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By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
January 21, 2022
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Spinal Adjustment  

The human spine is the core of our skeletal structure. Because of this, all of the weight that is above our waistline comes down on each of the vertebrae in the spinal column. Any jarring done to the body can cause the alignment of these vertebrae to lead to pinched nerves, awkward displacement of weight, or other problems. Because of this, there are many benefits of getting a regular spinal adjustment. Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, with the Edmonton, AB Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic, would like to help you understand these benefits.

What is a Spinal Adjustment?

Essentially, a spinal adjustment is the realignment of the vertebrae back to their intended positions. The chiropractor will use different adjustment techniques depending on the location of the back, the toughness of the muscle, and limitations of the patient. This will help to ensure that the weight carried by the spine will be done so properly, with no offsets, unequal distribution, or other issues.

Techniques can include forms and combinations of twisting the spine, stretching the spine, and “popping” the spine into place.

What Can This Help?

People have reported several benefits to get a spinal adjustment. These can include:

  • Reduced pain in the neck and back (and use of pain medication for related pain);
  • Increased mobility;
  • Reduced blood pressure;
  • Eases arthritic symptoms and related pain;
  • Improved breathing;
  • Easier to sleep; and
  • Improved circulation.

With the combination of small improvements that are noticed, it can total a large improvement to someone’s overall well-being.

Do I Need a Spinal Adjustment?

Have you fallen on your back? Have you been in an accident? Have you ever carried anything heavy? If you have experienced any of these things, you probably have improper alignment and could definitely benefit from a spinal adjustment.

If you would like to learn more about spinal adjustments and how they can benefit you, call the Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic of Edmonton, AB at 780-457-3621. Dr. Oviatt or Dr. Martinook will be happy to help you get your spine in top shape.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
October 05, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care

Your spine consists of 33 bones that protect and support your spinal cord. These bony discs forming your backbone create small openings where they meet to form joints. These openings allow the passage of nerves. When bone spurs impinge on nerves, it can be quite painful. Your chiropractors at Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook, offer spinal adjustment in Edmonton, AB, to help relieve your back pain from bone spurs.

What Are Bone Spurs?

Bone spurs are smooth bony growths that develop on bones, especially close to joints. Bone spurs may be osteophytes and enthesophytes. Osteophytes are bony growths that develop due to friction and are likely to develop on your vertebral joints. On the other hand, enthesophytes develop where ligaments and tendons attach with the bone around joints.

Bone spurs typically occur in people who are 60 years and older but they may still develop in younger people. Having specific conditions such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease increases your chances of developing bone spurs.

Symptoms of Bone Spurs

Bone spurs aren't painful on their own. Problems typically arise when the bone spurs press on nerves, rub against other tissues and restrict movement. Neck and back pain from bone spurs typically develops with time and worsens with physical activity. Symptoms of bone spurs include:

  • Dull pain
  • Tingling sensation in the hands and feet
  • Muscle spasms
  • Radiating pain in the shoulder, buttocks, or thighs
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headaches
  • Loss of coordination

Bone Spurs Treatment

You've got a wide variety of treatment options to help relieve your discomfort from bone spurs.

Non-surgical treatment

  • Medication - muscle relaxants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs from your doctors may help you relieve your discomfort from bone spurs
  • Rest - Taking a break when you experience pain during physical activity helps reduce your discomfort.
  • Physical therapy and exercise - Your doctor can help you improve your posture, restore flexibility, and reduce your discomfort.
  • Spinal manipulation - Your chiropractor can perform spinal adjustment in Edmonton, AB, to relieve your symptoms if they're due to abnormal spinal alignment.
  • Weight loss - Losing weight can take off some of the pressure on your spine.
  • Injections - Spinal injections may help relieve your discomfort.


If non-surgical treatments don't help you improve your neck and back pain from bone spurs, your doctors may recommend surgery. Surgery is the only way to remove the bony growths and remove the pressure on your spinal cord and nerve roots.

Call (780) 457-3621 to schedule your consultation with your chiropractors, Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook of Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic, for spinal alignment in Edmonton, AB.

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.

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