Watson Headache® Institute
Educating About the Role of Neck Disorders in Headache and Migraine
For Individuals Living With and Health Professionals Managing Headache and Migraine
Watson Headache® Institute has provided education for individuals and delivered continuing professional development programs (on/offline courses and symposia) to health professionals (manual therapists) in over 25 countries.
Watson Headache® Institute
Educating the public and health professionals about, and advocating for, the role of neck disorders in Headache and Migraine is the primary role of the Watson Headache® Institute. On behalf of the Institute I have been teaching and presenting internationally to health professionals and the public since the mid-nineties.
The Watson Headache® Institute is recognised as the premier international training organisation for assessment and treatment of the upper cervical spine (neck) in Headache and Migraine conditions – the Watson Headache® Approach.
The Watson Headache Institute was established to increase the awareness of cervicogenic (neck) disorders in headache and migraine by imparting my (and that of others) clinical experience and knowledge; to present and discuss past and present relevant research and to undertake and support rigorous clinical and scientific research in this specialty.
Appropriate and up-to-date knowledge is self-empowering; I believe that every headache sufferer has the right to know their headache diagnosis as precisely as possible (and what it means), to know the nature of their headache disorder, its outcome and possible types of treatment.
What has yet to gain acceptance is my (and that of others) belief, supported by my unparalleled clinical experience and a significant body of international research, that it is incorrect to consider headache and migraine types as totally different entities and that cervicogenic (neck) disorders can be instrumental in the headache and migraine process.
Although Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Osteopathy are different disciplines, we are supporters of the idea that headache and migraine sufferers, no matter what their diagnosis, can be helped to live their lives more effectively through appropriate treatment of relevant neck disorders. However, because treatment of the neck does not fit the medical model of headache and migraine, the model has demonstrated little interest in exploring this as an option. It is essential that all factors, which have the potential to sensitise the brainstem, be investigated equally. Currently this is not the situation – the neck is largely disregarded.
So, whilst Your Headache Solutions is also about Education, it is also a directory for headache and migraine sufferers to source practitioners who have advanced skills in the examination of the neck as a source of your headache or migraine – to create a more comprehensive approach as well as provide an alternative, medication-free approach.