Patient Appreciation Day

Shapiro Family Chiropractic wants to thank you...


Can you believe that Dr. Shapiro has been practicing in Denver for over 15 years?

With all the friends and family he has picked up along the way, we got to thinking: wouldn't it be nice to have a special day set aside for showing thanks to all the wonderful people that make our work possible?

So we made one.

We had our first Patient Appreciation on August 18th, 2014 and it was a fantastic success! Our friends at EVO Hemp generously donated their DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS hemp bars to share with our patients. We also had giveaways and complimentary chair massage offered by our own in-house Massage Therapist.

Our next Patient Appreciation Day is September 22, 2014

Complimentary massage will be offered between 1:00-2:30PM. For future Patient Appreciation dates and information  on other Shapiro Family Chiropractic events, feel free to give us a call! 303.504.4800

See you then! 

Our Family: Baby Addison


Meet Addison.

When Dr. Shapiro met her she was only 10 weeks old. Her mother brought her to Shapiro Family Chiropractic to help her deal with some of the digestive issues she had been experiencing. If you are a parent, you probably know the pain of watching your infant experience discomfort, pain or trouble eating. It happens to most parents at some point, and it is often the cause of countless sleepless and stress-filled nights..

“Primarily what we wanted to treat was reflux,” explains her mother, “and it was disrupting her sleep, making her uncomfortable and fussy.” She had read a couple places that chiropractic care can be really helpful for infants. She also had been making visits to The Pregnancy Wellness Center of Parker, where she consulted her doula about the symptoms. “I know Dr. Shapiro works out of there some days so she had recommended him specifically.”

The whole family is resting better after visiting us. “We brought her in on Tuesday, the day before we were scheduled, because she had a really bad night and he said if that happens just to bring her in. She probably didn’t sleep at all that night, it was probably the hardest night yet,” mother recalls the nights with a stressful look on her face. Then she lights up, “Since we brought her in she has slept eight hours every night since.”

Only after five visits to our office, mom tells us that Addison’s reflux had decreased and that “her ability to tolerate is better because she started napping more regularly, which is helping significantly just to be able to get through the day comfortably.” In addition, other health symptoms were improved. “It seemed to also help with her gas.”

Thank you mother, father and baby Addison for visiting us. We are excited to see how Addison’s health improves and we are so grateful for families that are willing to share these stories—they are beacons for other parents who are experiencing the same problems, the sleepless nights, the hysterical worry, but for whatever reason are not equipped with the resources to know where to go. There is help for them, and they can find it right here at Shapiro Family Chiropractic.

Healthy Eating: Spaghetti Squash a la Mode


It has recently come to our attention that spaghetti squash is seriously underrated. Though many pass by this amazing food while in their local grocer's store, here are a few noteworthy facts about spaghetti squash that might compel you to take a second look: they are gluten-free, low in carbs, high in fiber and rich with antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, and B-12. They has a relatively mild flavor so it is a great vehicle for flavor--much like your traditional wheat-and-egg pasta--and the texture almost trumps that of an al dente angelhair pasta. They are grown locally and come in organic varieties. The finished product freezes and reheats well and is super easy to dress up. Now that you know why, we'll show you how....

For a meal for TWO, you will need ONE spaghetti squash--you will have leftovers!

1.) Preheat oven to 400°F  

2.) Cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise - be careful! They are very dense, take your time and use caution!

2.) Deseed much as you would a pumpkin, with a sharp spoon. Extra points for saving the seeds and baking them! They are great as a snack or as a topper for a salad!

3.) Drizzle two tablespoons on top of sqash and season as you wish--we recommend 1 teaspoon sea salt, one teaspoon freshly cracked pepper, one minced garlic clove and a half teaspoon of rosemary, but any other herb that is typically used in Italian dishes will do (oregano, thyme, chives, sage etc.) 

4.) Place in aluminum foil-lined dish and cover with foil. Bake at 400°F for 90 minutes.

5.) Remove and let cool for at least 20 minutes. Then use a fork to make your spaghetti.


So what now? The possibilities are endless, but here are some suggestions, all of them serve two.

Classic Marinara

This simple sauce is vegan and oh-so delicious. Add some cheese and/or a protien if you like...


2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
1 tsp EVOO
1 28 oz can whole San Marzano tomatoes
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
1 Tbsp sea salt


Use your hands to break up the whole tomatoes in a bowl.

In a medium sized saucepan, heat the EVOO under a medium-high heat. Add onions and sautee for two minutes, or until onions are getting just a little translucent. Add garlic. Continue to sautee for five more minutes. Add salt, pepper and rosemary. Reduce heat to low and add tomatoes. Simmer over low  heat for 30 minutes and serve!

Mediterranian Salmon with Spaghetti Squash

This recipe is a hand-me-down from a dear friend. You can cook the salmon while your squash cooks; it is light, healthy and perfect for summer!


2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
Two 4oz portions of salmon
2 Tbsp EVOO
1/3 cup Kalamata olives
1/4 cup feta crumbles
1/3 cup capers
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Roma tomatoes, diced
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp freshly cracked pepper


Heat oven to 400°F. spread one tablespoon EVOO on a small, foil-lined cookie sheet. Place salmon skin-side-down on foil. Drizzle one tablespoon on top of the salmon fillets and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper. Pop that salmon in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Pull it out and use a metal spatula to remove from the skin as shown in the video below.   

In the meantime, heat the EVOO in a large sautee pan over medium-high. Add minced garlic and sautee for one minute. Add olives and capers and continue to sautee for two more minutes. Add salt and pepper, mix well and reduce heat to low. Add 2 cups cooked spaghetti squash and sautee on low for one minute until ingredients are evenly distributed. Is your salmon done yet? It should be! Serve it on top of the spaghetti squash mixture and garnish with the diced tomato and feta crumbles. 

Simple Walnut Pesto

This vegetarian option is simple and delicious, but can be spiced up by adding sauteed shrimp, bacon crumbles or goat cheese crumbles. You will need a food processor to get the pesto to the correct consistency, but this sauce is great for all types of dishes, and its no-cook method makes it ideal for hot summer days.


2 Cups cooked spaghetti squash
2 cups basil leaves with stems removed
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 Tsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp freshly cracked pepper
4 Tbsp EVOO
1 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/2 cup walnuts


Put basil in food processor with minced garlic, salt and pepper; drizzle EVOO on top of the ingredients. Blend on low for 2 minutes. Add parmesan and blend on high for 1 minute. Add walnuts and pulse briefly so that walnuts are mixed throughout and broken up--you don't want them to get too small, they add a wonderful texture. Voila! Your pesto is done. You may mix it with cold, cooked spaghetti squash to make a cold "not-pasta salad" (feel free to add raw veggies like asparagus, tomatoes and onion) OR you can sautee the pesto and the squash over medium heat for 7 minutes (this is where you could add bacon bits, cooked shrimp or goat cheese) and serve.

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



Out and About: Dr. Dave's Performance in the Colorado Ballet's "The Nutcracker"

If you ask Dr. Dave about his holiday season, you will undoubtedly hear about his role in the Colorado Ballet's performance of "The Nutcracker." Dr. Dave has spent countless hours working with the dancers in the ballet, so it was a huge honor for him to be invited to join them in this classic production.

Throughout December, he kept his role a secret amongst patients and friends--he was clearly excited, and wanted to share that with almost everyone that came in his office. At times it seemed almost goofy, but once that day came, all joking aside, seeing that performance would show anyone why Dr. Dave feels such honor and pride working with these athletes. The music of Tchaikovsky is exquisite, the sets glitter with intricacy, the costumes are amazing, but what is truly awesome is the physical ability displayed onstage. Some of these dancers have Olympian abilities, and the choreography clearly illustrates them. The powerful lifts and carries of the Nutcracker Prince and the Snow King, the towering jumps of the Russian dancers, and the seamless and seemingly unending pirouettes and fouettes are almost indescribable--there isn't anything quite like seeing them in person. It is amazing what the human body can do; this kind of art will send chills down your spine.

And so, on December14th at 2:00pm at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in downtown Denver, Dr. Dave made his big debut, revealing his role as a Sherpa. As the Sherpa, he was charged to carry out the covered throne-carriage of the Arabian princess and then stand guard. The show went well, and memories were made.

If you didn't get a chance to take advantage of our discount promo to get 20% off The Nutcracker, you're in luck! The promo code is good for ALL PERFORMANCES, ALL SEASON LONG. For details go to 

(Dr. Dave is the nut on the right.)

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.

Dr. Dave: "Think hard--what's the most important organ in your body?"

Chiropractic: It's more than you think!


I often ask my patients, "If you had to pick the most important organ in the body, what would it be?" A common response is the heart, liver or even the skin. I acknowledge that all of our organs are important and we were not made with too many body parts, but if I had to pick one it would be the brain. The brain is the master control center of the body, responsible for every function of the body and every cell tissue and organ. This is the most important concept and the foundation of chiropractic care. In order for the brain to communicate with the body it must send signals or information down the spinal cord, through the network of nerves and to the rest of the body parts. In order for a person to function at their best and be healthy, it is vital that the brain and body communicate without interference. This communication can be called many things: innate intelligence, life force, spirit or even electricity.

The point is, this is how your body works.

The typical spine is made up of 24 bones called vertebrae. These bones can move and allow for motion and movement in the body. Often times, these bones can slightly shift out of alignment and put pressure on nerves that come off of the spinal cord--that's a problem. It can cause nerve interference and may have devastating effects on one's health. An example would be if a bone in the low back became displaced and caused interference to one of the nerves going down the leg. This might lead to pain or numbness down the leg which is known as sciatica. What if the nerves to the stomach or intestines were being interfered with? This could result in digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or even acid reflux. This is not to say that this is the only cause of these ailments, but nerve interference can cause dysfunction and dis-ease in the body, leading to poor health. Often times, these mis-alignments go unnoticed and without pain in the beginning, but much like a tooth ache the problem starts well before the pain is noticed.

Most people think chiropractic is all about curing neck and back pain. Yes, we have great success helping people with neck and back pain, but simply stated, chiropractic doesn't cure anything. The goal of chiropractic care is to remove interference from the spine and nervous system so your body can do the healing. Chiropractic is about giving your body an opportunity to heal and function the way it was meant to, allowing all of us to live healthier lives. Chiropractic is more than you think!