Headache and Migraine Treatment and the ‘Watson Headache Approach’

June 28, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Further to the article in ‘Frontline’ and in reference to the approach I have developed it is important to clarify that whilst my approach does include a series of techniques which restore movement and maintain natural posture of the upper cervical spine, and whilst they are powerful, they are a small part of what I have developed.

My clinical experience of over 21000 hours with headache and migraine sufferers has demonstrated that neck disorders, as the cause of sensitisation, are significantly underestimated in migraine, tension and cluster headache, menstrual migraine…. sufferers.

There are many ways to treating headache and migraine.  My approach is a powerful treatment tool if chosen by Practitioners. What I am primarily passionate about is that many of you are suffering unnecessarily because your necks have not been examined comprehensively and this is the main thrust of my approach.

It is about identifying whether your neck is the source of your headache or migraine before you commence treatment.

How much longer are we to accept the explanation that … “whilst we don’t know where migraine comes from it can’t come from neck disorders” … it is irresponsible, after other investigations have ruled out other causes, for the neck not to be examined. Information from the neck is one of four systems that has the potential to potential to sensitise the brainstem – the feature (sensitisation) that is evident in the common forms of headache and migraine.



(Hunt L. When headache is a pain in the neck. Frontline 2009 17 June; 22-25)

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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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