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Education day 2018

"Tutor is excellent and very approachable"

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 – preferably with a diagnosis of Menstrual Migraine or Migraine.   

Course aims

To provide delegates with:

  • 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

Learning outcomes

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

Practical application

Delegates will recognise that a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists we have a much more significant role to play in headache than in just Cervicogenic Headache - with appropriate knowledge, skill and clinical reasoning one can determine if cervical afferent are instrumental in a Primary Headache condition. Delegates are advised to wear suitable clothing if they wish to volunteer to be demonstrated on by the tutor.

Further reading

1.            Watson DH, Drummond PD Cervical Referral of Head Pain in Migraineurs: Effects on the Nociceptive Blink Reflex. Headache 2014;54:1035-1045

2.            Watson DH, Drummond PD. Head pain referral during examination of the neck in migraine and tension-type headache. Headache 2102 52; 8:1226 - 1235.

Watson Headache®  Institute Level 1 course:

‘The Role of C1-3 Afferents in Primary Headache’

Price/additional course information

Member: £165

Non-member: £195

Book online for an additional £10 discount on the above rates.


Please note that this course is a half-day event. Delegates are welcome to arrive from 11.45am to register, a hot two course buffet lunch which is included in the ticket price will be served from 12.00pm. The course will commence from 13.00-16.30 including a practical demonstration and question time.

  • Registration: 11.45
  • Lunch: 12.00
  • Course commence: 13.00
  • Break: 15.00
  • Patient examination: 15.30
  • Questions:  16.30
  • Exhibition launch:17.00

Your ticket includes

  • Course entry
  • Certificate
  • Manual
  • Refreshments, unlimited snacks and healthy two course buffet lunch
  • Exclusive first entry to the exhibition hall at 16.30hrs


The EMCC has ample parking available onsite however if parking outside of the main car park, a permit will be required to ensure you do not recieve a parking ticket. These can be obtained from the Conference Centre check-in desk or at The Orchard Hotel reception free of charge. The University has a number of various car parks across the site which can be used for parking.

Event Timetable

Time Topic
11:50 - 12:00 Arrival and registration
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:15 Course introduction
13:15 - 15:00 Theory and demonstration
15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon break
15:30 - 16:30 Patient examination
16:30 - 17:00 Questions
17:00 - 17:01 Course close/trade exhibition opens

Venue Information

East Midlands Conference Centre

EMCC, University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RJ

The success of the Physio First Education Programme relies on minimum delegate numbers. If the minimum requirement is not achieved it is likely the course will be cancelled. So if you see a course you like, please book it straight away!