Is Plantar Fasciitis your "Achilles' Heel"?

You don't have to be a mythological warrior to have this weakness.

If your first few steps every morning cause the kind of pain that reminds you that you are, indeed, a mere mortal, then you may be suffering with Plantar Fasciitis. 

Plantar fasciitis/fasciosis is an overuse injury characterized by pain in the sole of the foot. This pain is typically most pronounced during your first few steps in the morning and walking after long periods of sitting. People with flat feet or extremely high arches may be more prone to this injury. 

Untreated, plantar fasciitis can become chronic and due to altered gait due to pain in the foot, you may begin to experience pain in the ankle, knee, hip or low back. 

Dr. Pierce has been successfully treating patient's with plantar fasciitis in her Newport Beach chiropractic and acupuncture office for more than 5 years. Some patients reporting complete resolution of their heel and foot pain in as few as 3 visits! Through a combination of manual therapy including Graston Technique, myofascial release, joint mobilizations and rehabilitative exercise, you can get on to the road to recovery quickly. Dry needling is also extremely helpful to effectively reduce tension in the heel and calf muscles, which may be largely contributing to your foot and heel pain! 

Heel and foot pain doesn't have to be something you just "live with". Make your appointment today and start on your road to recovery! 

Copy of Webster Technique in Newport Beach

Dr. Pierce offers the Webster Technique in her Newport Beach office! Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique specifically developed for pregnant patients who want to enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy. This technique uses gentle hands on therapy to address imbalances in pelvic alignment and improve pelvic mobility to promote a more optimal delivery. The Webster Technique is aimed at treating not only pelvic (bone) alignment, but goes a step further to treat round ligament tension and pubic region pain. 

Dr. Pierce treats pregnant patients in her Newport Beach office using the Webster protocol as well as acupuncture therapy and simple gentle home exercises. To find out if you are a good candidate for treatment please contact the office! 

Is Plantar Fasciitis your "Achilles' Heel"?

You don't have to be a mythological Greek war hero to have a weakness.

If your first few steps every morning cause the kind of pain that reminds you that you are, indeed, a mere mortal, then you may be suffering with Plantar Fasciitis. 

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury characterized by pain in the sole of the foot. This pain is typically most pronounced during your first few steps in the morning and walking after long periods of sitting. People with flat feet or extremely high arches may be more prone to this injury. 

Untreated, plantar fasciitis can become chronic and due to altered gait due to pain in the foot, you may begin to experience pain in the ankle, knee, hip or low back. 

Dr. Pierce has been successfully treating patient's with plantar fasciitis in her Newport Beach chiropractic and acupuncture office for more than 5 years. Some patients reporting complete resolution of their heel and foot pain in as few as 3 visits. 

Heel and foot pain doesn't have to be something you just "live with". Make your appointment today and start on your road to recovery! 

Pain in the Butt? Sciatica Scenarios.

Sciatica can be a real pain in the butt. Literally. But that isn't where it ends! For some folks, sciatica becomes a pain the the leg, or even a pain in the toe. For others, sciatica is numbingly difficult to deal with. Can't feel your foot? Sciatica may be to blame. 

This common affliction may be accompanied by lower back pain, but doesn't have to be. Sciatica is a real bummer, but IT CAN BE TREATED!

The term "Sciatica" refers to irritation of the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that accepts contribution from the lumbar and sacral roots after they emerge from the spinal cord. This is the main nerve that supplies the lower extremity. This nerve is a pretty big deal! 

Disc bulge impinging upon spinal nerve root. 

Disc bulge impinging upon spinal nerve root. 

The first step toward alleviating sciatica is diagnosing WHAT the nerve is being irritated by and WHERE that irritation is located along the nerve's pathway. 

Is the nerve impingement due to an intervertebral disc pinching a nerve root? Is it due to complications from advanced osteoarthritis leading to bone spur (osteophyte) formation occluding the space through which the nerve exits the spinal canal? Or is it due to nerve entrapment in the hip or glute due to muscular spasm or adhesions pinching the nerve as it travels through that region???

As you might imagine, figuring this out is not always easy, but luckily, that's what people like me are trained to do. If special imaging is determined to be appropriate, you will be provided with a prescription for an X-ray or MRI the same day as your visit by me (Dr. Pierce). 

The first step to successful treatment of sciatica is DIAGNOSIS. Then, based on the cause, a treatment plan can be implemented! More often than not, sciatica can be treated safely and efficiently with conservative care! 

Dr. Pierce offers treatments for sciatica ranging from lumbar traction (flexion/distraction), acupuncture and local area dry needling, electroacupuncture, chiropractic joint manipulation (adjustments), gently joint mobilization, cupping (myofascial decompression), therapeutic exercise (rehabilitation), deep muscle work (sports massage/trigger point therapy) and more. 

To get to the bottom of your pain, schedule an appointment today!  http://advancedocwellness.com/book/

Webster Technique in Newport Beach

Dr. Pierce offers the Webster Technique in her Newport Beach office! Webster Technique is a chiropractic technique specifically developed for pregnant patients who want to enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy. This technique uses gentle hands on therapy to address imbalances in pelvic alignment and improve pelvic mobility to promote a more optimal delivery. The Webster Technique is aimed at treating not only pelvic (bone) alignment, but goes a step further to treat round ligament tension and pubic region pain. 

Dr. Pierce treats pregnant patients in her Newport Beach office using the Webster protocol as well as acupuncture therapy and simple gentle home exercises. To find out if you are a good candidate for treatment please contact the office!