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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.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
March 28, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Massage Therapy  

How massage therapy in Edmonton, Alberta can help youmassage therapy

Everyone needs to relax, but if you’ve been hurt in an accident or have a medical condition, it can be difficult to find relief. Massage therapy treatments can help your entire body heal by relaxing tense muscles and calming your mind. Your doctors at Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada want to share the many benefits of massage therapy and how it can help you relax.

Massage therapy is an ancient treatment with modern applications. In fact massage therapy is used to effectively treat:

  • Temporo-mandibular joint pain (TMJ)
  • Headaches and facial pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis
  • Ligament and muscle strain or injury
  • Insomnia and stress
  • Digestive and circulatory problems

Massage therapy is very beneficial to your health and sense of well-being, especially if you’ve suffered a sports injury, or sudden movements like whiplash from a car accident. Your circulation improves with massage therapy which will also promote increased tissue healing if you’ve been in an accident or suffered an injury.

Massage therapy can help you relax and increase your range-of-motion by easing and loosening up tight muscles, ligaments and tendons. If you have chronic medical conditions like arthritis, diabetes or sciatica, massage therapy can help alleviate pain, swelling and other symptoms.

At Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic, your massage therapists will use hand techniques to soothe aching muscles and help you relax. To promote healing, vibration, muscle compression and both fixed and moving pressure are used to penetrate deep into your tissues. They may suggest the use of devices like rollers or tables to help stretch out tense ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Massage therapy is a proven method to promote relaxation and rejuvenation. If you want to heal your body, mind and spirit, massage therapy can help. Your doctors in Edmonton will develop a customized treatment plan utilizing massage and other techniques to keep you feeling your best. You don’t need to live with a stressed-out body when healing hands are just a phone call away. Call your doctors at Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. To learn more about what massage therapy can do for you, call today!

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
January 03, 2017
Category: Health
Tags: Arthritis  

Don’t let arthritis pain get you down. Find out how getting chiropractic treatment in Edmonton, AB can help.arthritis

If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis and are looking for alternative ways to handle your pain and discomfort then it’s time you turned to one of our

Chiropractors to find out how we can provide the relief you’ve been looking for. We can easily become part of your existing treatment plan to accommodate your needs and improve mobility and function. Find out the many ways chiropractic care can improve your arthritis.

What are the warning signs that I might have arthritis?

Not sure that your symptoms are actually that of arthritis? If you haven’t received a proper diagnosis from a doctor this is the first step you need to take. Common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Swelling of the joints
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Skin redness around the affected joints
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

Not everyone experiences all of these symptoms. There are over 200 different kinds of arthritis. Your symptoms may be mild or severe. You may notice that symptoms are worse during the morning and get better throughout the day. Everyone is different so when you start to notice any changes it’s always a good idea to get a medical evaluation.

How can our Edmonton chiropractic doctor help?

Many forms of arthritis can benefit from chiropractic care and many people should consider getting regular chiropractic treatment. Osteoarthritis is one common form of arthritis that can benefit greatly from what therapies we offer.

Because chiropractic is focused on the health and mobility of the joints it’s no surprise that it can help those with arthritis. Through spinal manipulation we can correct alignment issues. Misaligned vertebra can put unnecessary pressure on certain joints and nerves on the body. Through manual manipulation we can put these vertebra back in place to improve healing and to reduce pain and inflammation.

Other options that could help your arthritis symptoms include:

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Trigger point treatment
  • Laser therapy

Don’t let arthritis dictate how you live your life. Get the chiropractic care in Edmonton, AB that you deserve. Call Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic today.

By Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic
October 14, 2016
Category: Health

A chiropractor can help you do more than just overcome your back problems. Specializing in the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors chiropractorfocus on the entire body and its overall wellness. However, determining you should see a chiropractor can be tricky. Learn more about chiropractic treatment, as well as when you should schedule a visit with your doctor, Dr. Christopher Oviatt and Dr. Michelle Martinook at Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton.

Should I see a chiropractor? 
A chiropractor focuses on treating issues within the body’s musculoskeletal system and its surrounding tissues. Famous for “cracking” the back, chiropractors manually adjust the bones and tissues in the spine. The “crack” is simply gas being released from between the joints. Chiropractors’ goal is to decrease pain and increase functionality. Chiropractic does not use medications or surgery and relies on a drug-free approach to pain management.

The Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic has proven to successfully treat many types of pain, including lower back pain, leg pain, sciatica, neck pain, whiplash and even headaches and migraines. Chiropractic aligns the joints and helps stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Additionally, your chiropractor offers other procedures than manual adjustments, including:

  • nutritional and lifestyle counseling
  • stretches and rehabilitative exercises
  • instrument-assisted adjustments (e.g. Activator)
  • spinal decompression

Chiropractic Treatment in Edmonton
Your chiropractic appointment will begin with a physical examination to help your doctor determine the condition causing your discomfort or pain. If necessary, diagnostic imaging, such as x-rays, help your doctor look further into your body for clues. Expect for your doctor to ask many questions about your family and medical history, along with questions concerning your lifestyle and activity level. From there, your chiropractor determines the best treatment for you and your condition.

If you think chiropractic care could be the right treatment for you, Dr. Oviatt and Dr. Martinook can help. For more information, please contact Castledowns Chiropractic Clinic in Edmonton. Call (780) 457-3621 to schedule your appointment with your chiropractor today!

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