Summary of the Watson Headache Institute

September 12, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

The Watson Headache Institute was established to increase the awareness of cervicogenic (neck) disorders in headache and migraine by:

imparting my (and that of others) clinical experience and knowledge


undertaking and supporting rigorous clinical and scientific research in this specialty (I am currently a PhD Candidate investigating the role of cervicogenic dysfunction in the mechanism of migraine at Murdoch University, Western Australia).


in determining whether or not a neck (cervicogenic) disorder is the cause of or a significant contributing factor to headache or migraine.

It is recognised

that neck (cervicogenic) dysfunction is significantly underestimated

that a neck (cervicogenic) dysfunction can be the cause of various forms of headache and migraine.

that the necks of all (primary) headache and migraine sufferers should be examined

To this end it is my objective to pass on this experience to my colleagues and headache and migraine sufferers


it is irresponsible to treat irrelevant cervicogenic (neck) dysfunction in migraine and headache conditions.


given that the causes of migraine and tension headache are not clear, the advances in our knowledge of pain mechanisms and the not insignificant body research supporting cervicogenic factors as key players in the headache and migraine processes,

it is also irresponsible NOT to examine the necks of headache sufferers irrespective of the diagnosis.



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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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