March 2015

Are you sitting 8 hours or more a day? If so, follow these steps…

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Are you aware that the MOST compressive force you put on your lower back is the seated position? Feel the tops of your hips with your hands and then move toward the spine – from that area downward is where the majority of pressure goes when you sit. Over time this can cause significant health problems. Today I’d like to share 6 things you can do to help yourself avoid those problems.

1. Get up, stand up. Even small (30 seconds to 1 minute) breaks from the seated position can break the cycle of downward pressure. Try to stand up every 20 minutes or so even if only for a brief time, it will make a big difference.

2. Eat better. Poor nutrition will not only cause inflammation but will also weaken the spine. This makes you far more susceptible to lower back pain while sitting. Add in more fruits, vegetables and healthy foods (anti-inflammatory) while drinking less soda and sugary drinks and increasing your water intake.

3. Get to the core of the issue. The muscles that stabilize your spine are very small and deep. To activate them choose 2-3 exercises (you can search Google for core exercises) that you will commit to doing 4-7 times per week. My two favorites are “posterior pelvic tilts” and “bridges” which I do daily in less than 5 minutes.

4. Move it or lose it. Sitting in traffic and while at work is likely out of your control. What is under your control however is what you do when you’re not sitting. Exercise a minimum of 20 minutes per day 4 days per week so that your musculoskeletal system is strong and able to withstand the compression of sitting for so long.

5. Improve your work space. Switching to standing desks, getting a better chair, adjusting chair height, increasing the lower back support on their chairs (with a pad, etc) and altering the position of their keyboard and screen are just a few of the most common solutions my patients mention that have helped their backs while at work. If you think your work space isn’t ideal I’d recommend researching some tips for improving it.

6. Get adjusted. When your spine becomes misaligned even simple activities (such as sitting) may become increasingly painful. Additionally, misalignments that remain in the spine for months or years can lead to arthritic changes and damage. Regular spinal checkups are a simple way to prevent this from occurring while making you feel great.

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.

Matt KenneyAre you sitting 8 hours or more a day? If so, follow these steps…
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5 Health Myths you should stop believing immediately

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Today I want to discuss 5 of the most common health myths I regularly encounter among my patients and friends.

1. “It’ll go away.” Things like minor strains or sprains can definitely resolve themselves in a short time frame. However, my experience is that patients often suffer for years under the assumption that one day magically their health issue will disappear. When problems drag on for weeks or months it is probably time to find a specialist to help you. As a chiropractor I’ve helped thousands of patients feel better and have had them tell me “I can’t believe I waited so long to come see you.”

2. “You have to be lucky to be healthy.” While there are unfortunate circumstances that can cause problems, the majority of your health is NOT dictated by luck. Rather, it is a function of the choices you make physically, nutritionally and psychologically. Great health does not happen by chance, it happens by making good health decisions regularly.

3. “It’s probably just age.” In my experience, people ranging from their 20’s to their 90’s blame anything and everything on age (nothing worse than a 20 year old blaming age by the way). Obviously each of us will experience physiological changes as we age. However, our bodies do not reach birthday milestones and instantly stop working properly. Increased numerical age does not cause poor health.

4. “The doctor is ALWAYS right.” There is no denying that doctors of any discipline have a high level of expertise and want what is best for their patients. However, ultimately they are just an expert with an opinion. I’ve encountered many patients that have undergone surgeries or procedures, taken medications or had forms of care they were never on board with. Remember, it’s your body and there is nothing wrong with asking questions, doing some research or asking for second opinions.

5. “I exercise a lot so it doesn’t matter what I eat.” It is true that exercise raises your metabolism and burns calories. However, without proper nutrition your exercise results will suffer. Eating well is how your body derives the macro and micro nutrients it needs to build muscle, lose body fat and thrive. Exercise compliments a good diet and vice versa, it’s not one or the other.

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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4 Reasons you should start caring about your spine

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A weakening spine such as those with degeneration (arthritic changes), osteoporosis and misalignments can cause a multitude of problems. Conversely, a strong spine offers many benefits. Below are my top 4 reasons I think everyone should strive for a strong spine.

1. Your posture won’t suck. A weak spine often causes negative postural changes. Like it or not, posture conveys a wealth of information to those around you including confidence level, approachability and more. If your posture is bad it’s likely your social and business interactions are less impactful than they could be.

2. Less pain. Other than keeping you upright, the purpose of your spine is to protect certain parts of your central nervous system. Due to the close proximity of your vertebrae to your spinal cord and spinal nerves, if your spine isn’t healthy than your nerves will suffer. Suffering nerves create pain and other symptoms, something no one wants.

3. Keeps you young. An unhealthy spine leads to decreased motion which often spreads to the extremities. A strong spine helps you maintain flexibility allowing you to stay more active and enjoying life more. Equally important is that it will help you avoid spending your golden years hunched over, limping and worrying about climbing stairs.

4. Better sleep. Difficulty getting to sleep and/or staying asleep can come from both mental and physical causes. Physically, the most common reason is the inability to get or remain comfortable. This is often due to a weak spine that is sensitive to even the slightest positional change. Stronger spines lead to more restful sleep.

So how do you achieve a stronger spine? I feel the following are the most crucial:

· Regular exercise to strengthen muscles and bones such as resistance workouts, yoga, core strengthening, stretching, etc.
· Regular chiropractic checkups similar to dental checkups – maintain a healthy spine in the short term while also preventing problems from forming long term.
· Massage therapy to clear out tension that can lead to weakening spinal muscles and joints.
· Healthy nutrition such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, water and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium to aid the recovery of muscles and strengthen bones.

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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6 Steps for going to the next level

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I enjoy reading and listening to people that are successful in endeavors ranging from business to athletics. In particular, I enjoy learning about the lessons that their pursuit of success has taught them. Below are some lessons I think can help anyone go to the next level in their endeavors.

1. Be all in all the time. I’m a huge believer that if you want something to happen, you need to take action and keep the pedal down. Maintain focus, discipline and effort and you’ll be shocked at your results.
2. Play well with others. Many people after about the 2nd grade forget the importance of working well with others. Without exception, the most successful people I meet understand the benefit of teamwork. Co-workers, business contacts, your social circle, people you seek advice from and other such sources are all people you’ll want to work well with for best results.

3. Plan all you want but the enemy gets a vote too. In spite of your best efforts, things will occur that can bring you off course. Accept this as part of the process and learn to adapt and be out of your comfort zone.

4. Go on instinct. Planning is important. However, many people prevent themselves from getting anywhere due to “paralysis by analysis.” Don’t over-complicate it, if you have an idea or a goal, just let it rip and get started because that’s ultimately how progress is made.

5. Stay in your 3 foot space. I read a story recently in which someone learning to rock climb was panicking while suspended hundreds of feet off the ground. As he started looking down and off into the distance, the instructor a few feet away from him said “looking around won’t help you, just stay in your 3 foot space.” This means that in life focus on what is in front of you and what you can control. Everything else is wasted energy and distraction.

6. Make pain your friend. Most people are afraid of pain; however it serves many valuable purposes. Pain helps you change, can make you stronger and helps you seek solutions. As a chiropractor I have helped many people transform their lives and become healthier and more active. A majority of those people initially came to me because pain prompted them to do so.

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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