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…

I developed sciatica during my training program for the Boston Marathon 2016.  Two-months out from the race, I quit training and took a 4 week break.  Dr. Dawn Liu was recommended by a few of the runners in my running circle. I called Action Performance immediately.  Dr. Dawn spent nearly an hour on my first visit.  I was sweaty!   Bending, stretching, squatting, and even running.

She broke down my issues.  It wasn’t just sciatica.  I was dealing with hip issues, tight hamstrings, weak glutes, and my form was suffering.  The sciatic pain was the last straw.  I was devastated with the set-back.  She started treatment (ART) immediately and had me stretching and working on my core at home.   Two weeks later I was back to running short distances.  I wasn’t completely healed but I was able to run with much less discomfort.  The ART was targeting the deep tissue that had been stressed for so long and impossible to reach with simple stretching and foam rolling

One month later, I raced my best half marathon by more than 2 minutes.  And one month after that, I toed the line at Boston!  I raced my strongest full marathon even with terrible weather conditions.  Most importantly, I was pain free.

I have to thank Dr. Dawn for all that she did to me physically and mentally.  She knows what she’s doing!  She treats the problem and she corrects the cause as well.  She gave me the confidence I needed to get myself back to running and to trust in the treatment.

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Debra R.
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Dr Dawn helped me with a serious IT Band issue which kept me from performing well at the Carlsbad Marathon in January. Yesterday I got a BQ at mountains to beach marathon. Still getting faster at 52. Pretty nice.

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Scott J.
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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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Dr. Dawn Liu has literally helped change my life.  I was on the verge of not being able to distance run ever again after experiencing toe issues during my 2011 marathon training season.  After experiencing another toe injury early in my 2013 marathon training season, I started Active Refease Technique, ART, and have noticed immediate positive results since. Dr. Dawn Liu performed a biomechanics analysis of my funning form and has made recommendations on how I should run and has been actively working with me weekly. If you have any injury concerns or chronic issues, I highly recommend Dr. Liu.

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B S.
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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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Dr Liu is brilliant on every level and I highly recommend any of her services! I’m a HUGE believer in Active Release Technique. It saved my feet many years ago from plantar fasciitias. I was excited to learn Dr Liu teaches ART, so I booked an appt for my shoulder pain and she blew my mind with her knowledge. She took lots of time with me and was very thorough and sweet. I’m going to her weekly now and will refer her to everyone!!

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Kathleen K.
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Dr Dawn and Ben from Action Performance Care used A.R.T. to treat my daughter for sports-induced shin splints that had been causing problems for over 2 years .   After a few short sessions, my daughter is now 100% pain free.  Dr Dawn also helped with her running form to minimize the chance of reoccurrence.   Very highly recommended.

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Tony H.
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Both Dr. John and Dr. Anna have worked on me on several occasions now not to recover from injuries but instead maintain optimal health and allow me to continue with a demanding training regimen. I always walk out of their office feeling so much better than I walked in, with better functioning tissues, improved mobility, and great muscle activation. Beyond the immediate physical benefits, both Dr. John and Dr. Anna possess a wealth of knowledge and provide me with the tools to better care for myself when I’m not in their office. They’ve helped me create a better understanding of my own working anatomy and how I can maximize my own physical potential. 5 stars does not do these guys justice.

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Blake 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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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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