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…

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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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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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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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’ve been going to Action for five years on and off for different injuries. Without fail they have been able to treat serious sports injuries and get me back into training or playing for triathlon, Crossfit, and other sports. Their methods are different from some of the chiropractors that I’ve been to, but they are the only ones that have consistently helped me heal and treated me quickly.  They also offer a great military discount if you are able to take advantage of that.

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Mike S.

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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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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’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 first saw Dr. Liu six years ago when I was suffering chronic migraines due to jaw tension caused
taking a water polo ball to the face at full speed. I was suffering from migraines or headaches multiple times a week and had tried basic chiro care to no avail. Doctors said my one solution would be jaw surgery, but I gave ART a try first. After my first session my migraines stopped. I went about 4 times when I was home for the holidays and I haven’t suffered headaches since — for SIX YEARS after having them almost every day. I have never seen such amazing lasting results from any kind of care.

Heads up though, it hurts. Like REALLY hurts. There were times it hurt so bad I was worried I would pee myself on the table. But the relief after was worth it every time. She may look tiny, but Dr. Liu is STRONG!

Fast forward six years and I have chronic shoulder issues from surfing. I was ready to go for an MRI but then remembered the magic of Dr. Lui. She has helped me immensely with my shoulder problems, as well as hip and calf pain. She is great at explaining your body to you and, most importantly, will teach you how to retrain your movements to properly use your muscles. If you have any problems, give her a try. Dr. Liu has kept me in the water when I thought I’d have to give up my favorite hobby and I will always be thankful for that!

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Sonya M.

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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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