A migraine can cause pain so intense that the sufferer can do nothing except wait for it to end. Sitting in a dark and silent place sometimes helps a little. There is an aura that occurs before many of them begin. Nausea and vomiting often occur with one of these.
Your first appointment with the chiropractor is spent taking a medical history and doing a physical exam of the spine and neck. The evaluation may include an x-ray. There are range of motion tests that assess the level of tension tightening your muscles.
Only after a full assessment is completed will care be administered. Manual adjustments have been found to be effective, especially in tension headaches. Massage may be added and sometimes a program of light exercise.
A series of office visits will be scheduled to continue the adjustments. Some people experience pain alleviation in a short time. It is dependent on age, overall health and response to the adjustments. Each person is an individual and responds at their own rate.
A chiropractor can also offer excellent advice on how tension and some other headaches can be prevented. A program of mild exercise is devised to suit each persons individual needs. In the case of migraines, no one is yet positive what causes them, although there are several theories.
Some claim they can be avoided by giving up certain foods such as chocolate and cheese. There may be some truth to that, but, no one is certain. Another theory is that a genetic connection can be made due to the fact that they run in families.