Evidence Based

Evidence-based natural medicine that is based upon peer-reviewed, published scientific literature.

Integrative Treatment

Combining Chiropractic, Naturopathic and Clinical Nutrition Medicine to manage your condition, and to improve your health in the long-term.

Unique Practice

Dr Gerard Keown is the only practitioner with these qualifications, skills and experience specifically focusing on headaches and neck pain.
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About Us

The Headache and Neck Pain Clinic provides professional, friendly and supportive healthcare by integrating evidence-based natural treatments. We integrate scientifically supported elements of chiropractic, naturopathic, nutritional and myotherapy modalities into each treatment.

We understand that headaches and migraines, neck pain and jaw pain, dizziness and vertigo can seriously affect your health and quality of life. They can affect multiple systems in your body, including your musculoskeletal, nervous, immune, gastrointestinal (digestive) and endocrine (hormone) systems. These systems interact with each other and cause additional signs and symptoms such as insomnia, increased pain sensitivity, nausea and vomiting.

Integrated treatments aim to restore the healthy function of all these systems and to prevent a disorder from becoming chronic. Research shows that the most effective way to treat these is with a multi-modality approach.

Dr Gerard Keown
Dr Gerard Keown
BHSc (Nat) MChiro
Chiropractic 100%
Remedial Massage 95%
Naturopathy 97%
Nutritional Medicine 97%

Dr Gerard Keown

“My passion is achieving the best possible results for patients by providing the highest standard of evidence-based healthcare.”

Dr Gerard Keown has been in practise since 1996 and has a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy), a Master of Chiropractic, and an Advanced Diploma (Remedial Massage). He has taught myotherapy and lectured Anatomy and Physiology at university, and authored peer-reviewed, indexed research on neck pain.

“Being a researcher and a clinician focuses your attention on what works. Over the years I’ve treated professional athletes, actors, musicians and comedians. All of them had to perform at their best. They needed effective treatments.”

The Headache and Neck Pain Clinic was established by Dr Keown to integrate multiple modalities into treatments. His combined qualifications, skills, and experience are specifically focussed on the evidence-based diagnosis, treatment and management of headaches and migraines, neck pain and jaw pain, dizziness and vertigo. This multi-modality approach makes The Headache and Neck Pain Clinic unique.

Dr Keown’s approach is patient-centred and actively involves patients in their own treatment and recovery.

“As a lecturer I had to make complex science understandable. Educating people and ensuring that they understand their injury or disorder is a critical component for their successful recovery. I’m committed to working with patients to establish specific goals that are important to them. By using a multi-modality treatment approach my focus is to help them to achieve this. The long-term aim is to improve health, and to reduce the frequency, severity and duration of relapses.”

Multi-modality treatments may include manipulations (adjustments), mobilisation, soft tissue treatments, dry needling, progressive exercises, nutritional and herbal medicine, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

Conditions We Treat

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Headaches

Headaches reduce your quality of life, affecting work, family and social life, as well as your health. They are the 2nd most common disorder affecting women.

Headaches can cause poor sleep which increases your sensitivity to pain, resulting in a vicious cycle that perpetuates pain, headaches and poor sleep. Over time this can progress to chronic pain. 88% of people who suffer chronic pain also suffer sleep disorders.

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Migraines

Migraines are inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system that involve blood vessel changes and a powerful immune system response. They are very complex disorders and not just another type of headache. Headaches are only one of many symptoms that someone may suffer.

  • They are the 2nd most common neurological disorder in the world (tension-type headaches are the most common).
  • 83% of people who suffer migraines also suffer tension-type headaches simultaneously.
  • 75% of people who suffer migraines are women, mostly of child-bearing age.
  • Hormones play a significant role in migraines.
  • 80% experience low back pain, which is more than the general population.
  • 86% experience neck pain, tight muscles and stiff neck joints.
  • More than 78% experience jaw (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) pain, which increases to 91% with chronic migraine.
  • 50% experience insomnia or poor sleep quality.
  • 84% suffer sinus pressure, 82% sinus pain, 63% nasal congestion, and 47% a runny nose (rhinorrhoea).
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Dizziness/Vertigo

Dizziness and vertigo are amongst the most common disorders, affecting up to 30% of people. The terms are often used interchangeably but they are not the same thing. They have different causes which require different treatments. Fortunately, most causes are benign and not caused by a dangerous pathology.

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Neck Pain

Your neck is the most mobile part of your spine, enabling you to move and stabilise your head to see, hear, smell, eat and drink, and to communicate speech and emotion. It also provides neural signals to your brain that controls your posture and balance.

Sadly, neck pain is the 4th most disabling disorder in the world and the most common chronic disorder. It affects 50% more women than men, and two-thirds of people will experience neck pain during their lifetime. It affects 2.5 million Australians annually.

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Jaw Pain

Your jaw is very active. It moves repetitively every day when eating and speaking. Your jaw bone (mandible) attaches to your temple bones by 2 complex joints known as the temporomandibular joints, or TMJs. A problem with a TMJ or its muscles is known as a temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD is the most common disorder affecting the mouth, jaw and face, called an orofacial disorder. It is over 3 times more prevalent in women, affecting 10% compared to 3% of men. It commonly occurs between 18–44 years of age and is associated with:

  • Clenching and grinding the teeth (bruxism)
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Tension-type headaches (TTH)
  • Whiplash
  • Hypersensitivity to pain
  • Increased prevalence and severity of spinal pain

TMD affects more than 20% of those who have suffered whiplash, and there is a 10-fold increased risk of TMD with migraine, and a 3-fold increased risk with TTH.

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Your First Visit

If this is your first time visiting The Headache and Neck Pain Clinic then our step by step guide will help you to get the most benefit from your first visit.

  1. When you make your first appointment you will receive a confirmation email containing important details, including a link to a New Patient Form that you can complete online. This provides us with important information for diagnosis and treatment. This link is secure and uses encryption. Please allow about 15 minutes to complete the form.
  2. Alternatively, you can download the New Patient Form from this website and complete it on your device. Email the completed form to info@headacheneckpainclinic.com.au. You also have the option to print it out as a hardcopy to complete by hand, and bring with you to your first appointment. Otherwise, you can arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time and our reception staff will provide you with a paper form for you to complete.
  3. If you have any previous scans, x-rays or MRIs please bring these along to your fist appointment. Likewise, if you have any test results, such as blood tests bring these with you.
  4. It is best to wear clothes that will allow your body to move freely, such as gym wear or similar clothing.
  5. HICAPS and EFTPOS are available for immediate on-the-spot health fund claims and electronic payments.
  6. We value your time and do our best to be punctual. We ask that you arrive on time so that you can receive sufficient time for your consultation. Our appointment software will automatically send you an appointment reminder email. We also realise that your plans can change and it may be necessary to reschedule an appointment. We ask that you give us as much notice as possible, preferably at least 48 hours notice. This will enable us to make the appointment time available for someone else who is in need of treatment, otherwise the full appointment fee may be charged for a missed appointment.
  1. Allow 40 minutes for your first consultation. During this time a detailed health history will be taken, followed by a physical exam that may involve testing your vital signs (heart function, blood pressure, respiration, temperature), functional assessments, orthopaedic or neurologic tests. These tests require unrestricted movements which is why gym wear is recommended, and may require access to the skin on your arms or legs.
  2. If necessary, you may be referred for imaging such as x-rays or MRI, or for other tests such as blood tests.
  3. After collecting details of your history, physical exam and any necessary tests you will be given a diagnosis. Different treatment options will be discussed with you, and the likely prognosis. Throughout this process you are encouraged to ask questions. Once you have decided on a treatment approach we will begin treatment during this first consultation.
  4. At the end of treatment certain tests will be repeated. This will determine your response to treatment. You will be shown specific exercises to help your recovery and to reduce the likelihood of relapses, and given specific dietary, lifestyle or occupational strategies. You may also be prescribed nutritional or herbal medicines specific to you and your circumstances.
  1. It is likely that you will require a follow-up appointment. It is rare for a disorder to be completely resolved with one treatment, especially chronic disorders. This will provide important information about how you have responded to treatment and any difficulties you may be encountering with your self-care strategies. This also provides us with the opportunity to progress you to the next stage of recovery with more advanced exercises and prescriptions, reducing the frequency, severity and duration of any future relapses. We aim to make you as self-sufficient as possible and not reliant upon treatments, so a follow-up consultation is only recommended when necessary. Allow 20 minutes for follow-up appointments. Our receptionists will be able to make an appointment for you.
  2. Our professional relationship with you continues after you leave our clinic. You are encouraged to continue to ask any questions or raise any concerns at any time by calling our clinic. This is all part of our service to you.

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Opening Hours

MON:
Closed
TUE:
Closed
WED:
12:30pm – 7:00pm
THU:
Closed
FRI – SAT:
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Getting here...

By Car

There is 1-hour metered street parking in Queen Street, as well as a Wilson carpark 50 metres from the clinic at 200 Queen Street.

by Tram

Tram routes 86 and 96 stop on Bourke Street at the corner of Queen Street (stop #4), just 80 metres from the clinic.

by Bus

Bus routes 200, 207, 216, 220, 234, 236, 250, 251, 303, 309, 350, and 605 stop on Queen Street near the corner of Little Bourke Street, within metres of the clinic.