Dr. Jim Schaffer, DCAt an early age I experienced first-hand how chiropractic care helps heal the body, without the intervention of drugs or surgery. As a young boy I crashed my bicycle, flipping over the handle bars and smashing my forehead into the ground. At the time, the concern was for the gash on my forehead, and once that was attended to, my parents assumed everything was fine. Years later, in high school, I began to experience terrible back pain. After consultations from many medical doctors—all of whom wanted to treat me with prescriptions for the pain and wearing a brace covering my entire midsection—my father took me to see a chiropractor.
After a brief consultation, the chiropractor found that the bones in my neck were knocked way out of their natural position. We were able to trace the root cause of that spinal misalignment all the way back to my childhood bike accident. Although we’d fixed up my forehead, the bones of my neck and back were never returned to their proper place, resulting in the bones of my neck fusing together. This fusion then forced my spine to overcompensate, which caused further damage along my spine.
That chiropractor proposed a treatment plan for me that included neither painkillers nor an awkward brace no teenager would tolerate. He was able to help the majority of my spine return to its natural position, restoring my overall health and relieving the pain. Unfortunately, the bones in my neck—though fixable at the time of the accident—had so thoroughly fused over the years that he was unable to fix them.
Since that first experience with chiropractic decades ago, I have gone on to attain my bachelor’s at Penn State as well as my doctorate from the PA College of Straight Chiropractic. Through this education and more than 20 years as a practicing chiropractor, I have learned that Chiropractic is about so much more than back pain: it’s about overall health, achieved by making sure the spinal bones are where they belong so that the nervous system can flow freely through the body.
After founding my first practice in 2000, I met my wife Lisa, who has become both my partner in life and at the practice. In our spare time we love to go kayaking with our four children, spend time in Cape May with our extended family, and hike with our dog Bernie.
Family has always been important to me; I am extremely passionate about sharing what I know and helping as many families as I can to avoid the pain and suffering I’ve endured. That’s why Kimberton Chiropractic is a family-based wellness center with an emphasis on whole-family health. We love what we do and are grateful to have the opportunity to help so many people in the Phoenixville area.
I look forward to helping you!
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