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.

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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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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.

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!

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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.

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.