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Effective Assessment and Relief of Headaches & Migraine

The Headache & Migraine Specialists group are a network of physiotherapists, neurologists and healthcare providers who have a shared commitment to improving the quality of life of people who suffer from recurrent headaches and migraine.

In an earlier entry on the disability-mobility blog, and in the Headache & Migraine Specialist article on our partner pages, we looked at the causes of headache and migraine.

The Headache & Migraine Specialist network are at the forefront of the treatment for head pain and their latest results show they are on the right lines. As part of the comprehensive screening and assessment process, patients are required to complete validated HIT-6 evaluation questionnaires before treatment begins, after treatment, and again at 3 month and 12 month intervals once treatment has finished.

Before treatment, 83% of patients described their pain as ‘severe’ or ‘substantial’. This figure fell to 27% following treatment. On a 10-point measure of pain, the average score was 8 before treatment coming down to an average of 2.5 immediately after treatment and rising only 0.5 over the subsequent 3 month period. Perhaps most tellingly of all, before treatment 74% of patients used medication ‘always’ or ‘usually’ to manage pain. This figure had fallen to only 9% after treatment with 64% of patients reporting that they no longer needed to use pain medication because of headache or migraine.

These results are achieved through successfully treating one of the most common yet overlooked contributory causes of migraine and headache. Cervicogenic pain in the neck and shoulders can be misinterpreted as head pain by the brain. Skillful manipulation by specially trained headache physiotherapists is highly effective in treating cervicogenic pain, leading to direct relief from headache and migraine.

For more information on the causes of headache & migraine, and the effective treatment of cervicogenic pain, visit

Effective Assessment and Relief of Headaches & Migraine