What is CUPPING THERAPY?? AKA Myofascial Decompression technique....?

Cupping techniques were originally developed thousands of years ago and have been most popularly utilized as a traditional Chinese medicine treatment.  Cupping therapy has been used over the years to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing.  Traditionally, the use of cupping assisted to reduce stagnation of qi along channels.  In recent year the use of this ancient healing art has gained interest of celebrities, healthcare practitioners and every day people seeking safe treatment for pain.  


Current terminology for cupping is Myofascial Decompression Therapy.  Much like it sounds, the cups are used to decompress soft tissues (muscle, tendon, ligaments and fascia) of the body.  Fascia is dense connective tissue made up of collagen fibers. Fascia surrounds muscles, nerves and vessels as well as organs.  Basically, its the tough stuff that keeps everything where it's supposed to be and allows us to move without displacing our spleens and livers and such.  


Lets talk about the fascial connection as it pertains to the musculoskeletal system.  Muscles are surrounded by and interact with one another with the assistance of the fascia.  When there is injury, either chronic or traumatic, the fascia is also affected, not just the muscles, ligaments and tendons.  If the network of fascial planes is disrupted due to scar tissue adhesions (sometimes referred to as knots), restrictions in function and mobility will result.  When you don't move well, your body suffers.  Faulty biomechanics (the way the body moves) can lead to pain and altered function which can dramatically affect the way you perform activities every day and keep you from doing the things you love.  

Why does all of this matter? Because, when the body moves with altered function, joint surfaces can wear unevenly, which can not only be painful, but may progress to joint damage and arthritis.  

Functional problems are easier to address than structural problems.  Soft tissues are more pliable and reactive to change than bony/joint structures.  Fix the muscular imbalances, improve joint mobility and strengthen what has become weak and you may avoid painful long term damage!

Cupping/Myofascial Decompression is one of the treatment options offered in Dr. Pierce's chiropractic and acupuncture practice.  Dr. Pierce believes that long term benefit from chiropractic care and/or acupuncture therapy requires a well-rounded approach.  Release restrictions in the muscle and fascia, restore joint mobility with the adjustment and joint mobilization and re-educate weak muscles to do their job and you will have greater results and learn how to prevent re injury! 

Release. Restore. Re-educate!  

Newport Beach Chiropractor goes Beyond Spine Care

When you think "Chiropractor", you usually think "Spine", and you would be right, but only half way...

Did you know that chiropractors treat all your joints, not just those causing you back and neck pain?  Your Newport Beach chiropractor treats all the joints and muscles of your body from TMJ (jaw joint) to the joints and muscles of your feet!  Have you been having elbow pain getting in the way of your golf or tennis swing?  We can help with that too! Wrist pain from too much typing?  Knee pain after starting a new workout routine? We'll fix that too.

So, next time you experience aches and pains in areas other than your back and neck, remember your chiropractor can help!  By treating the muscles that move your bones and the tendons and ligaments connecting it all, your Newport Beach chiropractor goes beyond the typical spinal pain treatments chiropractors are known for.  As the saying goes, "it's all connected".  Your chiropractor has the education and experience to effectively treat your pain from A to Z.  From Achilles tendons to zygapophyseal  joints (in your spine)! 

Call us today for your free consultation and to find out if we accept your insurance (we accept most).  (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.

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Core sculpting tip of the day:  Side plank + "clam shell"


Hips on the ground at first, then push both hips forward by engaging your glutes and obliques.  Your body should be straight as an arrow from knee to shoulder.  Easy? add the "clam shell" to activate your gluteus medius on the "up" side!  Start slow, if it hurts don't continue!

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