Kerstin trained as a physiotherapist in Hamburg, Germany and completed her academic training in Sheffield (MSc) and Birmingham (PhD) in the UK. She is currently professor for physiotherapy at the University of Luebeck.
Kerstin’s research interest is focused on pain mechanisms in general and more specifically on the role of physiotherapy for the management of primary headaches.
Most of her research on headaches is related to her work in the headache clinic at the University Hospital in Hamburg (Prof. Dr. Arne May).
Kerstin’s research experience, valuable publications (for some, see below) and clinical experience is uncommon in the primary headache area. This places Kerstin in a preeminent position to present on: ‘Treating the Upper Cervical Spine in Primary Headache - an Option or Not?’ at our symposium: ‘Turning Primary Headache Upside Down’ Milan, Italy 4th and 5th May, 2018.
Needless to say, Kerstin’s presentation will address the very core of the symposium and will likely lead to discussion around how best to educate the medical model on the potential role of upper cervical manual therapy in primary headache… I will be in the front row!
See you in Milano!
Dr Dean H Watson PhD (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist)
(Luedtke K et al. Musculoskeletal dysfunction in migraine patients. Cephalalgia. 2017 Jan 1 [Epub ahead of print]; Luedtke K, May A. Stratifying migraine patients based on dynamic pain provocation over the upper cervical spine . The Journal of Headache and Pain (2017) 18:97; Luedtke K et al, International consensus on the most useful physical examination tests used by physiotherapists for patients with headache: A Delphi study Manual Therapy, 2016 June, Volume 23, Pages 17–24; Luedtke K et al, Efficacy of interventions used by physiotherapists in headache and migraine – systematic review and meta-analysis Cephalalgia, 2015 Jul 30)