At Circular Quay Physio & Pilates, we have a special interest in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of migraine and headache disorders. In particular, we focus on the diagnosis and treatment of neck headache and jaw headache by using The Watson Headache® Approach to treat and diagnose your Migraine.
The diagnostic accuracy of the Watson Headache® Approach is unparalleled. It can confirm if disorders in the upper neck are responsible for headache or migraine and determine the exact nature of the disorder as well as which spinal joints are involved. There is no guesswork and no cracking or manipulation. Its unique and powerful feature involves temporary reproduction and resolution (easing) of usual head pain.
A careful history and physical examination by a physical therapist who is knowledgeable and experienced in treating patients with migraine headache will help determine whether and to what extent treatment may be helpful.
As a headache or migraine sufferer, you’ll know how disruptive and inconvenient a severe headache or migraine attack can be. Not only does it impact on you, but also your immediate family and friends.
The goals of physiotherapy treatment are generally to normalize the musculoskeletal system as much as possible in order to reduce stress and tension on soft tissues and joints. For example, in the instance described above for trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle, the therapist would likely work on stretching the problematic muscle fibers. In addition, posture, alignment, and strength issues would need to be addressed, as faulty mechanics in these areas can contribute to the development of trigger points.