Re: Good headache specialist or pain clinic in Aus?
Thanks for the mention GR.
I have not posted out of respect for the nature of the forum, though I have continued to read it. I am not here to self promote and "recruit" people for my practice, so I will keep my comments brief.
The Watson Headache Clinic - Melbourne has been operating now since April and we welcome anyone with stable, primary, benign cephalalgia. Dean Watson (founder) runs a clinic in Sydney, and there is still a clinic in Adelaide.
Prior to booking anyone I personally speak to each client to assess suitability. As kindly mentioned the clinic details are readily available via online search and I can be e-mailed directly via this forum.
Thank you again, and my thoughts are with you all.
I appreciate your intention to help members on the forum and having met Dean myself, I know how passionate he is about his method of treatment. As well as having a session with Dean, I was also treated by a physio under Dean's tutelage for about a year. However, I believe I need to let other members know that not all treatments work the same on everyone. I believe Dean's methods have had good success with some patients, but unfortunately, not on me. Desensitizing the C1-3 area is not always the answer as the neck is not always the cause of migraines. I read back on some of your old posts which seem to indicate that the neck is the root cause, and that was also the view that was presented to me whilst undergoing the treatment.
However, in my case, my main headache and migraine trigger stems from temporomandibular dysfunction (TMJD) which then refers the pain to the head, neck and shoulder area. I had many years of physio on my neck and shoulders to try to stop the cycle of daily migraines. The only thing that has been successful in stopping them is regular Botox treatment (which I began this year) in combination with severely limiting the amount of talking I do. This combination of management also significantly reduces the neck and shoulder pain. And, conversely, if I talk for extended periods, my jaw flares up and refers pain to my head, neck and shoulders escalating into a migraine.
I just thought it was important to present another side to the treatment and theory you offer as we are a vulnerable lot here living with CP daily and can easily latch onto what seems like the ultimate kind of treatment...I know I have in the past.
I mean no disrespect; I just wanted to point out that there are sometimes more factors involved triggering migraines than just the neck. And in just the same way that Botox has helped me, but not helped other migraine sufferers on this forum, Dean's methods may also help some, but not all.