Migraine: To Treat or Not To Treat – The Dilemma!

October 5, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

….. this was the title of my second presentation at the CRAFT Conference in Nuremberg.

The traditional medical model is largely dismissive of the role of neck disorders in the migraine process. However my clinical experience of over 21000 hours with headache and migraine sufferers contradicts this view.

Now I do not expect people to accept my perspective without question but when the reply I get is:

“Well we don’t know where migraine comes from or what it is, but it can’t come from the neck.”

I get a just a little frustrated ….. think about this for a minute ….. if you don’t know where something is coming from you cannot say it does not come from the neck!

My reply is:

“Can you show me it doesn’t come from the neck?”

….. which of course they can’t.

In this presentation I put forward the evidence, the research (of which there is plenty), which shows quite clearly that neck disorders can be the key to the migraine process and how we as physiotherapists can identify this.



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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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