Meet the Doctors

Dr. Jim Schaffer, DC

At 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 handlebars and smashing my forehead into the ground. At the time, the concern was for the gash and swelling of my forehead to see if there was a brain injury, and once that was attended to, the doctors assumed everything was fine. Years later, in high school, I began to experience terrible back pain. After consultations from a few medical doctors—all of whom wanted to treat me with prescriptions for the pain and wearing a brace covering my entire midsection and neck—my father took me to see a chiropractor.

After a brief consultation, the chiropractor found that there had been two compression fractures in my upper back that had fused together thus causing the bones in my neck to be knocked out of their natural position. We were able to trace the root cause of that spinal injury and 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 upper back 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 upper back—though fixable at the time of the accident—had so thoroughly fused over the years that he was unable to change 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 28 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 1996, meeting my wife Lisa in 2000, raising our four children, we continue to further our education with the latest research and techniques to optimize our patient’s recovery to greater health and longevity.

Family has always been important to me; my wife and I are extremely passionate about sharing what we know and helping as many families as we can. That’s why Kimberton Clinic 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 and beyond.

We look forward to helping you!
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