Headache, Migraine,
Concussion & Vertigo

Headaches And Migraine

We offer Headache and Migraine Treatment; these conditions are amazingly complex

At best they can be an annoying dull pain in the neck or head, at worst it can be a debilitating migraine that puts you to bed. They can rob you of your best and side-track you from doing what you really enjoy. They can be life changing – at Family Physio we understand this.

It is because of the complex nature that Nicole has studied the Watson management method for treating headaches and migraine. She has learnt that treating the upper 3 levels of the cervical spine and restoring optimal movement at these joints can lessen the sensitivity to the brain-stem (a part of your brain) and decrease the severity and frequency of attacks.

She also looks at what Systemically can be causing your central nervous system to become hypersensitive. This includes looking at your breathing, posture, lifestyle, sleeping patterns, and nutrition. 

Nicole has had great success with numerous clients and has built a reputation in the community for excellence in treating headaches and migraines for young and old.

Vertigo

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and suddenly found the room spinning?

Are you avoiding open areas like shopping malls because they make you feel dizzy? These are common complaints of people who suffer with vertigo. We want to help vertigo patients over their fear of losing control and take back their independence.

We have a specialized vertigo assessment session where we determine the cause of your dizziness and can come up with a plan to fix it.

Kate has been trained to treat and deal with vertigo and has had great success helping clients take control of their vertigo.

Vertigo

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and suddenly found the room spinning?

Are you avoiding open areas like shopping malls because they make you feel dizzy? These are common complaints of people who suffer with vertigo. We want to help vertigo patients over their fear of losing control and take back their independence.

We have a specialized vertigo assessment session where we determine the cause of your dizziness and can come up with a plan to fix it.

Kate has been trained to treat and deal with vertigo and has had great success helping clients take control of their vertigo.

Concussion

At FamilyPhysio we are geared to help concussion patients back to recovery.

We have become more mindful of this injury and its long-term consequences. Recent studies completed in Dunedin have shown that neck and Vestibular ocular reflex symptoms are present and contributing to symptoms in a large proportion of patients suffering from post- concussion symptoms varying between 54-90% with cervical contribution to symptoms, 72% with vestibular system contribution to symptoms and 40% both vestibular and cervical contribution (2,3).

In sports-related concussion, a combination of neck and vestibular physical therapy can decrease. time to medical clearance to return to sport in 57 people with persistent headaches, dizziness and neck pain In the treatment group, 73% of the participants were medically cleared within 8 weeks of initiation of treatment, compared with 7% in the control group (4)

Both Nicole and Kate deal with our concussion patients and we have many patients referred to us by local clinics.