A Manual Therapy Approach to Treatment of Headaches

Course Description

Headache treatment can be extremely overwhelming as headaches involve several different body systems and affect up to 75% of people. This course will provide you with a starting point of where to treat when patients describe head and face pain, then effective techniques allowing you to give them more headache free days.


Over this 1-day course, we'll take a common condition that's not commonly treated by therapists and show you how to become comfortable treating it. Treatment approaches include Muscle Energy Technique (MET) to the cervical spine, myofascial release to the neck and head, posture retraining and review of other causes/treatments in a comprehensive approach. This course is evidence-based and every technique is repeated multiple times so you have the chance to perfect them. You'll walk away with a strong foundation for treatment of the head and neck!


As with all our manual therapy courses, this course is at least 75% hands-on lab, and will give you skills you can use immediately upon returning to the clinic.

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Correctly differentiate 4 characteristics of musculoskeletal headaches from other causes 
  • Identify 4 different referral patterns by vertebral level 
  • Identify 5 different referral patterns by muscle 
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete 6 mobilizations of the cervical spine 
  • Demonstrate the ability to treat 5 myofascial dysfunctions in muscles most commonly causing headache 
  • Demonstrate the ability to correct 4 mechanical dysfunctions leading to muscle and joint dysfunctions 



Doors Open


Lecture: HA classification, cause of musculoskeletal HA, subjective data, muscle referral patterns, nerve patterns, objective measures


Lab: Myofascial release to the head and neck


Lunch (on your own)


Lab: Myofascial release to the head and neck cont.


Lab: Muscle energy technique for mobilizations of the neck


Lab: Re-educate/exercise


Lab: Hands-on review of each MFR and MET technique learned



Course Instructors

Stacy Wozniak


Stacy received her doctorate of physical therapy degree from Grand Valley State University. Participating in lifelong learning, Stacy has become a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) and continues her education throughout different areas of manual therapy. Stacy uses a variety of techniques such as manual therapy, joint and soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy and functional exercise to help return her patients to the highest level of function. Stacy is also the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for Probility. Stacy also has assisted with teaching continuing education classes across the nation. She enjoys working with a variety of patients including athletes and children. Stacy’s interests include spending time with family and friends, playing tennis and volleyball, and traveling.

Stacy Wozniak

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