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! 

BACK PAIN DURING PREGNANCY - WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

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Back pain is a common complaint for many women during pregnancy and may occur as early as your first trimester. As your uterus grows, your abdominal muscles stretch out to accommodate your developing baby and belly, and as a result your abdominal muscles become weaker. As your belly enlarges, your center of gravity shifts forward, which puts tremendous stress on your spine. Additionally, there are normal hormonal changes that loosen your ligaments and relax your joints in preparation for the delivery of your baby. All of these factors, not to mention the additional weight you're carrying around, can lead to spinal and pelvic pain as well as tight and achy muscles. 

While lower back and pelvic pain during pregnancy is completely normal and typically no cause for concern, it can be extremely frustrating and distracting, often making is hard for you (and sometimes your partner!) to sleep at night, making your days long and tiring. For some women their back pain may escalate into sciatica (pain that travels into the hip and down your leg). 

During pregnancy, there are very few medical interventions that are considered safe when it comes to dealing with pregnancy related back pain and sciatica symptoms. If your typical response to aches and pains is to grab the bottle of Aleve and go on with your day - that's not happening while baby is on board! That doesn't mean you have to just live with the pain, though. Chiropractors trained in the Webster Technique are competent care providers who know how to safely and effectively treat your pregnancy related back and pelvic pain. 

Dr. Pierce uses not only the Webster Technique to treat pregnancy related back pain, but will also spend time manually treating the tightened muscles around your spine, hips and pelvis causing pain, but educate you on exercises, stretches and daily habits that will help reduce your pain and in many cases eliminate it completely - and naturally. Many patients also benefit from the inclusion of acupuncture and/or trigger point dry needling to treat their back pain during pregnancy. Acupuncture, provided by a qualified provider is safe during pregnancy and can be extremely beneficial for pain and stress relief, pregnancy induced nausea and may help you sleep more soundly. 

WE'VE MOVED! .... To the Second Floor!

Dr. Pierce's office has moved! We are still in Newport Beach, still in the same building as well, just in a different, bigger, better suite! From here on, report to suite 200 for your chiropractic and acupuncture visits!

I will be updating the site and posting pictures soon! I can't wait for you all to see the new space!

5 Ways Omega-3 Consumption Can Change Your Life

Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA are necessary for vital bodily functions and without enough of them, you may run into some major health concerns. EPA and DHA are primarily found in fish. Another important omega-3 fatty acid, ALA, is found in nuts and seeds. While it is ideal to receive adequate nutrients from the food you consume, sometimes that just doesn't happen. To be safe and insure that you are receiving adequate Omega-3, supplementation with a high-quality product is advised. 

 

Here are 5 ways Omega-3 Can Improve your life and Health: 

 

1. Omega-3 Can Improve Eye Health

DHA, a type of omega-3, is a major structural component of the brain and retina of the eye and without enough DHA, vision problems may arise. Adequate consumption of omega-3 may reduce risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24557349https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15812120https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2136947

 

2. Omega-3 Can Promote Brain Health During Pregnancy and Early Life

Omega-3s are crucial for brain growth and development in infants. Getting enough omega-3s during pregnancy has been associated with numerous benefits for the child, including:

  • Higher intelligence.

  • Better communication and social skills.

  • Less behavioral problems.

  • Decreased risk of developmental delay.

  • Decreased risk of ADHD, autism and cerebral palsy.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12509593/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17556695https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3988447/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24581674https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9196357https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3046737/

 

3. Omega-3 Can Improve Risk Factors For Heart Disease

Heart attacks and strokes are the world’s leading causes of death. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have numerous benefits for heart health.

These include:

  • Triglycerides: Omega-3s can cause a major reduction in triglycerides, usually in the range of 15–30%.

  • Blood pressure: Omega-3s can reduce blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure.

  • HDL-cholesterol: Omega-3s can raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol levels.

  • Blood clots: Omega-3s can keep blood platelets from clumping together. This helps prevent the formation of harmful blood clots.

  • Plaque: By keeping the arteries smooth and free from damage, omega-3s help prevent the plaque that can restrict and harden the arteries.

  • Inflammation: Omega-3s reduce the production of some substances released during the inflammatory response.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3712371/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22051327http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(01)01114-7/fulltexthttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23196815https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22282329

 

4. Omega-3 Can Fight Inflammation

While inflammation is a vital process in our bodies, necessary to repair damaged in the body and fight infection, sometimes inflammation persists longer than necessary without justifiable cause. This type of chronic inflammation can contribute to chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the production of molecules and substances linked to inflammation and studies have shown a link between higher omega-3 intake and reduced inflammation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12490960https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16841861https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24505395

 

5. Omega-3 Fats Are Good For Your Skin

DHA is a structural component of the skin. It is responsible for the health of cell membranes, which make up a large part of skin. A healthy cell membrane results in soft, moist, supple and wrinkle-free skin. Omega-3s can help keep skin cells healthy, preventing premature aging and more. They may also help protect the skin from sun damage.

EPA also benefits the skin in several ways, including:

  • Managing oil production in skin.

  • Managing hydration of the skin.

  • Preventing hyperkeratinization of hair follicles (the little red bumps often seen on upper arms).

  • Preventing premature aging of the skin.

  • Preventing acne.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19335417https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10617994

"Cupping" at the 2016 Rio Olympics with Dr. Pierce

No, not the Dr. Pierce you are all familiar with! Dr. Kevin Pierce, Dr. Tara's husband!

Dr. Kevin is a part of the 2016 Olympics medical staff and was a part of a demonstration of cupping on the Today Show this morning! check out the video to learn a little bit about the treatment modality picking up steam at the Rio Games! With the likes of Michael Phelps enthusiastically jumping on board!

Dr. (Tara) Pierce also performs cupping in her Newport Beach chiropractic and acupuncture practice. To learn more about if this treatment might be right for you, contact the doc or set up an appointment today!