Professional Development

Posted on March 7th, 2014

Three of our physios (Katharina, Lauren & Melissa) recently attended a 3 day Watson Headache® Institute Level 1 Foundation Headache Course titled ‘The Role of CO-C3 Segmental Dysfunction in Primary Headache’. The course was held on 7th – 9th February 2014, Sydney, Australia and presented by Dean H Watson, Australian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. For further information go to

The course comprised 20 hours (50% practical) and was 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 researched method of examination and treatment.

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/manipulation. Its unique and powerful feature involves temporary reproduction and easing of usual head pain.

We found the course to be very informative and are excited to use the skills we’ve learnt to help Townsville residents be free of their headaches!