Migraine Aura Eliminated by Blocking the Greater Occipital Nerve

August 10, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Neck disorders can be significant in the headache and migraine process

Neck disorders can be significant in the headache and migraine process

Not only can the pain of migraine be relieved by injecting the greater occipital nerve but also the aura.

In two patients with hemiplegic migraine their aura symptoms were completely stopped within 5 minutes and without the usual following headache.

Interestingly this is very similar to my clinical experience. I have had the opportunity to treat two patients within 5 minutes of an (visual) aura starting. Within 5 minutes of mobilising their upper cervical spine, their auras had stopped and in both patients, the headache that usually follows did not happen.

This provides further support that neck disorders can be significant in the headache and migraine process.



(Rozen T. Cessation of Hemiplegic Migraine Auras With Greater Occipital Nerve Blockade. Headache 2007;47:917-919)

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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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