Apex Headache Clinic was launched over 20 years ago and is Ireland’s first drug-free headache clinic.
Our treatment involves unique regimes of specialised manual physiotherapy techniques developed by our Director of Physiotherapy, Rebecca Nelson who is a Spinal & Headache, Migraine, Vertigo Physiotherapy Specialist. Her regimes were developed and are continually enhanced from her experience of nearly 30 years of successfully treating headache and migraine sufferers in both New Zealand and Northern Ireland. Her regime of assessment and treatment has been named, The Nelson Headache Approach™ and all of our Specialist Physiotherapists at Apex Headache Clinic have been extensively trained and are experienced in using it. The Nelson Headache Approach™ is not available in any other clinic in the UK or Ireland at this current time. Whatever your headache diagnosis, such as migraine, tension headaches, cluster headaches, cervicogenic headache, hemiplegic migraines, chronic daily headaches, Rebecca has discovered that the vast majority of people suffering headaches have neck involvement in their headache, even if they have no neck pain, and if this is treated, then their headaches or migraines clear or greatly improve.
Rebecca has also developed and further refined unique regimes of specialised manual physiotherapy techniques for the treatment of Vertigo/ Dizziness, TMJ or Jaw problems and Tinnitus from her vast experience of treating these conditions with success. Again, these treatment regimes are not available in any other clinic at this time and all of our Specialist Physiotherapists are meticulously trained and experienced at using them.
If further investigations or scans are required, we have a network of leading Consultant Neurologists in the Belfast area who will be on hand to provide additional medical management if required.
Why not have a read at our Testimonials section and News section here at Apex Headache Clinic, to hear from many of our delighted patients where treatment has often restored the quality of their lives.
Approximately 10% of patients that we treat at Apex Headache Clinic travel to see us from outside Northern Ireland, from many different countries worldwide. The vast majority of these folk have found that the travelling was more than worthwhile for them and often our treatment was life changing for them. If you would like to consider travelling to see us for treatment, we now have a Patient Co-ordinator who’d be delighted to help you to organise this.
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At the age of 14, I was diagnosed officially as having migraines. My mum has multiple sclerosis so I was referred to neurology for further investigations. I was sent away with painkillers & told to avoid dairy products, & that was it. Migraines were just something I was going to have to learn to deal with. Then, in 2007, I woke up to the feeling of extreme pressure & hearing loss in my left ear. I was really dizzy so I couldn’t stand or walk & as the symptoms were new, I didn’t connect them to my migraines. I had tinnitus in my left ear which also spread to my right. I was sent for more neurological tests, which all came back clear. It went on for years and was absolute torture. In April, I attended my first appointment with Michelle. I attended once a week and she worked on the left side of my neck. Within 6 weeks, the symptoms started to clear. I couldn’t believe it! Then, after another 3 weeks, the headaches started to clear too. My dizziness stopped, my hearing began to improve & my balance was back to normal. To have literally spent decades living with the debilitating effects of headaches, vertigo & tinnitus, to finally finding relief was incredible. MoreElaine Sokanovic, Jordanstown Headache treatment
About 18 months ago, I can remember having a headache before going to bed. I took paracetamol and woke up in the morning to find it was still there. Believe it or not, that headache continued constantly with the pain only getting worse and worse with time. I tried to find a cure for my never ending headache. I was taking painkillers daily, which was pointless because they did little to help. I visited the doctor on several occasions but I was only ever prescribed more medication, which often stopped me from being able to function at all. There were times when the pain was so severe that I was admitted to hospital. Thankfully my mum came across Apex Headache Clinic. Nicole fully understood the extent of my condition and quickly diagnosed my headaches as stemming from my neck. I began attending weekly appointments and noticed that after about six weeks, the pain began to disappear, so much so that I have been completely headache free for weeks now. I can’t believe I lived with devastating pain for such a long time. Get help today from Apex Headache Clinic – give them a go. I did and my life is now back on track. MoreDawn Morrow, Coleraine Headache treatment
My physio's approach was thoughtful and systematic in identifying and treating the factors in my injury. Her treatments were continually adapted to my condition and she gave clear direction on how I could sustain the improvement. She was very pragmatic, meaning that I could continue with my sport while still making a full recovery. MoreCliff Kells, Belfast Instert Treatment Type
Nicola, I just wanted to say thank you for all your help getting me sorted out so that I could take part in the BUPA Great North Run, I couldn’t have done it without you. I followed your instructions to the letter and that combined with the physio sorted my knee out perfectly. I am still training away thanks to you." MoreJennifer Coates, Belfast Sport Injury Treatment