Your initial treatment will take one hour. We will spend time discussing your headache or migraine presentation and history. It is important for us to hear your story to have a full understanding of the processes involved that have led to your particular headache presentation. After this discussion, a full explanation of the assessment procedures to be performed and why they are important is explained.
Our main goal is to determine if your neck is involved in your headache, as not all patients will experience neck pain associated with headache.
After this assessment, we will review our findings with you and you will have a chance to ask questions and understand what is going on. If your neck is the problem, treatment will begin on day one!
The Initial Treatment Block – Treatment Progression
Experience tells us that the most effective results are gained by an initial program of 4-5 treatments over a 2-3-week period, together with a regular exercise program performed by you at home. If you are willing to commit to this process, there is a high probability you will see changes in your headache presentation quickly.
What happens after the initial treatment block?
If there has been significant improvement, the time between treatments begin to increase as you start the process of learning to self-manage your headache or migraine problem.
This is the end goal; that you are able to control your headaches and not rely on “regular treatment for the rest of your life”.
Some people, who have had chronic long term problems may need some ongoing maintenance treatment on an occasional basis, but often this becomes less over time.
What happens if I don’t improve?
More than 80% of patients attending SHMC will improve with treatment, There are occasions when headache sufferers do all the right things but don’t improve.
If this happens, we will take the time to review your history and neck presentation, seeing if it warrants further intervention. If treatment has improved the neck dysfunction but the headaches remain the same, we will reassess your situation and determine the most appropriate course of action.
Our expectations of you are to be committed to exercise for 2-3 mins, 5 times a day and to work on any postural exercises and attend the treatments as discussed.
We will be available throughout the process, to answer any questions you have and keep you informed of our thoughts on your progress.
We walk the journey with you!