Healthy 4th of July Options!

This 4th of July, try to include some healthier options into your BBQ festivities!

Try substituting a refreshing cucumber, tomato and feta salad for pasta salad, or, my personal favorite, a garbanzo bean, quinoa, avocado, cilantro with lemon salad in place of your potato salad! 

Small substitutions can have a large impact on your overall health.  Start small and bigger steps will come.  

Another small step is to start integrating chiropractic care or acupuncture into your health routine!  Patients who visit chiropractors tend to be more health-conscious overall.  Also, your chiropractor is your health advocate! Keeping you healthy and motivating you to make smart choices and stick with them. We do more than just keep you pain free!!  Are you  experiencing any pain, having trouble with your posture, want to learn exercises to stabilize and strengthen your core, or are just interested in becoming healthier overall?  Call or make any appointment online today! Dr. Pierce's office is conveniently located in Newport Beach near Fashion Island and offers chiropractic and acupuncture services 5 days a week! 

 

Plantar Fasciitis - You DONT have to live with it.

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common pathology affecting the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the fibrous connective tissue extending from the bottom of the heel through the base of the foot, supporting the arch.  When there is injury and inflammation to this tissue, there will be pain on the heel and/or the arch of the foot, usually worst in the morning while taking your first few steps out of bed. 

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In active individuals this condition is often the result of overuse such as running, jumping, walking or long periods of standing.  For more sedentary individuals, plantar foot pain may be due to obesity.  If you are "flat footed" you may have greater chances of developing plantar fasciitis. 

If you start noticing pain similar to what has been described above, you may be in for a long haul if you do not address it quickly. Initially, it is suggested that you apply the "RICE" protocol. Rest/Ice/Compression/Elevation.  If your condition does not resolve quickly you may require therapy to effectively address and resolve your painful symptoms.

Dr. Pierce uses a variety of treatments to effectively address plantar foot pain and plantar fasciitis. In addition to treating the plantar fascia itself, it is vitally important the treat the muscles and tendons not only of the foot itself, but the soft tissue and joints of the lower leg and often the hamstrings.  By isolating each contributing soft tissue structure involved, Dr. Pierce is able to effectively reduce pain and improve function.  

Stop living with plantar fasciitis and dread your first steps each morning. Through myofascial release, instrument assisted soft tissue treatment with Graston technique, active myofascial release, joint mobilization, therapeutic exercise and physiotherapies, Dr. Pierce is the one for the job! Make an appointment today!

Calcium and Vitamin D and increased risk for cardiovascular disease?

By now most people understand that Calcium absorption is promoted by Vitamin D.  What most of you may not know is that you may potentially be promoting heart disease if you take Calcium with a Vitamin D supplement.   

Vitamin K, along with vitamin D, are essential for the bones to uptake and incorporate calcium.  Studies suggest that K2 specifically may help reduce cardiovascular risks associated with plaque deposition and arterial calcification by helping to direct D3 and therefore calcium to the bones rather than allowing it to freely deposit elsewhere as it circulates in the blood.   

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*Plaque development and calcium deposition within the vessel wall leads to hardening of the arteries which reduces the diameter of the lumen and restricts the flow of blood to coronary smooth muscle. Lack of blood flow causes lack of oxygen to the tissue, which results in cell death.   

In a healthy individual, calcium regulating hormones control where calcium is directed, with the vast majority being stored in the bones and a very small amount in the extracellualr fluid and soft tissues.  D3 is produced in the body via ingestion of precursor vitamin D3 (a precursor to a hormone) or through the skin via sun exposure. 

Vitamin K is found in broccoli, cabbage as well as in dairy products and egg yolks. Recommended daily intake is 120 mcg for adult men and 90 mcg for adult women.  

Many of us are Vitamin D deficient. A simple blood test can determine if you are a member of this category.  If you are indoors and do not have regular sun exposure you may be deficient.  Additionally, if you have dark skin or live far from the equator you are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency.   

If you have questions about what supplements may be appropriate for you and would like to order high quality supplements contact us for additional information!