February 2015

The important life lesson my 8 year old can teach you…

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A few weeks ago my son was involved in a minor ski accident during which he hit his head while wearing a helmet. As a precaution for a concussion, he was kept out of activities for 1 week. Near the end of that week he told me how restless he was. Then he said “Daddy, running is my momentum. Playing is my momentum.” I had him explain what he meant and he went on to tell me that essentially those 2 things in particular made him so happy and fulfilled that all other parts of his life were better. I loved it and it got me thinking what forms of “momentum” were most important to me. Below are mine, what are yours?

· My sons. More than anything else in the world, my two sons (8 and 5 years old) motivate me. I always want to achieve more and to set a better example for them.

· Exercise. I cannot imagine life without exercise. I rely on the gym, going out for runs and hiking to keep me charged up, sharp and ready to face anything.

· Races. I love to compete and find that doing so has a carry-over effect to all aspects of my life. Races that take me well out of my comfort zone are my preference because afterwards I’m more accustomed to overcoming adversity. Stretching my boundaries physically makes me far stronger mentally.

· Reading. I read a ton. I find great motivation from different types of books but my favorites are biographies and autobiographies, especially of people that have endured a great deal. A few of my favorites include: Warrior Elite, Unbroken, Lone Survivor, Man’s Search for Meaning and Spartan Up.

· Personal Relationships. From my girlfriend to my oldest friends to my business associates; I’m always motivated by those around me. As people we are a reflection of those we most often associate with. I’m proud to say mine continue to lead me into great directions.

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

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8 Most common reasons patients need my help

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As a chiropractor, I’m often asked by friends and acquaintances what initially prompts patients to come see me. Today I’ll share some of the most common.

· Pain and symptom relief. This is generally the most common reason patients initially come to see me. A thorough evaluation helps to identify problems caused by the spine which then can be fixed by a good chiropractor.

· Reducing reliance on pain medication. There is no doubt that medication has an important place in our medical system. However, many people come to me frustrated at their reliance upon over the counter or prescription medications to feel better throughout the day. Many of my patients are people seeking out a natural way eliminate or reduce their use of pain medications.

· Improving motion. When I meet with a patient for the first time they often tell me they feel older than they are or that they move like the tin man. In many cases the causes of this are spinal issues that I can correct.

· Preventing arthritis or slowing the progression of arthritis. Just like your teeth can get decay, so too can your spine. Spinal decay is known as arthritis and is caused by lack of joint motion and incorrect positioning of your spine. Regular checkups can help prevent arthritis (if not yet present) or prevent it from getting worse (if already present).

· Pregnancy. As the body changes during pregnancy it places great stress on the spine. By re-aligning the spine I’m able to help alleviate a great deal of pregnancy-related discomfort. Trust me when I tell you, no group of my patients are happier with the relief chiropractic provides more than pregnant women!

· Healthier children. Some are surprised to know that pediatrics is a large part of my patient base. Parents trust me to care for their children for reasons ranging from ear infections and colic to general wellness. Having cared for so many children over the years (including my own) I can say first hand that regular chiropractic checkups for children make an enormous, positive impact upon health and development.

· Improved athletic performance. Nearly every professional team has a chiropractor on staff. The reason is that with a properly functioning musculoskeletal system athletes are able to perform better, recover quicker and more effectively prevent injuries. I continue to help athletes across a variety of sports by addressing sport-specific issues of their spines and extremities.

· Better overall health. Your nervous system controls your entire body and a large portion of that nerve system is protected by your spine. Therefore, you may be surprised to learn that keeping your spine healthy actually helps improve overall health. I cannot tell you how many thousands of times I have helped a patient with their spine that has in turn produced an immediate and dramatic improvement in some aspect of health they were not expecting.

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

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Still experiencing soreness? Here’s why…

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I’m regularly asked by my patients and friends “why am I sore all the time?”. Below are some of the most common reasons and how to improve them.

1. Lack of sleep. Healing and rebuilding muscle tissue occurs in large part while you sleep. As adults, we need on average about 7-9 hours of sleep per night to allow for the proper secretion of hormones to repair our bodies.

2. Deficiency of nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies are akin to trying to drive a car without gas. Common nutrients that lead to soreness when deficient include calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and B vitamins. To help prevent this I recommend eating more foods rich in minerals (green vegetables for example)and supplementing with whole food supplements when necessary.

3. Inflammatory foods. Inflammation causes pain and sadly much of what Americans consume most regularly is very inflammatory to their bodies. Foods that are processed, packaged, high in sugar or contain trans fats are examples of this. Eating more whole foods, fruits, vegetables and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids is a great way to fight inflammation. Supplementing with fish oil or flax seed oils is also helpful.

4. Adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands (stress glands) produce over 50 hormones that help your body handle stress, both physical and mental. Continued adrenal fatigue depletes B vitamins that fuel your nerves leading to prolonged muscle soreness. Reducing caffeine and processed sugar intake as well as managing your mental stress better are great ways to reduce adrenal fatigue and help your muscles recover easier.

5. Over-training. Intense exercise naturally causes soreness. However, if you are training without proper rest you may find that you are sore even while you exercise. This often indicates that you’re training too much and that your muscles aren’t adequately recovering. I have been guilty of this with my training and I’ve found the best way to fight it is to regularly alter the intensity, frequency and amount of exercise that you do.

6. Under-training. The body gets sore in response to stress being applied to the body. If you don’t exercise regularly, the chances are high that you are out of shape and thus anytime you do physical activity you will get sore. Regularly exercising helps your body adapt to physical stress more effectively and as your muscles develop better strength and endurance you will get sore less frequently.

7. Spinal involvement. As a chiropractor I see this on a daily basis. Your spine consists of movable vertebrae that protect your spinal cord as well as the nerve roots that leave from the spinal cord to power the different parts of your body including muscles. If your spine loses its proper alignment (from poor posture, too much sitting, too long staring into a computer screen, falls, sports, etc) than the nerves will become irritated and lose some of their power going into the muscles. Re-aligning the spine removes this interference which leads to greater nerve supply to your muscles and therefore less muscle soreness.

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

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