Could whiplash be the cause of your neck pain? Although whiplash often occurs after vehicular accidents, you can develop the condition even if you haven't been in a car crash. Edmonton chiropractors Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic offer several treatments that can help relieve your neck pain.
What is whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when your neck is forced forward then backward unexpectedly or from side to side. The quick movement can damage muscles, tendons, ligaments, vertebrae and discs in your neck, causing mild to excruciating pain, depending on the severity of your injury. Any sudden blow to your body or head can cause the condition. You may notice whiplash symptoms after:
- Forceful contact with another player or the ground when playing sports,
- A bumpy ride on a rollercoaster
- A fall when snowboarding or skiing
Even seemingly minor falls or accidents can cause whiplash. It's more likely to occur after a vehicular accident if your car or truck is struck from behind, no matter what how fast you're traveling at the time.
What are common whiplash symptoms?
Pain, the most obvious symptom of whiplash, may vary in intensity. You may notice slight pain when you turn your head or may be in such severe pain that it's not even possible to turn your head one inch. Pain may extend to your shoulders, upper back, arms and hands.
You may also experience other symptoms, such as:
- Muscle spasms
- Decreased range of motion
- Blurry vision
- Ringing in the ears
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Depression or irritability
How can a visit to my Edmonton chiropractor help me?
Your chiropractor offers a variety of treatments that can relieve your pain, promote healing and improve your ability to move your neck. They may use spinal manipulation to correct the alignment of your vertebrae, recommend massage therapy to loosen tight muscles, or utilize instrument-assisted adjustments. Your chiropractor may also recommend exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles in your neck.
Chiropractic treatment can help speed your recovery from whiplash! Call Edmonton chiropractors Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic at (780) 457-3621 to schedule your appointment.
When pain and discomfort becomes a problem, some people think that they must default to medication or invasive surgeries. A chiropractor may be the better option for a number of reasons. Learn how seeing a chiropractor at Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, on a regular basis could help you with a variety of symptoms you may be experiencing.
General Pain Relief
Chiropractors are most concerned with helping you to relieve the pain that’s making it difficult for you to walk, work, or exercise regularly. Common pain sufferers include athletes, construction workers, truckers, waiters, and others who spend a lot of time on their feet, lifting or straining. Chiropractic patients often struggle with back and spinal pain, neck and arm pain, arthritis, and headaches. If you’re dealing with any of these issues, a chiropractor can help. We have two massage therapists on staff as well.
Rehabilitation After Accident or Surgery
After an accident or personal injury of any kind, patients often call on a chiropractor to be rehabilitated so that they can return to normal activities. Also, if you’ve just had major surgery, part of your recovery should be to visit a chiropractor for help. Instrument-assisted adjustments, stretches and rehabilitative exercises, and similar treatments are available. Some patients need help with stress management and lifestyle counseling, which are also offered at Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton.
You May Avoid Invasive Treatment Options
Patients generally go to see a chiropractic doctor when they want to avoid invasive procedures. For instance, instead of having back surgery, regular chiropractic adjustments to correct vertebral restrictions and misalignments may help the healing process. Using ice and heat therapy can reduce inflammation and ease pain over time. Some patients have pain symptoms because they are carrying too much weight—a program called Ideal Protein can help with weight loss. Modern treatments like electrotherapy is also a chiropractic care option. We also have a physiotherapist on staff who offers ultrasound, as well as shockwave and other treatments.
Get Chiropractic Care
When you need help, it’s important to explore all of your options. Find out how a chiropractor could help you with the medical concern you’re currently experiencing. Call the office of Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB, at (780) 457-3621 for an appointment with Dr. Christopher Oviatt or Dr. Michelle Martinook.
Do you have an ache in your joints that just won't go away and fluctuates in intensity?
Arthritis is a form of joint pain or joint disease and can be debilitating. There are several types of arthritis but your Edmonton, AB, chiropractors, Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, can help.
As one of the leading causes of disability in the USA, arthritis affects people of different ages, sexes, and races, but is more common amongst women and the elderly, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Arthritis is not well understood and symptoms are inconsistent, and vary in intensity. Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for:
- Decreased range of motion
Severe arthritis has its own set of symptoms, according to your Edmonton chiropractor:
- Chronic pain
- Inability to do daily activities
- Difficult to walk or climb stairs
- Permanent visible joint changes, like knobby finger joints
Types of Arthritis
Different arthritis affects different parts of the body, like the heart, eyes, lungs, kidneys, and skin. Here are a few types of arthritis and what they impact:
- Fibromyalgia, a slew of symptoms including: chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems, and mood change
- Gout, an inflammatory arthritis affecting people who have a high concentration of uric acid
- Lupus, an autoimmune disease that impacts several organs, such as joints, kidneys, skin, or brain
- Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of the cartilage between joints
- Osteoporosis, it's when bone tissue is broken down faster than it's replaced
- Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks joints
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, it's when the nerve that travels from your forearm to the palm is squeezed at the wrist.
- Lyme Disease, it's an infection caused by bacteria found in deer ticks, and if contracted and not treated early, may lead to severe issues.
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call your Edmonton, AB, chiropractors, Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook, today! You can reach them at their office's number: (780) 457-3621.
If you have ongoing back or leg pain and prefer a non-surgical yet effective method of treatment, you could benefit from spinal decompression therapy. This chiropractic procedure can help you stay on top of your back or leg pain and align your back properly to get back on your feet for good. Find out more about nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy with help from Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook at Castle Downs Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB.
What is spinal decompression therapy?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy is a hands-on chiropractic approach to treating back and leg pain. The procedure uses a motorized table to align the spine with the objective of relieving pain and discomfort due to the misalignment of the spine and its sensitive nervous tissues. With the proper alignment of the spine taking the pressure off of the surrounding tissues, the body has an ideal environment in which to heal. Nonsurgical decompression therapy is often used to treat herniated, bulging, or degenerating discs.
What can I expect during nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy?
Your doctor will ask you to lie on a motorized table. A harness fits around your hips and trunk. The motorized table, controlled by a computer, will move to gently pull your lower body. The treatment itself lasts about 30 minutes and may require you to lay either face down or face up depending on your treatment plan. Most patients require several spinal decompression treatments to see their desired results. Your chiropractor may couple spinal decompression therapy with other chiropractic treatments like ultrasound therapy or hot/cold therapy.
Spinal Decompression Therapy in Edmonton, AB
If you suffer from back or leg pain and want a safe and noninvasive treatment option, nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy could help you. The procedure itself often comes after other treatments like manual adjustments. For more information on spinal decompression therapy, please contact Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook at Castle Downs Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB. Call (780) 457-3621 to schedule your appointment with your chiropractic today!
Pain medication isn't the only way to deal with aches and pains. Massage therapy offers an effective method to reduce and control pain. Edmonton, AB, chiropractors Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic explain how you can benefit from massage therapy.
How does massage therapy reduce pain?
Manipulating sore muscles loosens and relaxes them, decreasing pain and tension. In addition to decreasing or eliminating muscle pain, massage therapy also improves your range of motion and increases both blood and lymph circulation. Increased blood flow promotes healing, while improved lymph circulation enhances immune system functioning and also removes excess fluids that can cause swelling. Massage triggers the release of endorphins, natural body chemicals that act as painkillers. It also increases your level of serotonin, a chemical that affects your mood.
Massage therapy can be helpful for a range of conditions
In addition to relieving pain, massage therapy in our Edmonton office is a very effective stress-relief method. Over time, stress causes muscles to tense painfully and blood pressure to rise. Massage therapy can help you avoid these consequences without the need for medications. Stress is also a factor in some diseases and conditions, such as asthma. If you have asthma, you may have noticed that your symptoms are worse when you feel stressed or anxious. Regular massages keep stress levels low and may decrease the number of asthma flare ups you experience.
You may also benefit from massage therapy if:
- You're in pain due to an injury or condition, such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, strained muscles or tendinitis.
- Your muscles are tight and painful due to poor posture or hours sitting or standing at work.
- You have pain related to gout, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or other diseases and conditions.
- You have chronic gastrointestinal problems caused by constipation or other issues.
- You suffer from insomnia or sleep apnea.
- You experience frequent tension headaches.
Reduce your pain and improve your health with massage therapy. Call Edmonton, AB, chiropractors Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic at (780) 457-3621 to schedule an appointment.
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