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. 

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! 


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.

Chiropractic in the News - March 2014 Recap

"The American Chiropractic Association estimates that more than $50 billion is spent each year on back pain, which is also the leading cause of disability. That includes everything from surgery to prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines."

"According to a study by the Archives of Internal Medicine, chiropractic care cut the costs of treating back pain by 28 percent."

"The standard of care today however still starts and ends with a visit to the doctor’s office, with only 20 percent of Americans regularly visiting a chiropractor." -- KIMT, from "Finding Answers in 'Conservative Care'"

With numbers like these, it is surprising that there is a shortage of information and news of our burgeoning field being shared on mainstream news outlets. Why? Well, that question is certainly up for critical analysis and debate--we won't even go there. But simply stated, by being active members of our local community, we know that most people simply don't know the wide range of ailments that chiropractic care can help with. At Shapiro Family Chiropractic, it is our mission to change that, so every month we will be sharing fair and relevant stories that have circulated on the major news outlets during that month.

Chiropractic has helped people with migraines, sleeping problems, allergies, ADD, ADHD, IBS... the list goes on and on (and let's not forget it helps with back pain and back-related issues!) Here's a news report from KMIT in Iowa that did a spot-on job of sharing education in the news; it was originally broadcasted on March 4, 2014. 

The next day, March 5, the Chicago Tribune published this article:

Illinois Chiropractic Foundation (ICF) Recommends Chiropractic Care To Help Treat Obesity

Believe it or not, that's pretty much it! Sure, there are plenty of articles on new chiropractors opening up and there are even more articles in chiropractic-specific journals, but the point is, when you Google "chiropractic care" and then hit that "news" tab, there really isn't much coming from those mainstream outlets about how it works. Most other "mainstream" alternative therapies get much more attention, and obviously Western medicine is all over the news. Try Googling "acupuncture" in the same way. The results, by comparison, are astounding. Again, we don't need to get into a big debate about why this information isn't being shared--but from here on out we are going to do our part to change this paradigm. Stay tuned for more...

Chiro 101 with Dr. Shapiro - Part 2 - The Webster Technique

In this video Dr. Dave explains the Webster Technique: what it is, how it works and how it helps mothers naturally deliver happy, healthy babies. If you have any further questions, please give us a call, he will be happy to speak with you personally - 303.504.4800

Stay tuned for more installments of our educational series, "Chiro 101."

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



Chiro 101 with Dr. Shapiro - Part 1 - The Basics

We are excited to announce our new educational video series, "Chiro 101." In it, Dr. Dave gives the scoop on the facts about chiropractic care. Of course, we figured we would start with the basics, but as we progress we will get into more specific chiropractic topics so stay tuned...

Patient Highlights: Lucy


Bio: Meet Lucy. She is three years old. She is adorable--big blue eyes, blonde pigtails and a smile that can light up a room. She likes sparkly things, strawberries, books, coloring and playing pretend. At first, she is a little shy, but once she warms up to you, like most little girls, she is pretty silly. Because Lucy is so young, the better part of her bio has yet to be written, but when she was about 10 months old, it became apparent that Lucy had some gross motor developmental delays, and that is where her story with chiropractic care begins...

On Chiro: As one of Dr. Dave's littler patients, Lucy has a very special story to tell about her experience with chiropractic care. Lucy got her first adjustment shortly before her second birthday, she had not yet made her first steps--a problem that greatly concerned her parents Becky and Jared. Fortunately, Dr. Dave happened to be their neighbor. After several yard-side chats, her parents decided to give chiropractic a shot.

"Her first adjustment was a house visit," says Dr. Dave, "I noticed right away that there were some fixations in her pelvis and her low back area." That day, Dr. Dave made some very subtle adjustments. "The way I adjust kids, they don't even know I am doing it, I can pick them up, adjust the area and before they know it, it's all over."  

In the beginning, Dr. Dave visited Lucy weekly at her home; in addition to spinal adjustments, she also got custom orthotics. According to her mom, it was this "team effort" that got Lucy to where she needed to be to make those first steps, and after only two months of receiving chiropractic care, Lucy started walking.

So how does chiropractic for kids differ from chiropractic for adults, and what should parents considering chiropractic care know? First of all, according to Becky, you should know that chiropractic for children is completely different than chiropractic for adults: "It is minimally invasive, subtle and gentle. It never felt concerning to me--watching what was happening--and she was always in charge of what was being adjusted." Becky also explains how Dr. Dave has a way of "adjusting in play"--certain techniques that can be made fun for children, and other techniques he taught her to do with Lucy at home.

These days, Lucy is quite mobile. She jets around our office and plays with the toys, you would never be able to look at her and know that she once had these problems. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, "She sometimes likes to play 'Dr. Dave' and adjust my bones," says Mom with a smile. Becky says that since she also started getting adjustments at our office, Lucy has been very perceptive in watching Dr. Dave's adult techniques and does an impressive job of mimicking him. All flattery aside though, watching Lucy run, jump and play is what truly makes Dr. Dave proud to be a chiropractor. He is a humble guy, but he can't help but smile when Lucy comes in--we all do.

Thank you Lucy for being a part of our family, and thank you, Becky, for taking the time to share Lucy's story with the world.