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Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor Rated Best 3 Chiropractors in Orange CA

Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor Rated Best 3 Chiropractors in Orange CA

dr barry marks 3 best chiropractors in orange ca

Of all the chiropractors in Orange, CA, Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor was selected as tops in the 3 Best!

Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor has provided chiropractic pain relief to Orange County since 1986.

Dr. Marks will always treat you courteously, give you a thorough exam and offer you multiple treatment options. You decide which treatments are best for you.

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Chiropractic FYI:

  • Did you know Doctor of Chiropractic training has more classroom hours than Medical Doctor training?
  • Did you know Doctors of Chiropractic are considered "Primary Care Physicians" by the State of CA, able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions?
  • Did you know that research indicates chiropractic treatment is hands down the most effective, cost effective and safest form of treatment for low back pain? Safer than taking Tylenol?
  • Did you know taking opioid pain killers like hydrocodone and others are not only ineffective for neck and back pain, but are very addictive leading to a massive epidemic of unintentional deaths and addiction in the US?

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Sciatica Pain vs Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sciatica vs Sacroiliac

sciatica pain vs sacroiliac pain

Commonly Mistaken For Each Other, Sciatica and Sacroiliac Are Very Different Causes of Pain

When it comes to pain in the lower back that refers to the buttocks or legs, you may hear people talk about sciatica and sacroiliac pain. Here's a brief explanation of these two painful conditions and how to differentiate them.

sciatica and sacroiliac pain diagramSciatica Pain

Sciatica (pronounced "sy-AT-ik-uh") is a painful condition characterized by burning, shooting, electrical or tingling pain radiating from your lower back to your lower extremity. The pain can radiate anywhere to your buttocks or all the way down to your toes. It get's its name from the sciatic ("sy-AT-ik") nerve; the largest nerve in the body comprised of several nerves from the lower spine to supply the lower leg with nerve impulses.

Sciatica or sciatic neuritis occurs when your sciatic nerve becomes irritated and inflamed. This can occur due to an injury to the low back and leg, from arthritis in the lower spine,  from disc bulges or herniations, tumors or even a spasm in the buttocks muscles. The condition can range from mild and annoying to very severe and debilitating.

Diagnosing sciatica is through history and description of the pain and physical examination. Physical maneuvers to stretch the nerve are performed and will increase the nerve pain indicating nerve irritation. X-rays or MRI may be obtained to rule out the exact cause of your sciatica.

Treatment for sciatica pain involves reducing inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This can be accomplished through physiotherapy modalities such as heat, electrical stimulation and cold laser as well as stretching exercises. Chiropractic manipulation is also helpful to reduce irritation on your nerve at the source in the lumbar spine by unlocking stuck spinal bones.

Sacroiliac Pain

The sacroiliac (pronounced "sakro-il-ee-ak") joint (SI joint) is an articulation between the ilium bone of the hip region with the sacral (tail) bone. The joint is a very tough joint that has very limited movement normally and is crucial in walking and turning. Your SI's can malfunction and become fixated or stuck (chiropractors call this a subluxation) with injuries usually involving a sudden twisting or turning of the pelvis, car accidents, slips and falls and heavy lifting. It's characterized as a dull pain at rest in the area overlying the joint and sharp pain on movement. The pain may radiate to your buttocks or upwards around the hip and lower back, BUT IT DOES NOT GO DOWN YOUR LEG. This is the crucial delineation between sciatica and sacroiliac pain.

Diagnosis of SI joint malfunction is on history and description of pain and physical exam. The joint is placed under stress by your doctor to reproduce the characteristic pain. X-rays may be obtained to see if the joint is arthritic, which is common.

SI joint pain treatment is primarily through manual chiropractic manipulation (adjustments) of the joint to unlock it followed by physiotherapy such as electrical stim or laser to relieve local inflammation. Your doctor will give you exercises to maintain proper joint motion.

Sciatica vs Sacroiliac Summarized

  • Sciatica is a nerve problem with pain that shoots down the leg
  • Sacroiliac pain is a joint malfunction causing localized pain
  • Both conditions are successfully treated with chiropractic and therapy modalities

If You Have Problems With Either Your Sciatic Nerve or Sacroiliac Joint, Call Us Immediately (714) 938-0575 for an Appointment. You Will Be Evaluated to Find The Underlying Cause of Your Pain and Provide You With a Personalized Treatment Solution.


Sleep Hygiene Tips Chiropractor Orange, CA

Sleep Hygiene Tips Chiropractor Orange, CA

Better Sleep Tips from Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor Orange, CA

sleep tips from dr barry marks chiropractor


Proper Sleep Is Vital to Optimal Health

A good night's sleep is not just to feel rested. Time spent sleeping is your body's chance to reboot and rebuild. There are many important and complex chemical activities that only occur while sleeping. If you're not sleeping, your body cannot carry out these activities. Every cell, tissue and organ needs this rest.

Consequences of Poor Sleep

Heart: Lack of sleep raises blood pressure.

Brain: Not enough sleep is associated with brain fog and earlier onset of Alzheimer's

Metabolism: People who do not get proper sleep, have difficulty losing and maintaining proper weight

Emotions: Depression and mood disorders are more common in sleep deprived people

Immune system: Viruses and other illnesses more common in those who sleep less

Sleep Hygiene Ritual

Prepare your brain for sleep 1 hour before bed.

  • Turn off ALL electronics including cell phone, tablet, laptop, TV.
  • Instead find music or sound that help relax the brain and induce sleep.
  • Dim the lights if you can and sit in a comfortable chair
  • Prepare a pre-sleep snack; banana, nuts, seeds and/or turkey are all good
  • Sip sleepy tea; valerian root, chamomile, etc are good relaxants
  • Try to urinate before bed

At bedtime

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Keep room cool as we sleep better in a cooler temps rather than warmer
  • Use a properly fitted pillow that allows good support and alignment while side sleeping
  • Make your room as dark as possible; cover clocks, TV consoles, and other small lights in the room. Lack of darkness keeps the brain active and prevents certain sleep hormones.

If you can't sleep

  • If you've followed these steps and cannot sleep after around 30 min, get up and sit in a dimly lit room
  • If your mind was racing because of problems or anxieties of the day, write your concerns down, get it out of your head
  • Sit in your dimly lit room and comfy chair and sip some more tea or read something relaxing
  • After your mind and body feel ready, go back to bed and attempt sleep again

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

Everyone is different and your age and activity level play a role in sleep.

Signs you need more sleep:

  • Yawning during the day.
  • Easily falling asleep when sitting quietly.
  • Dozing while watching TV, in meetings, at red lights while driving, etc

Hours of sleep based on age group:

  • School aged children need 10 hrs or more
  • College students do better with 10-12 hrs (how many get that much sleep?)
  • Working adults require a minimum of 7 hrs, but 8 or more are optimal
  • Seniors can get away with 5-6 hrs, IF they take a nap during the day

Is Sleep All or nothing?

Do you have to sleep all at once or can you break it up with a few short stints of sleeping?

Your body needs a certain amount of hours of continuous sleep to do what it needs to be healthy. Sleeping in three 3-hour stints is not equal to sleeping 9 hours continuously. Your strategy should be to get as many continuous hours of sleep as possible. When you fall short, a nap during the day is helpful, but cannot make up all the sleep benefits you've lost.

Daily Activities to Help Sleep at Night

Exercise: doing at least 30 min of exercise during the day makes sleeping easier and more restful

Chiropractic care: people who get adjusted report better sleep mostly due to removing interference from the nerve system

Release emotions: when you have stressful events or conflict, talk it out, try to resolve the issues before bed time

Sleep Is Vital to Health, Use These Tips to Get a Better Nights Sleep. If You Need Help With Your Sleep Routine, Call Us (714) 938-0575 We Can Help Design a Custom Sleep Hygiene Program For you.