Cluster Headache Eased By Treating Cervicogenic (Neck) Disorders

September 17, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Cluster Headache is a severe, nasty, form of headache

Cluster Headache is a severe, nasty, form of headache

Cluster Headache is a very severe, nasty, form of headache which is often unresponsive to traditional (typically medication) treatments.

My clinical experience (examining the upper neck) comprising temporary reproduction of headache and also of the associated features i.e. watery eye, blocked, congested or runny nostril, and subsequent successful treatment, suggests that cervicogenic disorders can be responsible for this debilitating type of headache.

Cluster headache sufferers who either could not tolerate the side effects of the medication or their headaches were not responsive to medication, responded to blocking information from structures (joints, ligaments, muscles etc) of the upper neck. These studies support my clinical experience and my claim that the upper necks of cluster headache sufferers should be examined for relevant disorders.



(Gaul C, Muller O, Gasser T, Diener H-C, Katsarava Z. Bilateral occipital nerve stimulation for chronic cluster headache. Cephalalgia 2009;29 (Suppl. 1):1–166

Lara Lara M, Paz Solis J, Ortega-Casarubios MA, Palao , Tarrero A, Heredero J, Diez-Tejedor E. Occipital nerve stimulacion: is peripheral approach effective in cluster headache? Cephalalgia 2009;29 (Suppl. 1):1–166)

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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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