If you have never seen a chiropractor, you will find the experience immensely relaxing and in a very holistic setting. The goal of the chiropractor is to treat pain naturally without the use of medications or surgery. By manually manipulating the spinal, the doctor of chiropractor helps increase blood flow through the spine and body. Many chiropractors help people with headache pain and repeating headaches. The goal is prevention and healing rather than masking the symptoms, which is what happens when you take a pain reliever for pain. Masking the pain can actually cause more injury since you can not feel if you are worsening the condition.
Upon your initial visit, your doctor will ask you several different questions in order to help evaluate the pain. These include times of the day the headaches normally occur, if you are unsure, it is a good idea to keep a diary. Where does your headache hurt or which part of the head and does it include the neck. In addition, your doctor will probably ask you to explain what the headaches feel like, is it a dull ache, or a throbbing type pain. Additionally, he or she will want to know how long the headaches usually last and what you were doing when it started. The answers you give all help the chiropractor to better understand your needs and how to provide relief.
In addition, on you first visit, your doctor will run several x-rays of your spinal in order to pinpoint how the pain you describe correlates to your spinal column alignment. He or she uses this, and your symptoms to set up a treatment plan for which you will probably see your doctor for the spinal manipulation, which may include trigger point therapy, and deep muscle massage. In the beginning of the treatment plan, depending in the seriousness of the headaches and the x-ray results, your doctor may need to see you as often as three times each week. Once you begin to see relief and progress is made, you will not have to go as often, but probably you will need a wellness program in order to prevent future headaches.
Many chiropractors suggest herbs for pain and relaxation particularly if the pain stems from tension. Some chiropractic clinics have herbs and supplements that they sell to their patients, which often help to prevent future headaches. Many Americans suffer needlessly with recurring and chronic headaches and could benefit from the services of a chiropractor.