Kremmling " Seasonal back and neck injuries can be prevented |

Kremmling " Seasonal back and neck injuries can be prevented

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Doctors Jeff and Deb Shaw of Shadow Mountain Chiropractic Clinic see increased back and neck pain cases at the start of each new season.

“These injuries usually occur when the person jumps into activities they are not used to,” said Dr. Jeff Shaw.

At the beginning of summer the injuries are most commonly caused from construction labor or lawn and gardening activities. When winter first arrives injuries are mostly caused from shoveling snow or slipping on ice.

Each season also sees a relative share of sporting activity-related injuries. So what can be done now, as the closing of summer approaches, to prevent possible injuries in the fall/winter season?

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“Conditioning for the change in activities, including preventative strengthening and stretching prior to the next season is a good idea,” said Dr. Jeff Shaw. He also recommends going about new activities gradually and carefully, allowing the body time to adjust accordingly.

If an injury does occur the Shaw chiropractic team has years of successful experience improving the quality of life of their patients.

“Chiropractic takes a holistic approach to treating the person,” he said, adding that he and his wife both conduct thorough examinations to determine the best course of action.

The most appropriate plan might include acupuncture therapy, nutritional counseling, rehabilitation, spinal manipulation or any combination of the above.

“We look at the whole person, their injury or pain and recommend the best approach, even if that means it might be handled better medically.”

Dr. Shaw has also had success with “spinal decompression”. This breakthrough procedure which stretches the spine in a safe, controlled and very specific way to open the disc spaces is another possible option for treatment of chronic back conditions in some patients.

Dr. Jeff Shaw and his wife, (who is not only a chiropractor but also a certified acupuncturist with an advanced degree in chiropractic pediatrics), are available at Shadow Mountain Chiropractic Clinic in Granby.

Dr. Jeff Shaw has been making his services available at the specialty clinic at Kremmling Memorial Hospital since 1986. He is available in Kremmling every Tuesday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Appointments may be made for either clinic by calling 887-3131. There is no charge for the first consultation.

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