Back pain can affect all aspects of your life, making it hard to sit in a chair at work or get comfortable in bed at night. Fortunately, Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton have received highly specialized training in managing their patients' back pain. One of the most effective ways to treat back pain is spinal decompression. Although there is a surgical procedure by the same name, we will be focusing on the non-surgical therapeutic treatment in this post.
What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression is a therapy used by many chiropractors to help patients with back pain by gently stretching the spine and releasing pressure within the discs, which are cushioned sections of cartilage between each of the spinal bones. During spinal decompression, you'll lie on a hinged table that is connected to a computer that your Edmonton chiropractor will operate. The movements of the table help to relax and stretch the spine intermittently. The goal of spinal decompression therapy is to reduce friction and confinement of the nerves as well as promote blood flow and fluid circulation.
Can spinal decompression help me?
Many types of back pain respond well to spinal decompression therapy. People with a trapped sciatic nerve, for example, may have lower back or even leg pain. Those who have bulging or degenerated spinal discs can experience pain anywhere along the spinal column, although neck pain is common for people who have been in car accidents. Athletes may have damaged or worn spinal joints that lead to constant discomfort. Consulting with your Edmonton chiropractor will help determine if spinal decompression could benefit you.
Don't let back pain keep you from enjoying life. Contact Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton to make an appointment with Dr. Martinook or Dr. Oviatt today. We can be reached at (780) 457-3621.
You love sports. Tennis, running, weight training—you name it. However, these activities can take a toll on your body over time. Fortunately, here at Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB, your chiropractors, Dr. Michelle Martinook and Dr. Christopher Oviatt, help athletes just like you deal with sports injuries, improve performance, and stay in the game.
Common Sports Injuries
You might think of a concussion or a broken wrist, however, most sports injuries are less obvious than these issues. Typical problems include:
- Pain, particularly in the lower back
- Muscle weakness, soreness, and imbalance
- Sprains (ankle sprains are the most common sports injury according to the American Podiatric Medical Association)
- Turf toe
- Shin splints
- Stress fractures
- Torn ligaments and tendons (such as the ACL in the knee and the rotator cuff in the shoulder)
Injuries originate in blows to the body, hyperextension/hyperflexion of joints, and falls.
There are conditions that set the stage for sports injuries. They include:
- Age: The older you are, the stiffer your muscles and connective tissue are. Age makes bones brittle, too, and prone to fracture. Young people are more accident-prone and are simply more involved in athletics. Statistics Canada says that 66 percent of injuries to teens are related to sports.
- Poor physical condition: Consistent training and conditioning reduce the risk of sports injuries. However, weekend warriors who train infrequently sustain more repetitive motion and overuse injuries.
- Worn-out or ill-fitting equipment: Good shoes that fit properly and well-constructed padding are definite musts.
Seeing Your Chiropractor in Edmonton, Ab
At Castledowns Chiropractic, our professional team treats and prevents common sports injuries. Your evaluation starts with a hands-on spinal exam, review of your symptoms, and digital imaging. Dr. Martinook or Dr. Oviatt will put together a care plan to address your immediate pain and impaired function and to prevent injuries in the future.
Customized to your unique needs and goals, your management strategies may include:
- Chiropractic adjustment of spinal subluxations (misalignments)
- Massage therapy to relieve pain and tension in large muscles groups
- Joint manipulation and mobilization
- Electrical stimulation (TENS)
- Ultrasound therapy
Be in Your Best Shape
Feel great, and expect improved performance when you undergo chiropractic treatment for your sports injuries. Contact Castledowns Chiropractic at (780) 457-3621 for more information.
Spinal adjustment therapy, also known as spinal manipulative therapy or spinal manipulation, combines jolting and moving joints, physical therapy, exercise, and massage. It is specifically developed for alleviating pressure on your joints, improving nerve function, and reducing inflammation.
Here at Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, CA, our chiropractors, Drs. Christopher Oviatt and Michelle Martinook, use spinal adjustment therapy for treating back, shoulder, neck, and head pain. They also administer spinal adjustments for safer and faster rehabilitation after an injury.
How Does Spinal Adjustment Therapy Work?
The whole purpose of spinal adjustment therapy is to correct or positively affect the alignment, function, and/or alignment of certain vertebral joints. Particularly, the therapy is developed for correcting vertebral subluxations. Essentially, subluxations occur when the spine’s alignment, structural, and movement integrity, as well as physiological functions are negatively affected because of pathological, structural, or functional changes.
Many studies have shown that most individuals go to their chiropractors for various musculoskeletal issues. 60% of these individuals have low back pain, while the rest have problems with the neck, head, and extremities. The effects of therapy will differ based on the specific adjustments performed. In general, however, spinal adjustment therapy can provide relief from musculoskeletal pain, increased muscle strength, increase tolerance to pain, facet joint kinematic changes, and better ROM or range of motion.
What Do Spinal Adjustments Entail?
Chiropractors utilize more than 100 kinds of spinal adjustments. Some utilize gentle techniques, particularly during spinal mobilization, while others utilize more force and twisting techniques during spinal manipulation. With spinal manipulation, chiropractors use their hands for applying controlled and sudden force to manipulate a particular joint.
During the session, it’s completely normal to hear popping noises, similar to when you’re cracking your knuckles. During spinal mobilization, chiropractors utilize less force and will focus more on stretching specific joints. In some cases, they’ll also utilize a tiny metal tool called an activator for applying force to a vertebra.
Additionally, your chiropractor in Edmonton, CA, may also use heat and ice therapy, ultrasound for heating deep tissue, traction devices for stretching your spine, and electric stimulation. In most cases, sessions will be conducted on an adjustable padded table. Your chiropractor can drop and adjust certain parts of this table to add varying forces to each movement.
Want to Learn How Spinal Adjustment Therapy Can Help You?
Contact Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, CA, to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors, Dr. Christopher Oviatt or Dr. Michelle Martinook. Dial (780) 457-3621 for more information.
Considering a massage therapy treatment in Edmonton? Have questions? A massage is a powerful tool that can help you take charge of your well-being and health. Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues the body to improve your health and well-being. Led by Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, Castledowns Chiropractic (located in Edmonton, AB) offers massage therapy to their patients. Read on to get answers to the most FAQs about massage therapy.
What is Massage Therapy?
It is is a procedure in which a licensed practitioner manipulates the soft tissues of their client's body using varying degrees of pressure and movement. Therapeutic massage is any type of massage that reduces pain and works on a specific problem—such as a frozen shoulder.
Who Can Benefit From a Massage?
Massage therapy is very beneficial to athletes, improving their abilities and helping injuries. It can also help anyone who has stiff, tense muscles or difficulty with mobility.
What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
It is increasingly being offered in chiropractic clinics along with standard treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Studies have shown that massage is an effective treatment for reducing pain, stress, and muscle tension. Some studies have also shown that massage may be helpful for anxiety, headaches, sports injuries, soft tissue strains or injuries, and fibromyalgia.
How Does Massage Relieve Pain?
Massage therapy may reduce pain by way of several mechanisms, including relaxing painful muscles, joints, and tendons; reducing anxiety and stress; and helping to close the pain gate by stimulating nerve fibers and impeding pain messages to and from your brain.
How Often Should I Get a Massage?
If you're just looking for some occasional relaxation, then a session every 3-4 weeks may be fine for you. Weekly sessions may be desirable if you're receiving massage for stress or pain relief. The frequency of your visits should be discussed with your chiropractor after your treatment when he or she has a better understanding of your particular issues.
Don't let chronic pain control you. If you need a massage therapy treatment in Edmonton, call Castledowns Chiropractic at 780-457-3621 right now to schedule a consultation.
Dealing with inflammation, aches, or pains? Chiropractic treatment may be exactly what you need.
Today, countless people deal with chronic or severe pain that affects their quality of life and makes even everyday activities nearly impossible. Fortunately, our Edmonton, AB, chiropractors, Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, have helped patients of all ages feel better without turning to medication or surgery. Read on to learn more.
The Benefits of chiropractic treatment
When people think about chiropractic treatment, they often think about spinal manipulation. After all, this is one of the standard treatments that patients receive from our Edmonton office. Of course, along with spinal manipulation, our chiropractic doctors also offer other manual therapies, as well as therapeutic exercises, ergonomic training, and education to determine which lifestyle modifications could best manage your pain.
More about spinal manipulation
Spinal manipulation is a popular treatment option for those dealing with a variety of painful conditions and injuries, especially back and neck pain. By applying manual pressure to certain areas around the spine, our chiropractor can easily realign and adjust the spine to improve blood flow and mobility, speed up the body’s natural healing process, and reduce pain and swelling. Regular spinal manipulation can also help those dealing with,
- Hip, leg, and shoulder pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Pregnancy-related pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Joint pain and tenderness
- Anxiety and mood disorders
- Digestive problems
If you aren’t getting the relief you need through standard medical care and you don’t want to rely on drugs long-term, then it may be time to consider getting chiropractic treatment. Even healthy individuals can benefit from spinal manipulation, as it could prevent problems from occurring in the first place.
Interested? Give us a call
Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, AB, wants to make sure that every patient gets the proper pain management that they need. If you are experiencing issues with swelling, pain, limited mobility, or weakness, then call our office today at (780) 457-3621 for an evaluation.
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