Troubled by Frequent Headaches or Migraines?

What is a Headache and Migraine?

A headache is defined as temporary pain in the face, head or at the top of the neck. A migraine is a severe form of headache that lasts from 4 to 72 hours.  People who experience migraines can describe their pain as a "throbbing", "squeezing", "tightening" or "stabbing". Along with severe pain, some migraine sufferers report a number of other symptoms during an episode. These can include:

  • Vision and sensation changes

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Light and sound sensitivity

  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

  • Changes to taste and smell

  • Dizziness

Click here to learn common pain locations during a headache or migraine.

What can cause a Headache and Migraine?

There are a number of factors that can contribute to somebody developing a headache or migraine. No two headaches are the same, nor are factors that cause the headache. Some common factors people describe are:

  • External triggers (e.g. chocolate, red wine, certain smells)

  • Neck pain and stiffness

  • Muscle tightness in the neck and shoulders

  • Stress

  • Prolonged sitting/awkward postures

  • Hormone changes

  • Poor sleep

  • Physical activity


Is your Headache or Migraine coming from your neck?

It has been estimated that 1 out of 5 people who suffer from head pain can contribute their symptoms to a dysfunction in their neck. The pain that is caused by either joint or muscle issues in the neck, is referred into into the face and head. When the head pain does arise from the neck, it is termed a Cervicogenic Headache

Signs that your headache/migraine might be coming from your neck are:

  • The pain is associated with neck pain or stiffness

  • The pain is exacerbated by posture or certain activities

  • The pain is often on one side of your head or is worse on one side at any one time

If you think your headache or migraine is coming from your neck, there is good news. We can help! Our treating practitioner, can accurately diagnose and treat Cervicogenic Headaches and Migraines.

Click here to learn more about Cervicogenic Headaches.

How can we help you?

Our treating practitioner, Darcy, attended the Watson Headache® Institute, Foundation Headache Course in 2019, which was presented by Dr Dean H Watson, Australian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

The course is based on the Watson Headache® Approach, a protocol for the skilled assessment and management of the upper cervical (neck) spine in headache and migraine conditions. The Watson Headache® Approach is recognised as a scientifically verified method of examination and treatment.

This technique can confirm if disorders in the upper neck are responsible for the 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.

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