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.

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."
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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

'Tis the season. Feeling Merry? ... or Scary?

The holiday season brings with it feelings of good will, good spirit and great food.  Unfortunately, it also brings with it added stress of financial burdens, travel arrangements, deadlines and the aggravating relative or two.  Stress is not something to ignore or consider benign.   There is a distinct role for stress in causing hypertension, heart disease, ulcers, cancer, emotional illness and more.  While the holidays are meant to be a time filled with cheer and merriment, stress (to varying degrees) manages to poke it's ugly head and disrupt all the fun.  Have you ever heard of The ''Merry Christmas Coronary'' and ''Happy New Year Heart Attack'' Phenomenon? Simply put, studies have found that there are more cardiac related deaths on Christmas Day and New Years than any other day.   

Scary stuff.....But there's hope....

Let's now apply this new-found knowledge.  If you or someone you love has a tendency to be "high stress" or suffers with circulatory disease, it is important to diligently monitor stress-inducing situations and when possible avoid them.  By planning ahead and making wiser financial decisions when looking for that perfect gift, or perhaps not inviting crazy uncle so-and-so undue stress may be avoided.  If you are observing a stressful situation beginning to escalate, be the voice of reason and attempt to diffuse the situation before it gets out of hand.    

In addition to the added stress, the added calories and "adult beverages" are another concern.  If you're feeling content, skip the extra piece of pie and don't drink more than you're used to consuming. 

By thinking ahead and managing stress ahead of time, the holidays can be more enjoyable for all.  Plan your events ahead of time, call that pesky relative and hash it out over the phone before the family gathers, peel yourself off the warm cuddly couch for an hour and take a walk, stretch or meditate.  Take care of yourself!  

Acupuncture is a great way to combat stress year-round and help you find peace in a hectic world.  Acupuncture also helps relieve muscular tension and headaches, even digestive issues that may result from stress.  Take a time out and take care of yourself, so you can take care of everyone else's needs this holiday season!   To schedule a free consultation and find out if acupuncture or chiropractic are right for you, contact the doctor