December 2014

7 Tips for more successful New Year’s resolutions

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Today I’d like to share some of my tips for making better New Year’s resolutions:

1. Keep it simple. Rather than making a series of resolutions that you won’t keep, make 1 or 2 (preferably just one) that you can focus on.

2. Be original. Don’t feel you have to copy the resolutions of others. Select something that is important and specific to you.

3. Understand your “why.” A crucial part of any goal is your reason for wanting to achieve it. The more specific you are and the more often you think of those reasons, the more likely you’ll be to succeed.

4. Write your goal(s) down. Statistically any goal that is written down has a far greater chance of success than those that are not.

5. Create action steps. Once you’ve set a general goal it is important to have a series of action steps in place to achieve that goal. For example, if weight loss is your goal than your action steps may involve making it to the gym a certain number of times each week, eating more of a certain healthy food or eating/drinking less of certain unhealthy food on a daily basis.

6. Tell others about your goals. Making others aware of your goals is a good way to keep yourself more accountable. You’ll be far less likely to quit when people are regularly inquiring about your progress.

7. Reward yourself. Resolutions should not be punishment, as you start to make progress it’s okto reward your hard work. For example, when I help people with nutrition I often tell them that if they eat healthy throughout the week it’s alright to indulge in 1-2 bad meals as a reward. Creating incentives like this leads to greater success.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information and regular updates please find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center).

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7 Myths about pain I hear daily

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As a chiropractor I deal with pain on a daily basis. Today I’d like to dispel some of the most common myths I hear from patients regarding pain.

Myth #1: Pain happens because of age. While we certainly heal faster and recover quicker at a younger age, your body does not produce pain in response to your latest birthday milestone.

Myth #2: Pain can has to be either nerve, muscular OR bone related (structural). Your spine protects the nerves that power all of your muscles. In other words, these 3 components are all in such close proximity that what affects one will usually affect the others.

Myth #3: Soreness is the same as pain. Soreness is a sign you’ve placed new or greater stresses upon your body and the effects are usually short lived (1-2 days). For example, returning to physical activity after a long layoff often produces soreness. Pain on the other hand could be something such as a muscle spasm that takes your breath away or a shooting pain down your arm or leg. Unlike soreness, pain will usually cause problems with your activities of daily life and will not usually go away quickly.

Myth #4: If you’re pain-free, you’re healthy. Pain is a symptom, and symptoms are messages from your body that something is amiss. The problem is that symptoms often take months or years to finally present themselves. For example, the first outward symptom of heart disease is often an actual heart attack. Therefore, the absence of pain unfortunately is not a reliable indicator of your overall health.

Myth #5: Only “serious” injuries cause pain. Injuries such as broken bones or diseases like cancer can obviously cause pain, however the amount of pain felt is not proportional to the severity of your condition. In fact, the patients I often encounter in the most severe pain are usually suffering from basic musculoskeletal issues.

Myth #6: You just have to live with pain. In nearly every case, (with proper treatment) there is something that can be done to at least minimize the amount of pain a person is in. Over the years I’ve had many patients that believed they’d have to suffer for life become pain-free, sometimes even after a single visit!

Myth #7: Only wimps go to a doctor for pain. It’s not necessary to get in a car and drive to a medical facility anytime you don’t feel completely 100%. However, there’s no shame in enlisting the help of a specialist to help you correct an issue. I regularly encounter patients that “sucked it up”, continued living in pain and avoided seeing a doctor for years (probably all while driving their friends and family crazy). Without exception, once these people start receiving the appropriate care they all tell me “I wish I’d just come in sooner.”

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please browse our website, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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