Spinal Column:

Dr. Jim Schaffer of Kimberton Chiropractic
Dr. Jim Schaffer of Kimberton Chiropractic

I come from a large family. No, not tall and bulky. There are just a lot of us. I have three sisters and 1 brother. I am the youngest. And there are a good number of years between us. For instance, my brother is 11 years older than me.

So by the time I finished Penn State and was getting into the heart of my four years of Chiropractic education, my siblings had children.

As part of my Clinical Chiropractic training I was required to adjust patients. I was responsible to recruit the patients to come to an actual Chiropractic Clinic that was set up at the school. Fortunately for me that big ol family of mine did not live too far from school.

They came, they all came, siblings, spouses, cousins, parents, aunts, uncles and my favorite even at that time, the kids, my nephews and nieces.


My sister Joan and her family were always the most dedicated. She brought her boys to the clinic to see me and get adjusted regularly, and those boys are the topic of this Spinal Column.

They are very large. As I claim in the title, Tommy is 68 Jack is 66 and Steven is 64 (but he carried more brawn than his brothers).

These fellas are in their early to mid 20s today. They have had, what many would call, an incredibly successful early development.

As high school students they were recruited to the school Crew team, and the boys did extremely well. Each, in turn, being Captain of their boat and leading their school to win Regional and National Trophys.

Their Academics were also exemplary. Princeton University recruited each of them, respectively, based on their grades and physical abilities and experience. They have represented Princetons Crew team very well. Jack has graduated and been invited to continue his studies at Cambridge while also rowing for their Crew team!! This past year his boat won one of the most prestigious races in UK, Oxford/Cambridge race. We are just regular people. We are not the Kennedys or the Schwarzeneggers. These are my nephews and I still cannot get over their tremendous successes.

During my 4 years of Chiropractic education I learned, with great detail, how the human body works. One thing we focused a great deal of time on is the dynamics of a joint: shoulders, knees, elbows, ankles, fingers and most especially all the joints within a spine. There are 52 spinal joints and 24 discs!

When a bone in a joint is out of its natural position, it will restrict the motion of that joint. It will also create friction because it will rub against the cartilage within the joint.

The friction in turn creates scar tissue, which is callous. It is the same type of callous that you get on your hands if youre a weight lifter or a carpenter or a sculptor and you use tools in your hands all day. The scar tissue is your body trying to protect that area. But there is a price for this protection. Scar tissue does not allow proper nutrition to get to the joint. Scar tissue does not allow for proper blood flow. This hinders the development of the joint.

Lets take a look at my nephews again. Their joints were regularly checked most of their lives. As I checked, and adjusted as necessary, the joints of their spine/body, it allowed the joints to grow to their full potential. To their Full Potential - that is the point here - Full Potential.

Additionally, since the joints and spaces of the spine were in their correct position, the nerves that extend from the spinal cord, which is housed within the spine, had a clear path to communicate all the necessary information to the rest of the body so that it too could operate at its full potential. The lungs were given clear, uninterrupted messages to breath. The heart received the specific instructions on how to pump perfectly. The ability to learn was never impeded by any Hyper (too fast) or Hypo (too slow) firing nerve endings.

In Chiropractic we call this living to their full Human Health Potential.

Can I say with 100 percent certainty that the reason their bodies grew so well and that they have found great success in their endeavors is due to their lifelong Chiropractic Care? No.

But I sure as heck can say that I know first hand that they have had regular spinal check-ups and that they are healthy young adults who have exceeded the norm in many ways! Whenever they are asked why they are so tall they jokingly respond, Because of my Uncle Jim.

When I see true stories like these it reminds me, and brings great pride to the profession I am in, knowing that our true value is in helping children to become very healthy and successful adults.

Thats it for this week folks.

Soak up the downtime; weve only got 3 more weeks of summer!

See you next week.

Dr. Jim

Dr. Jim Schaffer, of Kimberton Chiropractic Center, located in Phoenixville, is a weekly contributor to the Item and Reporter. Feel free to contact him with any thoughts or questions at484-921-4936 www.kimbertonchiropractic.com