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Asking a friend and the expert next door . . . .


As the disclaimer goes the names have been changed to protect the embarrassed.

One may imagine that as a wellness doctor I hear quite a number of referenced experts from some of my patients.

Hearing things like, “I read it on the internet.”  Or “My neighbor said . . . . “  Once in awhile I hear something that must be shared so that others will at least think twice before proceeding with certain remedies.  I have no problem with someone eating a tasty meal and then at some time in the near future having the idea that, “I can do that.” Then proceeding to experiment in the kitchen.  However, truly not a good idea with herbs or that toothache you may be feeling.

Also, it’s a good idea to leave the nerve system to the experts.

A patient entered my office today.  This person has been in my office for a variety of reasons over the years.  Today, however, the visit was prefaced with, “You are NOT going to be very happy when you hear what I did.”  Which in my mind I was thinking, “This patient is already NOT happy about what she did so I certainly do not want to make her feel any worse.”

Then it comes out.  “My friend said he has a sister who is a chiropractor and he said he knew how to twist my neck.”  As the story unfolded I could see that she was in much pain.  I also could see she was not moving very well.  All the friend could do is say “I’m sorry.”


After examining the area and making some corrections I was able to get her feeling much better.  She is VERY fortunate to get through this with just some torn muscles and soreness.  Which is typical of a minor whiplash injury.  However, I have seen many other more severe which resulted in permanent damage and severe injury.

However, it is worth emphasizing that just because you know someone in a particular profession, or have seen a professional performing does NOT make one an expert in the area.

Twisting someone’s neck can be very dangerous.  Especially when you are not trained in this nor is it likely you know the anatomy well enough to assess what is going on.

If you or someone you know has given you health advice and you are not sure if it is valid or not sure if it is sound I welcome you to contact my office and I would be happy to guide you in the correct direction.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero


Happy Birthday Chiropractic – – 120 Years


Celebrating 120 years of this life changing profession.  I feel blessed to be a part of this fantastic community.

The roots of chiropractic care can be traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded time. Writings from China and Greece written in 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., also published texts detailing the importance of chiropractic care. In one of his writings he declares, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases”.

In the United States, the practice of spinal adjustments began gaining momentum in the late nineteenth century. In 1895, Daniel David Palmer founded the Chiropractic profession in Davenport, Iowa. Palmer was well read in medical journals of his time and had great knowledge of the developments that were occurring throughout the world regarding anatomy and physiology. In 1897, Daniel David Palmer went on to begin the Palmer School of Chiropractic.

As a way of celebrating if you are in pain and have not experienced our Rapid Release Technology mention this post over the next week and we will give you a FREE pain relieving treatment.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero


Top 10 Chiropractic Studies of 2013

Today I wanted to share with you the top 10 chiropractic research studies of 2013. We are dedicated to bringing current and pertinent health and wellness information to you. May this year bring better or continued good health.

1. Immediate Benefits of Chiropractic Visible on MRI:For the first time, researchers used MRI to document changes in spinal gapping immediately after a chiropractic adjustment.

2. AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Resorting to Surgery: The Journal of the American Medical Association released new guidelines for back pain treatment that encouraged patients to seek chiropractic and physical therapy before resorting to surgery.

3. Chiropractic as Effective as Epidural Injections for Lumbar Disc Herniation: Patients with lumbar disc herniation were randomly assigned to receive either nerve root injections or chiropractic care. Overall, 76% of chiropractic patients reported feeling “better” or “much better” after treatment compared to just 62.5% of injection patients.

4. Chiropractic Lowers Blood Pressure: Hypertensive patients had reduced diastolic blood pressure readings after receiving chiropractic adjustments in a new study.

5. Chiropractic Best Option for SI Joint Pain: Chiropractic care was better than physical therapy or injections of corticosteroids for sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

6. Neck Adjustments Immediately Improve Joint Position Sense: Cervical manipulation was shown to improve joint position sense, which could assist in improving mobility in patients with neck pain.

7. Chiropractic Better than Medical Care Alone for Back Pain: Military personnel with back pain had a significantly better chance of recovery when they received a combined treatment of chiropractic and medical care, compared to those who only received medical care.

8. Spinal Adjustments Relieve Muscle Pain Instantly: Patients with myofascial pain experienced immediate improvements in pressure pain thresholds after receiving chiropractic adjustments.

9. Cervical Disc Herniation Eased by Chiropractic: A study of patients with cervical radiculopathy showed that 85% experienced significant reductions in pain and disability after receiving chiropractic care for three months.

10. Chiropractic Thaws Frozen Shoulder Syndrome: Patients had a 78% improvement in pain after receiving chiropractic care for frozen shoulder syndrome. In another study of patients treated with manipulation under anesthesia, patients had significant reductions in nighttime pain and shoulder stiffness.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

Resolution of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in a Patient Undergoing Corrective Chiropractic Care

Here is an example of cases that are showing up more frequently.
A 34-year-old male patient presented to the office. He had been diagnosed with OSA for 5 years and had symptoms many years prior to being diagnosed. This patient was unable to breathe at night while sleeping without the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. The patient also suffered from daytime drowsiness, lack of energy, and loud snoring.

The patient was initially evaluated for vertebral subluxations (misalignments of the spine), which were corrected by chiropractic adjustments. Dietary modifications were also implemented. After being under corrective chiropractic care and dietary modification for 3 months, the patient experienced an increase in energy, decreased daytime drowsiness, and improvement in other health conditions. He was also able to sleep throughout the night without the use of the CPAP machine.

Our office has helped hundreds over the years with conditions not usually associated with the spine. If you are not sleeping well or wake up during the night your body can get run down and it will affect your immune system as well as your emotional state. If you would like more information for a specific situation contact our office we are here to help.

Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

Patient’s Speak Out – – My First Visit to a Chiropractor

I was a long way from home and have been suffering from headaches and upper back pain for years. The excitement of visiting some friends on a much needed break was giving way to the pain I was feeling. My friend suggested her chiropractor and I was a bit afraid of what to expect. The pain interfering with my visit was a huge incentive to try anything. I was treated very professionally and it was clear that Dr. Shapero truly did care. After an examination he explained the problem and how the nerves were affecting my body. Next with a very gentle procedure he made some adjustments on my spine. I was so amazed at how much relief I got. What amazed me even more is that the pain from the headaches, I had for years, stayed away for several weeks. I was able to enjoy my visit and travel back to Memphis pain free. Thanks Doc, Sara H.
Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

Chiropractic Improves Much More Than Expected!

This case study is a true lesson in what Chiropractic can accomplish – no matter how bad the situation.
A patient with a variety of medically diagnosed neurological conditions recently came into the office after a fall. After being treated for vertebral subluxations which is a term for vertebra which are misaligned and irritating nerves, she has achieved a remarkable cessation of symptoms.
In addition to the pain from the fall, the 76-year-old female patient was suffering from several other diagnosed conditions including muscular dystrophy, hypertension, headaches and frequent vertigo (dizziness).
But because of her other conditions, she was already having difficulty breathing, suffering extreme weakness in her lower extremities, and needed constant help just getting around. She also experienced vertigo on a weekly basis, and suffered from headaches. She was on several medications for these conditions.
Rather than chasing after all her different conditions, with a chiropractic examination a standard set of diagnostics were performed. The patient’s overall health was assessed utilizing standard forms, and further diagnostics included thermography, x-rays and surface electromyography (SEMG) to assess muscle weakness. Subluxations were found, and a program was set out to correct them using specific Chiropractic care and home exercise.
The patient reported overall improvement in pain and a decrease in her vertigo after a month of treatments. At 6 weeks she was able to discontinue all blood pressure medication, and at 2 months she was gaining increased muscle strength. After 4 months she was almost clear of all her medical symptoms and no longer needed the drugs she had been taking.
This success story began with seeking relief for pain from a fall, and led to the eradication of not just that pain, but the complete eradication of all major health problems – muscular dystrophy, hypertension, headaches and vertigo. And all because a chiropractor did the most basic of Chiropractic treatments – correction of subluxations.
“Further investigation into subluxation and deviations from the normal spinal alignment as a contributing factor to neurological disease should be pursued,” was the conclusion of the study.
In fact, the condition of the spine affects every part of the body. No matter what condition you or your loved ones are dealing with, it is worth checking with your chiropractor about a possible solution. You may well be able to avoid drugs, surgery, disability and pain, and live a happier, healthier life!
Yours for Better Health, Dr. Shapero

Chiropractic Manual Therapy Outperforms Physical Therapy and Medical Treatment for Neck Pain

According to a survey by the National Institute of Health Statistics, about 15 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from neck pain. Some experts estimate that the number of people who will have a problem with neck pain at some point in their lives may be as high as 40 percent. Neck pain is commonly treated with physical therapy and Chiropractic manual therapy, as well as with drugs and other conventional methods. However, a new study has shown manual therapy to be the most effective.
To determine this, researchers recruited 183 patients who had had neck pain for at least two weeks. They were being treated by a total of 42 general practitioners.
The patients were divided into three groups and randomly assigned to receive manual therapy (muscular and spinal mobilization), physical therapy (mainly exercise), or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs.)
The fastest results were achieved with manual therapy, and it was more effective – after seven weeks of treatment, 68 percent of manual therapy patients were demonstrating recovery, compared to 51 percent of those receiving physical therapy and 36 percent receiving general practitioner treatment.
These differences were significant at six-month follow-up. Manual therapy also proved significantly more cost-effective than the other two interventions at one year, with total costs approximately one-third the costs of either physical therapy or general practitioner care.
Each patient kept a diary of their expenses for a full year. Both direct and indirect costs were taken into account. Costs included related visits to any doctor or health care practitioner, drugs, hospitalization and home care, as well as loss of work time, travel expenses, and so on.
So many people are suffering from neck pain, and so many people are having to watch where they spend their money, it’s important to know which treatment method will get them fully functional as soon as possible, with the lowest out of pocket expenses.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from neck pain, consult Dr. Shapero to determine which treatment would be best for your situation.
Source: National Institutes of Health, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12714472
To Your Health, Dr. Shapero

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