Dr David Shahar DC PhD
The burden of musculoskeletal disorders on individuals is substantial, from a symptomatic, social and financial perspectives. My concern is that general musculoskeletal disorders and those associated with poor posture are not getting the attention they deserve. Therefore, over the years, my clinical practice combined with my research provided me with the knowledge and tools to help many sufferers deal with their musculoskeletal complaints. My intervention style is patient centred engagement based on the most up to date research. Conditions I frequently manage include headaches, chronic and acute neck and back pain, radiculopathy, sciatica and poor posture. Accordingly, I often collaborate with like-minded practitioners and researchers who are interested in the treatment and investigation of musculoskeletal disorders. As a researcher, my focus is on clinical trials and translational research for the development and validation of prevention intervention strategies associated with musculoskeletal disorders. The main objective of my research is the limitation of physical, social and economic burden of musculoskeletal disorders on individuals and societies via rising related public education and awareness with that topic.
The most recent published manuscripts under my senior authorship were surrounding the topic of prominent exostosis development in the cranio-cervical regions in response to aberrant mechanical load. Those manuscripts were already published in prestigious medical journals such as ‘Journal of Anatomy’, ‘Scientific Reports – Nature’, ‘Spine’ and ‘Clinical Biomechanics’.
My keen interest in developing resources to raise awareness about the importance of good posture maintenance and the prevention of associated musculoskeletal disorders led me to found Dr Posture® (2007) and developed a number of patient education resources including: Stretching for life, an illustrated stretching routine; the Manubrium Lift®, a simple cue to improve posture; the Thoracic Pillow®, an easy to use at home full-spine traction device; the Posture Hero™ a sitting aid; and finally, Reform or Deform™, a poster depicting the most frequently seen postural issues and a SIMPLE way to improve those.
- PhD – Clinical Biomechanics, USC QLD
- Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic
- Doctor of Chiropractic, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles
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