Dr. Andy Abele, DC
Born in NOLA (that's New Orleans, Louisiana), I was that kid that wasn't happy unless he was running around, wrestling, or just plain moving. Back then, that was considered a good thing. Nowadays, it's cause for a Ritalin addiction. Point is, I'm a sports fan. Admittedly, not much for watching them, just playing them. So unless the Saints are in the Super Bowl, I probably have no idea what you are talking about when you mention that interception from last Sunday. Anyway, training Karate took me to Japan as an English teacher for two years. While there, one of my good buddies was a fella who broke his neck diving into a shallow pool. This was my first lesson in the importance of the spine and its relationship with the nervous system. That lesson sent me back to the states to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).
In addition to the standard 3.5 years of basic chiropractic education, $100,000 of student loans, and 5 chiropractic national board exams, I felt I wasn't in quite deep enough. A glutton for punishment, I then pursued another distinction: Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner (CCWP) through the International Chiropractic Association. This is a program in which "docs" do an in depth study of subluxation (spinal misalignments causing nervous dysfunction), movement, nutrition, and psychology of change. Super cool stuff if you ask me; yawn-worthy stuff for most non-geeks I assume. Eager for more, I became a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT).
After practicing for two long years in the cultural capital of the US, Charlotte, NC, I decided to leave NASCAR and moonshine behind and move back to post-Katrina New Orleans. I eventually found a new home for my practice on Magazine Street in a stellar gym called Salvation Studio. While working with some individuals as a fitness trainer, some as a chiropractor, some as a nutritional consultant, and some as all three, I really get a chance to see what kind of positive changes proper movement, spinal alignment, and diet can produce.
Life is good.
As a side note, when I can find some time for myself, you can catch me in the gym throwing some weight around, training Karate on the open floor, or out at Coconut Beach looking for a pick-up volleyball game. You might even be able to find me in a movie or two if you know where to look.
If you've read this far, you're back's probably sore from hunching over your computer. So, before you get back to work, stand up and stretch. Get your shoulders back and breathe deep. If anyone looks at you funny, tell them your chiropractor made you do it.