|Eliminate pain, Improve Function, Promote Well Being for the Whole Family1624 NE 179th St, Shoreline, WA 206-362-3508|
TESTIMONIALS Dr. Markos does amazing muscle work that got me back on my feet!
She really helped my shoulders, elbows, knees,and even my jaw to name just some of my problem areas. Cheri Markos is what a chiropractor should be and is definitely well worth the reasonable rates she charges. I very highly recommend her.
She takes the time to consult with her patients to fully understand what their needs are.
My 90 year old mother had Dr. Markos work on her and was able to wash her own hair for the first time in 15 years. Then, her right shoulder finally aligned and she is able to play cards, feed her cat, get dressed without pain and no longer has a catch in her back that she had for 17 years.
Dr. Markos was the first to adjust not just the "traditional" places, such as the hips, neck and ribs, but also extremity areas such as my feet and knees and wrist and elbow.
Dr. Markos' technics literally unwound my body muscle by muscle
When my oldest daughter visited for ankle problems that have plagued her since adolescence, Dr. Markos not only helped with adjustments but taught my daughter techniques that my daughter has been able to use no matter where in the world she travels.
Dr. Markos has a rich background in wellness-related disciplines, including massage therapy, rehabilitation, developmental physical education, and chiropractic care. She brings all of this to her practice.
I came to Dr. Markos with trepedation and alot of pain and limited flexibility. My pain has subsided and my flexibility and posture have improved.
My lower back pain is gone! I am so happy to have found Dr Markos! :) I highly recommend Dr. Cheri Markos, and have been telling all of my friends and co-workers about her.
Being a very athletic person and truly depressed about my inability to move without much pain, I went to see Dr. Marcos. I was afraid of damaging the artificial hip somehow in the adjustments. But Dr. Marcos in her patient and confident manner assured me no harm would come to my operated hip. My quality of life has improved greatly since I started seeing her.
I have seen several chiropractors and other specialists and Cheri has brought me more relief in a few months than anyone else has in many years!
Diversified Flexion-Distraction Sacral Occipital Technique Manual Adjusting
Advanced BioStructural Correction Cranial Techniques Percussor Instrument
Soft Tissue Manipulation Extremity Manipulating and Adjusting Activator Methods
Diversified Technique is the classic chiropractic technique, developed by D.D. Palmer, DC. and taught in all chiropractic colleges. Diversified Technique was refined and developed by the late Otto Reinert, DC, to address biomechanical failure in each section of the spine, as it relates to specific subluxation. The focus is on restoration to normal biomechanical function, and correction of subluxation. In addition, Diversified methods have been developed to adjust extremity joints, allowing for beneficial applications in treating sports injuries and other injuries. Diversified adjusting of the spine uses specific lines of drives for all manual thrusts, allowing for specificity in correcting mechanical distortions of the spine. X-rays and case histories are used in analysis and diagnosis. No instruments are used in the adjusting procedure. Motion palpatation and full spine, hands-on techniques are used to deliver a deeper thrust, which makes an osseous (popping) sound as the adjustment is given. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients.
Dr. Markos applying the Diversified Technique
Dr. Cox explains Flexion-Distraction (also known as Cox Technic), as a marriage of chiropractic principles with the osteopathic principles set forth by Alan Stoddard, DO, in his book, Manual of Osteopathic Technique, written about the manipulative procedures developed by John McManis, DO, in the early 1900's. Since the early 1970's, Dr. Cox has refined the technique, developed a manipulation instrument for effective use of the technique, conducted clinical, as well as participated in experimental, research; lectured around the world, and written well-received articles, chapters for textbooks, and textbooks.
This is a specific chiropractic technique that uses mechanical and hands-on manipulation / adjustment utilizing a special table where the spine is tractioned and flexed forward.
This technique is primarily utilized to treat cervical and lumbar disc herniations, non-disc spinal disorders, and to increase mobility of spinal joints.
Dr. Markos uses a Leander Flexion-Distraction drop table in her practice.
Dr. Markos demonstrating the Flexion-Distraction Technique
using the Leander Flexion-Distraction drop table
Flexion-Decompression (COX) Technique
Sacral Occipital Technique
Sacro Occipital Technique of Chiropractic (SOT) and Chiropractic Craniopathy is grounded in scientific research. Since the early 1900's, SOT has consistently delivered exceptional results while emphasizing patient comfort. SOT is a total body technique. Its broad scope includes not only the back and neck but also the internal organs, extremities and cranial structures. In SOT the primary focus is upon structural stability and integrity as well as neurological function. The basis of the human structure is the pelvis and the cranium.
The spine, shoulders, neck and head sit upon the pelvis and are subject to the stresses and strains of gravity. These structures, as well as the rest of the body, are functionally maintained and controlled by the brain through the nervous system. Brain function is dependent upon optimal motion and alignment of the cranial bones and cranial dura. Located below the pelvis is the locomotion system: the legs and feet. All structures of the body are essential to the integrity of the whole. Additionally, organ function depends upon proper nerve supply from the spine. The spine in turn receives nerve reflexes from the organs that can compromise spinal mechanics. Therefore, the alignment, balance and optimal function of the cranium, pelvis, each spinal segment, organs and all of the extremities are essential to optimal health.
Sacro Occipital Research Society, International
What is SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique)
Chiropractic manual adjustment of the spine uses the force of a chiropractor's hands without the aid of instruments.
Manual Adjusting techniques vary from light pressure used to slowly realign vertebra to direct thrusts which quickly and audibly realign vertebrae.
Dr. Marcos demonstrating
upper thoracic adjustment
Advanced BioStructural Correction
Advanced BioStructural Correction corrects body structure by focusing on areas of the body that are not self-correcting, correcting them, and then letting the body heal the rest. Bones can move out of place in a direction that the body has no muscle or combination of muscles to correct. In the spinal column for instance, if a spinal bone (vertebra) moves out of position to the left or right, there are muscles on either side of the spine that can and will pull the vertebrae back into the correct position. If a vertebra moves slightly out of place backward, the muscles that attach the front of the spinal bones to the ribs and pelvis will pull it forward into alignment. However, if one of those spinal bones moves out of place even slightly forward, there are no muscles to pull it back into place. In addition to the spinal bones, there are other areas of the body that cannot self-correct. A doctor trained in Advanced BioStructural Correction will identify those areas, adjust them and let the body do the rest. ABC does not attempt to force the body into a position. Patients find that when ABC doctors correct only the things that the body cannot self-correct, the body heals additional areas -- more than shown possible with mechanical correction.
Dr. Marcos demonstrating Advanced BioStructural Correction
Dr. Jesse Jutkowitz, Advanced BioStructural Correction
When the spine goes out of alignment or balance, the center of gravity for the body is compromised. This spinal misalignment then causes a misalignment of the skull bones and its membranes. In order to stay balanced, the brain pressures the muscles of the spine to keep the body upright and properly centered. This skull misalignment will distort the cerebrospinal fluid flow, (fluid that surrounds the brain and nervous system) an essential ingredient for normal nerve function. In a cranial treatment, the chiropractor gently contacts the head at specific points. Either specific directional adjustments are given or rhythmic variations in finger pressure are used. The overall effect is thought to change skull, brain, blood vessel, fluid flow and/or nervous system function resulting in a normalization of, or removal of, the cause of symptoms. Cranial chiropractic is a specialty that should be considered especially for learning difficulties, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), history of head or neck trauma, difficulty hearing, headaches, migraines, and poor health. There are no x-rays or special equipment used in the application of the cranial technique. Specific gentle hand holds to the cranial bones assisted by patient respiration are done as needed for the particular misalignment. The weight of the skull and the respiration efforts of the patient, guided by specific hand holds of the doctor, allow for the correction. The adjustment restores alignment to the skull bones and membranes, normalizing fluid motion to the nervous system and providing proper nerve function for the tissues of the body.
Advanced Health and LIfe Extension
A hand-held mechanical adjustment device that delivers multiple small forces applied to the joints to increase range of motion. The clinical benefits of the Percussor are an increase in the amount of blood and lymphatic circulation. It's physiological effects are attributed to vibration which helps to decrease systemic nervous tension and muscle tightness or spasm.
Dr. Markos demonstrating
Soft Tissue Manipulation
for subscapulous muscle-
rotator cuff injury
Dr. Markos utilizes mulitple soft tissure techniques in her practice in order to reduce muscle spasms. Some tecniques used in the office are NIMMO, Myofascial Release, Positional Release and Myofacial Trigger Point (MFTP).
Myofascial Release focuses on stretching affected muscles.
Certain injuries, such as strains and sprains, involve muscles that already are over-stretched. In such situations, an appropriate method would be Positional Release, which involves addressing trigger points and placing muscle fibers in a position that is more comfortable for the patient. Injuries and scar tissue tend to cause distortions to muscle fiber, which contribute to the patient's discomfort.
Soft Tissue Technique
Extremity Manipulating and Adjusting
Dr. Markos applying an Extremity Manipulating and Adjusting Technique for Carpol Tunnel and a Sprained ankle.
Dr. Markos applying Extremity Manipulating and Adjusting Techniques
on a Sprained Ankle and Carpol Tunnel.
Activator Methods utilize a small adjusting instrument to facilitate the movement of joints and reduce muscle spasm.
The activator instrument is a low force technique that can be used on newborn to geriatric patients.
Dr. Markos applying the Activator
Chiropractic Technique ListThere are hundreds of Chiropractic techniques practiced under a myriad of names.
The following is an incomplete list of chiropractic techniques:
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