Identifying the Role of the Neck
in Headache and Migraine
Dr Dean Watson PhD; MAppSc(Res); GradDipAdvManipTher(Hons); DipTechPhty
APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Founder of the Watson Headache® Approach
Do you suffer from
Headache or Migraine ?
Watson Headache Clinic – Dean Watson Consulting
At Watson Headache, Dean Watson’s 25 years of experience is that you are one of 97 percent of those affected by headache and migraine who, despite scans and other tests, still don’t know the cause. We also know your relief when a skilled examination demonstrates beyond doubt that your neck is the reason for your headache or migraine.
Furthermore, skilful application of our Approach at the Watson Headache Clinic, using specific assessment and treatment techniques has been shown to reduce, if not end, within 4 to 5 sessions, the symptoms in the vast majority of those who have consulted us, even if their headache has been around for 20 years.
The Watson Headache Approach identifies a previously unrecognized clinical pattern. Not only does the Approach accurately determine the neck joints involved but experience has shown it to be effective for many different forms of headache or migraine. A skilful assessment by Dean may make the difference to your life and well being.
Despite substantial research demonstrating that disorders of the upper neck can be responsible for the underlying cause of headache and migraine, the chances are, and unfortunately, the diagnosis has disregarded this possibility.
And yet, current research has shown that temporary reproduction of usual head pain when examining structures of the upper neck, occurs in migraine and tension headache. This demonstrates upper cervical (neck) afferent involvement.
Reproduction of headache symptoms is considered essential to confirm neck involvement in headache and migraine. Certainly if this occurs, one becomes extremely suspicious, but there is a more powerful indicator.
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Watson Headache Institute – Dean Watson Educator and Mentor
Recent research has shown that the Watson Headache Approach significantly reduces the underlying and widely accepted disorder in primary headache conditions i.e. a ‘sensitized brainstem’. This is not just about ‘cervicogenic headache’.
Underpinning our Approach is the importance of the upper cervical afferents in primary headache, recognition of a previously unrecognized clinical pattern, a series of innovative techniques, and the importance of ‘reproduction and resolution’ of typical symptoms.
With this protocol you will assess, treat and manage headache and migraine safely and effectively. Using current research, you will confidently answer questions and educate about headache and migraine and the cause. Dean Watson presents internationally recognised Watson Headache Institute courses to health professionals wanting to make a difference in the lives of those with headache and or migraine.
Dean Watson Featured On Today Tonight
In an exclusive interview with Channel 7’s Today Tonight, Dean Watson reveals the most common cause of the headache and migraine.
Click the play button to watch. Find out how our Approach works and the research underpinning successful outcomes for headache and migraine sufferers.
“I think it makes sense that if you treat the neck and you treat the area that reproduces the headache you are actually treating the source of the headache rather than just trying to redress the symptoms of headache."
– Dr Julie Walters, Physiotherapy Lecturer, University South Australia
Source Interview: Channel 7 – Today Tonight
A Powerful Alternative to Ongoing Medication
Watson Headache Approach – Assessing the Role Of Cervical Afferents in Primary Headache
Dean Watson is a passionate advocate for the role of cervical disorders in primary headache. This has led to a method of assessment and treatment known as the Watson Headache Approach, which is now practiced in over 22 countries.
Realizing that for a skilled examination of the upper neck to become an accepted, routine course of action when investigating headache and migraine, Dean undertook a PhD research program. This pioneering research investigating relevancy of upper neck disorders in migraine, has demonstrated that skilful application of the Watson Headache Approach positively affects the underlying disorder in migraine.
It is essential that the Medical Model of Headache embrace the interaction between the upper neck and the fundamental disorder in headache and migraine conditions, that is, a ‘sensitized brainstem’. This will ensure those affected by headache or migraine are provided with an underestimated and powerful alternative to ongoing, and often increasing, medication.