Greater Occipital Nerve Blocks Relieve Migraine and Cluster Headache

August 11, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Another example of migraine headache being relieved within 30 seconds after injection of the greater occipital nerve.

Need I say more ….. just part of the overwhelming evidence for cervicogenic involvement in migraine …. but there is more!

Blocking the greater occipital nerve in 14 cluster headache patients substantially decreased their symptoms with the researchers suggesting that this procedure is a significant treatment option i.e. eliminating information from structures of the upper neck leads to relief from cluster headache …..



(Young WB et al. Greater Occipital Nerve and Other Anesthetic Injections for Primary Headache Disorders. Headache 2008;48:112-1125 : Peres MF. et al Greater occipital nerve blockade for cluster headache. Cephalalgia 2002;22:520-522)

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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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