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By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
September 22, 2020
Category: Health

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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
April 04, 2018
Category: Health
Tags: Arthritis  

Do you have an ache in your joints that just won't go away and fluctuates in intensity?arthritis

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.

Arthritis

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 Symptoms

Arthritis is not well understood and symptoms are inconsistent, and vary in intensity. Here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • 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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
December 20, 2017
Category: Health

If you have ongoing back or leg pain and prefer a non-surgical yet effective method of treatment, you could benefit from spinal spinal decompressiondecompression 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!

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
September 15, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Pain medication isn't the only way to deal with aches and pains. Massage therapy offers an effective method to reduce and control pain. massage therapyEdmonton, 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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
July 03, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Headaches  

Are you wondering whether chiropractic care could help keep headaches at bay?headaches

There is nothing that can put a damper on your day faster than a headache. The throbbing temples, the pain behind the eyes…it’s enough to ruin anyone’s day. Headaches can greatly impact your life, affecting your work and making you far less productive. If you deal with headaches pretty regularly then you may feel as if your work performance is slipping. This is where our Edmonton, AB chiropractors Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook may be able to help you get back on track.

One treatment option that may finally help you find relief is chiropractic adjustments. So, how can chiropractor adjustments help your symptoms? If you suffer from tension headaches, as many working professionals do, this could be due to muscle tension and irritation in the neck. All you have to do is think about how often you sit hunched over at your desk and you’ll start to realize why you may be experiencing headaches.

Fortunately, regular spinal adjustments are just one effective way that our Edmonton, AB, chiropractic doctor can help improve how your body functions and feels. Through manual manipulation, stretches and rehabilitative exercises we can realign the spine and take pressure off certain muscles and joints in the body that may be irritated. Spinal manipulation is known to improve mobility, function, and range-of-motion, as well as reduce pain and swelling. Headaches can often be improved through spinal manipulations.

Of course, there are many ways in which a chiropractor can help you. When we sit down with you, we will discuss your symptoms and determine different lifestyle modifications and ergonomic changes that you can follow everyday to improve your headache symptoms. Small lifestyle modifications such as getting up to stretch every 30 minutes during your workday and nixing certain foods from your diet could greatly reduce the frequency of your headache symptoms.

If you aren’t someone who participates in exercise, we may recommend starting a low-impact exercise regime that is less likely to trigger a headache and can also strengthen and improve the musculoskeletal system to reduce muscular tension.

Let’s make most of your days headache-free days. Turn to Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, AB for the individualized chiropractic care you need and get the relief you deserve.



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