Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
An important concept I follow. I was talking to a patient the other day and they were telling me how tough it was for them to run 3 miles and asked if I had any advice on how to make it easier. My response was “go out and run 5 miles.” They laughed but I was serious. Our bodies and minds are often bound by what we see as our normal or what is within our abilities. In this instance, 3 miles feels long to this person because the mind and body see it as the top end of potential. But if the person goes out and runs 5 miles then the “normal” is reset. Suddenly 3 miles is not daunting and seems a whole lot easier. This concept can apply to anything in your life. If you want to get to a higher level, I recommend that you always be looking to reset your normal – go a little further, harder, faster, etc. You will achieve far more than you dreamed you could, and it will make your everyday life far different over time!
A show I really enjoyed. I have not watched much TV over the last few months but stumbled onto a show recently that I love. On Apple TV there is a show called “Ted Lasso” about a football coach that goes to England to coach a pro soccer team. It’s fictional and lighthearted but I really enjoy certain aspects of it. What speaks to me most is the main character’s overwhelming positivity and desire to motivate people by forming connections and trying to help them discover their own greatness and unique gifts. As someone that is very positive and loves to celebrate the success of others this show really speaks to me. Also, before he died my brother-in-law kept telling me how great the show was. He was also a super positive person that motivated those he interacted with, so somehow it makes the show even better for me by seeing things in the show that I know would’ve really spoken to his personality.
What is my chiropractic specialty? I’m often asked what my specialty is and though I don’t technically have any additional fancy letters after my name, I would consider myself a general practitioner with lots of experience in many patient types. I see a lot of athletes, families, pregnant women, provide care for ongoing wellness and those seeking pain relief. I think this has come about naturally for me because I have always been an athlete myself, have 4 children of my own and have utilized chiropractic to both maintain my health and bail me out of some bad jams when I’m in pain. There are other case types that I can assist with, but these are my favorites because I have so much firsthand experience with them both in my personal life and throughout my years of practice.
An important health concept. When it comes to your health, you likely have things you swear by – certain supplements, treatments, forms of exercise, etc. That is a great thing but something to keep in mind is that your health will never be made by only one thing, habit, or treatment. Obviously, I love chiropractic but even the best adjustment will not solve all your health problems.
Ultimately your health is made up of how you care for your body physically (exercise, stretching, treatments like chiropractic or massage, etc.), what you put into it (food, drinks, alcohol, medications, etc.) and how you think (frame of mind, positive or negative self-talk, etc.). Stick with what works for you but try not to neglect any of the three major areas. If you try in all three aspects, you will find that the things you rely on will work even better for you. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I can tell you that patients that are physically active, positive and eat even somewhat decently get better faster and stay healthier than those that do not.
(I got the following question about 2 minutes before submitting this) “With so much bad stuff going around us, when do you just kind of give up?” Never.
Some quotes I love.
“There is no weapon more deadly than the Will.” – Bruce Lee
“Professionals stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way.” – James Clear
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