• The Headache and Migraine Clinic

    @ PhysioSteps

  • Headaches and Migraines are one of the most common issues in today's society but also one of the most under-treated, misunderstood and mistreated conditions. Here at PhysioSteps, we started our Headache Clinic to put a stop to that.

    In the past, a huge amount of headache and migraines were thought to have no connection to the neck.

    But, it has been proven over the last 10 years that up to 90% of headaches and migraines are caused by the upper neck. This means that up to 90% of head pain can be treated, relieved and even resolved.

    Our headache clinic that we hold in Selwyn and Mid Canterbury is your go-to medication-free answer to head pain. Whether you are in Christchruch and Selwyn or Ashburton - We have you covered.

    Headaches are often put under various labels such as:

    • Cluster headache
    • Menstrual headache
    • Migraine
    • Tension headache
    • Cluster headache
    • Headache triggered by "irritants" such as chocolate, red wine etc
    • Vascular headaches

    But in fact, it turns out hormone changes, foods, postures etc can be a trigger to headaches but not the cause. That's the big thing. It's all well and good avoiding triggers of headaches and covering pain up with medication but our headache clinics aim to actually find and address the cause.

    Our senior Physio, Shaun, has trained under Dean Watson of the Watson Headache Approach, a world-leading head consultant.

    Contact details for booking

    Click your closest clinic for contact and location details of our headache clinic service:

    PhysioSteps ASHBURTON

    PhysioSteps SELWYN

    More information

    You can scroll down to get our free information guide, give us a call or read on for some more helpful information.

    Research over the past 2 decades has shown clearly that primary headaches such as tension headaches and migraines aren't separate issues with different pathologies bit actually different presentations of the same issue - a sensitised brainstem.(1) Treatment of these headaches now focuses on treating the upper neck to de-sensitise the area that is sensitised in the brainstem.

    The evidence

    This is the boring stuff sorry but we take headaches seriously at our headache clinics so for those of you that like to know a bit more, here is some research summaries.

    There is a mounting body of evidence that shows that the upper cervical spine (upper neck) can cause headaches. For example:

    • They have done anesthetic nerve blocks into the upper neck (at both the C2 nerve root and C2/3 facet joint) that relieve headaches, clear evidence that the upper neck can cause head pain
    • There has also been milestone studies recently that have showed that treating the upper neck by reproducing and reducing head pain de-sensitises the brainstem and ultimately helps resolve the issue.(2)

    Even vascular headaches have been largely ruled out as a diagnosis. Research has found that actually blood vessels in the head dilate AFTER the headache pain comes on, not before. this means that vasodilation of blood vessels and apparent vascular headache is actually secondary to the head pain felt.


    Initial Consultation: $130

    Follow up Treatment: $90


    A huge amount of head pain is actually down to the brainstem being sensitised due to prolonged head pain and upper neck dysfunction. This then makes the pain able to be brought on more easily with different stimuli such as food, hormone changes, posture etc. There is an effective treatment that helps improve or resolve a huge proportion of headaches and migraines within 4-6 treatment sessions and at our headache clinic at PhysioSteps, we are here to help.

    No matter your diagnosis - if you get head pain, with or without aura, it is worth getting it checked out.


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