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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of coordination
Bone Spurs Treatment
You've got a wide variety of treatment options to help relieve your discomfort from bone spurs.
- 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.
Have you been living in pain? Spinal decompression therapy in Edmonton, AB, can help.
Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic offer a variety of chiropractic treatments including spinal decompression therapy in Edmonton, AB, to ease your pain.
What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is also known as nonsurgical decompression, and it is a non-invasive treatment that gently stretches the spine using motorized equipment or a traction table. It can help if you are suffering from arthritis, spinal injuries, herniated discs, pain from surgery, and posterior facet syndrome by relieving pain in the back or legs. It works by easing the pressure placed on the nerves and spine.
How Does Your Chiropractor Perform Spinal Decompression Therapy?
When you come into our office for spinal decompression therapy, your chiropractor will ask you to lay down on a decompression table. This table will use traction to gently reposition your spine. Your chiropractor will control the speed of the movement electronically. They can adjust the amount of pressure that is placed on your muscles. Depending on your case, you will have several 30-minute sessions over the course of a month.
Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Safe?
Your expert chiropractors will ensure that the procedure is done safely, but some patients are not good candidates for spinal decompression therapy. It is generally not recommended for patients who have cancer, a fractured bone, severe osteoporosis, spine implants, or are pregnant.
You will feel some pressure during treatment, but you should not feel any pain. We have sensors to ensure that your muscles are not being stretched too far to keep you safe and comfortable.
The majority of patients notice some pain relief after the first few treatments, with many experiencing the most significant reduction in back pain within the second week of treatment. Spinal decompression may even be used in conjunction with other treatments such as hot and cold therapies, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound to help promote more effective pain relief.
If you are ready to try spinal decompression therapy today, call Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, AB, at (780) 457-3621.
Physical injury and emotional stresses impact your body more than you may realize. At Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, AB, CA, we offer massage therapy as a stand-alone service or combined with advanced chiropractic techniques. Dr. Michelle Martinook and Dr. Christopher Oviatt use massage therapy to optimize comfort and range of motion and to relieve the tension and anxiety which accompanies many spinal health conditions.
What is massage therapy?
Performed in our Edmonton, AB, office, massage therapy is a hands-on service that manipulates the muscles and fascia (connective tissues) associated with the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the spinal column.
Our doctors of chiropractic use both hands-on and traction techniques to:
- Eliminate or limit chronic or acute episodes of pain and muscular soreness
- Quicken rehab after an injury related to sports or a motor vehicle accident
- Relieve both muscular and emotional tension
- Increase an overall sense of well-being
What happens during the massage?
Massage therapy involves various deep tissue strokes, pressure, vibration, cupping, and even more. Sessions are individualized according to patient need and preference, medical history, and current diagnosis. You may have a brief massage before chiropractic treatment, or a stand-alone session may last up to an hour. You and your chiropractor will discuss what therapy is best for your unique situation.
Additional benefits of massage therapy
MedicineNet cites several well-documented benefits of massage, including:
- Release of brain-based endorphins, such as serotonin, which elevate mood and feelings of well-being and relaxation
- Relief of lower back pain, one of the most common problems chiropractors treat
- Reduction of blood pressure and heart rate
- Blocking of pain signals from the injured area to the brain
- Prevention of injury and chronic illness
Massage benefits patients of all ages and walks of life--even children and babies. It addresses a wide range of health conditions from arthritis to TMJ (jaw joint dysfunction) to impaired circulation.
At Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic, our chiropractors and their caring staff work hard to provide the most comprehensive back and spine services in the Edmonton, AB, area. Learn more about their practice, including massage therapy, and how you can feel and function at your very best. Call us for an individualized consultation with Dr. Oviatt or Dr. Martinook: (780) 457-3621.
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