Weekend Warriors: Are you a FOOSHER?..

We are instinctively drawn to escape the safety of the cubicle or corner office once the 5 o'clock hour rings in the weekend every Friday afternoon.  For some of us that means 2 days of rest and relaxation, while others crave a different type of escape.  Mountain biking, sky diving, hiking, running and the like.

I personally prefer the first option... But, for you adventurous types, here's some advise to keep you moving and out of my office on Monday, or worse, the emergency room.

Common mistake #1: FOOSHING  (What-ing?...)

FOOSH-ING.  Falling On Out-Stretched Hand.  This is a common cause of wrist fracture, ligament damage and all-around bummers.

The Solution:  Roll with it.  If you find yourself on the wrong end of your handlebars fight the instinct to put out your hands in order to break your fall.  Tuck and roll with it if possible.  Tuck your chin to your chest and use your hands instead to protect your head and neck.

Common Mistake #2: Achilles Tendon Tear

Kobe Bryant fans, don't follow in your idol's footsteps.  You may not have the means and the team to get you back in action as quickly as Mr. Bryant.

The Solution:  Warm up and stay hydrated! Throughout the day it is important to drink enough water and replace electrolytes as you sweat them out. Additionally, prior to playing a sport like basketball take a light jog and/or stretch out your calves and hamstrings before you play!

Common Mistake #3: Concussions

Making the mistake of not wearing proper head gear can not only be dangerous, but have long term irreversible consequences.  One severe concussion or multiple small concussions over time can lead to depression or dementia.

The Solution:   Protect your head! If you are biking or playing tackle football, wear a helmet.  During the winter months wear a helmet while snowboarding or skiing.  It could not only save you from a headache, but from becoming paralyzed or even death.

If you do succumb to a rolled ankle, shoulder ouchie or other minor injury we are here for you! Dr. Pierce doesn't just treat spines! With chiropractic care, acupuncture or both, your injuries can heal faster and with fewer long-term problems.  Providing chiropractic and acupuncture care for injuries ranging from headaches, sciatica, knee sprains and ankle sprains, TMJ dysfunction and more to the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and surrounding areas of Orange County.

Can Acupuncture Resolve Breech Presentation?

Breech presentation refers to malposition of the unborn fetus.  Normally, toward the end of pregnancy, the baby turns so that it is oriented head-down toward the cervix prior to delivery.  A baby that is breech will typically present with either their buttocks down toward the birth canal or with one or both feet down.  Common causes are cases of premature delivery, subsequent pregnancies, abnormal amniotic fluid levels (too much or too little) or multiple births-such as twins.

The most common medical solution is to deliver the baby or babies by cesarean (C-section).  However, there are options prior to delivery that may enhance your chances of turning the baby to the proper position in time.
One intervention that has come back into favor in recent years is the use of a technique called external cephalic version.  Simply put, the doctor, usually an OB-GYN, will manually attempt to turn the baby by applying pressure with their hands on the expectant mother's abdomen and turning the baby to the proper position. This technique has good success rates and is relatively comfortable for the mother however, it is not without risk.  It is important that the practitioner be as gentle as possible when performing the maneuver.

Another option is the use of traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to turn breech babies and in many cases has been very successful.  Some practitioners will incorporate an herbal medicine called moxibustion with acupuncture treatment.  There are a growing number of people supporting the use of this option for treatment of breech presentation.  Acupuncture treatment is extremely safe and should be considered as an option to aid in turning a breech baby.

How does acupuncture turn a breech baby?  There is a specific point on the fifth toe that is believed to increase fetal movement and encourage the malpositioned fetus to turn to it's correct position to prepare for delivery.  The use of this method has sparked the interest of the medical community in recent years.  Literature reviews and randomized controlled trials are concluding that additional research is warranted to further investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture for breech presentation and that use of this ancient healing art is a viable option for expectant mothers.  A randomized controlled study conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Turin, Italy concluded that Acupuncture and moxibustion is "more effective than observation in revolving fetuses in breech presentation. Such a method appears to be a valid option for women willing to experience a natural birth."
                                        *Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14767050410001668644

Holiday Hours

If you are in need of a little chiropractic and acupuncture TLC before the big holiday week, better make that call!

There are only a few more chances to get in for an adjustment or acupuncture treatment before Christmas!  Treat yourself and don't let pain get in the way of the festivities!

Remaining hours of operation for 2012:

Wednesday, (12/19)  8am-7pm
Friday, (12/21)  3pm-6pm
Saturday, (12/22)  9am-1pm
Monday, (12/24)  8am-2pm
Wednesday, (12/26)  8am-7pm

** After Wednesday 12/26 Dr. Pierce will not be available at her Newport Beach office near Fashion Island until Wednesday 1/2/2013.

Normal hours will resume after this:

Monday 8am-7pm
Wednesday 8am-7pm
Friday 3pm-6pm
Saturday 9am-1pm

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Year to all of our wonderful patients! Lets make 2013 your healthiest year yet!

Cold and Flu Symptoms? Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help!

Sneezing, headaches, runny, stuffy noses, sore throats and coughs can sure put you in a bad mood!  The common cold is caused by a virus and antibiotics are ineffective for these types of infections.

So what do you do?  Most people either tough it through the misery or reach for over the counter remedies at the local drug store.

Medications, even if they are over the counter, come with potential harmful side effects.

Did you know that Chinese herbal medicines can help with these symptoms with fewer negative side effects?
These formulations  are made of substances from the Earth, they are natural and effective options for managing those pesky symptoms from your cold.  They are even helpful for allergy symptoms!

Alone or with acupuncture treatment by your Newport Beach acupuncturist, properly prescribed herbal formulas can help you get through the season feeling great!

*It is important to only take herbal prescriptions prescribed by a qualified health care professional. Just because something is natural doesn't mean it isn't potent and potentially harmful if taken inappropriately.

Wondering if acupuncture, chiropractic or herbs can help what's ailing you?  Dr. Pierce is a chiropractor and master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine serving the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine and other surrounding areas in Orange county.  Call for your appointment or free consultation today! (949)300-2028

How does Acupuncture work?.....Really.

While the concepts of acupuncture/traditional Chinese medicine may seem far-fetched and outdated in this age of technology and medical advancement, research reveals that the ancient Chinese weren't all that far off.

Here are a few examples of modern medical techniques validating acupuncture treatment:

Neuroimaging (MRI of the brain) studies show that acupuncture seems to calm areas of the brain that register pain and activate those involved in rest and recuperation.

Doppler ultrasound (which measures in real time) shows that acupuncture increases blood flow in treated areas.

Thermal imaging shows that it can make inflammation subside.  Acupuncture treatment also leads to endorphin release. 

Many of the acupuncture points correspond to nerve bundles or muscle trigger points (think the area in your upper back between the base of your neck and the tip of your shoulder). Several meridian pathways closely follow major arteries and nerves. Consider this: When someone is experiencing a heart attack, the pain radiates across the chest and down the left arm. As you may have guessed, that is the path of the Heart Meridian.  Similarly, Gallbladder pain from inflammation or gallstones will radiate to the right upper shoulder, similar to where the gallbladder meridian goes on the right side of the body.  

"When acupuncture needles are inserted by the practitioner into the body and rotated, connective tissue wraps around them like spaghetti around a fork, according to ultrasound studies at the University of Vermont. Helene Langevin, research associate professor of neurology, says this action stretches cells in the connective tissue much like massage and yoga do, and may act like acupuncture meridians to send signals throughout the body."

While we don't know everything about how or why acupuncture works, the research looks promising.  Medical minds aside, as I have mentioned in previous posts, this stuff works.  For 5,000 years people have been helped by the simple act of inserting tiny needles into the surface of the body using good intention and careful point selection.  Next time you have an ache or pain, stress, menstrual cramps or any health ailment for that matter, consider trying something that has worked for thousands of years without dangerous side effects before you try something that has possibly hurt thousands for the last 10 years. 

For Chiropractic or Acupuncture treatment in the Newport Beach area contact Dr. Tara Pierce at (949)300-2028 to make an appointment.