Glory Days Magazine MVP Business Profile: Health First Chiropractic Clinic

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Location: 48 South New York Road B-7, Smithville
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Phone: 609-652-6363
Dr. J. Zimmerman has been a chiropractor for three decades, and also is the president of the Jersey Shore Sharks Rugby Club. Recently, Glory Days publisher Dave O’Sullivan caught up to Doc Zimmerman recently to talk about his business and his passion for the sport of rugby.
— Doc Zimmerman on how he got into the business: I got into it as a child because my brother had a football injury. His hip started turning inward and he couldn’t walk. The doctors didn’t know what was going on and a nurse suggested we go to a chiropractor. I remember him limping getting into the car to go to the chiropractor, and he came home and was running around like everything was fine after one visit. My mother brought my father, me and my sister in for care when I was 11 years old, and I’ve been getting adjusted ever since. That’s what inspired me to be a chiropractor.
— On his high school sports career: I went to Toms River North and I played football, I wrestled, and my big sport was track. I was a shot putter and discus thrower and got second place in Ocean County in discus.
— On the correlation of sports and chiropractic care: Chiropractic is actually built for athletics because it’s performance based. The body is an athlete’s machine, and if things aren’t lined up properly it’s going to have an effect on the soft tissue and you’re not going to be able to move as well as you should. And if you can’t move as well as you should, you’re not going to be at your best. Every sports team has hired chiropractors; the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NHL, they all have chiropractors.
— On people getting over the fear of visiting a chiropractor: Every 10 years there is a paradigm shift. Thirty years ago there was a lot of that fear going on; in the second 10 years I was in practice we would get referrels from doctors; now, people are just showing up in my office and getting the idea on their own. That was unheard of 30 years ago.
u On supporting high school sports: I like the fact that kids are active and building their bodies, and I find kids who don’t do sports are losing out on life lessons.
— On his love of rugby: It’s such a pure game. Everyone is equal and it’s the ultimate teamwork. It’s fast-paced and exciting to be involved in.


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