Dr Kauffman’s story, which led him to become a chiropractor, started when he was a teenager. After suffering a debilitating injury to his shoulder at age16, a tear in his chest muscle at age18 and a low back injury at age 22, his perception of pain management and performance was a bit skewed. He initially started care with a visit to his Primary Care Physician (PCP), and was prescribed pain medication, muscle relaxers and rest. Dr Kauffman felt this approach only seemed to mask the pain and didn’t help improve his performance. At the age of 21, he had more aches and pains than he cared to admit. When the low back injury occurred, Dr Kauffman’s coach at the time suggested he seek chiropractic care. A few days later, he went into the clinic and was introduced to chiropractic care and had his first adjustment.
“I walked in with pain and out with minimal discomfort in my low back. I was able to resume lifting weights just 3 weeks after my initial visit and was back performing in a month like nothing had happened.”
All of this progress with the use of NO medications or “rest” as suggested by his PCP. It was during this time that Dr Kauffman knew he wanted to become a Chiropractor. Three years after his back injury, he started having knee pain. Feeling frustrated and unable to do squats he began receiving consistent comprehensive care. By this time Dr Kauffman had already started his studies at Logan University, College of Chiropractic and was learning more about the body, its functions and how chiropractic care can help improve performance and reduce injury rates. He has spent countless hours studying the biomechanics of the body, how the body responds to external and internal stressors, and how the nervous system and musculoskeletal system responds to various loads, stimulus and pain.
“I became a chiropractor to change peoples perception of pain, and empower them to take control of their life by improving the way they move and how they move.”
Dr Kauffman is a 2013 graduate from Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise and Movement Science with an emphasis in bio-medical sciences. He received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree from Logan University in 2018. Dr Kauffman specializes in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions utilizing chiropractic care, dry needling, exercise therapy and soft tissue therapy. He combines his experience as a strength and conditioning coach with his clinical skills to provide a full-body approach to improve the patients’ quality of life. With his extensive background in athletics and biomechanics, he can manage just about any problem throughout the body. Dr Kauffman is certified in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization, Dry Needling, McKenzie Method, Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and National Strength and Conditioning. He is preparing for his board certification in acupuncture and is also an Adjunct Professor at Logan University.
Outside of Thrive for Life, Dr Kauffman enjoys coaching and educating youth in strength, conditioning and nutrition. He loves traveling, is an amateur photographer and enjoys discovering new and interesting places to eat. I like to consider myself a brownie connoisseur.