A Treatment Technique for Migraine Sufferers

July 22, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

How Clinical Research Physiotherapist, Dr Ian Davidson at Manchester University, is leading a clinical trial testing the effectiveness of fellow Physiotherapist Dean Watson’s treatment technique for migraine sufferers.

The study, which began recruiting in April 2007, is being carried out in three private physiotherapy practices in the northwest (two in Lancashire and one in Cheshire). The study was awarded £95,000 by Physio First through its charitable trust, the Private Physiotherapy Educational Foundation.

Patients have been recruited through the Migraine Action Association, local universities and GPs. Dr Davidson says around 90 are needed to complete the trial and 76 have been recruited so far, adding that a high attrition rate has made progress difficult. ‘We are about a year and a half away from completing,’ he says.

Patients are screened and asked to complete a diary before being referred for six physiotherapy sessions based on Mr Watson’s technique. ‘I hope the study does help towards developing an evidence base for headache physiotherapy,’ says Dr Davidson, adding: ‘I would hope from this trial I would be able to put in a proposal for a larger national trial.’

Quoted in Frontline Magazine, Issue 17th June 2009, the official journal of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the United Kingdom, Titled “When Headache is a Pain the Neck” by Louise Hunt.

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About dean
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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