July 2014

4 Life lessons I’ve been taught over the past month

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Although movies and inspirational quotes can motivate many of us, there is nothing better than finding inspiration from people, interactions and events in our everyday life. Below are 4 such instances that I’ve had over the last month and what each taught me.

1. Dream big!

A new patient mentioned she had just registered for a triathlon and needed my help to feel better. I quickly learned that she has never been a runner or a great swimmer nor does she yet even own a bike. When I asked why she would sign up for this event, she told me it was because she knew it would be difficult but after accomplishing it, she’d feel great amounts of self satisfaction. This really impressed me because too often people spend their whole lives waiting to be perfect before they take a chance. There’s nothing wrong with planning ahead or being safe but once in a while it’s nice to have an event that scares and challenges you to go to a higher level. Once you complete that event or presentation or whatever it may be, you will be a stronger person with a better outlook going forward.

2. Do not be afraid to fail!

We all live within a comfort zone to some degree and straying outside of it frightens us. A few weeks ago I climbed The Incline here in Colorado which I like to do regularly. It’s a 2000 foot vertical climb in under a mile along old railroad tracks that act as steps….2,700 steps! This is a challenging workout for anyone but near the top with maybe a 1/4 mile to go I saw a woman essentially on all fours trying to crawl the last bit of the mountain. I was impressed because the woman didn’t seem afraid of what people would think; she just seemed intent on finishing. Putting yourself out there and not being afraid to fail at something is a powerful tool to lead any one of us to a greater level of success in our lives.

3. Don’t quit!

A couple weeks ago I ran a half marathon which challenged me as a distance runner but I tried to push myself as hard as I could. Around mile 8 I noticed a certain competitor was consistently a short distance ahead of me and I was doing my best to keep pace. When the finish line was within in sight, I pulled within about 100 feet and then the other runner just stopped out of nowhere. A short time later, that same runner crossed the finish line very upset and kept saying to family and friends “I was doing so well, why did I stop? Why did I quit?” My belief is that we all reach points in life where we’re tired or want to give up and giving in seems like a great idea in the moment. However, in the end this always makes us feel worse. It’s far better and more satisfying to see our goals and intentions through until the end.

4. Take care of yourself…now!

Through my job as a chiropractor I speak with many people that have reached a crisis point with their health and are regretting the decisions they’ve made. I had several such conversations with people over the last month. Health is fragile and ultimately more important than anything else. Therefore, you need to take steps now to protect it both in the short and long terms. The people I know that are in great health all utilize similar strategies: eating healthy, exercising regularly, having a better outlook on life and having regular holistic care such as chiropractic, acupuncture and/or massage in addition to traditional medical checkups. Collectively, all of these proven strategies work very effectively. Focusing on these areas now will help you avoid the regrets of so many, while maintaining a healthier and happy life.

For more information or appointments visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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6 Nutrition Tips you should start today

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 by Dr Matt Kenny,

Consistent exercise and eating healthy have been passions of mine since my early 20’s. I continue to learn new and better ways to help people improve their health and nutrition. These nutritional tips can be quickly adapted and have proven to help patients over the years:

  1. Read the labels. Every year, more foods are loaded with chemicals, preservatives and unhealthy ingredients. If you read a label and don’t recognize it, neither will your body. As an example, when selecting a peanut butter choose one that has only peanuts as the ingredient (and salt if you like it). It’s not a complicated recipe, if you see that your peanut butter contains hydrogenated oils, sugar or anything else than discard it.
  1. Beware of bad beverages. An extremely common culprit for weight gain and poor health are drinks with high amounts of sugar. Soda, energy drinks and even fruit juice provide large amounts of sugar and calories. Stick to water, seltzer, teas and other natural beverages and watch what you put into your coffee. Also keep in mind that alcohol brings your body’s metabolism to a halt and thus should be limited as well.
  1. Avoid artificial sweeteners. When your body is exposed to a toxin it creates a fat cell to surround it and then stores it as far from the vital organs as possible (often in the hips, butt and thighs). Artificial sweeteners such as Sweet N Low (saccharine), Equal (aspartame), Splenda (sucralose) and acesulfame-K are common artificial sweeteners and though we often want to avoid sugar, these are not the answer. Not only do they actually CAUSE weight gain but come with a variety of neurological issues as well. I encourage you to Google these products and learn more, you won’t be happy. I myself used these products for many years until I learned about them in greater detail.
  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables. For optimum health it is recommended that we eat between 7-13 serving of fruits and vegetables a day, the average American gets 1-2! This is problematic because so much of defense against cancer and other disease, not to mention the proper function of our bodies comes from the phytonutrients found in fruits and veggies. I recommend beginning to add more raw fruits and vegetables overall and definitely try to have at least 1 serving with each meal (a serving is about the size of your fist). For convenience you can also use products such as Juice Plus or green drinks that provide multiple fruit and vegetable servings instantly.
  1. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Foods that have an expiration date are best for us. The next time you go to your grocery store target the foods that are located around the outside areas of the store instead of the inside aisles. If you focus on shopping the perimeter you’ll end up eating more produce, meats, dairy, nuts and seeds as opposed to boxed or canned foods loaded with sugar, preservatives and artificial ingredients.
  1. Learn to prepare 8-10 healthy meals. We are creatures of habit and thus when it comes to the foods we eat we often consume the same things repeatedly. If you can learn to prepare 8-10 healthy meals for yourself you will find that you’ll be able to eat well without getting bored.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit www.newbodychiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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4 Ways to help your child

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by Dr Matt Kenny,

Many parents ask if chiropractic can help their children. As a father of 2 young boys I can tell you that the answer is a resounding yes. As a guest speaker I recently shared some of the frequent reasons parents bring children in for chiropractic care. Today I’ll share some of my favorite success stories regarding some of those conditions.

  •  Repeated ear infections/avoiding ear tubes. Though I’ve helped with this many times, the most memorable was a friend whose son was scheduled for ear tubes in a week. He was only a year old and already had 5 ear infections in 6 months and the fluid build-up in his ears was now chronic. I explained that I may be able to help although my friend was skeptical. I adjusted the child using a painless, gentle technique to the upper part of the spine for 3 consecutive days. When the doctors saw him later in the week to input the ear tubes the child was sent home because his “ears were fluid-free and perfect”. This is still the case today and he’s had no more ear infections.
  • Asthma/breathing difficulties. My experience with children who have asthma and receive chiropractic care to the upper to mid back is that it allows for better breathing and improved pulmonic function[1]which often leads to a reduction in medication. A child was under my care for asthma so severe that he could no longer play outside at recess. After two adjustments he was once again running and playing with his friends and after a month of chiropractic his physician reduced his medications.
  • Allergies. Allergies include both seasonal and food and I have experience with both. These can be helped by removing spinal pressure and essentially providing more efficient defenses. One of my patients was a 3 year old boy that was only able to eat three foods without breaking out in severe rashes. After a month of care he was up to 30 foods and within another month was eating an almost completely regular diet. He came to my office one day and told me with excitement and pride how great it was that he was able to eat a cupcake at a birthday party with his friends.
  •  Colic. Colic is a spasm of the intestinal muscles that typically causes infants to scream seemingly endlessly and breakdown the cognitive health of sleep deprived parents after a day or two. For the first three weeks of his life, my son was quite a happy baby. One morning while I was away at a conference he began screaming and didn’t stop for almost 24 hours until I returned the next day. To treat him, I placed him on his belly and with the pressure of a single finger adjusted a vertebra in his lower back. The second I did so he stopped crying and the colic never returned.

For many parents a stop at the chiropractor is not automatically on their list for improving pediatric health. Whether because they don’t understand how it helps children or due to concerns that it may be painful or dangerous, the reality is that with painless and gentle techniques children are able to benefit from chiropractic just as adults do. I’ve seen this with my own children and with the hundreds of children I’ve been entrusted to care for throughout my career.

For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, visit us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

[1]Pulmonic function is measured by a medical doctor

 

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Can my doctor really help me?

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by Dr Matt Kenny,

“I have this pain in my (insert body part or area); can you fix that for me?” As a chiropractor this is the most common question that I hear.

Whether at a wedding, sporting event or birthday party, typically people are very open about sharing their health history and seeking advice. The truth is that Chiropractic is extremely successful with helping to resolve a variety of pain issues but without knowing a person’s health history and performing an examination and diagnostic testing (if necessary) I cannot say for certain if I can help someone. That’s why I’ve developed an effective 3-tiered system for evaluating patients when they first come to my office so that by the time they leave they are aware of exactly what is going on with their body and how I can help.

First, I begin by having patients answer a series of questions about how they’re feeling, past injuries or surgeries and their health in general. This creates an initial outline of what is going on with that particular patient. Next, I perform a thorough examination. I like to check ranges of motion and posture, feel the spine and muscles and perform baseline orthopedic and neurological testing. This takes that initial outline and further focuses in on the cause of the problem. Third, I perform diagnostic testing. In my office I offer non-invasive, computerized nerve testing as well as digital x-rays (though not every patient requires both). Both technologies are cutting edge and allow me to receive the results immediately. I combine these findings with the history and exam to clearly (and simply) explain to the patient exactly what is going on with their body, whether I feel chiropractic can help and if so, the specific treatments that I can provide to benefit them most.

After explaining my findings to the patient and answering questions I like to begin immediately treating the patient, unlike many other chiropractors. The majority of the patients I see are in great pain and after such a thorough evaluation I think it’s better to help them right away. When I bring my car to a mechanic I expect that it will be evaluated and fixed quickly so I extend that same principle to my patients. After the initial treatment most patients have a follow up appointment within the week to determine how much progress they have made and to create a plan to help them attain their individual health goals.

For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit our website at www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook at New Body Chiropractic and Wellness Center or call (303) 347-9906.

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10 Tips for better overall health

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I’m regularly asked by patients for health tips that work for me. The majority of my recommendations involve ways to care for ourselves physically, nutritionally and mentally. Here, in no particular order are some of my favorites:

1. Exercise at least 3 times a week. Regardless of your schedule, you have the time.

2. Get more active. Overall try to do more physical things like running, walking, hiking or even just working outside. Before settling into a full day on the couch to relax, get out and do something because you’ll feel much better.

3. Implement posture “check points”. Most of us slouch while we work at computers, drive our cars, and sit or stand for longer periods of time. Train yourself to check your posture every so often. I used to slouch badly while driving and over time trained myself to sit up straighter anytime I came to a stoplight or stop sign.

4. Eliminate as many processed foods as you can. If it comes in a box and has ingredients you couldn’t understand with a Google search, you’ll want to avoid it.

5. Eat more foods WITH an expiration date. Following along with #4, try to increase fruits, vegetables, healthy meats and more. Foods that spoil quickly do so for a reason, they’re fresh and better for you!

6. Drink better beverages. Our country has an epidemic of unhealthy drinks from alcohol to soda to energy drinks. There’s too much material to cover in a sentence but my advice is to focus on drinking more water and far less coffee, alcohol, sugary or artificially sweetened drinks.

7. Set specific goals. Whether it’s a to-do list for the day, financial goals for the year or signing up for a race in 3 months, your results are always better when you set goals. Once you have the ultimate goal in mind it becomes much easier to plan small action steps to achieve it.

8. Stop complaining. I have yet to read a biography about a person that complained their way to the top. People that do well in any field or task are those that problem solve, take responsibility and overcome obstacles.

9. Be diverse. We all have several roles to play – spouse, parent, employee, etc, etc. The most interesting people are those that don’t paint themselves into one corner. Personally I love my work but make time for play, I enjoy my 2 sons but also like spending time with friends, love physically demanding exercise but enjoy reading and relaxing too. The bottom line is that it’s good to wear a variety of hats proudly and not let your life just become about one thing.

10. Use the help of experts. As a chiropractor, I help people alleviate their pain and improve their health by ensuring their nerves are working properly. Other recommendations I make to my patients (depending on their needs) include seeing acupuncturists, massage therapists, personal trainers, psychologists and other health specialists.

For more information visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic and Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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Lasting relief for commonly misdiagnosed problems

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As a chiropractor most people associate me with fixing things like neck and back pain, headaches and sciatica. However, today I’d like to share a brief list of conditions encountered regularly that I have great success correcting.

  1. Foot and ankle pain. Consider the amount of time we spend on our feet each day and the stress that is placed on our ankles. Due to this persistent stress, the ankle can often become misaligned. Between our 2 leg bones is a square bone called the talus and whether caused by high heels, running or gradual wear and tear, this bone is jammed upward causing normal foot motion to suffer and a “burning” pain in the foot. Patients that have been treated for ankle misalignment may have been misdiagnosed with plantar fasciitis or similar problems. After only a single ankle adjustment, patients will walk out of my office free of the foot pain that they’d had for years.
  1. Difficulty breathing and/or burning mid-back pain. Poor posture, repetitive motions, sleeping position and other common activities can cause 1 or more of your rib heads (the portions that articulate with your spine or with your sternum) to move slightly out of place. Symptoms of this common misalignment include an oval-shaped area of muscular tension sensitive to light touch and difficulty when trying to take a full deep breath. Often, these symptoms are misdiagnosed as lung problems. A simple rib adjustment alleviates these symptoms instantly and patients breathe deeper than they have in a long time.
  1. Wrist pain or tingling. Most of us are familiar with carpal tunnel syndrome and its associated wrist pain. However, the symptom of wrist pain or tingling does not mean you definitely have carpal tunnel syndrome. The nerve involved with this portion of the wrist actually begins in your lower neck before traveling downward to innervate your fingers and hand. My approach is to find where the nerve is becoming blocked – at the wrist, the neck or both. Adjusting one or both of these areas usually frees up the nerve significantly and decreases (or cures) the symptom. I also like to use a “cold laser” which is a side effect-free treatment that adds energy to ligaments, muscles and nerves resulting in greater nerve strength and less inflammation. These methods continue to allow me to help those with serious wrist pain and/or tingling.

For more information or to schedule an appointment or consultation please feel free to go to NewBodyChiro.com, “like” New Body Chiropractic and Wellness Center on Facebook or contact us at (303) 347-9906.

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5 Posture pitfalls you’ll want to avoid

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Let’s face it; we all want to look good. Much like our clothing, our posture can either enhance or detract from our overall presentation. Good posture also helps our spine whereas bad posture can harm it. Since posture is something I’m asked about constantly, here are some tips:

  1. Keep your head up. Walking with your head down, staring at your computer screen for hours and/or playing a quick 45 minutes of Candy Crush on your iPad are only a few examples of poor neck posture. Try to keep your head in a neutral position (not back or forward) so that you don’t apply stress to your neck.
  2. Don’t slouch while driving. Unless you’re Jay-Z and filming your latest video there’s no need to lean dramatically to 1 side. Keep both cheeks on your seat and both shoulders gently resting behind you to avoid poor posture while you’re driving.
  3. Don’t slouch. Women especially, tell me how scared they are to “get that humpback thing my grandmother had”. Slouching forward day after day is the quickest way for you to develop that same humpback. Instead, bring your breastbone up which will draw your shoulders back into a neutral position and improve your posture.
  4. Improve work ergonomics. Most employers aren’t worrying if your work station is helping your spine. However, there are small things you can do to make things better for yourself. Set up your space to avoid repetitively turning your head, position your keyboard so that your elbows are close to a 90 degree angle and adjust your chair height so that your legs are also at a 90 degree angle with feet flat on the floor.
  5. Avoid heavy bags or backpacks. It amazes me the many items women can fit into a purse, however if the purse is too heavy than carrying it on the same shoulder over time will negatively impact posture. The same is true for computer bags and backpacks. Travel a little lighter and switch shoulders regularly to avoid putting more stress on your spine.

Poor posture leads to an unhealthy spine which carries many health consequences. In fact I see people every day suffering from problems that likely originally began from something as overlooked as poor posture. Use the tips above to improve your posture and avoid problems down the line.

For more health information or to schedule appointments please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com or “like” New Body Chiropractic and Wellness Center on Facebook.

Matt Kenney5 Posture pitfalls you’ll want to avoid
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5 Posture pitfalls you’ll want to avoid

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Let’s face it; we all want to look good. Much like our clothing, our posture can either enhance or detract from our overall presentation. Good posture also helps our spine whereas bad posture can harm it. Since posture is something I’m asked about constantly, here are some tips:

  1. Keep your head up. Walking with your head down, staring at your computer screen for hours and/or playing a quick 45 minutes of Candy Crush on your iPad are only a few examples of poor neck posture. Try to keep your head in a neutral position (not back or forward) so that you don’t apply stress to your neck.
  2. Don’t slouch while driving. Unless you’re Jay-Z and filming your latest video there’s no need to lean dramatically to 1 side. Keep both cheeks on your seat and both shoulders gently resting behind you to avoid poor posture while you’re driving.
  3. Don’t slouch. Women especially, tell me how scared they are to “get that humpback thing my grandmother had”. Slouching forward day after day is the quickest way for you to develop that same humpback. Instead, bring your breastbone up which will draw your shoulders back into a neutral position and improve your posture.
  4. Improve work ergonomics. Most employers aren’t worrying if your work station is helping your spine. However, there are small things you can do to make things better for yourself. Set up your space to avoid repetitively turning your head, position your keyboard so that your elbows are close to a 90 degree angle and adjust your chair height so that your legs are also at a 90 degree angle with feet flat on the floor.
  5. Avoid heavy bags or backpacks. It amazes me the many items women can fit into a purse, however if the purse is too heavy than carrying it on the same shoulder over time will negatively impact posture. The same is true for computer bags and backpacks. Travel a little lighter and switch shoulders regularly to avoid putting more stress on your spine.

Poor posture leads to an unhealthy spine which carries many health consequences. In fact I see people every day suffering from problems that likely originally began from something as overlooked as poor posture. Use the tips above to improve your posture and avoid problems down the line.

For more health information or to schedule appointments please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com or “like” New Body Chiropractic and Wellness Center on Facebook.

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Why aren’t your strengthening exercises helping to fight your back pain?

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by Dr Matt Kenny,

Strong muscles help protect us and allow us to live more actively. So is there ever a situation where strengthening may not be helpful for back pain? You may be surprised to know that the answer is yes!

I see new patients every week that have been struggling with chronic back pain in spite of performing regular lower back strengthening. They report often feeling worse and of course are very frustrated. The reason this occurs is not because strengthening exercises are bad but rather that there is a problem with underlying structures, the vertebrae. Thus, the back muscles surrounding the spine are getting stronger while the problem remains uncorrected.

As an analogy, take the example of a knee surgery. Would your orthopedic surgeon send you to a physical therapist to make your leg and knee stronger before the surgery? No, the doctor would first perform the surgery to fix the underlying problem and then have you strengthen your muscles around it. Many people with back pain never consider the underlying causes of their pain and instead it worsens with lower back and core strengthening.

If strengthening your back has led to more pain than it is a sign that your problem is not muscular. The problem could be as simple as a misalignment but especially if the issue is more complicated, than exercises alone aren’t enough to alleviate the pain. If you’re suffering from unresolved lower back pain in spite of your best efforts I would urge you to set up an initial appointment. We offer an internet special of $69 which includes a comprehensive initial examination, x-ray, computerized nerve test and an adjustment (if we feel chiropractic will benefit your condition) so that your problem can be diagnosed and we can start helping you.

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment you may do so online through our website (www.NewBodyChiro.com), through Facebook or by calling (303) 347-9906.

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