Welcome to Watson Headache®
If you don’t know where to start, and need some help, we confirm or rule out the neck as a cause in Cervicogenic and Primary Headache.
Here is some important information for you as you get underway.
These include: Tension Headache (TTHs); Migraine Headache (with or without aura), as well as vestibular migraine, hemiplegic migraine, menstrual migraine; Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias (TACs) which include cluster headache, paroxysmal hemicrania, and SUNCT, an acronym for short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival tearing; New Daily Persistent Headache (Chronic Headache).
Do You Live With Headache?
Watson Headache® Clinic
If you, a family member, friend or colleague are living with headache or migraine, it is likely that you also experience neck symptoms (discomfort, stiffness) before and/or during a headache or migraine episode.
Are You A Health Professional?
Watson Headache® Institute
As a health professional, those living with headache or migraine who seek your expertise are likely to be experiencing neck symptoms (discomfort, stiffness) before and/or during an episode.
Looking For a Practitioner?
Watson Headache® Institute educates Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths in the Watson Headache® Approach as part of their continuing professional development requirements.
How Do We Help?
Watson Headache® Approach
The Approach is medication and radiation free, non invasive (no injections) and comprises a series on non manipulative (‘no cracking’) techniques applied in a systematic way.
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).
Dr Dean Watson PhD (APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist)
Clinical experience supporting those living with a headache or migraine condition
Teaching internationally about cervical afferents in cervicogenic and primary headache
Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, and Chiropractors from varying countries have attended Institute Courses
Supporting You With A Powerful Alternative
to Ongoing Medication
Watson Headache® advocates for the role of neck disorders in headache and migraine, by raising the awareness of cervical afferents (neck input) and thereby redressing current medical perspectives that the neck does not play a causal role.
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Watson Headache® Approach is a sequence of manual therapy techniques and innovative clinical reasoning, identifying and managing relevant neck disorders not only in cervicogenic headache but also in primary headache.
Dr Dean Watson PhD, APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, consults at the Watson Headache® Clinic and also presents educational programs, nationally and internationally, for the Watson Headache® Institute.
Supporting You By Managing Neck Disorders
in Cervicogenic and Primary Headache
Now recognised nationally and internationally, the Watson Headache® Clinic, established in 1991, was the first dedicated headache clinic in Australia focusing on the management of neck disorders in headache and migraine.
How We Help...
The Watson Headache® Approach is a credible, alternative to pharmaceutical management and confirms or rules out relevant neck disorders as a sensitising source of the brainstem (the cause) of headache and migraine.
What We Do...
Increasingly, those experiencing headache and migraine, along with health professionals, reach out to find a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath and Manual Therapy Doctor who have attended an Institute course.
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Supporting You By Educating About The Role Cervical Afferents
in Cervicogenic and Primary Headache
Watson Headache® Institute has provided education for individuals along with delivering continuing professional development programs (on/offline courses and symposia) to health professionals (manual therapists) in over 25 countries.
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Programs and courses are designed to inform individuals living with, and health professionals managing headache and migraine, about the role of cervical afferents in cervicogenic and primary headache and the Watson Headache® Approach.
Watson Headache® Membership provides access to collegiate discussion, complimentary and paid resources, programs and events for national and international manual therapists who have attended Institute courses.