Trina started her professional career with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major one in Kinesiology, and the other in Neuropsychology from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
She then had a career in cardiac rehabilitation and with patients that had suffered a traumatic brain injury. After a holiday in Australia, Trina decided to escape the cold and emigrated to the sunshine state, where she completed a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies degree at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Trina has actively pursued her professional development attending courses on the cervical and thoracic spine, and most importantly the Level 3 Watson Headache Certified Practitioner program. Trina is currently a senior clinician at the Headache and Pain Management Centre and Sandgate Physical Health Clinic in Brisbane. In her spare time she enjoys sipping red wine and doing handstands, although not at the same time.
At our symposium, 'Turning Primary Headache Upside Down’ Milan, Italy 4th and 5th May, 2018 Trina will present: 'The patient is disadvantaged if their practitioner is hijacked by Yellow Flags: Yellow Flags… the ‘sideshow’ not the primary attraction’.
Trina will present this topic as a case study and will take us through the journey of a mismanaged migrainous patient (and her desperate husband). Initially, practitioners could easily have been hijacked by ‘Yellow Flags’, potentially leading to even more disastrous consequences... deepening the crisis the patient was in.
This presentation also reinforces how the life of a chronic migraineur impacts significantly on those nearest and dearest (it wouldn’t surprise me if her husband is undergoing treatment for anger management!). Take a deep breath - this is a powerful and moving story... (bring some tissues!).
This will be followed by a review of the current literature in relation to Yellow Flags and headache.
I am delighted also that Trina has agreed to lead (assisted by colleagues) one of concurrent workshops: C2, the ‘Face’ of the C2-3 Segment: the Art (and Science) of Assessing the Position of C2'.
The C2-3 segment is a transitional segment i.e. the segment that transfers a set of (Occiput - C2) biomechanical behaviours to a completely different pattern (C2-3 and distally). This is a big ask of one segment! The C2-3 segment is subjected to duress that no other segment (L5-S1 might be an exception) has to deal with. No wonder it is considered the foundation of headache and migraine.
The position of C2 is a direct indication of what is happening immediately below it i.e. the C2-3 segment; C2 is literally the ‘face’ of the C2-3 segment. In the vast majority of patients, C2 will be rotated contra laterally i.e. the C2 spinous process will be deviated to the side of, or, in the case of alternating headache, dominant side of headache / migraine. Interpreting this is crucial - it is the difference between a positive outcome and your patient not returning for their next appointment.
Ms Trina Morris will not only consolidate but also refine your assessment procedure. Those with no or limited experience of the Watson Headache Approach will learn how to correctly assess the rotation of C2, whilst those with intermediate or advanced training will consolidate their knowledge and take their manual skills to another level.
Looking forward to seeing you in Milano!
Dr Dean H Watson PhD (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist)