The Watson Headache approach, is an internationally recognised technique for the examination and treatment of multiple headache types, including migraines, tension headaches and cluster headaches. It’s also useful in treating some of the symptoms of vestibular disorders and post-concussion syndrome. The first step is an assessment of the upper cervical spine, as this area has been shown to directly influence the brainstem, or ‘control’ centre for issues such as migraines.


Clients whose headaches can be reproduced by and during assessment of the upper cervical spine. If we can replicate your pain, then it is likely you can obtain relief from your symptoms. How long will it take? It’s expected that significant reduction in headaches should occur within 4-5 treatment sessions. This can then be backed up by rehabilitative exercises, to prevent poor postures and abnormal muscle control from causing the cervical spine to revert to its ‘headache-causing’ position.


The ‘icing on the cake’ with our treatment approaches, is craniosacral therapy. A light touch technique which can rebalance the autonomic nervous system, enable micro-gliding movements between the small bones of the skull, increase blood flow to the head and improve movement of fascia and other soft tissue. Craniosacral therapy is useful in holistic management of numerous conditions, including headaches, temporomandibular disorder (jaw pain), stress, abdominal pain and more.

Complete Care

In addition to the Watson technique and our experience in specific rehabilitative exercises, we also assess the muscles and joints of the lower cervical spine, mobility of the nervous system and other body areas which may be contributing. A full medical history, as is standard with all physiotherapy treatments, enables us to refer you for imaging or to other professionals as necessary.

Our team of Allied Health professionals includes Cairns physiotherapists, occupational therapist and a naturopath. Working collectively enables Wellness Embodied to provide and ensure a holistic approach to your Cairns headache treatment.

Qualified Professionals

Suzanne Rath has provided Cairns headache treatment to clients of all ages. In addition to being a fully qualified physiotherapist, she extends her study and knowledge by ongoing attendance at regular seminars. This includes the Dean Watson Headache Symposium 2017 and completion of ‘The Role of C0-C3 Segmental Dysfunction in Primary Headache’ through the Watson Headache Institute.

In addition, she ensures her team are all trained and equipped to provide caring Cairns headache treatment, using a range of modalities and techniques. Speak to us today about how we can help to manage your headaches and improve your quality of life. Call our friendly team on 07 4231 9777.


Referrals are not necessary. We treat clients of all ages: Private, DVA, WorkCover, CTP and other insurance claims, GP referrals.

We offer health rebates on the spot for private clients, via the HiCaps system.

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