We Help You Understand the Role of Disorders of the Upper Neck in Cervicogenic and Primary Headache

Dr Dean Watson PhD Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

We Help You Understand the Role of Disorders of the Upper Neck in Cervicogenic and Primary Headache

Dr Dean Watson PhD Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

We Help You Understand the Role of Disorders of the Upper Neck in Cervicogenic and Primary Headache

Dr Dean Watson PhD Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Welcome to the Watson Headache® Clinic and Watson Headache® Institute

Watson Headache® is an evidence-informed perspective and the Watson Headache® Approach is evidence-informed practice when considering the role of the neck in Cervicogenic and Primary Headache

My vision is that a skilled examination of the upper cervical spine becomes accepted universally as integral when investigating the source of headache and migraine (and other conditions in which the underlying disorder is a sensitised brainstem).

Watson Headache®
Clinic

Using the Watson Headache® Approach to confirm or rule out disorders of your upper neck as contributing to or causing your headache or migraine and related conditions.

Living with Headache, Migraine or Related Conditions?

Watson Headache®
Institute

Learn how to address a previously unrecognised pattern of musculoskeletal misbehaviour in the upper cervical spine using the Watson Headache® Approach.

managing Headache, Migraine Or Related Conditions?

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For You If Are You Living With Headache, Migraine or Related Conditions?
For You If You Are a Health Professional Managing Headache, Migraine, or Related Conditions?
For You If You Are Looking for a Watson Headache® Trained Practitioner?

If you don’t know where to start and need help, here is some important information about Primary, Secondary and Cervicogenic Headache.

Headache Classification

Primary Headache

Primary Headache is a bit of a mystery. These headaches occur without any identifiable underlying cause. This leaves us to wonder why they happen in the first place.

Secondary Headache

Secondary Headache results from an underlying and identifiable condition such as a disease, infection, or structural anatomical abnormality in the spine or head.

 

cervicogenic Headache

Cervicogenic Headache is a type of headache that has its origins in problems with the upper cervical (neck) spine, which can occur with or without neck pain.

Note: Cervicogenic Headache is classified as a Secondary Headache. 

Irrespective of your diagnosis, if your headache is one-sided and can occur exclusively on either side, between episodes or within the same episode, this confirms cervicogenic headache.

Primary Headache includes:

These are just a few examples of primary headache types, and there are other less common types and subtypes. It’s important to note that the diagnosis and treatment of primary headaches should be done by a qualified healthcare professional. Furthermore, given that the cause is unknown, a skilled examination of the upper neck is advisable.

Related Conditions are those that commonly occur with headache or migraine. These include but are not limited to the following:

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
Central Sleep Apnea
Vasovagal episodes (including syncope)
Post-concussion Syndrome (headache is the predominant symptom)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Advocating for Cervicogenic Headache and the role of disorders in the upper neck in Primary Headache and related conditions.

Philosophy

We believe dysfunction of the upper neck plays a crucial role not only in Cervicogenic Headache but also in Primary Headache, unless evidence suggests otherwise.

Mission

We are dedicated to promoting the widespread recognition of the high prevalence of Cervicogenic Headache and the causal involvement of upper neck disorders in Primary Headache.

Vision

We envision a future in which a comprehensive, skilled manual examination of the upper cervical spine becomes a credible, routine diagnostic step when investigating primary headache conditions.   

Watson Headache® Institute Courses

In-Person Courses

Located in Adelaide South Australia

Please Note: The Watson Headache® Institute courses are only open to those holding a Tertiary Qualification in, and Professional Registration to practice as a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath or Manual Therapy Doctor.

Level 1 Foundation Course
3 Day In-Person

Pre-requisite to the Consolidation Course after a minimum of 3 – 6 months of clinical practice.

Level 2 Consolidation Course
3 Day In-Person

Pre-requisite: Completion Foundation and a minimum of 3 – 6 months of clinical practice since.

Level 3 Certification Course
4 Day In-Person

Pre-requisite: Completion Consolidation course and a minimum of 3 – 6 months of clinical practice since.

Online Course

Level 1 Foundation Course Online
8 Modules Plus Access to
3 Months Access to Live Streaming In-Person Q&A Sessions

Please Note: The Watson Headache® Institute courses are only open to those holding a Tertiary Qualification in, and Professional Registration to practice as a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath or Manual Medicine Doctor.

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