Chiropractic For Kids

Many people take their kids to the chiropractor. If you are familiar with my previous writings and my approach to chiropractic, this should make perfect sense.

As you know, chiropractic is not a treatment for pain or specific conditions, but rather it is an adjustment to the nervous system in order to improve how the body regulates itself. When a nervous system functions as well as it can, the body has the best chance to adapt to environmental stresses.

Which one of us would not want our child to have the best chance to thrive?

Adjustments on children are gentle and safe, and most kids are eager to have them done because it feels good. Outside of the office, the same things are encouraged to limit stresses for children. Healthy natural foods, regular exercise and activity, decreased exposure to chemicals and toxins, and helping them to develop a healthy mental state.

A kid’s body is constantly growing and developing so let’s work together and raise a healthier generation.

In Health,

Dr. Joel Ardner

Functional Movement Screen

Perhaps you thought that physical therapy was only for old people, injured people, and those recovering from surgery.

Think again.

Tons of young, fit people are coming to our office to be evaluated with the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). This system, developed by world-renowned therapist Gray Cook, is designed to identify errors in movement that can be risk factors for injury.

As you know, a majority of the injuries that occur during sport are non-contact. This means that no outside force is directly responsible for the injury. Why do these injuries happen then, and what can we do about them!?

Enter the FMS.

These injuries happen because of a momentary lapse in motor control, which is the ability of the nerve and muscular systems to control the movement of the skeleton. How an individual moves is developed during the first year of their life and things like injuries, chronic postural problems, and improper development can all lead to poor motor control. The FMS is specifically designed to identify these deficiencies in movement so that a plan of correction can be created.

The result? Decreased risk of injury and improved capacity for performance. In other words, better athletes!

If you are concerned that you or you child may be susceptible to injury, or you are focusing on improved performance, call our office today to schedule a FREE FMS Screen.

In health,

Dr. Joel Ardner


How I Fixed My Allergies

Like many of you, I grew up with bad seasonal allergies. From early Spring to late Fall, I dealt with itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose. Sometimes it even carried over to the Winter. Also like many of you, I distinctly recall taking one medication that helped with my symptoms, and when that one stopped working, I switched to another. Eventually I settled with Allegra-D as my go-to.

I was an active kid and I played golf almost every day. I remember sitting in the car after my mom picked me up from the course and rubbing my eyes raw. The Allegra-D worked fairly well but without it I was in trouble. The stimulant in the Allegra-D, pseudoephedrine, affected my sleeping patterns and in the long term made me tired and weakened my immune system.

This trend carried on well into my twenties until I was exposed to a different way of thinking. My whole strategy for dealing with my allergies changed when I got to chiropractic school.

Instead of seeing my “symptoms” as a problem, I started thinking about them for what they are. They are my body’s way of dealing with something it is not familiar with. In the Winter, we may not be exposed to proteins like grass, wheat, pollen, etc for 6 months. During that time, our immune systems can “forget” what these things are. In the Spring, when we encounter these again, our bodies recognize these proteins as foreign once again. Because of this, our brain creates the “symptoms” that you commonly recognize. Watery eyes washes the eyes clean of the proteins, runny nose gets them out of your nose. Meanwhile, your immune system is using histamine to develop a strategy to deal with these innocent proteins.

This is where the problem with allergy medication begins. The histamines/leukotrienes/etc that create inflammation help the body to isolate these proteins and let the immune system go to work. All of the allergy medications are designed to stop what your body is doing to deal with the allergens. This is because the “symptoms” are uncomfortable.

My allergies have NEVER been better than when I stopped taking all allergy medication more than two years ago.

What do I do now? Of course I use regular chiropractic care to remove stress from my nervous system. In the Spring, I may have a week or two of “allergy symptoms,” but I know that before long my body will adapt and these will disappear. I also eat a clean, whole food diet to minimize systemic inflammation. My paradigm shift on what allergy symptoms are was a big boost to the mental aspect of the situation as well. How liberating it is to not wake up and be dependent on medication to feel well.

In health,

Dr. Joel Ardner

Why do young girls tear their ACL?

We do physical therapy in our office.

We also work directly with a local high school, supplying their athletic trainer.

One of the common trends we see (and the literature agrees with) is that young females tear their ACL more than any other group of people.

Let’s look at why this might be. As it turns out, WHY girls tend to tear their ACL a lot more than boys becomes the primary focus of how we rehabilitate torn ACL and what we preach in terms of prevention.

In basic terms, females tear their ACL because they cannot control their knee effectively during movements. This should be obvious when just considering what a ligament is and why it is there. A ligament is a passive structure intended to be a “last-ditch” support in the event that the knee muscles fail to keep the knee stable.

Now there are two schools of thought on this. Either you think that it was just a freak accident and there was nothing the athlete could have done, or you see that there was a lack of control that can be addressed and corrected.

Which one of these schools of thought is correct can be solved by looking at how the vast majority of ACL injuries happen. The vast majority are non-contact injuries. This means that no one hit the knee or ran into another player, it was simply a matter of losing control.

We have methods of analyzing and correcting movement which will drastically reduce a person’s odds of having an ACL injury or a re-injury. Any therapy team will be able to get your range of motion back, but our therapy team takes the next step of addressing why you injured it and correcting the real problem.

In health,

Dr. Joel Ardner

Optimal Health Potential

We use this term in the office to describe the goal of chiropractic care.

As we’ve discussed, chiropractic care is not about pain or symptoms, but more about achieving a higher potential for health. As our nervous system controls all body functions, the key to our health potential lies in this system.

In the office we examine how stress has affected the nervous system and use chiropractic adjustments to make changes and hopefully improvements. When the nervous system functions at a higher level, your potential for health increases as your body becomes more resilient to the stresses in your environment.

Of course, stresses can still be more than our body can adapt to. Getting hit by a fast moving bus will likely be more of a physical stress than our bones and soft tissues can handle. Drinking a few gallons of gasoline will probably be too high a chemical stress for our liver, kidneys, and other organs to process and eliminate.

Combining proactive chiropractic care with healthy lifestyle choices is going to give you the best chance of staying healthy and thriving.

In health,

Dr. Joel Ardner

Training = Rehab??

That is correct.

Training is the same thing as rehab, and rehab should be mainly training. This is how it happens in our physical therapy clinic. If you have seen any of our videos or been in our office, you’ll see most of our therapy patients lifting kettlebells or doing squats and core stability exercises. It looks like they are exercising!

You see, your body is going to fix the actual tissue damage (if there is any) by itself. We’ve discussed this plenty and you know that your body is the only thing that actually heals damaged tissue. So then what are we rehabbing??

In our office, we look for the cause behind your problem; WHY you developed the issue in the first place. For the vast majority of cases that we see, the problem is a lack of motor control (the ability to control how your body moves). Therefore, the prescription becomes training you to move in a manner which will protect your joints and other passive tissues.

After we have properly trained you to control your movement, the responsibility then becomes yours to build strength on the movement we improved. This will probably look very similar to what you did during your rehab, only you will progressively add more weight to the movements.

This is one of the reasons why so many people prefer our rehab approach at Fabrizio’s. We limit the pampering. We limit passive treatments that make you feel good, but don’t do much to help the cause of the problem in the long run.

Come experience the difference.

In Health,

Dr. Joel Ardner

(Credit to Charlie Weingroff for the ideas presented in this article)

Do I Need a Chiropractor If I Don’t Have Back Pain?


No one needs a chiropractor.

However, everyone that has a spine and is alive could benefit from seeing a chiropractor on a regular basis. This is because chiropractors make adjustments to the nervous system which helps the body adapt to stress.

Stress is the root cause of all disease and disorders. Stress comes in three forms: physical, chemical, and mental/emotional. This could be anything from physical injuries to air pollutants or an abusive relationship. When these stresses are more than the nervous system (brain) can adapt to, dysfunction occurs and disease develops.

How this stress manifests in the physical body is different for every person (probably influenced by their genetics and what the stressor is). Some people get back and neck pain, others get inflammatory bowel, some others will wind up with anxiety/depression.

Medicine is not effective because it only treats the symptoms that come about from a body that is trying to cope with stress (and it is itself a chemical stress that the body must metabolize and eliminate). Chiropractic adjustments treat the physical manifestations on the nervous system which prevent the body from fixing its own problems.

Chiropractors should also advise on methods to reduce and manage stress outside of the office.

Let’s get started on building healthier families. We will become less reliant on others for our collective health.

In Health,

Dr. Joel Ardner


Can Chiropractic Cure My Asthma?


Chiropractic does not cure anything. Healing comes from within and it happens no other way. Only your body can fix its problems.

Chiropractic can help because its intent is to correct the manifestations that stress has on your nervous system. A stressed nervous system does not fix its problems as efficiently. Therefore, many people have claimed to have been cured from this or that disorder by a chiropractor. The only explanation is that the patient (and maybe the chiropractor) do not understand how it works.

I treat many people with asthma, and many of them report improvements in their symptoms and less reliance on medication, which is a win for everyone.

I also encourage my patients to find what is stressing their nervous system and their condition in their every day environment.

Limit stress in your environment and have the physical manifestations of stress adjusted by a chiropractor.

In Health,

Dr. Joel Ardner