All ‘Smartheads’ When The Head Is Someone Else's
What does it mean to apply the Evidence Based Model (EBM) when treating a patient with a headache disorder? While everyone should be familiar with the theory, this latter is not always harnessed in the course of clinical practice.
The biggest, quite frequent approximation mistake related to EBM is its eventual reduction to: ‘What does the literature say?’ But EBM is much more than that: it is the critical application of the product of knowledge, in the light of the patient’s experiences as well as the clinician’s personal and professional characteristics.
What does it mean to not apply the EMB model when treating a patient with a headache disorder? Being a migraineur herself, Claudia has had the misfortune to run into several erroneous variations of the model. Just as, and being a manual therapist, Claudia has been keen enough to appreciate its applicability in its comforting entirety.
With practical examples, anecdotal experiences and bibliographical references Claudia will guide us along a virtual journey that contemplates the different levels of EBM, dismantling each level into its individual components (patient, clinician, science) and then putting them back together to form a great, symphonic whole.
After graduating in Motor Sciences and Physical Therapy, Claudia went on to extend her knowledge in Manual Therapy and Therapeutic Exercise. She soon began to take on training assignments and was invited to speak at several national and international conferences.
Among the many training courses Claudia has attended, she completed the Certificate in Manual Therapy at Curtin University as well as the four-year Master in Manual Therapy in Milan. Claudia also attended a DMT program (Doctor in Manual Therapy) in the USA and is currently completing a Master’s in Manual Therapy at Bologna University.
Claudia has always been self-employed, treating patients with neuromusculoskeletal problems. She has also had several years of experience in elite sports as a physical therapist and also an athletic trainer.
Whilst having been a Physical Therapist for 11 years, Claudia has suffered from migraine over the past 15 years. This combined experience resulted in Claudia being invited by Dr Dean Watson to be a speaker at the Second International Watson Headache® Institute Symposium. Claudia is passionate about sharing with Symposium participants her knowledge and experience in the migraine field, both as a patient and as a Manual Therapist.