Teacher; Director, The Headache Clinic & Watson Headache Institute; PhD Candidate Murdoch University, Western Australia; Adjunct Lecturer, Masters Program, Physiotherapy School, University of South Australia; MAppSc(Res) GradDipAdvManipTher Experienced health practitioners trained in the Watson Headache Approach perform the examination and treatment techniques developed by Dean Watson. These techniques are based on his extensive experience of 7000 headache patients (21,000 hours) over 21 years and are now taught internationally. For your nearest practitioner who has completed training in the ‘Watson Headache Approach’ please refer to the ‘Practitioner Directory’.

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