Coastal Headache Clinic is home to the Sunshine Coast’s only Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner.

Therese Darcy is a physiotherapist with 22 years of experience and post graduate qualifications in both musculoskeletal physiotherapy and health ergonomics.  She has been using manual therapy treatment techniques developed by Watson Headache® founder Dean Watson, since 2000.  Dean Watson passionately believes that all headache and migraine sufferers should have an expert assessment of the upper cervical spine in order to determine whether or not noxious information from cervical afferents is contributing to their experience of suffering from a headache or migraine condition.  

Coastal Headache Clinic regularly receive referrals from General Practitioners, Neurologists, ENT specialists, Pain Specialists, other allied health and alternative health practitioners. We are able to simply and securely receive referrals through Medical Objects. Alternatively a referral form can be downloaded here. Communication back to the medical profession is routinely provided after the initial consultation and at discharge. Interim reports are provided where appropriate.

We are well aware of the red flags associated with headache presentations and readily refer on to the medical profession where indicated.

Please be aware that our approach does not involve any manipulation/high velocity thrust techniques.  All manual therapy is slow and sustained with treatment often attempting to reproduce and then resolve the typical pain of headache. This confirms the relevancy of the upper cervical spine dysfunction to the client’s headache or migraine experience.

We are able to provide care under the Chronic Disease Management Scheme, where a GP Management Plan (GPMP) and Team Care Arrangements (TCAs) have been developed. We are able to process Medicare rebates immediately. The client will be required to pay the gap. For your clients with Private Health Insurance, rebates are claimed on the spot via HICAPS. Again your client will be required to pay the gap.

If at any time you would like to discuss our treatment service or a particular client please feel to call or visit us at the clinic.  

If your clients are not sure if this treatment approach is for them, please encourage them to complete our contact form below to arrange a FREE 15 minute telephone clinical consult.