June 5, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Although Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy are different disciplines, we are supporters of the idea that headache and migraine sufferers, no matter what their diagnoses, can be helped to live their lives more effectively through appropriate neck treatment. Because treatment of the does not fit the medical model of headache and migraine, the model has demonstrated little interest in exploring this as an option.

It is essential that all factors, which have the potential to sensitise the brainstem, be investigated equally.  Currently this is not the situation.

This directory aims to provide headache and migraine sufferers with practitioners who have a particular interest in and are skilled in examination of the neck as a source of your headache or migraine – to create a more comprehensive approach.  Be assured that if, on examination, no relevant disorders can be found, treatment will not be recommended.  Relevancy is determined by temporary reproduction and lessening of headache as the examination technique is sustained.



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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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