The Importance of Chiropractic Care for Your Dance Career

The Importance of Chiropractic Care for Your Dance Career

As chiropractor for the Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound Dance Company in Denver, Dr. Shapiro knows that common injuries among dancers include neck, back, foot, and wrist pain. Regular chiropractic care helps to reduce these types of injuries, as well as improve performance. Find out more about the benefits of chiropractic care for dancers here.

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Chiropractic Care for Cyclists: Reduce Injury, Improve Performance

Chiropractic Care for Cyclists: Reduce Injury, Improve Performance

Whether you cycle for your career, or enjoy cycling as a regular hobby, back and neck pain should not interfere with your ability to enjoy riding. Chiropractic care is beneficial for all athletes, including cyclists. Find out more about the importance of chiropractic care for cyclists here!

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Athletes

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Athletes

There are many benefits to chiropractic care for athletes. In addition to reducing the risk of injury, regular adjustments can improve performance. Dr. David Shapiro is the chiropractor for the Colorado Ballet and the Colorado Symphony. He has experience adjusting athletes. For more information about the importance of chiropractic for athletes, read more here.

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Our Community Partners: Denver Outlaws Lacrosse

Photo Courtesy of Pete Eklund PhotographyLacrosse season is in full swing again! The Denver Outlaws are Denver's professional outdoor lacrosse team, and they all count on Dr. Dave to keep them at their best. The 2014 season has already gotten off to a smashing start--we are 3-0. No doubt, expectations are fairly high for this team after their successful 2013 year, when their perfect regular season ended in an upset at in the Major League Lacrosse Semi-Finals to the Charlotte Hounds. Winning their first home game at Sports Authority at Mile High on May 4th with a score of 14-12, the stage has been set again for another amazing season, and we couldn't be more excited!

So how does chiropractic treatment help professional athletes like the Denver Outlaws? Dr. Shapiro is in the locker room before every home game administering those spinal and extremity adjustments, which helps players improve performance, reduce risk of injury and extend the lives of their careers. "Once the game starts, I rarely have to do adjustments," he says. "For athletes, it's more about performance and function than back pain." Through simple muscle strength tests, Dr. Dave can find misaligned joints, and, of course, adjust them--because misaligned joints not only cause weakness, but they can also cause pain and lead to injury. 

Dr. Dave, indeed, has high hopes for the 2014 season. "I have great expectations--I think everyone does after their undefeated season last year." He also says that fans should keep an eye on player John Grant Jr.--the new addition to the Outlaws is actually a seasoned vet having played in professional lacrosse since 1995 and also being the captain of the Colorado Mammoth, Denver's indoor professional lacrosse team. 

If you haven't had a chance to catch a Denver Outlaws game, now is the time! You may purchase tickets for the 2014 season here. Go Outlaws! 


Chiropractic for Runners

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As a chiropractor, Dr. Shapiro works with a wide variety of athletes in Denver, at all levels of performance. Chiropractic adjustments help runners perform better, faster, harder and stronger--with less pain. In addition, spinal and extemity adjustments can help runners with common running injuries like the ones listed here:  

Spinal Compression:

Spinal compression happens to all of us everyday as we walk around and gravity compacts the vertebra in our back. For runners, this process is greatly accelerated. Symptoms include back pain and pain throughout other parts of the body. A pinched nerve has the ability to restrict movement and cause extreme pain, as well as degeneration in other joints throughout the body. Regular spinal adjustments can ensure that the spine regularly returns to its natural state and that the soft tissue does not form around misalignments, which over time makes corrections more difficult to achieve. These misalignments can caused pinched nerves and other symptoms throughout the body, therefore it is integral that runners get regular spinal adjustments.


Sciatica is defined as pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disk. Misalignments in the lower lumbar, sacral or pelvic areas could be to blame, or foot problems like pronation, flat foot or a short leg could all be to blame--and all can be treated at our office.

Achilles Tendonitis:

Caused by repetitive motion, and overuse. Pain along the back of the ankle and popping noises are typical symptoms of this problem. There are many ways this problem might be treated. If there is a spinal/pelvic misalignment, the problem might not actually originate in the ankle. Adjustments are in order. If the problem is in the ankle, an extremity adjustment might be in order. Finally, this problem might be due to a short leg or foot pronation issues, which can be treated via custom orthotic inserts.

Locked ankle:

Caused by a misaligned talus bone. Symptoms include sharp pain in ankle and an inability to put weight/pressure on the leg. Often this happens when a runner hasn't properly warmed up, but a misalignment in the talus can happen for several reasons. A simple extremity adjustment solves this problem.

Piriformis Syndrome:

This is caused by a tightening of the piriformis muscle, which is in the lower back. Symptoms include lower back pain and shooting pain down the back of the leg. This is usually caused by a misalignment in the lower back or pelvis. Spinal adjustment, pelvic adjustment or custom orthotics can all help treat this problem.

Groin Pull:

This is caused by the overextension of one's inner thigh muscles. Symptoms are similar to those of a hernia. A spinal adjustment or a pelvic adjustments are common treatments for this problem.

Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome:

IT band syndrome is caused by a misalignment in the hip--but usually symptoms manifest as knee pain, proving once again, that skeletal misalignments can cause symptoms and pain in other areas in the body than where the actual problem exists.

Plantar Fasciitis:

This is the inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of one's foot. Pain in the bottom of the heel is the most common symptom. This may be sourced to a misalignment in the spine, in a joint within the leg or pronation issues, so a spinal adjustment, an extremity adjustment or custom orthotics could all be the remedy, depending on the source of the problem.

Moral of the story? Every runner can benefit from chiropractic care. The end.