Headache Treatment


Headache Physiotherapy Treatment

A Physiotherapist Performing Headache Treatment

Do you suffer from tension headaches and debilitating migraines that interrupt your life and leave you in a world of pain? The World Health Organisation reports that “at least 1 in 20 people suffer from some form of headache every day.”

There are many different types of headaches, however Tension headaches and migraines are the most common.

Common Causes of Headaches and Migraines: It’s All in Your Neck

Headaches present in many different forms including, tension headaches often caused by muscle tightness and migraine often caused by neck dysfunction.  These headaches can affect various parts of the head and eyes.

Headaches or migraines caused by problems in the neck are often referred to as Cervicogenic Headache. 

This is usually due to:

  • Dysfunctional movement of the upper three vertebrae of the neck
  • Increased sensitivity of the nervous system at the base of the skull

How We Can Help: The Dean Watson Headache Treatment

At Power Physiotherapy, we have been successfully treating and managing pain from headaches, migraines and whiplash headaches using the Dean Watson approach. Watson is a world-renowned physiotherapist and head of the Headache Institute who focusses only in headache treatment.

How Does the Technique Work?

The aim of this technique is to temporarily reproduce the headache, followed by a rapid easing of the headache. The manual technique is safe and gentle and it involves a sustained movement of the upper joints of the neck. It doesn’t involve any manipulation or “cracking” of the neck.

While you may be concerned about reproducing the headache, this is an important step because it confirms the specific dysfunctional upper neck segment that is causing the headache. It also desensitises the nervous system.

Number of Treatments Required

Most patients experience a reduction in symptoms after 5 treatments, during which time we will teach you the technique for self-management. Managing the pain on your own is an essential part of reducing reoccurrences. We’ll teach you specific exercises for headache relief that relate directly to improving the mobility of the upper vertebrae of the neck.

Before and after Seeing a Physio

If you are experiencing headaches and migraines, here are some steps you should follow to look after yourself both before and after you see the physio.

  • First see your GP to rule out any serious health issues that may cause a headache
  • Have a physiotherapy assessment with a thorough neck examination to determine if your headache is neck related
  • Concentrate on good posture
  • Implement preventative measures including sleeping enough, eating well, drinking lots of water, reducing caffeine and alcohol intake, and minimising stress

CTA: There may be a simple solution to your headache. Contact us for a solution to your tension headaches and migraines.

Opening Hours

Monday08:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday08:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday08:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday08:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday08:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday08:00 am - 12:00 pm

Contact Info

Unit 4, 734 Karrinyup Road Stirling WA 6021

P: (08) 9440 6125
F: (08) 9440 6126
E: pphysio@iinet.net.au

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