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!

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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Gardening with children

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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Headache

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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Extremities Pain

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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Orthotic casting

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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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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Rounded shoulders example

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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Family Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic for Your Family

Chiropractic care was the first choice for my family when I was growing up. I am from a rural farming community in Iowa. My first experience with a chiropractor was in the first grade after an accident, where I fell from a combine.

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The Dreaded Headache

There are many types and causes of headaches. Ranging from tension and nutritional headaches to cluster and migraine headaches. No matter the cause, if you have a headache, you want it to end. Fast!

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Neck Pain

Your neck is the most vulnerable part of your spine. Not only does it support your 10 – 12 pound head, maintain a gentle forward curve, and permit head rotation, but it must also allow the free flow of nerve impulses to the head, face, hands and the rest of your body.

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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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Portland’s Role in Chiropractic History

Chiropractic is a 116 year old profession and in that time it has grown to become one of the largest independent healthcare professions in the Western world. Since Palmer College opened, chiropractic has developed rapidly and there are now over 35 schools and colleges around the world and on every continent.

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Sciatica and what you can do about it

Sciatica

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg, caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve.

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Subluxation

Subluxation

Altered or inadequate spinal motion results in a condition called the vertebral subluxation complex, or more simply, a subluxation.

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Whiplash

Each year there are 3 million new whiplash injuries in the United States. The majority of those go untreated for a variety of reasons. Usually because people think “think crash wasn’t that bad.”

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