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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 13

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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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Matt KenneyDr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 13
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10 Myths about Back Pain

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Below are 10 myths about back pain I hear repeatedly in practice.

1. A chiropractor will make you worse. I’ll be honest, not every chiropractor is good. As with any profession, there are people that are great and those that aren’t. However, there is nothing dangerous, risky or irreversible in a chiropractic treatment that poses any danger to making your back pain worse. Personally I take the time to listen to my patients, thoroughly examine them, explain my findings and then provide excellent adjustments. In my 9 ½ year career I’ve had no instances of making anyone worse and have created results that speak for themselves.

2. It’ll go away on its own. In my experience, very few back issues go away on their own. Much like a rattle in your car is not likely to resolve itself, your back pain isn’t either. It’s better to address it when it occurs and get it fixed before it becomes more problematic.

3. It’s just muscular. As a general rule if your back pain begins and resolves within 48-72 hours it was likely a muscular strain. If your pain progresses past that point though it’s probable that strain has caused structures such as vertebrae and discs to become involved which will then aggravate your nerves causing prolonged pain and dysfunction.

4. There is an instant cure for back pain. I’ve certainly had large numbers of patients leave my office pain-free after a single visit. However, it is common for it to take multiple treatments. Much like 1 workout cannot remove years of weight gain, there is no treatment (chiropractic or otherwise) than can instantly undo years of spinal neglect and/or injury.

5. You need surgery. A surgeon friend of mine sums it up best , “surgeries can me a miracle when necessary but are intended to be a last resort after all natural options have been exhausted.” I’ve known many people that have rushed into surgeries only to be left in pain, frustrated and with fewer options afterwards.

6. Back pain is always “serious.” Back pain can come from something as simple as a single vertebra being misaligned or something as complicated as stage 4 cancers. Interestingly, things such as misalignments and spasms that are highly correctable often cause the most pain while cancer and other serious diseases often affect the spine immensely but cause little to no pain until later stages. Just because you have back pain does not mean something ominous is occurring.

7. There is one cause for all back pain. There is not one single cause for all back pain. Rather, it is a combination of muscles, spinal structures and nerves reacting to the stresses we put upon them from our daily activities and habits that causes back pain.

8. Medication cures back pain. No one wants to be in pain and I don’t fault people for using pain medication. However, back pain is structural in nature (involves the spine, nerves, etc) and no chemical can cure that. Unfortunately pain medications carry serious implications to many of our organs and thus should be used sparingly wherever possible in favor of things designed to cure the problem rather than cover it.

9. You will instantly experience pain if there is a problem with your back. The spine often takes months or years of misalignment, degeneration and/or stress to start causing pain. I see people daily that have begun having back pain without any recent injuries. This is because the spine is capable of absorbing a lot of physical stress over a long period of time but at some point it reaches a point where it says “no more” and you begin having pain. Worst of all that pain often begins with something simple like getting dressed or bending over.

10. There is only one cure for back pain. As a chiropractic patient and chiropractor I can obviously attest to the effectiveness of adjustments in relieving and curing back pain. However, I know talented acupuncturists, massage therapists and exercise specialists (just to name a few) that also get great results in this regard. Depending on the cause of your back pain one thing may work better than the rest or they may all be effective.

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 visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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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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Why aren’t your strengthening exercises helping to fight your back pain?

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by Dr Matt Kenny,

Strong muscles help protect us and allow us to live more actively. So is there ever a situation where strengthening may not be helpful for back pain? You may be surprised to know that the answer is yes!

I see new patients every week that have been struggling with chronic back pain in spite of performing regular lower back strengthening. They report often feeling worse and of course are very frustrated. The reason this occurs is not because strengthening exercises are bad but rather that there is a problem with underlying structures, the vertebrae. Thus, the back muscles surrounding the spine are getting stronger while the problem remains uncorrected.

As an analogy, take the example of a knee surgery. Would your orthopedic surgeon send you to a physical therapist to make your leg and knee stronger before the surgery? No, the doctor would first perform the surgery to fix the underlying problem and then have you strengthen your muscles around it. Many people with back pain never consider the underlying causes of their pain and instead it worsens with lower back and core strengthening.

If strengthening your back has led to more pain than it is a sign that your problem is not muscular. The problem could be as simple as a misalignment but especially if the issue is more complicated, than exercises alone aren’t enough to alleviate the pain. If you’re suffering from unresolved lower back pain in spite of your best efforts I would urge you to set up an initial appointment. We offer an internet special of $69 which includes a comprehensive initial examination, x-ray, computerized nerve test and an adjustment (if we feel chiropractic will benefit your condition) so that your problem can be diagnosed and we can start helping you.

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment you may do so online through our website (www.NewBodyChiro.com), through Facebook or by calling (303) 347-9906.

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