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By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
July 12, 2022
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Massage Therapy  

If you have been interested in massage therapy in the past it's likely been in search of relaxation and self-care, but there are more benefits to the treatment, some often overlooked. Massage therapy with your Edmonton, AB, health professionals can also help you manage chronic pain and migraine symptoms. These benefits are explored below but if you would like to learn more you can get in contact with Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic.

Stress Relief

Stress can have a negative impact on your physical health and is known to contribute to better sleep and an improved mood. Massage therapy is more than just back rubs, as it's commonly believed, the calming and relaxing experience is beneficial in itself but there is much more to the treatment.

Pain Relief

Massage therapy is very common among athletes who are looking to reduce tension in muscles that feel tight or spasm. Regular treatments can improve performance by focusing on these tissues and can even help prevent injuries.

For those with chronic pain, the relief offered can help you avoid the overuse of over-the-counter pain medication, which can have negative effects on your health, or worse yet, the use of opioids, which can cause a very harmful dependency.

Pain relief and even improved healing can be attributed to massage therapy's effect on circulation and even in the way it can improve the way the nervous system functions.


Whether it's casual or recurring headaches, or more commonly, migraines, massage therapy can be very beneficial.

The treatment can help you sleep, and it is well documented that lack of sleep can trigger migraines, which can make you sleep less, and get you caught up in a painful cycle.

Massage therapy can sometimes help address the underlying symptom causing the recurring headaches but also help manage the symptom itself, the pain.

Massage Therapy in Edmonton, AB

Whatever the benefits you are looking to reap with massage therapy you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic in Edmonton, AB, by dialing (780) 457-3621.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
January 24, 2022
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Massage Therapy  

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.

Pain Relief

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.

Chronic Pain

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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
January 29, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Massage Therapy  

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.

Learn more

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.

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
February 14, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Massage Therapy  

Many people think of massage therapy as a luxury or indulgence to be enjoyed on rare occasions like a birthday or special anniversary. Massage 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:

  • Headaches/migraine
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular joint pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • 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!

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