Would you like to run a headache clinic in your practice?

Headaches are about as common as back pain. Little formal education in headache management at undergraduate level exists, yet once qualified, we often encounter sufferers of these complex, debilitating and clinically challenging conditions.

Current evidence shows that an interdisciplinary approach works best in tackling these pain conditions. However, despite much anecdotal and some documented evidence, osteopaths are not yet perceived to be part of the therapeutic toolkit by the wider headache management community.

This course aims to help you expand your skills and integrate them smoothly into existing management pathways to help achieve best outcomes for your headache patient, at the same time allowing you to improve your standing with both GPs and the specialist care team.

In this full 2-day headache skills course, we aim to cover the basics of this fascinating topic. We will examine epidemiology, screening for sinister and worrisome headaches, diagnosis of common and rarer headache conditions, and their evidence-based management both pharmacological and especially non-pharmacological, with the main focusing on skills useful within the manual therapies.

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About the speakers

Drawing on decades of experience gained in headache pain study, teaching and practice, the lecturing team of OPHM (Osteopaths for Progress in Headaches & Migraines) are already becoming known around the UK for their provision of CPD on this important subject. At their inauguration in 2016, they presented a full-day seminar at the iO Convention, and have since given talks to regional societies and run case-sharing events. OPHM speakers regularly present to the public, GPs and neurologists, and write articles on headache management.

Corina Breukel, DO, qualified as an osteopath from the BCNO, now BCOM, in 1986. Since becoming a founder member of OPHM in 2016, she has worked tirelessly to improve understanding of cluster headaches within the osteopathic profession, speaking at the OPHM iO conference launch in 2016, and at subsequent case-sharing and teaching events. Her recent article on Cluster headaches is in the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of Osteopathy Today, and she has contributed to the iO’s online CPD provision on this topic too.

As mother of a cluster headache sufferer, Corina has informed herself thoroughly to become a vocal patient advocate since her daughter’s diagnosis in 2015, and as such she will speak both from the heart and head. Her view is that this monster of the headache world needs increased awareness, both generally and within the osteopathic profession.

Corina Breukel is soon to become Co-Chair of OPHM, (Osteopaths for Progress in Headaches & Migraines), which provides taught and online headache education to the musculoskeletal professions.

Helena Bridge, DO, PGCE (Clinical & Academic Education), PGCE (Clinical Management of Headache Disorders), Uni of Edinburgh, EOT (Effective Online Tutoring), Uni of Oxford,graduated from the London School of Osteopathy in 1991. She spent her 20s playing as a violinist in UK orchestras and developed musculoskeletal issues including headaches and migraines, which were greatly helped by osteopathic treatment. Since then, she has worked in private practice in London, and her special interest in headaches led to her taking the MSc Pain course at the University of Edinburgh, which incorporated a PGCE in Clinical Management of Headache Disorders, led by Dr Andrew Dowson and Jim Odell.

For the last five years, Helena has taught at the ESO, where she is the Clinical Lead on the ESO Headache Clinic, clinically supported by Dr Andrew Dowson.

Since 2016, Helena has been Company Secretary and Co-chair of OPHM (Osteopaths for Progress in Headaches & Migraines).

Dr. Luke Bridge, BMBS, MRCP, qualified in Medicine from Nottingham University in 2007. More recently, after a spell in geriatric medicine, he has become a Stroke Fellow at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. Here, he spends his time at the forefront of clinical management of suspected strokes, hence is excellently placed to advise on sudden onset and sinister headaches, and to explain TIAs and neurovascular aspects of migraine.

The department has a 24/7 hyperacute and acute assessment and treatment centre, and also provides inpatient and outpatient services to existing stroke patients. It is situated within the tertiary neuroscience department of the Atkinson Morley Wing, and has access to state-of-the-art equipment and cross-disciplinary experts, as well as having close links to St George’s University researchers in the genetics, imaging and treatment of diseased arteries.

Dr. Andrew Dowson, is the founder and Director of King's Headache Clinic at King's College Hospital, and is the clinical lead for the PCT East Kent Headache Service. He is the immediate past chairman of the umbrella organisation for the headache interested charities - Headache UK and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of Migraine Action which manages MIPCA (Migraine in Primary Care Advisors), the leading UK charity that promotes headache management in primary care. Dr Dowson has been involved in the creation of many NHS and government policies with respect to headache management programmes, has written a book on migraine and has contributed to countless research papers and publications on headaches. He is also Clinical Director of Headache Clinics UK, founded by Jim Odell, which exists to promote headache management training for chiropractors and osteopaths, and to connect patients, headache-trained practitioners and medical staff.

Dr Dowson is also in private practice at the Surrey Headache Clinic in Guildford.

Elizabeth Huzzey is Principal of Watford Osteopaths, an experienced Osteopath and Acupuncturist with a special interest in the area of Headache and Migraines. She studied at the European School of Osteopathy. Led by a curiosity to explore different approaches to health, she spent 18 months studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and Tai Chi in Guangzhou, PR China in the early 90s. Closely followed by 3 years at the Central Middlesex Hospital working alongside physiotherapists and orthopaedic consultants in a pioneering project taking Osteopaths into an NHS setting. She is a founder member of OPHM – Osteopathic Progress in Headaches and Migraines, where she is part of team that lectures in headaches to other health professionals. The Headache Clinic was launched in 2016. Here she helps patients determine the type of headache they have, carries out a comprehensive examination and provides gentle and effective treatments. As a member of BASH she has learnt from the world’s leading neurologists in the field and has looked at what can be offered by acupuncture, physiotherapy, chiropractic; structural and cranial osteopathy; Watson Approach; CBT, lifestyle, nutrition and diet; medications, botox, nerve blocks, TMS and gamma core. All of this enables her to provide an informed approach of the best treatment options for her patients. She is recommended by GPs and Consultants and in turn has built a trusted network of appropriate professionals to whom she can refer. She is a mother of teenagers, a keen cyclist and practices Pilates.

Vinod Mahtani is a former student of the British School of Osteopathy (now UCO) Vinod set up in private practice in London soon after graduating in 2002. He also spent 6 years working in the NHS in a GP practice in Lambeth. Over the years Vinod has developed a special and personal interest in headaches and is currently undertaking an MSc. in The Clinical Management of Pain and Headache Disorders at the University of Edinburgh.

In 2016, he was recruited as one of the allied health professionals who will carry out the intervention in a randomised controlled trial called CHESS (Chronic Headache Education and Self-management Study) sponsored by the University of Warwick.

Mark McWilliam is the principal of the Cathedral Road clinic in Cardiff. He received a 1st Class Honours degree from the London School of Osteopathy. Mark has an MSc in Pain Management and is an honorary tutor at Cardiff University School of Medicine. He has a special interest in looking at the ways manual and manipulative therapy can help reduce the suffering caused by pain. Mark won the Welsh Pain Society prize in 2010 for his review of an evidence-based framework on which to formulate a physical and manipulative therapeutic approach for the treatment of pain associated with the cervical musculoskeletal components of Migraine and chronic tension-type headaches for primary care physicians. Mark has previously worked in London where he was involved in a NHS, health in the community project delivering osteopathic care within a GP practice in Lewisham.

Jim Odell is a chiropractor with a special interest in headaches and migraine. He works with other specialists in the field including Dr Andrew Dowson, one of Europe's top headache specialists with whom he has worked for the past 7 years. Together they proposed and helped develop the University of Edinburgh's MSc in Headache Management. This was the only online worldwide MSc focussed specifically on headaches and includes all approaches to their management.

Jim is also part of the Migraine Action Medical Advisory Board and the founder of Headache Clinics UK, a private organisation that uses a multidisciplinary approach to headaches. He runs training courses for physical therapists on headaches and migraine that combine physical and medical approaches.

He completed a research study into the Neck Disability Index and Migraine with Dr Dowson and in 2015 a study into psychological aspects of migraine, pain and disability. Both of these studies are currently being written up with a view to publishing.

Jim lectures in Human Function and Biomechanics and is a research supervisor on the chiropractic MSc. He is the author of a book on soft tissue techniques which he uses with chiropractic in the treatment of headaches.

The majority of his work is with private patients although he works one day a week in the NHS as part of the musculoskeletal team in which he receives referrals for headaches. Recently he has started a pharmacy-based headache service in Manchester liaising with local GPs and opticians.

His qualifications include an MSc in Biomechanics, an MSc in Pain Management and an MSc in Psychology (the latter two focus on migraine and headaches).

The UCO regrets that no refunds can be made for cancelled places unless a substitute participant can be found. The UCO cannot guarantee that any course will run. In the event of your course being cancelled, all paid fees and deposits will be refunded in full.