THirty two Years of Chiropractic Care

THirty two Years of Chiropractic Care

THirty two Years of Chiropractic CareTHirty two Years of Chiropractic CareTHirty two Years of Chiropractic Care

About Us

welcome to schaeffer chiropractic


We've been serving patients in the Iowa City and Coralville area for more than 20 years.

  • Our office is located in the Town Square complex on 6th Street in Coralville. We invite you to explore our office, our services and the power of gentle care. New patients are always welcome!
  • Not only is Dr. Schaeffer one of the leading practitioners of Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique, he's one of the top clinical instructors and an active researcher on a national level. He also takes the time to make sure his patients thoroughly understand the care they are receiving.
  • We are here to help you understand more about alternative health care and the benefits of chiropractic. Our knowledgeable staff is always available for any questions and concerns.
  • We feature Biotics Research nutritional supplements and health assessments.

meet the doctor

 As a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA, he served his alma mater as Dean of Students prior to entering private practice in 1988. He has traveled the United States and Europe representing Palmer College on alumni, legislative and professional issues.

He chose to specialize in Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (instrument adjusting) and gained his Advanced Proficiency Rating in 1989. He has held this rating with annual re-certifications since then, the longest of any chiropractor in Iowa.

​​Dr. Schaeffer's post doctoral education has focused on the areas of Upper Cervical techniques, TMJ/TMD treatment (jaw joint disorders), clinical research and whiplash disorders through the Spine Research Institute of San Diego. This has led to legal experience in depositions and trial testimony, and Independent Medical Examiner functions with insurance companies on chiropractic issues.

Dr. Schaeffer's research and innovative treatment protocols for TMJ/TMD disorders have been published nationally. In addition to pursuing his TMJ research he enjoys his clinical teaching responsibilities with Activator Methods. 

His hobbies include collecting wines, riding and showing his horse, Teddy, and playing with his rescued Schnauzer, Jax. Dr. Schaeffer also enjoys reading about health, spirituality, horses and anything with an inspiring story.

Dr. Schaeffer is actively involved in the Whole Health Institute, a non-profit organization whose purpose is the exploration of the true causes of healing and its applications.

Dr. Schaeffer's Highlights

Appointed Clinical Instructor for Activator Methods, 1997, one of approximately 150 internationally and the only in Iowa at the time
First journal publication of TMJ/TMD research, 2003 as co-investigator and co-author; co-author of the TMJ treatment chapter of the Activator Method textbook for examination and treatment protocols he developed, 2008
Researcher of the Year, Activator Methods, 2003; presented treatment protocols to the international instructors conference which were adopted for the Activator curriculum internationally
Newspaper columnist for the Press-Citizen on alternative health care, 1996-97
Guest lecturer and presenter for the Complementary Health Care Dept. at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC)
Co-investigator  and the chiropractic clinician in a National Institutes of Health grant for TMD research  with Palmer College and the University of Iowa Dental College funded at $400K, 2008
Appointed to the Post Graduate Education Faculty, Palmer College, 2003
Community and civic activities have included the Chair of the Coralville Committee, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, RAGBRAI Medical Committee Chair, Random Acts of Kindness Area Coordinator and completion of the Community Leadership Program
Dr. Schaeffer has been actively committed to his community’s  development  since the beginning of his Coralville practice in 1990


Our Services

Chiropractic Care



 Chiropractic Adjustment: Spinal correction according to the Activator Method protocols. An Activator adjusting instrument is utilized to relieve joint & nerve dysfunction and allow the body to return to natural function and capability. The intent is to restore biomechanical balance and symmetry regarding joint function.  

Extremity Adjustment: Similar treatment is also available for all extremities, including shoulders, elbows, hands, jaw, knees and feet, using the Activator Method & instrument. This contributes to the stabilization of the core structure, the spine. This is always included with the above spinal adjustment. 

Sub-Occipital Traction: Gentle manual traction at the base of the skull to relieve pressure & the effects of chronic muscle spasm. Effective for head, neck and jaw disorders, Bell’s Palsy, migraine headaches, balance disorders, etc.  

 Biomechanical Testing: A series of tests that is based on leg length inequality to determine the presence of joint dysfunction. 

  Interferential Therapy: This is an electro-therapy treatment for the relief of pain and the promotion of soft tissue healing. Patient benefits include reduced symptoms, decreased local swelling, promotion of muscle tone, restores normal movement, releases body's natural pain killers, and accelerates the healing process.  

BackHealth: A simple program that strengthens the lower back, specifically the multifidus group of core muscles that attaches your spine to your pelvic girdle. A specific rehab exercise for the most difficult low back cases.   

Laser Therapy: Cold low-level laser therapy that accelerates healing and reduces pain. Provides healing responses at the cellular level particularly through increased microcirculation. Especially for the most chronic long term conditions & the most acute injuries.  

Gait Training: Reestablishing your gait pattern & mechanics of locomotion. Restores & maintains balance & preserves proper function.  

Proprioceptive Neural Facilitation (PNF): For the restoration & maintenance of balance. Assists in maintaining gait control & complete function.   

Nutritianal Analysis: A computerized analysis of a health assessment questionnaire to determine nutritional imbalances and nutrient deficiencies in your body.  Targets specific nutritional supplements that would be appropriate for your specific health issues. We feature the Biotics supplement line exclusively, the best for over 20 years.  

Detoxification: A variety (3 day to 2 weeks) of body detox/cleanse programs are available. Most every patient reports weight loss, increased energy & decreased cravings as a result of these time tested methods.  

Consultation:  This is offered at no charge​ for those seeking the possibility of Activator Methods chiropractic care. A brief review of symptoms, case history and basis of treatment is provided at no charge. 

Auto Accident Injuries

Our team understand the stress and pain patients are in following personal injury accidents. We analyze, diagnose, and create an individualized treatment plan for whiplash and soft tissue injuries. We will thoroughly explain your treatment and update your insurance agency on your behalf. 





“The Holistic approach to therapy utilized by Dr. Schaeffer is unsurpassed among practitioners in this area.  He has helped me immensely, through his care and guidance for my overall health.  The Activator Method used by Dr. Schaeffer gets the results I need to stay active.”     David D.

“I started going to Dr. Schaeffer for back and hip pain.  After only a few visits my pain was gone.  Then one day I suffered from Bell’s Palsy, I feel Dr. Schaeffer’s adjustments relieved tension and sped my recovery.  Dr. Schaeffer is absolutely the best chiropractor I have ever been to.”     Mike R.

“I have a son with Cerebral Palsy.  He has very tight muscles, uncoordinated, poor balance and is dependant on others for all.  Going to Dr. Wally helps his spine have proper adjustment so his nerves can conduct properly.  Since coming to the office he has been able to pull up his elastic waist pants and his balance is better when he sits and walks.  Dr. Wally and staff give a rare and special place where there is always a smile, a kind word and an air of hope than things can and do get better.”    Ken G.

"Before starting treatment with Dr. Schaeffer, my back and leg pain from spinal stenosis, scoliosis and degenerative arthritis had completely crippled me. I took early retirement, unable to continue my 41 yr. nursing career. We moved into a wheelchair accessible house without steps. I was on pain medication that didn't control the pain well and had many side effects, including decreased mental acuity. I was depressed because I was used to being active and independent and now I couldn't even shop by myself. Our mailbox is 40 feet down our driveway. When getting the mail I would have to sit for a few minutes until the pain lessened so I could walk back up the drive. Our new neighbor, a Physician's Assistant, observed this and came over to tell me how Dr. Schaeffer had helped her husband. I met with Dr. S and started treatment shortly after. Gradually Dr. S corrected me to where I am today--not completely pain free--but able to be very active and enjoying life!!" C.S.N., 1st time chiropractic patient

“I suffer from Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other medical conditions.  With chiropractic care and nutritional supplements from Dr. Wally Schaeffer, my health has improved over 75%.”      J. N.

"For almost three months, I have been receiving chiropractic treatment from Dr. Schaeffer.  After just one visit, I could really tell a difference in how I felt.  I am most amazed by his knowledge of  TMJ.  For years, I have suffered from TMJ ,and the Activator Method Dr. Schaeffer utilizes has alleviated a majority of my symptoms."        Jillian B., 1st time chiropractic patient

"My whole family has benefited from Dr. Schaeffer's care.  My second child was seen by Dr. Schaeffer when she was five days old and occasionally after big falls or silly swing set stunts.  I have had many wonderful experiences with Dr. Schaeffer helping me throughout problems during my pregnancy.  After chiropractic adjustments I get better and have less pain, and am able to continue with my active life- working, gardening, walking/jogging and keeping up with our two girls."  D.P.

"We are two very satisfied patients with your professional treatment and friendly staff."    Keith and Lois Robbins

Each one of these patients was referred by one of our current patients. Our practice is over 94% referral-based, and has been for over 25 years.


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Schaeffer Chiropractic

Schaeffer Chiropractic 1100 6th Street Suite 204 Coralville, IA 52241 US

(319) 354-7599


Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am-5pm

Friday 8:30am-12pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed