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Align Health Niagara

with Defazio Chiropractic

Located in beautiful Niagara Falls, Ontario, Align Health Niagara helps hundreds of patients to find relief from pain and enjoy a better quality of life.

Your spine provides the structural foundation and protection for your nervous system. Due to the structure of your spine, improper motion or position of spinal bones can irritate or compress spinal nerves interfering with the function of the tissues they control.
Chiropractic adjustments and joint mobilizations gently realign the vertebrae of your spine into their natural position correcting any misalignment so that growth, repair and healing may take place.

Acupuncture is a holistic health system that has been used for thousands of years. Among the many benefits are reduced pain, improved circulation. It can also be used to treat a variety of health issues such as headaches and back pain. Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat a wide range of health issues and to promote overall wellness.

Shockwave Therapy has become a popular treatment option for individuals with chronic soft tissue injuries. It is a non-surgical procedure that uses sound waves to break down scar tissue, stimulate blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Shockwave Therapy is scientifically proven to reduce pain in conditions such as plantar fasciitis and calcific tendonitis. Additionally, it can reduce the need for steroid injections and surgery for chronic soft tissue injuries. It provides fast results and can help individuals return to their activities and enjoy a better quality of life.

Massage therapy is a beneficial treatment that can help with a variety of physical conditions. It can help reduce stress, soothe muscle tension, improve circulation, alleviate pain, improve posture and reduce anxiety. Massage therapy also helps relax the body and mind, promoting a sense of well-being. Massage therapy is a safe and natural way to promote relaxation and reduce stress and can be beneficial for both physical and mental well being.

Osteopathy views the body as one unit working together and takes all the moving parts into consideration during assessment and treatment. It understands the body is also inherently capable of healing and regulating itself, given the right conditions. The proper alignment of all layers of structure in a body give it the ability to function as it was designed. The motion capacity of the body is directly related to one’s ability to self-heal and regulate.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can relieve pain and discomfort associated with stress on the spine from changing biomechanics. As your baby grows, and the uterus expands, the centre of gravity shifts, and can create pressure on the hips, pelvis and lower back, resulting in low back pain, sciatica and other conditions that are common in pregnancy.Chiropractic care is also very safe for kids of all ages and can help with post-birth recovery, help promote proper physical development by keeping their muscles, bones and nerves in good health and helps them gain health tools for the rest of their life.

Laser therapy has been studied for its potential therapeutic benefits in many clinical settings. It offers a painless treatment option for a variety of medical conditions. It can be used to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and stimulate nerve and tissue regeneration. The high-intensity laser light penetrates the skin and stimulates cell regeneration. It is used to reduce the symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, tendinitis, ligament sprain, muscle strain and plantar fasciitis. The benefits of laser therapy can be experienced with minimal risk or side effects.

Reflexology is a focussed pressure technique, usually directed at the feet, hands or head. It is based on the premise that there are zones and reflexes on different parts of the body, which correspond to all relative body parts, glands, and organs.Treatment occurs through the application of pressure on these reflexes. By utilizing specific hand and finger techniques, reflexology therapy can relieve tension, improve blood circulation, and support the body’s efforts to function optimally.

Our Team

Dr. Christine Defazio


Dr. Christine earned her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph, Ontario . She honed her skills as a Kinesiologist in a Rehabilitation Clinic for 3 years in Richmond Hill before pursuing advanced studies at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. Returning to her hometown, she established her own Chiropractic practice in Niagara Falls, where she has wholeheartedly served her patients for over two decades.In addition to her Chiropractic expertise, Dr. DeFazio is a registered member of the Acupuncture Council of Ontario, seamlessly integrating Acupuncture into her comprehensive approach assisting patients with musculoskeletal conditions.More recently, she has returned to part-time teaching invigorating Rehabilitative strength and tone Aqua Fit classes, with a focus on helping clients strengthen their posture and increase mobility and balance using the power of water resistance to fortify strength and foster overall recovery.Dr. Christine DeFazio's 25 years of hands on therapy and assisting patients is a testament to her unyielding dedication and passion for chiropractic care and helping patients on their road to recovery. With a solid educational foundation, diverse healthcare experience and commitment to continued growth, she embodies the values of compassionate care and lifelong learning.Through her integrated approach, Dr. DeFazio is devoted to providing service through the multidisciplinary compassionate team at Align Health Niagara and guiding patients toward a life of vitality and wellness.

Dr. Krysta Martins


Dr. Krysta was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and recently moved to the Niagara region to start practicing. Growing up, Dr. Krysta was always active, playing soccer, figure skating, cheerleading, swimming and mostly dancing. She was a dancer for 18 years and competed for several years. She is no stranger to the aches and pains that come with these sports.Dr. Krysta completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with honours. She then attended Northeast College of Health Sciences (formerly New York Chiropractic College) in New York and obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. She graduated with Honours, was inducted into the Phi Chi Omega Honours Society, and earned an advanced certificate in Whole Food Nutrition. Dr. Krysta is also certified in the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program and is Barre certified. She has also taken numerous courses to increase her palpation and adjustive skills through the Motion Palpation Institute, and was the President of the Motion Palpation Club at her school.Dr. Krysta has always had a special interest in treating the paediatric population in order to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle long term that continues into their adult life. Being a competitive dancer herself has also led her to an increased interest in treating dancers and gymnasts to help educate them on ways to avoid injury and strengthen their bodies to prepare for their training. With that being said, Dr. Krysta is excited to treat patients of all ages and help everyone live their very best life.When she is not with patients you can find her hanging out with family and friends, being active and outdoors, reading a book, playing music, or cuddled with some blankets watching a good tv show.

Laura Terryberry

Registered Massage Therapist

Laura is originally from Thorold and is currently residing in Fort Erie with her boyfriend and fur-babies. She has been practicing since 2010 and between time in school as well as during her career, she has worked in all types of settings. She enjoys treating people with different needs, from kids to retirees, sports injuries to weekend warriors, those with everyday aches and pains to those who just need some TLC.She is not a believer of the "no pain, no gain" mentality. Although there are techniques that push the boundaries of comfort, there is a reason why we use a pain scale. More or “deep” pressure is not always better or necessary. We are all individuals; we have different needs and different wants. She believes that when it comes to massage therapy, the words "relaxation" and "therapeutic" carry too much weight. It is not her belief that you can only have one or the other.She considers herself a facilitator in your well-being and will do her best help you be pain-free. However, it is important to take your health and well-being into your own hands - stretch, strengthen and listen to what your body wants and needs.

Kristen Maiden

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Kristen Maiden a graduate of the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, ON. Prior to her studies at the CAO, she studied Physical Education and Exercise Science at Brock University and Niagara College. Her education and in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology will help to assist you with your structural health issues.Before beginning her post-secondary education, various sports injuries promoted her interest in learning more about the body and what is needed for it to heal following damage. She has always had an interest in a field that would help contribute to the overall health of her community and knew that Osteopathy would be a career fit for that calling.
Kristen is a member in good standing with the Ontario Osteopathic Association and Osteopathy Canada!

Karen McCarthy


Karen’s background is in classical ballet. In 1996 Karen walked away from dancing, primarily due to injuries and to explore her visual art talent. In 1998 she happened upon Reflexology for self-interest and healing. In that same year, she committed to receiving her Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) certification.She then furthered her career moving on to receive an Aesthetics diploma in 2000. Karen is Certified in Reiki levels I, II and Masters. In 2006, she began her journey as a full time contract therapist at Vintage Hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake.Karen is a compassionate therapist providing treatment to clients adding Aromaflex therapy to her sessions. Her passion now lies in exploring energy medicine, fitness and nutrition. She is a current member in good standing of the RRCO.

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Align Health Niagara has been providing holistic, rehabilitative and preventative health care to the community for many years as DeFazio Chiropractic with other well-known practitioners.
Enjoy our comfortable clinic and supportive office staff. Kristin, Beth and Abbey will assist with treatment using the latest in healthcare technology.
Book an appointment to experience why our clinic has been voted #1 in Niagara for our service in Health and Wellness

Address: 6150 Valley Way Suite 107, Niagara Falls, L2E 1Y3
Phone: (nine-oh-five) 356-0005
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