Persistent Headache is Common After a Minor Head or Concussive Injury

July 15, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Upper neck disorders found after injury

Upper neck disorders found after injury

Persistent headache is common after a minor head or concussive injury and is frequently put down to injury to structures within the head.

Research has supported the observation that injury to the neck can occur indirectly as a result of blows to the head. In a group of 12 patients suffering post-concussional headache, significant upper cervical joint disorders were found – this finding supports my clinical experience.

Examination of the upper cervical spine in persistent post-concussional headache is therefore warranted.

Cheers Dean

(Treleaven J, Jull G, Atkinson L. Cervical musculoskeletal dysfunction in post-concussional headache. Cephalalgia 1994;14:273-9)

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Headache and Migraine Treatment and the ‘Watson Headache Approach’

June 28, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Further to the article in ‘Frontline’ and in reference to the approach I have developed it is important to clarify that whilst my approach does include a series of techniques which restore movement and maintain natural posture of the upper cervical spine, and whilst they are powerful, they are a small part of what I have developed.

My clinical experience of over 21000 hours with headache and migraine sufferers has demonstrated that neck disorders, as the cause of sensitisation, are significantly underestimated in migraine, tension and cluster headache, menstrual migraine…. sufferers.

There are many ways to treating headache and migraine.  My approach is a powerful treatment tool if chosen by Practitioners. What I am primarily passionate about is that many of you are suffering unnecessarily because your necks have not been examined comprehensively and this is the main thrust of my approach.

It is about identifying whether your neck is the source of your headache or migraine before you commence treatment.

How much longer are we to accept the explanation that … “whilst we don’t know where migraine comes from it can’t come from neck disorders” … it is irresponsible, after other investigations have ruled out other causes, for the neck not to be examined. Information from the neck is one of four systems that has the potential to potential to sensitise the brainstem – the feature (sensitisation) that is evident in the common forms of headache and migraine.



(Hunt L. When headache is a pain in the neck. Frontline 2009 17 June; 22-25)

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