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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Save the Date: Yoga on the Steps Denver Sept. 13

Shapiro Family Chiropractic:


Fundraising for Living Beyond Breast Cancer at Yoga on the Steps Denver

September 13, 2014

Last year we had the pleasure of joining the folks at Yoga on the Steps Denver as part of their Healthy Living Expo, offering complimentary chair massage and screenings. Ths year we are diving in to this event head first as active participants and fundraisers for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

This amazing community gathering starts at 8:30am in the Cheesman Park Pavillion on the east side of the park. In addition to the beginner/intermediate yoga class, participants are treated to breakfast and are invited to check out the Healthy Living Expo.

We are putting together a team and we would LOVE it if you joined us!

Shapiro Family Chiropractic team members get 50% OFF registration, a FREE Team Shapiro T-shirt and will be intered into a GIVEAWAY for a FREE MASSAGE.

 We can't wait to see you at Yoga on the Steps 2014, it's going to be a BLAST, just check out these awesome pictures we got of the event last year...


Save the Date: Colorado Symphony 5K Sept. 20

Shapiro Family Chiropractic is proudly supporting the Colorado Symphony 5K.

As the official chiropractor of the Colorado Symphony,

Dr. Shapiro is excited to be putting together a team of friends, family and patients to participate in the Second Annual Colorado Symphony 5K. We will have one group of walkers and one group of runners, so everyone is welcome to join us!


Inside the Orchestra Family Picnic @ City Park 6/24

Inside The Orchestra's Picnic in the Park on July 24, 2014 at the City Park Pavilion was a GREAT SUCCESS! We are very excited to be partnering with ISO to help this wonderful non-profit raise money.

As you know, Dr. Dave is a champion of local arts. As the official chiropractor for The Colorado Symphony, we were excited to be welcomed at Inside the Orchestra's annual Family Picnic. 


Dr. Shapiro is donating a portion of proceeds from appointments made through ISO back to this wonderful local non-profit, which brings orchestra music to young children in the Denver metropolitan community, cultivating music appreciation and enhancing their education through an engaging first-hand experience with the orchestra. 

Chiropractic for Musicians

Dr. Shapiro wants to educate musicians on the importance chiropractic care.

Musicians, are you in tune?


Just like any other job that requires physical activity, musicians sometimes need help getting on key with their health. According to a study done by the University of Utah that was published in the Journal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, "Instrumental musicians are a special risk group for musculoskeletal injuries. A large percentage of them have problems related to playing their instruments using incorrect posture, nonergonomic technique, excessive force, overuse and insufficient rest, which may in turn result in musculoskeletal injury. These injuries can be devastating, leading to pain, which can be artistically and professionally limiting, or even career ending, with deleterious effects on the musician's physical, emotional and financial well-being." Just as a master of the fine art knows the importance of investing in their medium of choice, a musician must do the same, and not just in their instrument, but also in their bodies, for without them instruments are rendered useless.

According to the article, musicians often get injuries after changing their technique, learning a new instrument or "after prolonged playing with inadequate rest such as when preparing for a performance or perfecting a new, technically difficult piece." 

According to a study published by US National Library of MedicineNational Institutes of Health, on orchestral musician injuries, "84% had experienced pain or injuries that had interfered either with playing their instrument or participating in normal orchestral rehearsals and performances. Fifty percent reported having such pain or injury at the time of the survey, mostly with disorders perceived by the musicians to be work-related. Twenty-eight percent had taken at least 1 day off from work for such pain in the previous 18 months. The most common broad sites affected were the trunk (primarily the back), the right upper limb and neck, the left upper limb and neck, and the neck alone, but the relative proportions varied by instrument. Of those musicians who reported at least one episode of pain or injury in the past, less than 50% reported that they had completely recovered. The most commonly cited performance-related factors that had contributed to injury or pain all related to training and playing load (including practice and performance).

The Colorado Symphony produces around 80 performances per calendar year, again, it is not far fetched that these injuries occur all the time. And that's just the Colorado Symphony. What is surprising is the lack of education on chiropractic for musicians.

Here are some of the common injuries associated with playing an instrument:

• Bursitis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
• Quervain's Tenosynovitis
• Tendinitis
• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
• Vertebral Subluxatio n

Common signs and symptoms of these conditions include pain, tingling, numbness, reduced mobility and loss of motor control.

When there is a misalignment in a joint or in the spine, it puts stress on the fascia and muscle tissue surrounding the joint. If there is numbness or tingling, this is a sign of nerve interference. Chiropractic can help. As the official chiropractor for the Colorado Symphony, Dr. Shapiro specializes in extremity and spinal adjustments--through these techniques, he can effectively treatmany of the conditions listed above, but chiropractic care has even greater benefits as a preventative treatment. Just as a well-tended garden is easy to care for, so is the human body.

According to the study above, 8 out of 10 musicians could benefit from seeing a chiropractor. If you are a musician, come see us. If you know someone who is, send them our way. We can help. 

Dr. Shapiro - Official Chiropractor for the Colorado Symphony

We are very excited to add the Colorado Symphony to our list of community partners.

©Colorado Symphony

©Colorado Symphony

Dr. Shapiro is proud to be working with the Colorado Symphony and the amazing musicians that make it possible. 

Please stay tuned for UPCOMING PERFORMANCE DATES, EVENTS and OTHER Colorado Symphony related news.

If you would like to see the symphony, PLEASE USE OUR PROMO CODE when purchasing tickets

$25 Best Available Tickets for Remaining 2013-2014 Performances

Promo Code: SHAPIRO

For a listing of upcoming performances, please click here.

Not valid on previous purchases. On Location*, One Night Only** and some special concerts are excluded. Subject to availability.  Service charges apply.

*On location refers to events that are NOT at Boettcher Concert Hall

**These are the "Spotlight" events

Our Community Partners: Denver Outlaws Lacrosse - Discounted Tickets through Shapiro Family Chiropractic

Did you hear? The Outlaws won their 24th straight regular season game last Saturday! Denver's professional outdoor lacrosse team is already well on their way for another amazing season, so the question is, have you gotten your tickets yet?

If not, you're in luck! In light of our recent blog post, our friends at the Denver Outlaws have graciously extended discounted tickets to all of our patients, readers, friends and family - $15 Premium all games except July 4th ($18.00). Click here to buy your tickets today!

Photo Courtesy of Pete Eklund Photography

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! 


Dr. Dave: Chiropractic for Dancers

As the chiropractor to the Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound, I focus on extremity adjusting in addition to spinal adjustments.


People often ask me, "What is an extremity adjustment?" Extremity refers to the arms and legs, so when it comes to extremity adjusting, we are talking about adjusting the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, feet, ankles, knees, hips, in addition to ribs and even TMJ. The importance of chiropractic care to the spine can not be understated, but it is also very important to evaluate the extremities.

When two bones come together (whether in the spine or extremities) they form a joint or articulation. The joint is surrounded by soft tissue which includes muscles, ligaments and tendons. When the bones become misaligned, stress is placed on the surrounding soft tissue. This can lead to weakness, fatigue and eventually injury and pain. By adjusting these joints and properly aligning them, the soft tissue becomes stronger and functions properly.

My proactive approach to care for dancers includes testing to identify weakened muscles and misaligned joints. I often detect problems before pain and injury occur. Extremity adjustments allow athletes to perform at a higher level and help to avoid injuries.

It is easy to see how important extremity adjustments are for high-level athletes like the Colorado Ballet and Wonderbound, their careers are dependent on their bodies performing at their best. What about you?  Whether you are a beginner dancer who is learning how to push your body to the next level, or a seasoned veteran  who is practicing for your next big production, extremity adjustments can make all the difference in the world. Here's what some of the professional dancers I have worked with have to say about how chiropractic helps them:

“Chiropractic helps to align and stabilize our bodies so we can perform better, and helps ensure a healthy future as dancers.” -- Alexei Tyukov, Principal, Colorado Ballet

"Chiropractic helps me as a ballet dancer because it keeps all of my joints and bones in line, and the work I do constantly challenges that--it challenges the alignment of my spine as well as the joints in my limbs. Chiropractic helps bring everything back to neutral so I can perform more fluidly and efficiently without pain." -- Sharon Wehner, Principal, Colorado Ballet

"Chiropractic care helps to alleviate those pains so you can focus on your job and your artistry and not have to worry as much about hurting yourself."  -- Brandon Freeman, Professional Dancer-Artist, Wonderbound

In addition to improving performance, ongoing chiropractic therapy offers several health and wellness benefits. These include:

  • Improve strength and flexibility

  • Improved posture

  • Increased range of motion

  • Improved immune system

  • Better focus and concentration

  • Reduction of migraines or severe headaches

  • Reduced risk of injury

  • Increased blood and oxygen flow throughout the body

  • Improved recovery rates after a sports injury

  • Reduction of pain

If you are a dancer and would like to learn more about how chiropractic can help you, stop in and talk to me--I love working with dancers of all levels and would be happy to tell you more.

Our Community Partners: Colorado Symphony Promo Code

We are very excited to announce that our friends at the Colorado Symphony have given Shapiro Family Chiropractic its very own promo code to share with our wonderful patients, friends, family and general supporters! A lot of people don't think about how physically demanding being a professional musician is--being a big supporter of the arts, Dr. Shapiro wants to be a wellness resource for all musicians, helping them to improve their performances and aiding in the occurence of injury. Many musicians don't know how much chiropractic can help them--so as you share this code with friends and family, we ask that you also SHARE the word--that chiropractic helps people, and you can help them too by telling them about it! Alright, now that we've got that settled, let's get into the fine print on this promo code:

$25 Best Available Tickets for Remaining 2013-2014 Performances

Promo Code: SHAPIRO

Not valid on previous purchases. On Location*, One Night Only** and some special concerts are excluded. Subject to availability.  Service charges apply.

*On location refers to events that are NOT at Boettcher Concert Hall

**These are the "Spotlight" events