Action Performance Care
Dr. Dawn Liu, Ph.D., D.C., L.Ac., A.R.T. Instructor
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What Patients are Saying About Our Practice…

If you have back pain, look no further

Last year I was in so much pain it was maddening. I could go to work and get through my day but all I wanted to do was get home and lie down.

I injured myself at the gym, I literally contemplated getting a steroid injection to give me relief. My husband had gone to Dr. Anna earlier in the year and swore by her. I put off going to her for a month. Finally, I had a really bad weekend with the back pain and I finally called and made an appointment.

First off, she gave me immediate relief that would last an hour or two and it just came right back. I committed to going at least twice a week. Slowly, within three months, the pain completely resolved.

I was afraid I was going to need surgery but she helped me immensely.

She fixed me!

It’s a different type of therapy, active release therapy. It worked for me
If you are reading this, I know how you feel. Just make the call, you will not believe how much relief you will get here.

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Kara R.

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Dr. Liu is amazing. I have been seeing her twice per week for only three weeks now and I already feel so much better, it’s shocking!

I used to run distance with no problem, then started developing a pain in my lower back so bad that I had to stop running at less than one mile. It was extremely frustrating and discouraging. I’m already back to almost 3 miles per day and am excited to keep pressing on to get back to where I was before!

She is so thorough and spends so much time with you. She really cares about you and wants to help you get better. We’ve spent time running and even discussing nutrition. If you visit her regularly, implement the running form recommendations she makes and foam roll on your own time, it works!

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Ari M.

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Dr. Liu is smart with great skills and knowledge. She is more than a Chiropractor.  In 2007, I went to see Dr. Liu after a minor rear ended car accident. I actually didn’t feel anything but since insurance will pay it, I told my self why not see her since her office was just 5 minutes away from my apartment.  Dr. Liu ordered X-RAY then reviewed the X-RAY films. She was able to tell that I’m a long time laptop user and and told me to get a monitor and correct my siting position. Her practice is great too. I feel much better after only two sections.  After I moved Dallas, I can’t find a comparable chiropractor in Dallas.

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Yuanming Z.

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I’ve been in treatment for frozen shoulder with Dr. Dawn for 3 weeks and am feeling so much better, I just have to Yelp about it.

I started having pain in my left upper arm in July 2010 and thought it was from working out, so I took a break to heal up.  The pain got worse despite the rest and I went to my primary care doc, who diagnosed me with a shoulder impingement & said nothing could really be done about it except to take anti-imflammatories for the pain.  I tried massage, other chiropractors and physical therapy with my HMO, but was still in near constant pain and thinking that I would never get better.

I found Action Chiropractic after doing an Internet search for shoulder impingement treatment and made an appointment. The office staff was very pleasant to deal with and got me in quickly.  Dr. Dawn took an extensive history and studied the range of motion I had in my left arm from many different angles and positions. She diagnosed me with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and told me about A.R.T. (active release technique) therapy.  She was honest and said the treatment would be very painful, but that my range of motion would be restored and I would be pain free within about 10 sessions.

She was NOT kidding about the painful treatment!   At some points, it hurts so badly, I’m not sure if I can stand anymore.  She really knows what she’s doing though, and does all she can to make it easier and talk me through the pain.

I noticed a difference after the very first session, and now after 4 sessions, there has been a HUGE improvement in both my range of motion and pain level.  I am no longer in constant pain, and am able to exercise again and sleep through the night.  I don’t have total range of motion back yet, but I’m getting there quickly under Dr. Dawn’s care.

Give her a try if you’re having chronic pain and haven’t gotten any relief from other techniques.

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Christine M.

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I live a very active lifestyle, and practice a lot of self-care to prevent injuries (foam rolling/stretching). I was extremely surprised and perplexed to find myself having acute back pain, which I thought was a dislocated rib. I had very limited range of motion in my torso, and I was walking around like a robot.

I was in mercy to my pain, and I made a same day appointment with Dr. Liu and told her about my symptoms. After a very thorough assessment, she was quickly able to pin point what was going on. My rib was completely in tact, but my psoas muscle was completely inflamed. She did some body work on my abdominal muscles (A.R.T.), and I immediately felt 40-50% less pain. I made an appointment 2 days later, and by that time my pain decreased to 70%. After my 2nd appointment of A.R.T. with Dr. Liu, my pain was down to 90%! She is so beyond educated and experienced, I was very impressed. I will see her for a few more appointments, then add in her recommendations to my self-care routine.

My insurance doesn’t cover treatments out of my network, so I paid out of pocket. It can get expensive that way, but I really feel like what you get from every visit is beyond worth the out of pocket cost. If you have ANY pain, make an appointment with Dr. Liu, I had amazing results with her, and I’m sure you will also.

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Steven B.

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I went to Dr Liu on recommendation from a friend.  I play tennis and was having hip pain. Dr Liu spend about 45 minutes with me on the first visit just doing a diagnostic of my entire body – balance, flexibility, she analyzed my walk, etc.

She treats the whole body and not just the isolated symptom that you go to her for.  She has taught me better posture, walking, standing, breathing, and eventually running. Best of all, I cut out sweets from my diet at the same time.  I have lost 13 pounds in 3 months.  Really not a major change in eating but in addition to Dr Lui’s work it all came together for a great result. Friends and family have noticed a big difference and it’s not just the weight loss.  I look and feel happier and I stand taller and stronger.

It can be painful, but don’t give up!  Do all of the “homework” she gives you (stretching exercises etc).  You will see results.  It works!

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Karen D.

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My first visit to Action was outstanding.  I recently ended a trail run with a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder area.  Dr. John’s active release therapy was awesome!  After the first session my range of motion was back to near 100% and Dr. John showed me some exercises to prevent this injury from happening again.  I will absolutely be going back to Action.  Everyone was very friendly and professional.  Great experience!

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Joel V.

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I injured my shoulder at the beginning of the year, and had an impingement in the upper part of my right arm.  I experienced pain with any pushing motion or lifting weight overhead.  Over the months that followed, I sought virtually every treatment under the sun in the hopes of avoiding surgery, including massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments.  They all did nothing for me.

Six months and over a thousand dollars later, just when I thought I was going to need surgery, my friend referred me to Action Chiropractic.  After having sought so many other treatments, including with my regular chiropractor, I was quite skeptical.

After a few treatments of Active Release Therapy, Dr. Anna got my shoulder back to 100%.  Unfortunately, I got so excited, I resumed using my shoulder too quickly instead of taking it easy and allowing time to heal and re-injured it.  I had to go back for a couple more treatments, and am now back in Crossfit with no modifications.  I have complete use of my shoulder and experience zero pain with any pushing motions and lifting overhead.

I can’t recommend Dr. Anna Phillips enough and have since been recommending Action to everyone, especially those who have already sought treatment without results.  For anyone skeptical about the efficacy of Active Release Therapy based on the Wikipedia page, I would suggest also being skeptical about anything you read on Wikipedia.  Give A.R.T. a try and find out for yourself.

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Anthony R.

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I developed a serious pain in my toe/foot over a few months and was in constant pain. I couldn’t apply pressure on my toe and walking on that foot became uncomfortable to the point of wincing. I went to my normal doctor to get a x-ray and have them check it out. The x-ray showed no damage to my foot despite the swelling and my described pain. They suggested it was possibly arthritis and something that I would just have to deal with and medicate the rest of my life. I’m 27.

I visited Action Chiropractic for a second opinion, and I’m glad I did. Working with Dr. Dawn, she was able to identify the causes of my pain and help me correct it. I had developed many bad walking habits which were causing the stress and pain in my toe/foot. During our sessions, Dr. Dawn helped by working on/massaging the affected muscles to reduce the pain significantly in the short term, and then provided me with step by step corrections to fix my bad walking habits for the long term.

Dr. Dawn helped turn my recent experience of constant pain back into my normal, pain free, life I had before.

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Chris Y.

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I am a physician and was having trouble solving my own movement problems through traditional allopathic channels.  This lead me to seek out several “alternative medicine” modalities in the hope that I would find an answer.  After trying several other types of care I came across ART and decided to try it.  I came to Dr. Dawn Liu initially because of the extensive training she has undergone specific to A.R.T.  Her knowledge, and enthusiasm as well as her technical excellence with soft tissue and joint manipulation set her apart as an outstanding healthcare provider.  What I was not expecting, but now value immensely, is her dogmatic instruction on retraining pathological movement patterns to help prevent recurrence of the problems she is treating.  Not only do I come to see Dr. Liu whenever I need soft tissue manipulation but also refer my patients to her with complete confidence.  Her care has allowed me to improve my functionality immensely in the gym, on the bike, in the water both surfing and swimming as well as chasing my young boys all over the planet.  This lady is the best at what she does.  She can cure what many others just temporize.

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John S.

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