A Manual Therapy Approach to Treatment of Headaches

Course Description

Headaches can be very overwhelming because they are multi-faceted, involve many systems, and affect up to 75% of people. This course will provide information and treatments allowing you to give more patients headache free days.

This 1-day course focuses on taking a very common condition that is not commonly treated by therapists and shows clinicians 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 each participant has the chance to learn them well. When you leave this course, you'll walk away with a comprehensive and strong foundation for treatment of the head and neck.

As with all of our manual therapy courses, this course is at least 75% hands-on lab, and will give the clinician hands-on skills they use immediately upon their return to the clinical setting.

What people are saying!

Top Takeaways

  • Learn where to start when a patient reports head and face pain.
  • Understand why we get headaches and what to do about it.
  • Learn the most common headache types and differentiate the headaches we can treat.

What makes this course great?

Headaches can severely impact daily life. This course gives you tools that you can confidently use to help your headache patients.

Course Objectives

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 

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

Course Outline



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



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