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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How One Particular Physiotherapy Technique Helps to Manage Migraines.

July 21, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

How a Migraine Sufferer benefited from the Manchester University’s Migraine Trial using the ‘Watson Headache Approach’

“I was really stuck in a rut. I couldn’t do anything without inducing a headache,” says Ms Lord, who also suffered from a stiff neck and describes having a ‘fuzzy head’ most of the time.

That was until she was invited to take part in the UK’s first study to identify whether one particular physiotherapy technique could help to manage migraines (see Building the evidence base,).

Having completed a patient diary and screening to rule out other possible causes of headache, Ms Lord was offered a series of six physiotherapy treatments. She says: “I felt a difference from the first treatment. I’m on my fifth now and with each one my headaches have been getting better… I still get the odd one, but now I can run and play with the kids.”

She is aware of other effects too. “I feel like I’ve had a spring clean in my head. Colours are really vibrant, and when I went shopping the other day I noticed that I wasn’t getting confused,” she says.

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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A Breakthrough in Treating Headache and Migraine

July 20, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

How a UK based Physiotherapist, Jayne Davies, has helped headache and migraine sufferers using the ‘Watson Headache Approach’.

Physiotherapist Jayne Davies finds it frustrating that physiotherapy for headaches does not get the publicity it deserves. Ms Davies works in both the NHS and privately, and has trained in a variety of techniques for treating headaches.

She says a breakthrough only occurred in her work after taking Dean Watson’s course, and she is now an assistant teacher on the UK courses. “It’s quite amazing. I’ve had a lot of patients who have had migraines for years and they have gone completely after using Dean Watson’s treatment, although this doesn’t happen for everyone.”

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
© 2009 & Beyond. Watson Headache Institute, All Rights Reserved.