Damien Cummins has been practicing physiotherapy for 27 years, having graduated from Sydney University in 1990. His junior years as a physio began at John Hunter Hospital and later in 1993 at Howzat, Newcastle. In late 1993, he ventured overseas to America where he spent a total of nine years practising physiotherapy, interspersed with global travels including an 18 month journey through Europe, Africa and Australia. While in the USA, he lived in Michigan and North Carolina and gained a different perspective on physical therapy and health care.
Since returning to Australia in 2002, Damien has focused his time growing a successful physiotherapy practice in Mayfield and continuing his education journey to support his passion for treating head and neck pain.
Damien is credentialed in the McKenzie and Mulligan methods of spinal treatment and has been focusing on mechanical spinal treatment over the past 15 years. He is a Level 3 Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner.
Over the past 3 years, Damien has found a special interest in treatment of headache and migraine through his training with Dean Watson in Sydney and the Watson Headache® Institute. This has prompted him to be the founder of The Newcastle Headache Clinic in 2014 with the goal of providing an alternate evidence based treatment to drugs and injections for headache and migraine sufferers.
Qualification, Awards and Affiliations
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), University of Sydney 1990.
Credentialed McKenzie Therapist in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Cert. MDT) 1997.
Certified Mulligan Therapist (CMT) 2005.
Level III Watson Headache Therapist 2013.
Registered Physiotherapist – Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Member of The Australian Physiotherapy Association (MAPA).
Registered Health Services Provider with Workcover, Medicare, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, 3rd Party Insurances and all major Health Funds.
Currently carrying out research in the Physical Signs of Cervicogenic Headache within a Masters/PhD program at The University of Newcastle.