August 2014

Are you playing OFFENSE or DEFENSE?

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In honor of the return of my favorite sport, football I am posing the question – are you playing offense or defense with your health?

Offense starts with a definable goal and every action is intended to lead toward the fulfillment of that goal. In terms of health, offense means being proactive. Defense by nature is more reactive. Being defensive with your health usually means waiting for things (usually bad) to happen before taking action. When it comes to health, NOTHING beats a great offense. Below are some of my favorite tips for building a great health offense:

· Regular exercise – if you don’t move it, you lose it
· Healthy nutrition – 80% or more of the time you should be eating healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins and avoiding heavily processed foods and toxic ingredients
· Drink more water and less soda, juice, sugary drinks, alcohol and coffee
· Be more active – get outside to walk, hike or pursue activities that get you moving more
· Get enough sleep – make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours of restful sleep per night
· Spend time with people that motivate you, inspire you and make you happy – your personality is a combination of the 5 people you associate with most often so choose wisely
· Make time for yourself – time to decompress is crucial even if it’s not long
· Pursue only things that seek to build your confidence and eliminate those that don’t – this applies to people, activities, what you read and much more
· Think more positively – try not to dwell on mistakes, complain or focus on potentially negative outcomes
· Seek regular preventative/maintenance checkups to specialists such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and massage therapists – a little prevention helps everyone!

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

Matt KenneyAre you playing OFFENSE or DEFENSE?
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Are you playing OFFENSE or DEFENSE?

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In honor of the return of my favorite sport, football I am posing the question – are you playing offense or defense with your health?

Offense starts with a definable goal and every action is intended to lead toward the fulfillment of that goal. In terms of health, offense means being proactive. Defense by nature is more reactive. Being defensive with your health usually means waiting for things (usually bad) to happen before taking action. When it comes to health, NOTHING beats a great offense. Below are some of my favorite tips for building a great health offense:

· Regular exercise – if you don’t move it, you lose it
· Healthy nutrition – 80% or more of the time you should be eating healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins and avoiding heavily processed foods and toxic ingredients
· Drink more water and less soda, juice, sugary drinks, alcohol and coffee
· Be more active – get outside to walk, hike or pursue activities that get you moving more
· Get enough sleep – make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours of restful sleep per night
· Spend time with people that motivate you, inspire you and make you happy – your personality is a combination of the 5 people you associate with most often so choose wisely
· Make time for yourself – time to decompress is crucial even if it’s not long
· Pursue only things that seek to build your confidence and eliminate those that don’t – this applies to people, activities, what you read and much more
· Think more positively – try not to dwell on mistakes, complain or focus on potentially negative outcomes
· Seek regular preventative/maintenance checkups to specialists such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths and massage therapists – a little prevention helps everyone!

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

Matt KenneyAre you playing OFFENSE or DEFENSE?
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Is your body giving you these 5 warning signs?

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Listening to your body is an important part of achieving great overall health. Below are 5 signs that your body may be prompting you to make a change in order to rebuild your health:

1. You feel less energetic/depressed/moody. There are various reasons this can be the case but my personal belief is that your body has its own inherent energy and if it is not directed properly your body will suffer. Moping around and being sedentary are prime examples of this. The Fix: Challenge yourself physically and mentally. Perform any type of exercise that leaves you exhausted and you’ll lose that moody or depressed feeling. Mentally, learn to judge your thoughts as they occur. If you notice they’re negative or dwelling on the past then focus on something positive and more in the present.

2. Your clothes are fitting tighter in the wrong places. If you’re noticing it’s more difficult getting into the same clothes that fit you in the not-so-distant past than your body is telling you it’s time to make some changes. The Fix: Start with exercise but understand that no form of activity can outdo a poor diet. For nutrition, change your diet by adding in more fruits, veggies, and healthy proteins (lean meats, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, etc.), as well as drinking more water and less soda/coffee/alcohol. Do this for even 2 weeks and you’ll notice a difference.

3. Your mind feels cluttered. The most common symptoms of a cluttered mind is beginning a task, losing focus, and starting on something else until you realize nothing is getting finished or completed properly. The Fix: Start by evaluating your home and work spaces. Do you have things everywhere? If your environment is messy than believe it or not it will spread to your mind. De-clutter your office or any areas in your home that give you an uneasy feeling when you walk into the room and you’ll take a quick step toward clearer and more productive thinking.

4. You complain a lot. Complaining is often a sign of unhappiness and insecurity about how to proceed. Ultimately it’s unproductive and probably very annoying to your friends and family. The Fix: Add more fun/fulfilling things into your life and you’ll immediately start complaining less. Also, come up with action steps to solve a problem rather than just criticizing and you’ll feel much better.

5. Poor posture. Bad posture can lead to problems or it can be a sign of an existing issue. Sometimes your spine is damaged or out of place causing you to lean or contort in a certain way to avoid pain. The Fix: See a chiropractor! I start all of my exams with a postural check of the patient and they are amazed at how much information I can infer just from watching them stand in place. Usually after a single adjustment patients will come back to me and remark that they are standing straighter, less lopsided and no longer hunching over.

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Exercise tips you should start today

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Before becoming a chiropractor, I enjoyed working as a personal trainer and helping people meet their fitness goals. That’s why when patients seek my advice on this topic I’m always happy to help. Here are some of my favorite tips:

1. You absolutely DO have time to exercise! Unless you’re constantly surrounded by a secret service detail, you have time to do some form of exercise. For example, you could choose to do squats, sit ups and pushups, performing 10 repetitions of each before moving onto the next exercise. Do that continuously for 8-10 minutes and you’ve just found time for exercise without any equipment or even leaving the room.

2. The best places to workout are the ones you’ll actually go to. Selecting a gym, running club or yoga studio is like picking real estate – location is crucial! Choose a place near your home or office because if you can’t get there conveniently, you won’t go.

3. Vary your workouts. For your body or level of fitness to improve you need to keep it guessing. Switch up your exercises, change the order in which you perform them, vary your running/cycling speeds or distances or any number of other factors to keep your body progressing.

4. You should be doing weight bearing exercises. This form of exercise raises your metabolism more than any other activity, protects you against injury, strengthens your bones and keeps those clothes fitting how you’d like.

5. Try to include a cardiovascular exercise. Remember, your heart is a muscle too! Running, biking, hiking, walking or any number of other activities will help you strengthen your cardiovascular system to keep your body healthy.

6. Workout with a friend. Exercising together is a great way to stay motivated and keep one another accountable. Glance around the gym and you’ll notice the co-workers who are there together usually stay longer. As another example, many of my patients have joined running, cycling or yoga Meetup groups so that they can enjoy their activities with others.

7. If you’re in pain your first step should be to get out of pain. There is a difference between having sore muscles after a workout and being in pain. Before you hurt yourself worse it’s best to consult a professional to help you alleviate your pain and enable you to exercise effectively. That may sound like a shameless plug for chiropractic care and that’s because it is.

For more information or appointments please find us online at www.NewBodyChiro.com, on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness) or contact us at (303) 347-9906.

 

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Honest answers to 3 common chiropractic questions

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For every business it is crucial to understand the needs and wants of the customer and at New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center we take the feedback of our patients very seriously. This is why we have created the easiest, hassle free way to see a chiropractor. Below are some of the most praised features according to our patients:

1. We DO accept insurance. Many chiropractic offices are unable to accept insurance which deters potential patients. Our clinic is part of an integrated health network which means we are in-network providers with ALL major medical insurances. That also means our patients with insurance are able to enjoy services such as massage, acupuncture and physical therapy modalities along with their chiropractic care… usually for only the cost of their co-pay!

2. We are affordable for those without insurance. These days not everyone has insurance and for these patients we offer affordable packages and payment plans to ensure they get the care they need.

3. Immediate Service. We understand that your time is important, especially when you are in pain. Same day appointments, walk-ins and no wait times are ways we are helping our patients and respecting their time.

4. State of the art facilities. We are proud to offer a completely modern facility with cutting edge technologies such as digital x-ray, surface EMG nerve testing, disc decompression therapy and cold laser therapy.

5. Excellent quality of care. Our treatments are painless and we have a variety of techniques to serve any preference.

6. No high pressure sales! Some chiropractors will recommend months or years of care without listening to the concerns of the patient. Our policy is to evaluate you thoroughly, explain your condition (severity, long terms concerns if any, etc) and then let you decide on your course of care. Every patient has different goals and we’re happy to be a part of that process whether that means a single visit or ongoing preventative care.

To learn more or schedule an appointment please visit us online at www.NewBodyChiro.com or on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call us directly at (303) 347-9906.

Honest answers to 3 common chiropractic questions

Due to years of misinformation some people today are still anxious at the idea of visiting a chiropractor. Here are three of the most common questions that potential patients want to know before making that first step towards chiropractic care.

1. Does it hurt? Thankfully chiropractic adjustments do not hurt. That being said, I completely understand when people are nervous about receiving chiropractic care. All of us have been to medical doctors and thus we know what to expect. However, anyone who has not visited a chiropractor might fear the unknown. The reality is that the treatments I provide are both painless and effective. In addition, there are many different techniques to accommodate any patient’s preferences.

2. Will I need chiropractic care forever? The answer here is no. I provide a thorough patient evaluation, explain the level of severity for their condition, and provide recommendations. I also take the time to listen to their goals. Sometimes people are interested in short term pain relief and sometimes they’re interested in ongoing preventative care along the lines of regular dental checkups. My patients are free to do what they feel is best for them and I do not pressure anyone to receive anymore care than they want.

3. Do you work with medical doctors? I personally enjoy working with medical doctors regularly. My belief is that helping the patient is the ultimate goal and sometimes that takes a team effort. I regularly refer patients to orthopedists, neurologists, acupuncturists and other health care specialists. I also receive many referrals from these same professionals. Some doctors allow ego or misinformation to prevent them from working with others but I have always been happy to work with them and my patients continue to benefit as a result.

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

Matt KenneyHonest answers to 3 common chiropractic questions
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5 Lessons I teach my children about health

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In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to share some of the lessons that I teach to my young sons about their health both through my words and by example. The great thing about these lessons is that we’re never too old to start using them.

1. Good food is extremely important. My boys regularly enjoy fruits, vegetables, healthy grains and meats and remain energetic even while consistently active. It’s vital that we all learn how good our bodies can feel when properly fueled. As my kids like to say “healthy food gives you power!”

2. Certain foods should be avoided whenever possible. Even at a young age kids can learn the basics of nutrition and reading labels. Specifically, to avoid hydrogenated oils, artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup and other artificial ingredients that have been well documented as having a negative impact on health. Sometimes as important as what we eat, is what we don’t.

3. Exercise is vital for all of us. As kids we love to run around, try different sports and have fun while being active. As we get older and have more “things” to do, we tend to have less time for activities and may even dread exercise, causing an obvious decline in health. I encourage the boys to stay active and impress upon them that this is something that should be done throughout their lifetime. There is a sense of pride in crossing the finish line of a race and I find it a great success to hear my sons ask “can we run with you too daddy?”

4. Your mind is a muscle too. Your thoughts are crucial to your health. I teach my boys to be confident in themselves, avoid negativity and to not give up. Lessons such as these help us all to hold a positive sense of self worth, respect others and motivate us to get things done without complaining or blaming others.

5. The importance of balance in our lives. No one can be “on” 100% of the time and it’s important to understand that there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy foods that aren’t super healthy or to relax in front of the TV instead of climbing a mountain. Learning this early I believe helps us all to enjoy life more.

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

Matt Kenney5 Lessons I teach my children about health
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