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Dealing with painful tension headaches? Chiropractic treatment in Edmonton, AB, could help!
Everything from work stress to poor posture can lead to frequent headaches. If headaches feel like they are becoming a regular occurrence, then it’s time to consider what bad habits could be causing them. Fortunately, our chiropractors in Edmonton, AB, Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, can help reduce your headache symptoms through regular chiropractic care!
What is causing my headaches?
It’s important to figure out what is causing your headaches so that you and your doctor can determine the best course of action. While there are certain activities, habits, and environmental factors that can lead to headaches, there are other structures such as the neck, muscles, joints, and nerves that can also play a role in the condition's development.
Headaches that originate from the neck and surrounding area are often the result of tension, irritation, or some sort of dysfunction within the cervical area of the spine. In this case, cervical joint dysfunction or other issues can be treated with by a visit to our Edmonton office.
How can a chiropractor treat my headaches?
As chiropractors, we specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions/injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system. Everything is interconnected, from the spinal discs to the joints, nerves, and ligaments in your body. When one thing doesn’t work properly, other areas of the body often suffer. This may be why you are experiencing headaches.
When you come into our office for an evaluation, we will go through your medical history and ask you specific questions about the symptoms which you are experiencing. We will also perform a thorough physical exam checking for any signs of dysfunction both within the spine and surrounding areas. Discussing your medical history will also provide us with the information we need about your lifestyle and daily habits that could also be playing a role (e.g. smoking; diet; stress).
From there we will create a treatment plan that will cater to your specific needs and symptoms. Common treatment options include spinal manipulation, massage therapy, specific exercises (to improve poor posture), soft tissue therapy, and other therapeutic modalities. Getting regular spinal manipulation even when you aren’t experiencing symptoms can also be a great preventive measure for patients.
Seeking relief? Give us a call!
If you are dealing with tension headaches in the Edmonton area, then it’s time to find out for yourself how our chiropractic services could benefit your health. Call Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic today at (780) 457-3621 to schedule your first consultation with us!
Many people think of massage therapy as a luxury or indulgence to be enjoyed on rare occasions like a birthday or special anniversary. Although a nice soothing massage is indeed a great way to reward yourself for reaching a certain milestone or accomplishment, the truth is that massage therapy is also an extraordinarily valuable investment in your health and well-being. The chiropractors at Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, ON, Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, offer massage therapy to help manage the symptoms of a number of common health problems from chronic stress to arthritis and athletic injuries. Read on to learn more!
Feel Better with Massage Therapy from our Edmonton Office
There are different types of massage that range from mild and gentle (Swedish massage) to deep tissue massage and trigger point massage designed to really target muscle and connective tissue either before or after an injury.
Massage therapy is typically prescribed for therapeutic purposes in addition to traditional treatments like medication and physical therapy, but its benefits extend beyond physical injuries, muscle strains, aches, and pains. According to some studies, massage therapy also holds the potential to provide relief and help manage symptoms for the following conditions:
- TMJ (Temporomandibular joint pain)
- Digestive issues
- Relieve stress
- Anxiety Management
People often decide to try massage therapy on their own, but it may also be recommended by a physician or therapist as part of a recovery, healing, rehabilitation, or preventive care plan.
Need Relief? Call Our Edmonton Office Today
Massages aren't just for special occasions—they are a great way to soothe your strained muscles and relieve the symptoms of serious conditions. For more information on the benefits of massage therapy on your physical and general wellness, contact Castledowns Chiropractic by calling (780) 457-3621 to schedule an appointment today with Dr. Oviatt or Dr. Martinook!
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.