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Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments

chiropractic spinal adjustment by Dr Barry Marks Orange CA

Orange County, CA
Chiropractic spinal adjustments have been proven to relieve your pain at the site of the adjustment, but more importantly can relieve pain in other areas and also improve many functions of your body.

The basis of Chiropractic Health Care revolves around locating areas of the spine where the spinal bones are malfunctioning (stuck) and “correcting” or unlocking the malfunction by manually moving the joints. Chiropractors call this movement of bones an “adjustment.” Scientific and medical literature use the term spinal manipulation therapy (SMT).

How did chiropractic begin?

D. D. Palmer first chiropractor delivering an adjustment
D.D. Palmer delivering an adjustment, Davenport, IA circa 1890’s

The origins of chiropractic began with D.D. Palmer, an inquisitive man in Iowa who sought to unravel how our bodies work. He was interested in magnetism ad various other concepts. Once particular concept he was keen on was the relationship between the spine and the rest of the body. He determined that life energy flows from the brain downward to the rest of the body through the nerves. He also theorized that an alteration or blockage of nerve flow could lead to malfunction and illness. Eventually, he developed a system of locating blockages within the spine referred to as ‘subluxations” and a method of manually moving the spine in a very specific manner to correct the subluxations and restore health. In time, he developed a working structure of “chiropractic” and opened the world’s first Chiropractic College and passed his knowledge on to others.

Early chiropractic thinking: “Bone on nerve”

Early chiropractors (and still many today when oversimplifying chiropractic to the public) describe a subluxation as a “bone pushing on a nerve” and the adjustment as “taking the bone off of the nerve.” As I said, this is overly simplistic and we now know, bones do not push on nerves except in very rare cases and in those cases the patient is usually debilitated.

A more accurate way of thinking about it is, when the spinal bones malfunction, they stimulate nerves in the area to send distress signals to the brain that then sends messages back that we interpret as pain or that cause spasm, inflammation and other distress in our body. The adjustment does not take the bone “from here and put it over there” and off of the nerve. This what I call the “light switch” understanding of chiropractic. Bone on, bone off. I prefer the example of a rusted nut and bolt. The nut needs to be moved to unlock it from the rusted bolt. The adjustment restores motion in the stuck joint. But adjustments also send messages to the nervous system that results in positive things happening which you will learn later.

The “We know it works, just ask a patient, but we can’t prove it” stage of chiropractic

chiropractic works Many studies over the past 100 years have looked at the premise of chiropractic adjustments and their relationship to pain relief and broader health. Most of the studies have shown a relationship, yet lacked a more precise understanding of exactly how it happens. The result was known anecdotally by millions of chiropractic patients and their doctors for over 100 years, but the mechanism has been questioned.

What was known was that a specific type of chiropractic adjustment causes changes within the body. Changes that result in relief of pain, but also in things like digestion, breathing, heart rate, sleep, moods and more. The type of adjustment, which was the general type discovered by Palmer, is what is described as a “high velocity-low amplitude” thrust by hand. High velocity means it is a quick movement. Low amplitude meaning it is a force that does not push deeply into the spine. Because it requires a quick movement yet shallow impulse, it is a decidedly difficult skill to develop. It is the type of adjustment that the vast majority of chiropractors still practice today.

There are many differing “techniques” of delivering a chiropractic adjustment

No matter what approach your chiropractor uses, the goal is the same: remove the blockage of movement and nerve flow in the spine. If you’re a patient you will recognize the high velocity low amplitude adjustment as your chiropractor taking your spine in hand, turn or tilting to take out slack and tension and then a very quick movement that results in a pop or crack. The sound you hear is a by product of carbon dioxide gas being released when the joint is moved through its maximum physiologic movement. The sound is less important than the feeling of the bones moving. Some spines because they are damaged and can no longer hold the carbon dioxide gas inside the joint, will not make an audible pop or crack, but you can still feel the movement.

What we now know about chiropractic adjustments and how they affect the body

Scientific research studies by Coronado, Reed, Mohammadian, Gay and others have shown chiropractic spinal adjustments (manual, high velocity, low amplitude variety) move the joints of the spine. When the joints are moved, nerve sensors within the joints send messages to the spinal cord and brain. This nerve activity to the spinal cord and brain results in not only pain releif at the joints adjusted, but also at wide ranging areas throughout the body including the brain itself.

Based on this scientific evidence we can say that chiropractic adjustments cause changes within both the peripheral nervous system (nerves outside the spinal cord) and central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Specifically in the central nervous system, the areas affected are the thalamus and the central pain tracts that travel from the brain and cord down to the body.

Chiropractic adjustments excite the brain!

chiropractic adjustments positively affect the brain

Within the brain, chiropractic adjustments affect several regions throughout the brain that have been measured. These tests are reproducible giving them merit.

The brain regions affected result in changes in functions of: the cardiovascular system, cognitive function, consciousness, decision making, emotions, homeostasis, internal organs, learning, memory, motivation, motor control, pain of the skin, perception, self-awareness, sensations of touch and temperature, skeletal muscles, and voluntary movements.

Measurable and reproducible brain changes as a direct result of chiropractic adjustments are crucial to understanding why chiropractic patients notice not only pain relief after treatment, but an overall feeling of wellness and many illnesses seem to disappear after undergoing care.

Not all spinal movements are the same

Interestingly, the studies definitively show general mobilization of joints (like physical therapists and “non-adjusting chiropractors” perform) do not affect the nervous system as do chiropractic high velocity, low amplitude adjustments. Therefore, when your physical therapist stretches you, even in a rhythmic fashion and you feel a few pops here and there it does not do the same as a chiropractic adjustment. Similarly, if your chiropractor does not do adjustments manually, and instead places a device on you and clicks it over and over again, it may cause some sort of response, but it is not going to do all that a high velocity, low amplitude adjustment will.

To see first hand how chiropractic adjustments can relieve your pain and improve your health call Dr Marks at (714) 938-0575.

For a more detailed explanation and scientific references go to:

How Does the Chiropractic Adjustment Work? A Literature Review of Pain Mechanisms and Brain Function Alteration: The Brain Connection



Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor Car Accident Specialist Announces New Podcast

dr barry marks podcast

“My mission is to help as many people as I can… and one thing I have always believed in is patient education.”
~Dr. Marks

In order to disseminate information about car accident injuries, chiropractic treatment and general health, Dr. Marks has branched out his online efforts to include a Podcast. Now rather than read posts on his blog or social media sites, Dr Marks is recording information for people to listen to. Whether it’s on a desktop, laptop, phone or tablet, listeners will be able to get informed through audio.

In the past Dr Marks has appeared on television and radio to inform the public and had written articles in publications… then he began his online presence in 1998 and since has been a very active contributor to online articles and social media sites.

“Podcasting is just one more way to reach out to get my message… the message of the truth about whiplash and debunk the myths surrounding it… to as many people as I can. I enjoy hearing from people all over the world that have learned something or been helped by one of my articles and I hope to reach more through this new media.”

You can listen to the Dr Barry Marks podcast posts here:

(C) Dr Barry Marks Car Accident Chiropractor Orange County CA



Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation therapy is a complimentary treatment added to chiropractic care to help relieve pain.

electrical stimulation treatmentBenefits of electrical stimulation therapy are:

  • Pain relief
  • Relief of muscle spasm
  • Remove swelling and edema
  • Relief of inflammation
  • Relief of nerve pain and restoral of normal nerve function
  • Muscle conditioning/strengthening

High quality, professional therapy equipment provides the most effective therapy available today to relieve pain and spasm quickly and painlessly. Cheap, low quality machines are less effective.

Why add electrical stimulation to chiropractic are?

When you are suffering from pain and spasm of an acute injury like after a car accident or other injury, electrical stim can relive pain and spasm more quickly than just chiropractic adjustments alone.

Dr. Marks provides multi-pronged approach to relieve pain fast:

  • Physio therapy modalities
  • Exercises
  • Chiropractic adjustments

Electrical Stimulation is an Ideal Car Accident Treatment

It relieves inflammation, pain and spasm and feels good!


Chiropractic Headache Relief Treatment

Chiropractic headache treatment

By Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor Orange CA

After back and neck pain, headaches are the most common ailments treated by doctors of chiropractic.

The 3 most common headache types are:

  1. Tension type headache: caused by muscular tension in the scalp, neck and upper back
  2. Cervicogenic headache: caused by misalignment or malfunction within the joints of the neck
  3. Migraine headache: pain caused by alterations in blood flow from the neck to the head

The first 2 headaches comprise about 90% of all headaches and there is much overlap because muscle tension in the neck leads to locking of the neck joints. In other words, a tension headache can cause a cervicogenic headache. Similarly, mal-positioning of the upper neck bones can precipitate a migraine.

Chiropractic treatment successfully relieves the 3 most common headache types.

An examination by your doctor of chiropractic will reveal if you are suffering from one of the 3 or more than one of these common headache types. Your chiropractor will also analyze x-rays to see I you are suffering from a very common alignment issue that is at the root of the majority of headaches—lack of neck curve or “hypolordosis.”

Once the cause is established, your chiropractor will begin chiropractic adjustments to unlock stuck joints, and physiotherapy modalities to calm down spasm of the muscles and relieve inflammation and nerve irritation causing pain to radiate to your head.

Chiropractic headache relief can take literally one visit, but if your problem is caused by underlying misalignment like hypolordosis or other postural issues it may take a couple of months to relieve your headaches and keep them at bay. Your doctor of chiropractic will also create a home program to help you retrain your neck posture to prevent your headaches from returning.

Thousands of Orange County residents have found relief of headaches and other painful conditions through Dr Barry Marks’ chiropractic treatments. If you would like to find a safe, natural approach to headache pain relief, call Dr Marks today at (714) 938-0575.

Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor
1745 W Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 938-0575

Low back pain? See Chiropractic Treatment of Low Back Pain Here
Neck pain? See Chiropractic Treatment of Neck Pain HereCar Accident? See Orange County CA Car Accident


Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatment

Chiropractic neck pain treatment

Chiropractors have been relieving neck pain for over a hundred years, safely and cost-effectively.

Safety of chiropractic neck adjustments

Let’s be frank. Some people (maybe even your medical physician) say that chiropractic adjustments can cause you great harm and not to let a chiropractor touch your neck. Well let’s look at the facts. Insurance actuarial tables and medical research has found that serious harm (stroke, fracture, dislocation, etc) caused by chiropractic neck adjustments occurs once in 3-6 million adjustments depending on the study you cite. Most chiropractors will not deliver one million adjustments in their career. Chiropractors are trained not just to adjust the neck, but also to know when NOT to adjust a neck. A chiropractor using due care in an exam will know when it is safe and when it is not. And only a chiropractor trained in this manner can make that call. Your medical doctor knows many things, but he or she knows absolutely nothing about chiropractic. No medical school trains their doctors in chiropractic theory or application of manipulation.

For a serious adverse reaction to occur, you must have a pre-existing or pre-disposing condition such as severe atherosclerosis, a weak artery in your neck, a malformation of a neck artery or other condition that makes your neck arteries more easily injured. Simple physical tests by the chiropractor will often show if these conditions are present. Your history and symptoms will also shed light on your suitability for manipulation.

So how does this myth get started and why is it sill around today?

Unfortunately, there are many people who each year suffer an adverse reaction such as a stroke related to their necks BUT these events have been documented to have occurred NOT in chiropractic offices, but at the hands of medical doctors and physical therapists trying their hands at manipulation with little to no training. The injuries are said to have been caused by chiropractic adjustments, but in reality you cannot call it a chiropractic problem if it’s not done by a chiropractor. Imagine your chiropractor performing surgery; that would be ridiculous because chiropractors are not trained in surgical procedures.

Believe it or not, other cases where someone suffered a stroke or other serious problem is questioned and it is learned that they visited a chiropractor a month or more ago and lawyers, ever ready to pounce on a malpractice case, make the claim that an adjustment 2 months ago caused the problem. Ludicrous, but all the attorney is after is deep pockets and a chiropractors liability policy is ripe for the picking.

You might also be shocked to learn that many people suffer severe problems like stroke from beauty salons! That’s right, people with predisposed neck problems have severe problems just from leaning their heads back to have their hair washed. It occurs many times each year.

Chiropractic is even far safer than popping a simple pill. Over the counter (OTC) Tylenol is reported by the CDC and the manufacturer to cause 20,000 deaths each year in the U.S. And shocking reports show how many prescription drug addicts are created each year taking the most mild pain relief medications.

The bottom line is, neck adjustments performed by a well trained chiropractor are very safe—safer than other commonly used therapies.

Chiropractic neck treatment is cost-effective

Treatments by your doctor of chiropractic to relieve neck pain are more cost effective than other approaches. Let’s look at the medical model of treatment. First you see your primary care doctor, who with very little training in actual diagnosis of spinal problems, does a cursory exam and provides you with a prescription for medication and maybe a pamphlet on neck stretches and neck care. After a period of time you return and say you are not better, he or she then refers you out for x-rays. You often go to a separate facility for x-rays and another doctor reads the x-rays because your primary care has almost no hours of training in reading radiographs. You return in 2 weeks for the results of your x-rays, all the while continuing to suffer from neck pain. Your primary then refers you to a physical therapist. The therapist evaluates you and sets you up with therapy 3 times a week where you do exercises and sometimes, the PT will actually touch your neck and stretch it or move it, but usually it’s mostly just exercises under their supervision. Increasingly, PT’s do not perform “physiotherapy modalities” such as heat, electrical stimulation, etc in favor of exercises only. If you find relief, great, but look at how many visits and how many providers were involved. And if you weren’t relieved yet, you’d be sent to an orthopedic specialist and/or a neurologist.

Let’s look at typical chiropractic management of neck pain. You go see a chiropractor where he or she does an exam that surpasses your primary care doctor’s exam and is on par with an orthopedist or neurologist. Your chiropractor then performs x-rays right there in their own office. Your chiropractor then reads the films because he or she is trained to interpret their own x-rays as well. The chiropractor will then provide “physiotherapy modalities” and chiropractic manipulation on the same day you were examined and had x-rays. Everything that took many providers over a course of weeks is done in one office in one day. Treatments might last a few days to a couple of months. By the time you are done though, you will have been to only one provider and spent much less time driving and making appointments and suffered less neck pain because chiropractic has been shown to relieve neck pain faster than medication or physical therapy alone or in combination.

Chiropractic is clearly the safe and cost effective way to relieve neck pain.

Suffering from neck pain in Orange County, California? Call Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor today at (714) 938-0575 for an evaluation of your neck problem and see if he can help relieve your pain.

Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor
1745 W Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 938-0575

Low back pain? See Chiropractic Treatment of Low Back Pain Here
Headaches? See Chiropractic Treatment of Headaches Here