The Approach, Headache and Migraine Clinic Auckland

The Approach

The Approach, Headache and Migraine Clinic Auckland

There are reported to be over 300 different types of headaches and migraines - cluster headaches, tension headaches, menstrual migraine, migraines with or without aura, just to name a few.

Headaches and migraines can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Until recent times, treatment has largely been reliant on medication to relieve symptoms. Now there is an internationally-renowned, drug-free solution that is clinically proven to relieve symptoms of headaches and migraines.

Dean H Watson, a renowned Australian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, has determined that many headaches and migraines are caused by an over sensitised brain stem, and that careful assessment and treatment of the upper neck will desensitise the brain stem resulting in long-term relief from migraine or headache symptoms.

The team at Auckland's new Headache & Migraine Clinic have specific training in this approach, and are backed by years of physiotherapy experience.

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How it works...

If your headache and migraine is coming from your neck, it will be coming from the top three vertebrae. Disorders in the top three vertebrae of your neck can cause an overloaded or sensitised brain stem. Your brain stem is located at the top of your spinal cord and is the connection between your brain and your spinal cord. When the brain stem is sensitised it can result in head pain or migraines.

We focus on the upper joints of your neck, gently stressing or moving these segments. During your initial assessment, your migraine pain will be temporarily reproduced, followed by a rapid easing of the pain. Be assured that your migraine pain will be immediately resolved once the technique is ceased.

Gentle manual therapy techniques are used to restore movement and function to the top three vertebrae of your neck. Treatment does not involve any 'clicking' or 'cracking' of the neck.

This treatment is the only manual therapy approach clinically proven to desensitise a sensitised brain stem. Importantly, you are in control during all stages of assessment and treatment.

Can any health professional assess and treat my neck?

The Watson Headache® Approach has been developed and refined over twenty years of clinical practise, research and treatment of over 8,000 migraine and headache patients. Only physiotherapists trained in the Watson Headache® Approach can deliver this treatment.

Does the treatment work for everyone?

Your neck is highly likely to be the cause of your headaches or migraines so our manual therapy technique could help you. Your initial assessment will determine if your neck is the source of your head pain. If so, our approach is likely to provide you with long-term relief from the symptoms of your headache or migraine.

The approach is effective - over 80% of patients report an 80% reduction in migraine symptoms within the first 4 to 5 sessions, even if they had been suffering from migraine headaches for years.

The technique receives positive coverage by the media, and is seen as a promising alternative to using powerful medication to manage the symptoms of migraine headaches. A world first clinical trial is being carried out in Australia. Take a look at this news report by Australia's 9 News »