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.
A type of workout I’ve been enjoying? Over the past week I have gotten back into some boxing workouts. I have a heavy bag at my house and after I lift weights, I’ll often do 10-15 minutes worth of boxing drills. I enjoy it as a great stress reliever and because it works many muscles that I don’t often engage with running or weightlifting. If you don’t have a heavy bag, you can do all sorts of shadow boxing workouts (there are many available online if you’re looking for ideas).
What is my view on mandates? I was asked this question in several different forms this week, so I figured I’d address it. Chiropractic is statistically the safest (by far) of any aspect of medicine and obviously I make my living by providing this service to patients each day. If tomorrow a mandate came down that every single person had to get adjusted by a chiropractor, I would fight against it. Though chiropractic care has been documented to save on health expenses and improve quality of life (not to mention it would help my business interests), I still could not support it. I believe people have a right to choose what they do or do not do to their own bodies and though mandates may have noble intentions, there is always downside that must be considered. Personally, I trust those around me to make the best decisions they can for themselves and trust only myself to choose what is best for me.
Something I recommend? Recently I’ve started going back and looking at photo albums I’d made previously on my phone. These are albums of special occasions, football seasons, births, races, everyday times, etc. Time flies by so quickly that we often forget how many great memories we’ve experienced. Going back through so many photos recently I have relived some amazing times and it’s been a wonderful boost for me. Even photos that remind of tough times or people I’ve lost still benefit me greatly as well. Check out some of your old photos and relive some good stuff for yourself!
Can anything be done for feeling dizzy? Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo — that feeling you get that you’re spinning or feeling dizzy. This is something I’ve treated for years. What I’ve found is that the upper neck is usually misaligned causing a displacement of tiny crystals within the ears causing an altered flow of fluid in the inner ear. At that point, the message that goes to your brain becomes distorted and your body becomes confused as to whether you’re standing, lying down, etc. and you get a sudden dizzy feeling. It’s usually triggered by a turning motion to one side or moving the head up or down. As terrible and unnerving as these symptoms can be, usually 1-3 adjustments to the upper neck area fully resolve the vertigo. I’ve received many referrals from ENT’s over the years to help patients that came to them with this problem.
Some quotes I love?
“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstance.” – Inky Johnson
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” – Zig Ziglar
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