A chiropractic tribute to St. Paddy's Day

Dr. and Mrs. McSchaffer
Dr. and Mrs. McSchaffer

Fáilte (Welcome.)

This week we are going to commemorate one of my favorite holidays by discussing a few Classic Irish Phrases and how they relate to CHIROPRACTIC.

I ask two favors: 1) Have an open mind. 2) Have a sense of humor!

I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did converting it.

Let’s start with one of my favorite.


LUCK OF THE IRISH: This is one phrase that everyone knows, but what everyone doesn’t know is that this term started out as an insult. It referred to the bad luck the Irish seemed to have following them during the potato famine. Over time it has evolved to reflect the fact that the Irish are a happy, charmed and quite lucky people.

Chiropractic Translation: Though it seems that many of us can trace our roots and come up with some Irish heritage, that is not reason to leave your health up to any kind of “luck.” We are all aware of several factors that can help a body to be healthy: 1) Good Nutrition; 2) At least 30 minutes of exercise each day; 3) Reduce Stress; 4) Chiropractic Care.

These are all things that we have control over. These are all things for which we make the choices. Unfortunately, Irish or not, Luck has nothing to do with it.

An ol’ Biddy: When Irish people first came to America in the 1800s jobs were scarce. Women took on jobs as maids at local hotels. They were known to be fast and hard- working therefore allowing patrons check in and check out of the hotel with out interruption. The job description was for a “biddy”.

Chiropractic translation: As we have discussed in previous columns, chiropractors correct the spine so that the nervous system is not interrupted, or squeezed off by the vertebrae being out of alignment. When this is the case, the body is able to communicate fully to all its tissues, organs, cells so you will have all parts working at their optimal level. We call this Health! So, in a sense, a chiropractor is a “biddy” for the spine.

The Wail of the Banshee: This is a tale about an Irish fairy that laments a mortal’s death. She is also seen as the messenger of death. The sound that transmits from her throat is a shrill screech; a warning sign to family member that death is drawing near.

Chiropractic Translation: The Banshee of your body is your symptoms. They wail as chronic ear infections, migraine headaches, continual diarrhea and allergies. Chiropractors use symptoms as clues that something is not functioning correctly in the nervous system. Often a specific vertebrae in the Thorasic area of the spine is misaligned when a child or adult is experiencing asthma symptoms, or there is misalignment in specific vertebrae of the Lumbar region when the digestive system is not working as it is designed to work.

POTLUCK: The term comes from a time when groups of Irish women would gather together and cook dinner. They only had one pot so they cooked the meal together with whatever ingredients they happened to have that day.

Chiropractic Translation: There is no translation! Nothing about Chiropractic is haphazard. It is a science, art and philosophy that has been practiced for more than 100 years. Chiropractic keeps the spine healthy so the nervous system can operate your body. The human body is a perfectly orchestrated machine. It heals itself. It grows. It has the ability to manifest new life. All without any manual. It is amazingly complex and yet appears to operate effortlessly. No Potluck about it.

Tying the Knot: It comes from the Celtic tradition of hand fastening where the hands of an engaged couple were tied together to show their commitment to each other while they agreed upon a marriage contract.

Chiropractic Translation: Tie the Knot with your family at dinner one night this week and make a contract for your Family Health. Create a menu for healthy meals and snacks for the week. Ask the kids for some ideas for family activities that will help you all reach goals of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise together. You know they have lots of ideas for what they would love to see you doing outside with them! Re-evaluate your family’s schedule. Are the kids involved in too many activities? Their health is affected by stress just as yours, except they don’t know how to define it. Are you getting at least six hours sleep at night? Your body CANNOT rejuvenate unless it gets enough rest. Lastly, talk about having a chiropractor check the spine of each family member. It is the only way to know if you have a vertebral subluxation disrupting Nervous System communication

Takes The Cake: An Irish custom dating back to the days of cake dances on summer evenings, when local musicians and residents gathered at a crossroads and threw parties. Someone always brought a cake that would be displayed on a white tablecloth draped over a milk churn. Everyone danced and partied the night away. At some point in the party a winner would be declared and given the cake. The winner then shared the cake with everyone else.

Chiropractic Translation: We love chiropractic as much as we love cake, and we want to share it with everybody. This column is also online at the www.phoenixvillenews.com under the Life section. Send it to someone you know that might enjoy learning a little about St. Patrick’s Day as well as a bit about chiropractic. Copy me on it at my email address kimbertonteam@kimbertonchiropractic.com and you and your family will receive a free family spinal check up.

That is it for this week wee folks,

Erin Go Braugh.

Dr. McJim.

Dr. Jim Schaffer, of Kimberton Chiropractic Center, Phoenixville, is a weekly contributor to The Phoenix. For more information, visit www.kimbertonchiropractic.com or 484-921-4936.