How the Watson Headache ® Approach changed my life
Stop me if any of this sounds familiar:
You have suffered for years with headaches or migraines
You’ve had many rounds of manual therapy (e.g.physiotherapy) with little benefit or no lasting results,
You’ve had scans that have shown nothing to indicate the cause of your pain
Panadol and ibuprofen have become solid friends of yours
You may have even been upgraded to their stronger friends
You’ve even been placed on headache/migraine preventative medication which makes your pain better/more manageable, but hasn’t actually made it go away
If any of these statements sound familiar to you then you were in the same boat as me.
My name is Beth, I’m an Osteopath at Premier Sports and Spinal Medicine and I have suffered from daily migraines for 7 years.
As an Osteopath, I treat many ailments and injuries, but headaches and migraines hit close to home from personal suffering. The prognosis for those diagnosed with headaches or migraines is bleak under the traditional medical model.
Essentially you’re told that once you have these headaches you are stuck with them and that it is simply a matter of managing them.
For a while, I took this to be true and treated my patients to the best of my ability with limited results, whilst also suffering myself. Getting more and more frustrated watching my patients and myself in pain I went searching for a solution.
In November 2017 I was fortunate enough to attend the Watson Headache Ò Institute Level 1 Foundation Course presented by Dr. Dean H Watson, an Australian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with over 30 years experience in treating headaches and migraines. Over the course of the 3 days, my approach to treating headaches and migraines completely changed.
Not only did I learn new techniques, but I was given new hope.
The Watson Headache ® Approach of treatment is that all forms of headaches can be treated and should be aimed towards being resolved, not being managed.
With my new perspective, techniques, knowledge, and hope, I began applying them to patients and immediately the results were far more successful. Not only were they successful for my patients, but I am also a patient of the Watson Headache ® Approach and I am happy to report that I am now headache and migraine free.