Thursday, July 16, 2015

3 Big Wins! (for you!)

You know you may not have time to read these cases, instead scroll down and watch my videos. At my office, we are on a MISSION to help people live healthier lives, without the need for medications, injections, or suffering after painful spinal surgery. We want everyone to live with great energy and vitality that you can get at my office with chiropractic wellness care and excellent nutritional advice. 

AND...that is exactly what people are getting here. "Love it!"

When we help someone that is a win for that person. "WINS" is what we are about. I think I am a born again chiropractor. I mean, I love what I am doing. Nothing gets me more excited than when a person gets better with under my care. After 20 years of adjusting patients, I expect and know you WILL get better. Sometimes it's the different cases or that different situation that makes me more excited to come to my office and serve the masses.

This may benefit someone you know and care about.

3 "wins":

8 year-old labeled and poorly diagnosed with ADHD and told by her M.D. not to take my nutritional advice.
Watch @ http://youtu.be/ixpxaKXIboU

71 year-old man with pain all over. The orthopedic said they can "try" surgery, but he may not wake up, 
his comments are "SHOCKING".
Watch @ http://youtu.be/-OLYt7hsNjI

58 year-old man with diabetic neuropathy, did not need 
a COLD LASER program treatment for thousands of dollars instead was helped for next to nothing.
Watch @ http://youtu.be/G2d9cGymLNc


Be healthy for today and tomorrow!





Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How do you find a good chiropractor in 10 steps.

Many of you have benefited from my type of chiropractic care. My care is "traditional" chiropractic care. In my humble opinion it's a dying art form. This is really sad! This makes it hard to find a good chiropractor. Some of you may recall that I had a chiropractor in my office sharing space for a few years. She was a nice person with great knowledge of chiropractic science, but she had difficulty with the art of adjusting. 

Compare this to lifting weights. You can get great health benefits from weight lifting, but if your form and timing are wrong, your benefits will lack. When I took over her patients they then got better.

I feel many chiropractors have good hearts, care about their patients, and know the science, but fail miserably at the ART of adjusting. I care for every one of my patients and it's not only my job to help you, it is my oath and responsibility.

When I moved here, it took me months to finally get a good chiropractic adjustment. All chiropractors are not created the same. While two medical doctors may come up with the same diagnosis, they both will write a similar prescription. Chiropractic is way different and HOW we treat is the basis of YOUR results.

Back to spinal needs: Ever wonder why grandma shrinks as she gets older? Not from weak bones, but from losing fluid within the discs. Poor spinal alignment and lack of full spinal motion creates that in everyone. Don't allow that to happen in your life. It is happening right now without routine alignments.

Can you slow that down? 

Chiropractic adjustments allow for optimal motion and alignment which decreases disc pressure and "feeds" the disc. Chiropractic is far more than lower back pain. It allows your nervous system to function better. Chiropractic patients benefit from lower blood pressure, better immunity, less stress. Over 90% of my patients return for wellness and preventative care.

Here is an interesting thought: Let's say you see me for headaches. I have successfully eliminated headaches for years and confident that I can help you. But...what if I also did acupuncture? At what point of care do I decide that chiropractic and the spine are not helping and I need to add acupuncture? ...or...since acupuncture is about $ 50 per visit cash only and your insurance only pays me $ 40...hmm...now there is a conflict. Is my decision business or doing what is right for the patient?

Sadly, this kind of conflict happens every day within the orthopedic office. Patients that can get better with chiropractic care OR do not need a surgery, can end up with surgery. Who loses? You do.

The medical community uses scary terms like (RUPTURED DISC) and perform procedures that are counter productive to healing. (INJECTIONS) which actually weaken supporting tissues can set the patient up for a future surgery.

What about a cold-laser to the chiropractic practice. Does a laser treatment (around $ 50 / session cash) offer the patient an added benefit or is that just another business decision? I been researching lasers for years, and I still am not sure if the benefits are there.

There's nothing wrong with offering multiple healing options as long as they are for YOU and needed. I know a chiropractor in Chicago that when you leave his office, you bought a TENS unit, ORTHOTIC inserts, massage package, and 3-4 supplements. While all these things may promote less pain or better health, they certainly don't represent what chiropractic care can do. Does someone really need all of that "stuff"? People can get better with traditional chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is so simple that I think people (patients) want to make it more complex than it is. Please do the following experiment:

Take a rubber band and wrap it tightly around the tip of your finger. Wait a few minutes and look at your finger. Is the tip a different color? Is it red? Do you have pain? Is there numbness at the tip? Regardless of the symptom, let's look at our healing choices.

Take some Tylenol               This will not fix the problem.
Get an injection                   This will not fix the problem.
Get it massaged                  This will not fix the problem.
Stretch it                               This will not fix the problem
 Take stronger meds              This will not fix the problem.
 Get surgery                                 This will not fix the problem.
 Wrap it w/ kinesio tape         This will not fix the problem.


Remove the rubber band! 

This removes the pressure and interference and watch what happens to your finger. A rubber band on for minutes will take seconds to repair. Spinal nerve pressure for YEARS, can take months to repair. 

Chiropractic care has been helping people for thousands of years before the drug companies came around. You can continue to live on  harmful drugs or elect to try a surgery - all with side-effects or / and long-term consequences that you cannot reverse. -OR- you can allow your body to function the way it was intended to. Naturally. Just give it time.

I am a chiropractor. I remove subluxations from the spine to allow your body to function at its highest level possible. I have been blessed with a strong chiropractic body that allows me to give you the best adjustment. Chiropractic works when you give it the time your body needs to heal.

How do you find a good chiropractor and what to avoid.

1. Feel like you got adjusted when you leave. This does not mean it has to be sore, but you should feel more motion almost each time. 

2. Never sign any long-term contracts or yearly plans. You should make progress before you commit to any further care.

3. Been told one magic top bone will fix all the rest. (bad!)

4. Find someone that listens to you and takes time with you. 

5. Someone that has years of experience handling your type of cases.

6. Does not push other types of care on you that you don't want or certainly don't need.

7. Has a good reputation in town.

8. Takes only necessary x-rays and will refer you for advanced diagnostic tests or imaging if needed.

9. Generates referrals and from local medical doctors.

10. Lastly, responds to the name, Dr. Sheppard!


One body, one spine, one life. You choose.

Be healthy for today and tomorrow. 









Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I am...this Rob Lowe and I have cable.

I am..."I tried everything for my pain except chiropractic Rob Lowe, and I have cable!"

Have you ever heard someone say that they need to "tone" up. What are they saying? Probably that they feel weak and flabby and need to get a little more strength, i.e muscle tone. Every adult at any age can benefit from weight training to help maintain strength and balance. 

When I mentioned in a facebook post about the difference with my wellness patients vs. the average Joe, there is science to that. Let me explain. ( you will want to get to the edge of your seat ! )

Your muscles attach to your skeleton which is your structure. When your muscles contract this creates MOVEMENT of the bones. But how do your muscles contract? Do you remember 6th grade biology? You would have the pleasure of dissecting frogs. You would take an electrical current and cause the frog leg to contract. Your muscles are controlled from the nerves.  Your brain is the generating power source.

As you reach for your phone to call my office and schedule your family for care, there is a whole bunch of electrical signals that allowed your body to function correctly to make that happen. This process occurs via the nervous system. The major network of nerves that control this are via the brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves.

My patients that are under regular care such as 2x / month or monthly, just feel ( and function ) differently. You could blindfold me and have me touch 100 patients and I can just about tell you if they are wellness or the kind that pop in when it hurts. 

Let me tell you why my office is called WELLNESS vs. THE PAIN CLINIC. Of course I get people out of pain, that is easy. I have been and forever shall be concerned with how you function for the rest of your life. 

Do you want 100% power to your heart and lungs or 75%? How about 65% function to your kidneys? You decide.Chiropractic is not just neck and back pain. We are just the best at it. You can look at my website @ www.BecomeHealthier.com and see types of symptoms I have helped over the years. Your health - your choices.

ANYONE can be pain free and drop dead tomorrow. I want optimal health and function. Is that not the best? You can paint your car, wax it, new tires, but if does not start, you're on the bus.

When you continue to receive chiropractic adjustments your spine has increased motion, less arthritis, less disc degeneration, and less to no spinal nerve pressure, therefore your MUSCLES can relax, not spasm. When you are out of alignment, this irritates nerves and the body's REFLEX is to tighten up. So you can get a massage, take muscle relaxing pills, but if you ignore the spine, you will be in that never ending cycle of PAIN-SPASM-PAIN. And this is a very real thing as linked below.


Of course most MD's fail to recognize this and after they are done "trying" meds, if this fails it is off to the P.T. or the ORTHO. Funny thing to try exercise and stretching a muscle that is already tight, spasmodic, and in pain. That makes no sense.

Patients that were here from auto accidents or work injuries, tell me that they never felt better when they were under my care. Too many people stop care too soon. Most accident cases treat for the entire duration of the care plan. Recently we have had dozens of patients come back that stopped coming for months and said they felt so much better under routine care.They learned the hard way.

So don't be like this Rob Lowe? Get under regular chiropractic care. Everyone benefits from chiropractic care. EVERYONE. You cannot avoid spinal degeneration, but you can slow it way down with a good chiropractor that moves the bone.

Why you would ever stop doing something GREAT for your health? Never give up, don't ever give up.