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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 23, 2020
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Back Pain  

If you're a middle-aged man, you've likely experienced back pain. But frankly, any person of any age can suffer from this potentially debilitating problem. At Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, AB, your chiropractors are Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook. They diagnose and treat back pain of all kinds. They look forward to helping you.

Locations and causes of back pain

Your spine is divided into three sections, or curves: cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar (lower back). Besides the bony vertebrae, the spine is integrated with nerves, supported by muscles and moves by way of joints, or facets. Gel-filled discs between the vertebrae cushion the spine and help it move smoothly and comfortably.

Pain can originate in any or all of these back structures and curves due to congenital malformation, injury (either repetitive or traumatic) or degenerative disease (such as osteoporosis). Symptoms for the same kind of condition can vary tremendously from patient to patient, says Accordingly, treatment is highly individualized.

Getting help for back pain

If you're in pain, you need expert help from your Edmonton, AB, chiropractor. Dr. Oviatti and Dr. Martinook listen carefully to their patients' complaints, focusing on their onset, duration and intensity. Then, they do hands-on spinal exams to note subluxations, or misalignments, of the spine. X-rays and other kinds of digital imaging, along with lab work, may be in order to pinpoint a diagnosis and to formulate a treatment plan.

Possible treatments

Depending on your specific problem, your doctor of chiropractic may recommend any one or a combination of the following treatments through Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic:

  1. A limited amount of rest and change in daily routines, including exercise and work
  2. Mobilization with a back brace
  3. Spinal Manipulation Therapy, or SMT
  4. Over the counter analgesics for pain relief
  5. Ice or heat to the affected area
  6. Massage therapy to reduce pain and stiffness and to increase range of motion
  7. Specific exercises and physical therapy

Don't suffer from back pain

Back pain is no joke. Get back to the active life you love with back pain treatment from your friends at Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, AB. Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook are passionate about chiropractic health and have years of experience and extensive expertise in treating patients of all ages. Phone us for a personalized consultation: (780) 457-3621.

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
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.

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