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By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
September 14, 2022
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: chiropractor  

You could benefit from seeing a chiropractor if you have tension, pain, discomfort, or stiffness, especially if it’s affecting mobility or function. Whether you have pain due to a sports injury, work or automobile accident, or a chronic condition, such as arthritis, a chiropractor can help. Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, the experienced chiropractors at Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB, utilize various chiropractic techniques to treat many types of pain, discomfort, and stiffness.

Signs You Need a Chiropractor

Chiropractors utilize a diverse range of methods and techniques to treat and alleviate pain, stiffness, tension, and other symptoms in different areas of the body. Some signs you could benefit from visiting a chiropractor include:

  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Chronic joint and muscle pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Shooting pain in the legs
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Lower back pain

Conditions Treated by Chiropractors

The skilled chiropractors at our Edmonton, AB, chiropractic office treat pain, tension, and other symptoms associated with a broad range of injuries and conditions, including:

  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Sports or work injuries
  • Mid or lower back pain
  • Neck and arm pain
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica

Chiropractic Treatment Methods

Many diverse chiropractic methods and techniques are available for treating pain, discomfort, tension, stiffness, and other symptoms caused by various injuries and conditions. Chiropractic treatments help improve mobility, increase range of motion, reduce stiffness, and alleviate pain and discomfort. Some of the chiropractic services we offer include:

Spinal Adjustment — A method for properly realigning the spine to reduce back pain and improve mobility and function.

Spinal Decompression — A form of traction that utilizes gentle stretching to improve the position of the spine and take pressure of certain areas of it. Spinal decompression helps increase spinal function and mobility, while reducing lower back pain.

Massage Therapy — A technique that helps improve circulation and increase blood flow. Massage therapy can reduce tension, stiffness, and pain, while improving range of motion, flexibility, and function.

There are many reasons to visit a chiropractor. Whether you are struggling with chronic headache pain, have sustained an injury, or just have general tension and stiffness, chiropractic treatment can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Oviatt or Dr. Martinook, our exceptional chiropractors, call Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB, at (780) 457-3621.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
July 12, 2022
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Massage Therapy  

If you have been interested in massage therapy in the past it's likely been in search of relaxation and self-care, but there are more benefits to the treatment, some often overlooked. Massage therapy with your Edmonton, AB, health professionals can also help you manage chronic pain and migraine symptoms. These benefits are explored below but if you would like to learn more you can get in contact with Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic.

Stress Relief

Stress can have a negative impact on your physical health and is known to contribute to better sleep and an improved mood. Massage therapy is more than just back rubs, as it's commonly believed, the calming and relaxing experience is beneficial in itself but there is much more to the treatment.

Pain Relief

Massage therapy is very common among athletes who are looking to reduce tension in muscles that feel tight or spasm. Regular treatments can improve performance by focusing on these tissues and can even help prevent injuries.

For those with chronic pain, the relief offered can help you avoid the overuse of over-the-counter pain medication, which can have negative effects on your health, or worse yet, the use of opioids, which can cause a very harmful dependency.

Pain relief and even improved healing can be attributed to massage therapy's effect on circulation and even in the way it can improve the way the nervous system functions.


Whether it's casual or recurring headaches, or more commonly, migraines, massage therapy can be very beneficial.

The treatment can help you sleep, and it is well documented that lack of sleep can trigger migraines, which can make you sleep less, and get you caught up in a painful cycle.

Massage therapy can sometimes help address the underlying symptom causing the recurring headaches but also help manage the symptom itself, the pain.

Massage Therapy in Edmonton, AB

Whatever the benefits you are looking to reap with massage therapy you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB, by dialing (780) 457-3621.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
January 24, 2022
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Massage therapy tends to be overlooked, often because most aren't aware of the many benefits it can offer. Relaxation is certainly a goal, but beyond stress relief massage therapy from your Edmonton, AB, specialists can also help to reduce pain and discomfort. Learn much more by getting in contact with Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic.

Pain Relief

If you live an active lifestyle, whether it's because of a sport you practice or a job that is physically demanding you are likely to encounter pain at some point. Being active can benefit your overall physical health so don't let a little discomfort dissuade you. Instead, you can turn to physical therapy to ease the stress on your sore or tight muscles, and it can even help you prevent injuries.


For many, it's frequent headaches and migraines that they most often associate with pain. Massage therapy can help address many of the underlying symptoms with these, such as promoting sleep, which, the lack of it, can trigger migraines in many. But massage sessions can also help with the symptom itself, by helping to relieve the headache itself.

Chronic Pain

If your pain is chronic, whatever the source, it's likely to bring about undue stress in your daily life. Regular massage therapy can help you relieve some of this stress by providing an entire session of complete and uninterrupted relaxation, something that can sometimes feel like a luxury. Along with helping in other aspects of pain relief.

Massage Therapy in Edmonton, AB

The automatic answer to pain and discomfort too often is to turn to medication as the only answer. While it can be useful and necessary in many situations, overreliance on them can result in bodily side effects, and depending on the type of medication, it could even cause a physiological dependency on these drugs. Massage therapy that results in a reduction of stress and pain can help you avoid having to open the bottle of pills as regularly.

If you are interested in massage therapy as a path toward pain relief and live in or near the Edmonton, AB, area, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic by dialing (780) 457-3621.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
January 21, 2022
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Spinal Adjustment  

The human spine is the core of our skeletal structure. Because of this, all of the weight that is above our waistline comes down on each of the vertebrae in the spinal column. Any jarring done to the body can cause the alignment of these vertebrae to lead to pinched nerves, awkward displacement of weight, or other problems. Because of this, there are many benefits of getting a regular spinal adjustment. Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, with the Edmonton, AB Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic, would like to help you understand these benefits.

What is a Spinal Adjustment?

Essentially, a spinal adjustment is the realignment of the vertebrae back to their intended positions. The chiropractor will use different adjustment techniques depending on the location of the back, the toughness of the muscle, and limitations of the patient. This will help to ensure that the weight carried by the spine will be done so properly, with no offsets, unequal distribution, or other issues.

Techniques can include forms and combinations of twisting the spine, stretching the spine, and “popping” the spine into place.

What Can This Help?

People have reported several benefits to get a spinal adjustment. These can include:

  • Reduced pain in the neck and back (and use of pain medication for related pain);
  • Increased mobility;
  • Reduced blood pressure;
  • Eases arthritic symptoms and related pain;
  • Improved breathing;
  • Easier to sleep; and
  • Improved circulation.

With the combination of small improvements that are noticed, it can total a large improvement to someone’s overall well-being.

Do I Need a Spinal Adjustment?

Have you fallen on your back? Have you been in an accident? Have you ever carried anything heavy? If you have experienced any of these things, you probably have improper alignment and could definitely benefit from a spinal adjustment.

If you would like to learn more about spinal adjustments and how they can benefit you, call the Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic of Edmonton, AB at 780-457-3621. Dr. Oviatt or Dr. Martinook will be happy to help you get your spine in top shape.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
October 05, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care

Your spine consists of 33 bones that protect and support your spinal cord. These bony discs forming your backbone create small openings where they meet to form joints. These openings allow the passage of nerves. When bone spurs impinge on nerves, it can be quite painful. Your chiropractors at Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, offer spinal adjustment in Edmonton, AB, to help relieve your back pain from bone spurs.

What Are Bone Spurs?

Bone spurs are smooth bony growths that develop on bones, especially close to joints. Bone spurs may be osteophytes and enthesophytes. Osteophytes are bony growths that develop due to friction and are likely to develop on your vertebral joints. On the other hand, enthesophytes develop where ligaments and tendons attach with the bone around joints.

Bone spurs typically occur in people who are 60 years and older but they may still develop in younger people. Having specific conditions such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease increases your chances of developing bone spurs.

Symptoms of Bone Spurs

Bone spurs aren't painful on their own. Problems typically arise when the bone spurs press on nerves, rub against other tissues and restrict movement. Neck and back pain from bone spurs typically develops with time and worsens with physical activity. Symptoms of bone spurs include:

  • Dull pain
  • Tingling sensation in the hands and feet
  • Muscle spasms
  • Radiating pain in the shoulder, buttocks, or thighs
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headaches
  • Loss of coordination

Bone Spurs Treatment

You've got a wide variety of treatment options to help relieve your discomfort from bone spurs.

Non-surgical treatment

  • Medication - muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs from your doctors may help you relieve your discomfort from bone spurs
  • Rest - Taking a break when you experience pain during physical activity helps reduce your discomfort.
  • Physical therapy and exercise - Your doctor can help you improve your posture, restore flexibility, and reduce your discomfort.
  • Spinal manipulation - Your chiropractor can perform spinal adjustment in Edmonton, AB, to relieve your symptoms if they're due to abnormal spinal alignment.
  • Weight loss - Losing weight can take off some of the pressure on your spine.
  • Injections - Spinal injections may help relieve your discomfort.


If non-surgical treatments don't help you improve your neck and back pain from bone spurs, your doctors may recommend surgery. Surgery is the only way to remove the bony growths and remove the pressure on your spinal cord and nerve roots.

Call (780) 457-3621 to schedule your consultation with your chiropractors, Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic, for spinal alignment in Edmonton, AB.

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