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By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
May 13, 2020
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Sports Injuries  

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.

Risk Factors

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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
March 10, 2020
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Spinal Adjustment  

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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
December 12, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Considering a massage therapy treatment in Edmonton? Have questions? A massage is a powerful tool that can help you take charge of Backyour 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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
August 02, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: chiropractor  

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 chiropractorimpossible. 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
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pregnancy-related pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Joint pain and tenderness
  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Insomnia
  • 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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
April 11, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: chiropractor  

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 headacheoccurrence, 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!

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