Diagnosing Headache and Migraine – Is It Useful?

July 18, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Diagnosing headache and migraine provides a label – that is all.

Evidence is mounting to support the concept that headache and migraine originates from a single condition – sensitisation of the brainstem – and that the various types of headache and migraine are different presentations of this condition.

What is more important than a diagnosis is to determine the cause of the sensitisation and then address this.

Case reports demonstrating relief of migraine (and cluster headache) symptoms after blocking or suppressing (abnormal) information from the upper neck, clearly indicate that neck disorders are capable of sensitising the trigemino-cervical nucleus (brainstem) – this is easy to confirm or rule out – by having your neck examined by a practitioner experienced in assessment of the upper cervical spine.

Cheers

Dean

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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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