One Sided Headache or Migraine Pain

April 16, 2010 by Dean Watson · Leave a Comment 

Is your headache or migraine one sided?

If yes, is it always on the same side or can it swap sides?

For example, if your headache or migraine is on the right on one occasion, can it be on the left on the next occasion?

Or does it swap sides within the same headache or migraine episode?

If your headache or migraine swaps sides it is your neck and not only that it indicates that it is likely to be a subtle disturbance of the disc between the second and third vertebrae (C2-3 segment) that is at fault.

However, even if your headache is one sided and doesn’t change sides, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that your neck is involved.

Based on my clinical observations of over 21,000 hours with headache and migraine sufferers, if your headache is one sided and it can swap sides between episodes, or within the same episode then it is clearly your neck.

Of this I am in no doubt!

To Summarise & Steps to Finding a Practitioner

So to summarise, if your headache or migraine is one sided and can occur on either side, or can swap sides within the same episode; if your headache or migraine is preceded or accompanied by neck stiffness, pain or discomfort; and if your headache or migraine has gradually increased in frequency over the years, there is a strong probability that your headache or migraine is coming from a neck disorder. But the final confirmation is temporary reproduction and lessening of familiar head pain when we examine your neck. This is a key to diagnosing neck related or cervicogenic headache.

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About Dean Watson
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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