Headache and Migraine Causes

August 25, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

The recent research has shown convincingly that migraine and headache is underpinned by sensitisation of the brainstem or central sensitisation.

One of the potential sources of senstisation of the brainstem is abnormal information from a disorders of structures within the head, structures which are supplied by the trigeminal nerve. It is then interesting to find that headache persists after blocking information carried by the trigeminal nerve. This clearly demonstrates that headache or migraine can come from other sources, for example neck disorders, and that the triptans act on structures other than in the head to ease headache or migraine … a sensitised brainstem … sensitised from another source … perhaps a neck disorder?

This can be easily confirmed by a skilled examination of the upper neck structures.



(Matharu MS, Goadsby PJ. Persistence of attacks of cluster headache after trigeminal nerve root resection. Brain 2002;125(pt5):976-984)

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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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