How One Particular Physiotherapy Technique Helps to Manage Migraines.

July 21, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

How a Migraine Sufferer benefited from the Manchester University’s Migraine Trial using the ‘Watson Headache Approach’

“I was really stuck in a rut. I couldn’t do anything without inducing a headache,” says Ms Lord, who also suffered from a stiff neck and describes having a ‘fuzzy head’ most of the time.

That was until she was invited to take part in the UK’s first study to identify whether one particular physiotherapy technique could help to manage migraines (see Building the evidence base,).

Having completed a patient diary and screening to rule out other possible causes of headache, Ms Lord was offered a series of six physiotherapy treatments. She says: “I felt a difference from the first treatment. I’m on my fifth now and with each one my headaches have been getting better… I still get the odd one, but now I can run and play with the kids.”

She is aware of other effects too. “I feel like I’ve had a spring clean in my head. Colours are really vibrant, and when I went shopping the other day I noticed that I wasn’t getting confused,” she says.

Quoted in Frontline Magazine, Issue 17th June 2009, the official journal of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the United Kingdom, Titled “When Headache is a Pain the Neck” by Louise Hunt.

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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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