Dr. Mark Parker

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I graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 1989, and worked in several chiropractic clinics before joining the Bothell Chiropractic & Wellness team. During my years of practice, I've learned various effective techniques for balancing joints, muscles, and the nervous system. These include manual techniques such as Motion Palpation and Diversified, the low force technique of Torque Release, and the muscle balancing Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening.

The adjustment is the thing. Adjustments help improve joint mobility and restore nerve function - the goal of Chiropractic. There are many ways to adjust joints. The advantage to knowing more techniques is being able to match them to patients' needs. Think of it this way. You have a central nervous system (your brain and spinal cord). Everyone knows they are important - that's why they are protected by bone. Your central nervous system is like the central processing unit (CPU) in your computer. If you don't protect your CPU from viruses or maintain its programs, it will slow down and possibly stop. Adjustments help keep your CPU (your central nervous system) functioning properly by removing stress and restrictions on the nerves so it can talk to and receive information from the rest of your body, including your immune system, muscles, and internal organs.

My interest in health care started while I was in Montana studying Forestry. While in school I developed asthma and was introduced to the world of Respiratory Care, which led to seven years as a Respiratory Therapist and a move to Seattle.

My discovery of Chiropractic happened as it does with many people: I developed vertigo, or dizziness, with turning my head - not a good thing while driving! A friend suggested Chiropractic where I learned not only could Chiropractic help the vertigo but my asthma as well. Chiropractic was amazing! Here was a health care system I could use to really help people, not just treat their symptoms as I had been doing for seven years, so back I went to school for four more years of intensive study.

 After Chiropractic school I returned to Kirkland to start a practice and resume my training in the martial art of Aikido where I have reached the rank of second degree black belt, and also to continue my life long interests in canoeing, hiking, gardening. While out gardening I usually have lots of help from my spoiled blue and gold macaw, Max. Other then helping in the yard Max loves to take baths in the hot tub, tear up the TP, open all of the cupboards, or just to be on my shoulder. This also was about the time I started to folk dance: English Country Dancing, Contra, Scottish, and Scandinavian. I found a great source of fun great music and a wonderful community of very friendly people, look up seattledance.org. That's where I met my wife Laura Mé who literally danced into my life. You can still find us on the dance floor once or twice a week.Dancing_Parkers.jpg