New Chiropractor Blends Acupuncture, Other Therapies for Holistic Healing
by Martinique Davis
Nov 11, 2009 | 1702 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kristyn Shumway (Courtesy photo)
Kristyn Shumway (Courtesy photo)
TELLURIDE – When it comes to treating hard-playing athletes and outdoors enthusiasts, many of whom have more than just one injury on their medical records, a number of different approaches may be effective. A holistic approach to pain management and overall health care is often the best approach, according to Telluride’s Kristyn Shumway.

“People tend to have a lot of different things going on. People also tend to get better faster when you treat the whole body,” she explains.

A licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, Shumway opened Motion Back and Body Center in downtown Telluride last month, offering a new option for locals whose joints and muscles have seen their fair share of abuse. She integrates a myriad of different healing methods into her treatments, all designed to get at the root of what’s ailing a person.

“I offer solutions to people’s health problems, rather than just providing a band-aid approach to dealing with what’s wrong,” she says, explaining that by utilizing a multi-pronged approach she can help people feel better faster.

Shumway may utilize up to five different techniques in her treatments, depending on what type of injury or ailment a patient has. In addition to providing pain relief through traditional chiropractic alignment therapy, Shumway also offers acupuncture; physiotherapies like light, microcurrent, ultrasound, and e-stim: myofascial release techniques; as well as homeopathy and nutrition consulting.

The goal, she says, is to tackle her patients’ multitudes of different physical problems with equal doses of varying treatments, so that every aspect of an injury or disease is addressed.

“The goal is to get people better quickly, so they’re not having to come in three times a week,” she says.

Shumway moved to Telluride in August after owning and operating a successful chiropractic clinic in Chandler, AZ for 13 years. She sold that business in July so that her family (including husband and two young sons) could relocate to Telluride.

When Shumway first visited Telluride four years ago, she fell in love with its small-town atmosphere. Her desire to simplify her professional life, which entailed overseeing a clinic that employed three massage therapists, additional chiropractors, and a front desk person, spawned her eventual move here. Motion Back and Body in Telluride represents what Shumway calls “old-fashioned service with modern-day techniques and methods.”

Shumway’s decision to incorporate acupuncture and other healing techniques into her chiropractic practice was actually spawned by one of her early visits to Telluride. When nothing would address the pain of a wrist sprain – a Telluride snowboarding injury – she received acupuncture treatment from a colleague at her clinic. “The pain was gone, and it was a very profound moment for me,” she says. “I realized acupuncture was a great complement to structural bodywork.”

She had been a practicing chiropractor since her graduation from St. Louis’ Logan College of Chiropractics in 1996, but in 2002 received licensure to also provide acupuncture. Today, Shumway’s primary areas of focus include pain management, sports injuries, pediatrics, and overall wellness. Injuries of the shoulder, neck, and knee; sciatica; and pinched nerves respond well to Shumway’s techniques, she says, adding she has also had success treating infertility through acupuncture.

In addition, Shumway sells Tempur-Pedic mattresses and pillows, as well as Nordic Naturals and Organic Whole Food supplements.

Motion Back and Body is currently running a new client, grand opening special: $50 for a new patient exam and $50 for any treatment excluding acupuncture. The center also provides insurance billing for clients.

For more information, visit the Shumway’s website at, or call her office at 708-0224. Motion Back and Body Center is located at the corner of Aspen and Colorado streets, above Mailboxes, Etc. on the second floor of the Pedersen Building.
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