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!


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.

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

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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."

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.

Dr. Dave: Chiropractic for Kids

People are often surprised to hear that I adjust children and infants. It makes perfect sense when you think about the birth process and how traumatic that can be, not to mention all the falling that children do as they are learning to crawl and walk. These natural processes can lead to problems later in life including poor posture, degenerative joint disease, muscle imbalance and various pain issues. 

I have taken extensive course work through and am proud to be a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association ( I've seen first hand a hospital birth as well as a home birth and have  been adjusting both of my children since the day they were born to help provide them with a solid foundation for wellness. I have successfully helped children with sleep issues, behavioral problems, ear infections, colic, delayed walking and other developmental issues. I want to be clear in saying that chiropractic care is not the cure all for every problem, but if there is interference in the spine and nervous system it is essential that this interference be removed so the brain and body can function and be healthy.

Chiropractic for kids is gentle, safe, effective and essential for good health!

Dr. Dave at work with one of his younger patients

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!

Healthy Eating: Vegan Spiced Acorn Squash Soup


Fall is upon us! For our first "Healthy Eating" entry we have decided to share a recipe that uses acorn squash--a falltime favorite. With a touch of cinnamon and spice, this soup is sure to satisfy through the holiday season.


Vegan Acorn Squash Soup

Recipe submitted by Jeanette Barrow

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 2.5 hours


3 whole acorn squash, halved with seeds removed (a spoon is the best tool here)

4 shallots, diced

3 garlic cloves, diced

5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp sea salt

1 Tbsp freshly cracked pepper

3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp white pepper

2 cups coconut milk (canned)

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (to garnish)

1/2 tsp cinnamon (to garnish) 


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Arrange squash halves cut-side up on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. Drizzle squash flesh with 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), then sprinkle them with salt and freshly ground pepper. Bake until tender, approximately one hour. Let cool and then remove flesh from skin with a spoon and set aside.

Heat 3 Tbsp EVOO in large soup pan or dutch oven on stovetop at medium-high heat. Add diced shallots and garlic and cook until soft and just beginning to carmelize, about 5-6 minutes. Deglaze pot with 1/4 cup vegetable stock. Reduce heat to low. Add remaining vegetable stock, cooked squash, cayenne, smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, add coconut milk. Cover and cook for 1 hour and remove from heat. Once slightly cooled, blend with a hand-blender or in counter-top blender and return to pot. Reheat, and serve in individual bowl and finish each with a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a dash of cinnamon.

Bon Appétit!