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Chiropractic Pain Relief Treatment


Chiropractic Pain Relief Treatment

Pain Relief Treatment
Orange, CA

If you’ve never been to a chiropractor before, you may not fully understand what chiropractic is. All you’ve heard is that the doctor pushes or pulls on your neck or back and makes cracking noises--Doesn’t sound very appealing at all.

Fortunately, there is much more to Chiropractic than just cracking bones and that is why chiropractic is the most effective pain relief treatment available for most conditions.

A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is a Uniquely Trained Doctor.

Chiropractors are trained to examine and analyze the body just like your more familiar medical physician. Besides taking pulse, blood pressure, checking reflexes and so on, the DC is highly trained in performing an examination that encompasses the same skill level as other specialists you may be familiar with.

Imagine if you will, your doctor being trained to be a general doctor who can care for your general health, but also provides services of:

  • Orthopedist (diagnosing and treating bones, joints and muscles)
  • Neurologist (assessment of the brain and nerves)
  • Radiologist (takes and interprets their own x-rays)
  • Physical therapist (provides modalities of electricity, heat, cold, exercises, laser, braces)
  • Nutritionist/dietician (provides analysis of diet and makes recommendations for supplementation and lifestyle changes)
  • Personal trainer (analyzes your fitness level and provides an exercise program geared towards your needs).

Some chiropractors choose to work with a very broad scope and treat a wide variety of conditions, while others prefer to specialize and limit their practices to certain types of conditions. These doctors attend further training and education programs to specialize in certain areas just like medical physicians. Some of the more common chiropractic sub-specialties are:

  • Acupuncture
  • Addiction
  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition
  • Orthopedics
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Radiology
  • Spinal trauma
  • Sports Injuries
  • Rehabilitation

So if you are experiencing pain, it is important to identify which type of chiropractor is best suited to your problem. For example if you strain a knee in a pick up basketball game, you’ll need a chiropractor who treats extremities (arms, legs, hands, feet) not all chiropractors work outside the spinal column. If however you sprain a knee and are in competitive sports, you probably want to look for someone who specializes in trauma, like a chiropractic orthopedist or a chiropractic sports injury practitioner. Your best bet is to locate offices likely to treat your condition and make a few phone calls or look them up online.

Chiropractic Pain Relief Treatment in Orange, CA

Dr Barry Marks, DC has post-doctorate specialty training in orthopedics, whiplash and brain trauma, and disability and impairment rating. He cares for patients suffering from traumatic injuries caused by mainly automobile crashes, but also sports injuries and home accidents.

What Dr Marks provides:

  • A thorough chiropractic, neurologic and orthopedic examination is performed and a course of treatment will be planned.
  • Chiropractic spinal adjustments are the mainstay treatment to restore proper joint movement.
  • Additional treatment will consist of various pain relieving therapy modalities such as heat and ice, different forms of electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cold laser, neurologic and rehabilitative exercises, and recommendations on lifestyle and nutritional supplements to help achieve safe and effective pain relief as quickly as possible.
  • If your pain is related to a car accident injury, you will also receive invaluable information and guidance on how to proceed with an accident claim to ensure your rights are protected.

Doctors of Chiropractic are well trained partners in the health care field. Some prefer general practice while others specialize. Chiropractic has been heralded in research as a very safe and effective form of pain relief treatment. Choosing the right chiropractor for you depends on your condition. For pain relief of traumatic injuries from car accidents in Orange County, CA, you will find no doctor more experienced and/or as well trained in this field as Dr Barry Marks, DC.

Call Today for Chiropractic Pain Relief Treatment in Orange (714) 938-0575

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Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments


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 Podcast


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:

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Electrical Stimulation


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 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

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