After an injury prematurely ended his professional football career, Mike Humpal found a new career helping others deal with their injuries and physical ailments.
On Jan. 2, Humpal opened Humpal Chiropractic in North Liberty.
“I want to get them back doing the things they want to do,” he said.
Humpal attended the University of Iowa on a football scholarship. He played linebacker for the Hawkeyes from 2003 to 2007 and graduated with a degree in health and sports studies.
In spring 2008, Humpal was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round of the NFL draft. Later that year, during a preseason game, he suffered a “neck stinger,” a nerve injury that affected his strength.
The Steelers placed him on injured reserve and ultimately released him from the team.
“By December 2009, my football career was over,” Humpal said.
He returned to Iowa and got a job selling medical devices. But he remembered his original career plan — to become a chiropractor like the one who helped him recover from a high school sports injury.
“He took care of me, really listened to me and came up with a game plan to get me feeling better,” Humpal recalled. “It was really important for me as a young athlete to be proactively doing something to get back on the field.”
Humpal spent three and a half years commuting from his home in North Liberty to Davenport, where he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in October 2017 and went to work setting up a practice just a few minutes from home.
But Humpal Chiropractic is not just for athletes. Humpal also works with families, pediatric and geriatric patients, pregnant women, and those injured at work or in auto accidents. He offers manual adjustments to the spine and extremities as well as specialty therapies.
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“My focus is getting the joints moving properly and making sure the person has an appropriate range of motion,” he said.
Humpal said one thing he took from his short-lived NFL career is a comment made by Dick LeBeau, then defensive coordinator for the Steelers at age 72 (currently with the Tennessee Titans and the oldest coach in NFL): “Age is just a number. Life is made for living.”
“That stuck with me,” Humpal said. “If you’re not moving and doing the things you enjoy, you’re not living. My job is to help people do what they want to do.”
AT A GLANCE
Owner: Michael J. Humpal, D.C.
Business: Humpal Chiropractic
Address: 1295 Jordan St., Suite 6B, North Liberty
Phone: (319) 325-3558
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