Physio First: Education Day 2018
Friday 27 April by Dean Watson
East Midlands Conference Centre
This half day workshop will introduce the theory of the Watson Headache® Approach and the literature supporting the role of physiotherapeutic attention to the upper cervical spine in primary headache conditions. This will be followed by description and demonstration of several passive mobilisation examination and treatment technique. The workshop will culminate with the tutor examining and treating of an unseen patient with a diagnosis of Menstrual Migraine or Migraine.
By the end of this session delegates will gain an understanding
- Of the inadequacy of headache diagnosis
- Of the role of physiotherapeutic attention to the upper cervical segments
- Of how to determind the relevancy of upper cervical afferents in a Primary Headache
- Principles of managing relevant cervical afferent based on symptom response
- The theoretical concepts of the Watson Headache Approach
- Demonstration of manual cervical examination and treatment techniques
- Clinical application of the concepts/principles of the Watson Headache Approach on an unseen patient with primary headache/menstrual migraine/migraine
- An understanding as to how cervical afferents are involved in Primary headache
- An insight as to the previously unrecognised clinical (upper cervical biomechanical) pattern in headache/migraine... the 'Watson Headache Chain Reaction'
Contemporary headache education in undergraduate physiotherapy programs is based on the traditional medical model of headache which is now seen (by some authorities within the model) to be irrelevant. This workshop will introduce the clinical concepts of the Watson Headache® Approach which will then be demonstrated on an unseen patient with primary headache (ideally with a diagnosis of Menstrual Migraine or Migraine). This translation of theory into clinical practice will enlighten and elevate PhysioFirst Members’ interest providing a scientifically validated manual cervical intervention for Primary Headache sufferers when, currently, the only option is pharmaceutical management.
Please note that this course is a half-day event. Delegates are welcome to arrive from 12pm for a hot two course buffet lunch which is included in the ticket price. The course will commence from 13.00-16.30 including a practical demonstration and question time. A refreshment break will take place at 15.00.