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Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness
Dr. K Andrew Shepherd D.C. C.C.N.
My name is Janene. I'm
also a Navy Veteran of 26 years. I was on board a ship, fell and hurniated 4
disks in my lower back as well as 2 in the neck. Medical on the ship gave me
motrin. That wasn't enough. I have been through every medicine out there and
some 10 different times. Needless to say that I had enogh. I finally got a
Veteran Dr to let me try going outside of the VA for help. That's when I was
connected with Dr. Shepherd. After going through the process of getting checked
into the system, I began the treatments. I will have to say that I have Not had
any of my VA meds since having my back adjusted only 4 months ago. Words cannot
express how great full I am of getting off all that junk. I really appreciate
it and I would recommend getting checked out. The staff is also incredible.
Thanks again to Dr Shepherd.
I experienced ADHD ever since I was a young boy. I remember all the things my parents and I went through...diet changes, allergy testing, even behavior modification techniques. Eventually we even tried Ritalin. The medication worked for a while but I suffered many side effects. I remember having trouble sleeping, no appetite, and "zoning out". Finally at age 7 my parents made the decision to stop taking Ritalin after my mom had heard about Dr. Shepherd. I went for chiropractic care twice a week for about 2 months. When my mom went to a parent-teacher conference, the first thing the teacher asked her was had was when I had been put back on Ritalin. My mother was shocked when the teacher had shown her samples of my work and the sudden improvement…for the first time I was writing in the lines and staying focused more in class. Years have passed and I am still able to concentrate, answer questions correctly and reading and writing better than most other kids in my class! Thanks Dr. Shepherd, for making it possible for me to to write this success story!
Allergies & Sinus Problems, Naomi
Prior to visiting Dr. Shepherd, I had horrible allergies and sinus problems practically my entire life. After a few adjustments, I was breathing a lot better and feeling wonderful! Before receiving chiropractic care, I would take pills for everything. I see now that they only treat the symptoms whereas chiropractic is specific and fixes the problem! Before I would constantly walk around with a tissue feeling groggy all the time. Now I can enjoy outdoor sports and things I've avoided like strolls in the park and going for picnics, and gardening. Not only have I been healed of my allergies and sinus trouble, but my overall health has improved incredibly also. I rarely get sick, and when I do, I get better faster. It feels great to be drug-free. Thanks Dr. Shepherd!
Auto Accident, Sharon
After a severe auto accident, I spent years with chronic neck and shoulder pain, which eventually radiated down my right arm. The pain kept getting worst and worst, until it became intolerable. I started taking Tylenol and Advil left and right until even that didn't help. In the end I tried everything short of surgery. I discussed trying chiropractic care with my family physician, and he recommended that I see you. I couldn't believe what just a few chiropractic adjustments could do. I now have normal movement in my neck and shoulder and feel better than I have in years. I wish I had known to come to you earlier! Thank you!
Back Pain, Mike
I don't have a dramatic tale to tell, however, I know that drama is not necessary for me to praise the benefits of chiropractic. I came to Dr. Shepherd after throwing out my back. I responded to chiropractic care very well. I had received it in the past. Nevertheless, not to this level. The injury healed itself quickly due to Dr. Shepherd's concern and adjustments. I have been coming regularly ever since.With the aide of chiropractic, I can continue to work. Without this care, it would have been very difficult for me to perform my everyday functions and responsibilities. Thank you Dr. Shepherd for your help and sharing your knowledge.
Back Pain, John
I do believe I have benefitted tremendously from chiropractic. Not only does it alleviate stiffness and aches, but it also helps me to feel more balanced and rejuvenated. I have discovered wellness with renewed use of some worn-down muscles and great relief from the pain that has afflicted me for a very long time.This spring I intend to go back to something I doubted I would ever be able to resume again…my favorite sport of golf. For that I consider myself doubly rewarded for undergoing chiropractic treatment. Thanks again Dr. Shepherd . . . I truly appreciate all that you have done for me.
Carpel Tunnel, Moriah
I never thought I'd get anything like carpel tunnel, after all, I didn't play tennis, golf, or work too much on the computer. After my daughter Marina was born, I started experiencing pain in my elbow, arm, and wrist from nursing. There was no way I was going to stop nursing but I had to do something because it was starting to effect everything. As time passed, every movement in my arm became excruitatingly and painful. I started seeing Dr. Shepherd and he put together a program for me that helped right away. First he explained what was going on with my body. He stressed the importance of posture while nursing and that my current posture was putting a strain on my neck, back, shoulders, and going through to my arms, etc. Every appointment he would massage and adjust my neck, back, shoulders, and arms. After about 3 weeks I had completely forgotten I even had carpel tunnel...and I'm still nursing!
Chronic Sinus & Ear Infections, Noah
Ever since my son, Noah, was 3 months old, he suffered from sinus and ear infections. Everytime I would take him to the pediatrician the doctor would prescribe him acetaminophen or ear drops. After endless months of infection after infection the doctor said we may need to do surgery. I wanted my son to get well and be free from pain but I freaked out when they mentioned surgery. There was no way I was going to let me little 9 month old go under the knife exploring all the options first. When I told my sister, who is also an MD about the possibility of Noah needing surgery she immediately recommended that I consider alternative medicine by taking him to a chiropractor. With time and research, we decided to try out Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness. Noah was adjusted just twice by Dr. Shepherd, and has not had an ear infection since! It has been 6 months now and Noah has been adjusted just three more times and still no infections!
I've always played sports, but started experiencing headaches right around the time I started high school. My junior year my headaches started to get really bad. When basketball season started I knew something had to be done. My coach recommended I try seeing a chiropractor. So we called Dr. Shepherd and told him about my problem. He suggested we come in and talk to him about how chiropractic could help. It's amazing how just a few chiropractic adjustments made feel. All of a sudden I was feeling more energized and not getting headaches... and my game has improved! Who would have thought?!
Neck, Shoulder, & Back Pain, Carlos
I first met Dr. Shepherd after participating in a health survey at the gym. At the time, I was experiencing neck, shoulder, back pain, and just about every kind of body pain you could think of. A nerve scan was conducted and it showed interference to all those areas I described. I immediately scheduled an appointment to see Dr. Shepherd and came in for a complete evaluation and x-rays. Dr. Shepherd then explained to me what a "subluxation" was and that it was putting pressure on my nerves therefore affecting their function and communication to different parts of the body. I realized at that moment my wellbeing was more important than money. I have now been under chiropractic care for nine months and I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. I believe Chiropractic care goes hand in hand with exercising at the gym and my flexibility and posture have also improved as a result. Dr. Shepherd explained to me that this is not a cure but that this is a lifestyle change and a process designed to correct a vital part of our precious bodies. This philosophy works and I am very thankful that I took the first step into a life changing process.
Thanks Dr. Shepherd...You were right! I remember when I came to you the last month of my pregnancy with the sciatica. I couldn't walk or move at all! It was the worst thing ever! But, you helped me through it with the adjustments and massage therapy. It didn't go away completely but I always felt so much better after visiting with you, my condition definetly improved. You reassured me that I would get better and that I would be completely back to normal after I delivered the baby. I remember seeing other pregnant women and thinking how lucky they were to be able to walk normal and have an easy pregnacy. After my baby was born, it was like a miracle...just like you said, I was back to normal! Thanks again!
Shoulder Pain, Aaron
I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Shepherd and the staff at Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness for helping me to recover from an extremely painful ailment involving my right shoulder.It has been a recovery that is almost miraculous and if I had not undergone it, I would not have believed that such a turn of events would be possible at all. Due to a major tumor surgery several years ago which removed a large amount of muscle, the area around my right shoulder had become restricted from full range of motion with some muscle groups compensating for those that had been removed by surgery. Before long, the shoulder condition had degenerated, movement was restricted and the pain had become so unbearable that I was taking powerful prescription pain killers. The condition got worse until I could barely comb my hair, put my clothes on or even shift the gears in my car. I now had severe frozen shoulder. Out of desperation, I started to do research on the internet and asked other friends and family about chiropractic. The feedback from others was quite positive. There seemed to be a slight ray of hope other than having another surgery. What is important is that I can truly say that my shoulder is now 98% cured! The pain is almost completely gone and I continue to do the exercises prescribed by Dr. Shepherd. I have my life back and all this has been achieved without any drugs or surgery, just chiropractic adjustments, effective use of ice packs, therapeutic soft tissue massage and muscle strengthening.
Sports Injury, Katie
It happened this past winter. I went up to the mountains with a bunch of friends. I was approaching the lifts when an out-of-control snowboarder slammed right into me. I don't remember much, but I remember going face down into the snow--hard. Everything blacked out. I think I was out for about a good 30 seconds. I could hear my friends hovering above me, calling my name, waiting for a response. I couldn't speak or move. A few minutes later I was taken to the local emergency hospital. It turned out I was ok. I had passed out and was experiencing some major whiplash. The X-Rays came out fine, but I was in major pain. I couldn't move my neck and my back was stiff and sore.
When my mother heard what had happened she was very concerned--of course. She had been seeing you for years and took the initiativew to schedule me in to see you. I must admit, I was a skeptic. After a few weeks of adjustments and rehab I had already forgotten the whole thing had happened. Thanks again!
Sports Injury, Neil
It's been 7 months since I got totalled by a monster wave. Since then my life has never been the same. I remember coming out of the water and not being able to walk or move. My girlfriend insisted on taking me to the hospital right away. I immediately had X-Rays taken and the doctors said everything seemed normal, but I knew that was the case. When I went back to see them after a week of being hunched over, limping, and exhausted from lack or sleep they still said there was nothing they could do. A friend suggested I see a chiropractor and that is when I came to see you. One adjustment was all it took to make a world of difference. I was back to my normal self again. Before I never knew what a chiropractor was or even believed in alternative medicine, but now you've made me a believer.
Several years ago, I began experiencing a lot of stress and lack of sleep. At the suggestion of a friend, I called Mountain Health Chiropractic and Wellness in hopes of resolving the condition. Dr. Shepherd determined the problem was actually being caused by stress and lifestyle choices. Dr. Shepherd and the team at Mountain Health put together a wellness program incorporating massage, nutrition, and exercise. I must say, I have never felt better. Now I more relaxed, sleep well and am living a more balanced and full-filling life . . . and I have since been promoted! Thanks to all of you!
Wellness, Max & Marilyn
Dr. Shepherd's whole wellness approach has really changed us. Despite our age, our new wellness lifestyle right away made us feel young and free. We now realize and understand the power of the mind/body connection. Even our children and grandchildren are benefiting from your lifestyle advice--our whole family is living a richer life! Dr. Shepherd you have been a wonderful and supportive guide in our family's personal quest for health...Thank You!
"I have been a patient of Dr. Shepherd since October of 2007. I had years of chronic back pain. Not knowing much about chiropractic care I first saw an orthopedic back specialist. I have degenerative disc issues. I was prescribed pain pills, taking 6-8 Ibuprofen a day, and muscle relaxers, given steroid injections, and even wore a tens unit for a while. I got very little relief. I'd have 'episodes' which caused me to literally crawl on the floor to move. This could have resulted from something as small as turning suddenly or picking something off the floor. When I was awake, i was in pain. Shaun, a friend of mine, told me about a doctor who was a chiropractor who had helped her tremendously. In October of 2007, I decided to see him. I remember walking into his office not moving too fast and a little slumped over. He did his tests and we had a consult. He told me that he knew he could help me. And he has! I feel so much better. I have my life back. I'm back doing things that I pretty much stopped, like just going for a walk. I know I still have the degenerative disc issue, but what I don't all the time now is the PAIN. I'm at a point now where I see Dr. Shepherd to maintain the pain-free state. I love feeling good! "
Joanne M. Turner
"Getting chiropractic care has enabled me to LIVE PAIN-FREE! It has made such a difference in my life. Dr. Shepherd really how to recognize and relieve problem areas."
"I used to be a skeptic about chiropractors even after a friend recommended Dr. Shepherd, but I decided to give it a try.
I used to have lower back pains frequently. I noticed that after a couple of weeks, after treatment, the pain was gone and I haven't had a problem since.
It is a pleasure to see Dr. Shepherd, especially after a very stressful, busy day. The atmosphere in his office is so pleasant and relaxing. You can feel your stress level come down as soon as you walk into the office.
I am no longer a skeptic! I believe chiropractic care is an excellent alternative to keep you healthy without medications AND THAT IS GREAT!"
"Three months ago I heard Dr. Shepherd on the radio talking about the importance of spinal alignment and how when nerves are blocked by misalignment there are many negative effects on body systems and organs. I have had trouble with stiffness and pain in my neck as long as I can remember, but I never connected my neck problems with anything other than the discomfort which I learned to ignore most of the time. Dr. Shepherd's explanation made me realize that the misalignment of my neck is setting me up for many other potential health problems as I get older.
When I started my treatment, I was expecting to be able to move my neck more freely and without as much pain. What I have gotten has been much more then that. i have experienced a marked improvement in my sleep which has been a serious problem. I have not slept without prescription drugs since 1998, and for the last four years I have required two different medications or I could not sleep. I am now taking 1/2 of one pill and plan to stop taking that one altogether within the next few weeks. I have experienced an improvement in my elimination system. I have never had regular bowel movements, but thought that was 'normal' for me. I now know it's not healthy, and feel much better with daily elimination. I have also lost those little belly pounds that have just hung on for years. That feels great!"
As for my neck, I can now turn my head before I back up my car (instead of my whole body) and look out of both windows while sitting straight ahead. I have also felt a heaviness lift off my shoulders that I didn't realize was there. My thinking is clearer and I don't feel stressed like before. I didn't realize how much I was distracted by the pain and stiffness in my neck until it improved.
My attitude on health has changed. While I am part of the 'health care system,' I see that we are not dispensing health, but sickness through pumping people full of chemicals rather than getting to the cause of the problem. I have already referred people to Dr, Shepherd for chiropractic treatment, and some who are fed up with the non-answers of traditional medicine are finding relief and healing. Every day I see people who could benefit from Dr. Shepherd's expertise but it takes time for some people to understand that natural health is possible. My career plans are changing, too, as I want to spend the rest of my working years making a positive difference and contributing to a healthier population.
Thank you, Dr. Shepherd!