Dr Dean Watson PhD (APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist)
Advancing the Role of Cervical Afferents In Primary Headache
For Individuals Experiencing and Health Professionals Managing Headache and Migraine
Dr Dean Watson PhD, Founder of the Watson Headache® Approach,
consults at the Watson Headache® Clinic and also presents educational programs,
nationally and internationally, for the Watson Headache® Institute.
... is that a skilled examination of the upper neck is genuinely accepted as a legitimate, routine practice when investigating headache and migraine conditions. Dean is the Founder of the Watson Headache® Approach which is now recognised internationally for its unparalleled diagnostic accuracy and uncomplicated innovative clinical reasoning.
Dr Dean Watson PhD, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, graduated in 1976 with Dip Tech Physio, subsequently with Grad Dip Adv Manip Ther (Hons), Master Manip Ther (University of South Australia), culminating with a PhD in 2017 from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.
Dean’s PhD investigated the role of cervical afferents in migraine, which for the first time demonstrated a manual cervical intervention (the Watson Headache® Approach) ameliorating the underlying disorder in migraine.
Since 1990, Dean has treated headache and migraine conditions exclusively, accumulating over 33000 hours of clinical experience with over 8500 patients. From this experience the Watson Headache® Approach has evolved. Dean has taught and presented internationally on numerous occasions since 1997, the Approach having been taught to over 4000 practitioners in 25 countries.
Dean has published in Cephalalgia and Headache, the premier, peer reviewed headache publications. He remains an active clinician, researcher, educationalist, and author. Dean is currently an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia.