Tips, Articles, and Case Studies

Learn about how to keep your body moving, our methods, and success stories at Shephard Chiropractic. Keep checking back for updates!

Dr. Stephen G. Ray, D.C.

Meet Dr. Stephen G. Ray

Dr. Stephan Ray has been in active practice for nearly 45 years. Over the years Dr. Ray developed successful Chiropractic practices in Oregon and Hawai’i. He recently joined the Shephard Clinic of the Chiropractic Arts where he specializes in the treatment of patients injured in automobile crashes.

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Benefits of Swimming

Swimming has so many wonderful benefits. Not only is it a great low-impact exercise (especially for those with back pain) it can also reduce stress. If you’re considering a new exercise regimen, read on to find out all the ways you could reap the positive benefits of swimming.

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Chiropractic Care for Children and Infants

Some of our patients wonder “is chiropractic safe for kids?” We always encourage our patients to do what they feel comfortable with. That said, we also encourage them to bring their young ones in for a consultation at the minimum to see if chiropractic care could be helpful—both to support healthy systems, to prevent injury, and to address any pain or discomfort they may be experiencing.

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Looking for a Chiropractor in Portland, OR?

You’ve found us! Our chiropractic clinic is located in Portland, Oregon, in the beautiful Northwest District. Finding the right chiropractic provider in Portland—where you work and play—is vital to maintaining your long-term health.

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Soreness after an accident

Why You Should Stay on Your Treatment Plan After an Accident

Having a treatment plan when you go to the chiropractor is like having a plan before you go on a road trip. Everyone can help navigate, and you know where you want to arrive (Point B) and when. It’s extremely important to stay on your treatment plan so you can have prompt and consistent results. And it’s even more important to your health if you’re in treatment for a car accident or a personal injury.

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New Patients Welcome

Finding a new chiropractor—maybe it wasn’t at the top of your priorities last year, but now that you’ve turned the calendar over and it’s 2023, it’s definitely time to find a Portland chiropractor that can help you achieve your wellness goals and get you back in alignment.

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New Year, New Goals

It’s time to set your new year goals, your resolutions, and your intentions this January. Even if you dread starting over, having a clean slate can help get you back on track so you can live your life to the fullest. This is our best guidance on goals so you can have a new year that revives and delights you.

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What To Do After a Collision

After a car accident, it can be a whirlwind of emotions, pain, confusion, and insurance paperwork. It’s difficult to know what to do immediately after a collision, so it’s best that you take specific steps to address your pain and ensure you make the most of your insurance.

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Slips, Trips, and Falls

We’ve all been there—an embarrassing slip and fall, or an even less graceful trip and fall. We see many patients come through our doors at Shephard Chiropractic Clinic, many of whom have slipped, tripped, and fallen.

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Chiropractic care while pregnant

Chiropractic Care While Pregnant

Can I be treated by a chiropractor while I’m pregnant? During pregnancy, there are many questions about what you can or cannot do to stay healthy and keep your baby safe in utero. And with more than half of all pregnant women having some degree of back discomfort, it’s no wonder that you’ll want to seek out some help with your back pain.

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Protecting Your Back While Gardening

Gardening is a beautiful thing—it provides exposure to nature, sunlight, and studies have shown that sunlight lowers blood pressure and increases Vitamin D. When working in the garden, this light exercise can help burn calories and improve strength for anyone weeding, digging, raking, or mowing. In addition to physical health benefits, it can boost your mood. Read on to find out why gardening is beneficial to your health, all around, as well as what you can do to make sure gardening helps your back and doesn’t cause reinjury.

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Back to School Tips

Back to School Chiropractic Tips for Children and Adults.

It’s almost that time of year! Back-to-school supplies are at the top of every list: new clothes, new shoes, freshly sharpened pencils, and new sets of markers, and maybe even a new computer!

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Get Moving! It’s For the Best

A body in motion stays in motion. After all, it’s Newton’s first law of physics—and while he may not have been talking specifically about the human body, there’s certainly truth to it when it comes to our own activity in life. Movement is good for your body. It’s healthy for it. It’s needed to live a full and active lifestyle. When you stop moving, you’re not using all of your muscles.

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Summer heat

Heat Precautions

This summer, just like every summer, the sun will come out, and most families will be outside enjoying all the fun activities that come with the season. However, it’s important to keep an eye on temperatures and know what to do when the heat becomes extreme. Extreme heat is defined as 90 degrees for at least two days. Heat illnesses can be prevented when you’re prepared.

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Where Do Headaches and Migraines Come From?

Headaches and migraines are so common, it seems like half of all commercials address some over-the-counter pain medication or even new pharmaceuticals for migraines. But what if you could help diminish the pain and severity of your headaches or migraines by going to a chiropractor?

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Why Stick With Your Treatment Plan?

Having a treatment plan seems like a great idea until life gets busy, right? Like anything else in life, you don’t want to go one step forward and two steps back. Adhering to your treatment plan can minimize relapses and help you maintain your health beyond just pain relief.

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Beyond Your Back with Chiropractic

The first thing a person may think of when they hear “chiropractor” is the spine. It’s true: the spine is central to the body, both physically and in terms of structure and support. However, chiropractors deal with the health of the whole body, not just the spine. Go one step further. If chiropractors can help your spine, imagine what they can do for your extremities. Imagine how good your arms, legs, knees, hands and feet could feel with the help of adjustments.

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Orthotics at the Chiropractor

Did you know you can get orthotics from your chiropractor? At Shephard Chiropractic Clinic, we’ll diagnose your condition, verify with your insurance, take the casting, and submit to insurance for payment. Read on to learn how we do the casting, and why someone might benefit from using orthotics from a chiropractor.

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Happy Shephard Clinic patient

Is Chiropractic Forever?

Like anything worth having, chiropractic is not a quick fix, but rather an investment in your ongoing health. Because injuries happen regularly (big or small) and habits are formed day-to-day, it’s important to keep your chiropractor appointments regular to address specific issues or keep your body aligned through health maintenance check ups.

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What Can I Do About Rounded Shoulders?

Rounded shoulders are so common, we may not even need to describe them. It’s a signifier of bad posture–your body is out of its ideal alignment. Before it goes from bad to worse, learn how to correct your rounded shoulders with simple steps that you can take at home.

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Disc Injury

A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.

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