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Headaches and migraine


physio_clinics.headache. head in hands 2017The headache and migraine clinic is run by Stuart Horton, Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner.

He offers advanced examination and specific treatment for those of us who live with a persistent headache or a migraine condition.

Your neck will be assessed for its relevance to your headache or migraine using a specifically developed hands-on technique known as the Watson Headache® Approach.

If your headache or migraine is the result of head or neck trauma it is important and appropriate that you consult your doctor.

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How we can help

If you suffer from headache or migraine there is an 80% likelihood that you have a poorly recognised and misunderstood issue in the top of your neck that is causing irritation of a cluster of nerves in the “headache centre” of the brain stem. Whether or not you have neck pain is irrelevant.

Your neck could be the cause if:

  • Your headache or migraine is one sided
  • Your headache swaps sides during the same episode or between episodes
  • Your headache is always one side but as it worsens it spreads to be on the other side as well
  • Your headache or migraine starts in the neck or is accompanied by neck stiffness, soreness or tenderness
  • Your headache or migraine is triggered or aggravated by neck movement or sustained neck positions, such as sitting at a computer or driving

How does it work?

The diagnostic accuracy of the Watson Headache® Approach is well proven.

It can confirm if disorders in the upper neck are responsible for headache or migraine and determine the exact nature of the disorder and which spinal joints are involved. Guesswork is eliminated, and there is no cracking or manipulation.

A unique and powerful feature of the Approach is that it involves temporary reproduction and resolution (easing) of usual head pain.

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What is involved?

Treatment is by appointment only.

An initial treatment block requires 2 treatments per week for 2-3 weeks to establish the changes and correct the fault in the top of the neck. After this treatment block, there should be a significant improvement in symptoms, which will indicate that further treatment will be beneficial.

Should significant improvement not be achieved in this time, treatment will stop.

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How much will it cost?

Initial assessment              60mins     $150.00
Follow up appointments     30mins     $80.00

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Who will treat me?

Physiotherapist Stuart Horton leads this service, and can tell you if your headache is related to your neck.

He is one of our most experienced physiotherapists, and has a special interest in the assessment and management of the upper neck in relation to headache-migraine conditions.

You can read more about Stuart and his work here.

Find out more about the Watson Headache® Approach on their own website here.

Contact us

To find out more or to make an appointment in Dunedin, phone: 03 479 5757 or email

If you need a car park for your next appointment in Dunedin, please phone us or ask at Clinics reception.
Parking is available via a booking system only and is located across from the School of Physiotherapy, outside the Benham building.

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