Migraine & Headache

Migraine is among the top 10 leading causes of years lived with a disability worldwide. Many individuals with migraine also suffer neck pain, which increases the burden of headache. Headaches are so incredibly common and as a result many of us think they are a normal part of life. On the contrary, recurring headaches are a warning that something is wrong.

Types of Headache

There a many different types and causes for headache, but tension headaches and migraines are the most commonly seen forms of headache.

Causes of Headaches & Migraine

Headaches can be triggered by a range of factors, including stress, poor posture, accidents, medications, or environmental factors such as strong odours & pollution, and dietary irregularities.

Certainly one of the most overlooked factors that cause migraine and tension headache is referral from the upper neck due to improperly functioning spinal joints – Vertebral dysfunction. Since the nerves of the upper neck serve sections of the scalp and face, irritation to these nerves may bring on headaches.


Your physiotherapist will rigorously assess likely headache triggers and conduct a detailed history, orthopaedic, neurological and spinal assessment to identify the source of your headache. Further diagnostic testing such as x-ray or MRI may also be called for. Upon the identification of a specific diagnosis, your treatment plan can get started.

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Treatment for Headache & Migraine

Physiotherapy is certainly a valuable treatment for headaches and can be helpful in conjunction with other regular medical treatment you may be receiving. By carefully restoring healthy movement to the spinal joints of the neck, your physiotherapist has the ability to greatly reduce nerve irritation and muscle tension, helping to soothe your headaches.

Here at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo we can offer The Watson Headache® Approach. This form of treatment not only accurately determines the neck joints involved, but experience has shown it to be effective for many different diagnoses of headache or migraine.

The Watson Headache Approach consists of a series of techniques used systematically to examine the movements of the top three spinal segments. If headache or migraine is coming from a spinal disorder it will be from one or more of the top three spinal segments. The relevancy of a disorder is confirmed when gently stressing or moving these segments reproduces typical head pain or symptoms and the reproduced pain or symptoms ease as the techniques is sustained.

Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo’s Chantelle Pink has been trained by Dean himself in the Watson Headache Approach and is keen to help you with your headache and migraines. Make an appointment with Chantelle by calling (03) 5442 4044 or book online.

* For further information on the Watson Headache Approach you may also like to visit https://youtu.be/u0w3IMl6VBE