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3 Aspects of spinal pain

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I’m often asked how spinal pain can start.  Today I’d like to share 3 general aspects of how it begins and progresses.

  1. Compression. Think about all the sitting we do daily.  Plus, all the work we do around our homes, carrying our children, bad posture, work duties, old injuries, weak muscles, inactivity and so much more.  All these things combine to put pressure on our spines which leads to nerve aggravation and pain.
  2. Dysfunction. Have you ever been able to turn your head fully one way but only half as much to the other side?  Or tried to bend to tie your shoes and noticed you can only go half as far as you used to be able to?  These are examples of your joints not working correctly.  This is significant because it leads to the joints getting work down which is a nice way of saying they can become degenerative and arthritic.
  3. Inflammation. When compression and dysfunction are present the joints do not behave as they should, and inflammation will begin to build within the body. This inflammation is painful and in part a symptom of what is going on with the spine. If the first two are corrected, you will be able to heal properly, and the inflammation will begin to dissipate.

If you’re having the signs I’ve outlined above where should you start?  Start by seeing a chiropractor for an evaluation and treatment.  Chiropractic adjustments will help re-align your spine which will alleviate the compression, help correct the dysfunction and decrease the inflammatory process.

If you would like to feel and move better, I would be happy to help!

Matt Kenney3 Aspects of spinal pain
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How often will I need to come in?

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“How often will I need to come in?”

I occasionally get this question from new patients that are concerned if they see a chiropractor, they will be pressured to keep coming in again and again.

So how do I handle the question?  I explain to them my process.

I examine them thoroughly so I can diagnose them accurately, but I do not make any long-term recommendations at the initial visit because it would only be an educated guess.  Everyone has unique factors to consider in the healing process, so it’s difficult to say with certainty exactly what they’ll need.  However, I do share with them the experience I have in treating their condition and how long it tends to take on average.  I will then make short term recommendations to help the patient and usually most people feel dramatically better (depending on severity of condition) within 1-6 visits.

Once someone is out of pain, I always suggest that they receive ongoing chiropractic checkups at a frequency of their choosing.  This helps to prevent previous problems from returning and new ones from forming – very similar to how dental checkups work.

If someone decides that these checkups aren’t for them that is fine too.  That is always up to the patient.  All I ask is that they know they will be welcomed back at any time should they choose to return.  In fact, I help people regularly that I haven’t seen for a visit in years.

In my office there is never any pressure to adhere to any specific program.  Ultimately, I only want to help my patients – as much and for as long as they’d like.

Matt KenneyHow often will I need to come in?
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Chiropractic and Pregnancy – 7 Things I’d like you to know

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There is almost not a day that passes that I’m not asked about whether chiropractic can help a woman during pregnancy.  For over 11 years I have helped pregnant women and continue to do so each and every week.  Today I would like to share 7 interesting facts from my experience of caring for pregnant women.

  1. Chiropractic is completely safe during pregnancy. I have personally performed more than 200,000 pregnancy adjustments.  The same care I gave to the mother of my children during her pregnancies is the same care I give to my pregnant patients.  Widespread research over many years also confirms the safety and benefit of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
  2. Chiropractic care helps relieve spinal pressure during pregnancy. In order to accommodate for the growth of the baby, a woman’s center of gravity will begin to change.  This causes more pressure (and thus pain) within the lower back, sacral and hip areas, especially during the first trimester.  During the 2nd trimester as the baby grows larger a woman may begin to have more thoracic (mid back) pain.  Neck (cervical) pain is also common though usually not as severe.  Chiropractic adjustments alleviate this pressure and pain.
  3. Chiropractic care provides proper nerve supply for the baby to aid in growth and development. When a woman’s spine is misaligned it will pressure her nerves.  For example, the nerves that leave the spinal cord in the lower back not only power the surrounding muscles but also control the reproductive areas as well.  Removing nerve pressure leads to pain relief but more importantly it allows for proper nerve supply to the baby to aid in growth and development.
  4. Many women receive chiropractic care throughout their entire pregnancy. Growing a human life inside of your own body is no small feat.  As a result most women experience more discomfort with each progressive week.  Chiropractic care makes the experience of pregnancy more enjoyable by allowing for less pain, better mobility, improved sleep and more.  This is also why of all my patients; pregnant women often leave the happiest.
  5. My evaluation for a pregnant woman is completely non-invasive. My examination process during pregnancy (or women attempting to become pregnant) involves a detailed history, postural evaluation, range of motion and orthopedic testing, spinal and muscle evaluations.  This provides ample data for me to use in order to help the patient.  X-rays or other more invasive procedures are never performed on expecting moms in my office.
  6. Pregnancy adjustments lead to immediate results. As women progress through pregnancy their bodies continue to produce more and more of the hormones necessary to facilitate childbirth.  Many of these hormones cause ligaments to relax which allows for extremely easy, low force adjustments to be performed with great ease and instant improvements.  Other than children, pregnant women are the easiest adjustments I perform.
  7. Many medical doctors and mid wives refer their patients to chiropractors. I have personally received countless referrals from these practitioners throughout my career.  I believe this is due to trust that I’ve built up with these experts after helping so many of their patients.  One of my greatest referral sources at my previous office was from a doctor that recommended her patient not receive chiropractic care at my office during her pregnancy.  I called her to respectfully ask why and we ended up having a great discussion.  Once she understood better my approach to pregnancy care she began recommending chiropractic care for all of her patients, many of which I was fortunate enough to care for.  These types of referrals are common.

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

Matt KenneyChiropractic and Pregnancy – 7 Things I’d like you to know
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What makes a great chiropractor?

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Regardless of profession, there will always be things that help you to stand out within your field.  Chiropractic is no different.  Today I would like to share some things my patients tell me helps make the chiropractic experience in our office great.

  1. Being a good listener.  I was taught early in chiropractic school that if you take the time to listen, people will tell you exactly what is wrong with them.  I believe that the healing process begins when a patient starts to tell me their history.  I want each of my patients to feel heard and know that I care while giving me the information I need to begin helping them.
  2. Accurate diagnosis. Many chiropractors will begin treating a patient after performing no examination or testing.  Accurately diagnosing a patient’s condition is vitally important however.  Therefore, I perform a thorough initial evaluation and often (not always) x-rays to develop a very clear picture of what condition the patient has.  Arriving at a specific diagnosis avoids guesswork and allows me to get my patients better results much faster.
  3. Information.  My approach for educating my patients is simple – I want them to have a basic understanding for what is occurring with their body in order to empower them to help themselves when they’re not in my office.  As patients feel increasingly comfortable they may have more health questions and I enjoy sharing my experience and knowledge to answer those as well.
  4. Excellent technique. The quality and effectiveness of a chiropractic adjustment varies greatly from doctor to doctor (I get adjusted by many doctors and know this first hand).  I have a variety of techniques at my disposal but believe strongly in sticking to basics because they work.  I use proven, hands-on techniques that produce quick results over gadgets or fads.
  5. Individualized care. When I first got into practice I noticed that many chiropractors often handed out identical treatment programs to everyone and anyone.  Personally, I customize a plan for each patient based on the severity of their condition, their personal goals and overall level of health.
  6. Convenient.  Our office is designed with the convenience of our patients in mind.  Everything from our paperwork to same-day appointments to having our phones answered 24 hours a day is designed to make coming to our office a great experience.
  7. Experience with different conditions and case types. One of the things I take pride in is being able to help a very diverse group of patient types.  Specifically, I have extensive experience in pain relief, pediatrics, pregnancy care, working with athletes, dealing with all age types and helping those that have suffered traumatic injuries.
  8. Integrative.  In certain cases, chiropractic care alone may not be enough to correct a person’s condition.  I pride myself on knowing when to recommend things such as acupuncture, massage or rehabilitative exercise.  When necessary I also make referrals for additional testing such as MRIs or further evaluation with another type of doctor.  I always want my patients to feel confident that I will do whatever necessary to help them get well.
Matt KenneyWhat makes a great chiropractor?
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7 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain

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As a chiropractor neck pain is something I deal with daily. As a result I’m frequently asked what can be done to reduce it. Today I’ll discuss 7 things I’ve found most effective for reducing neck pain.

1. Computer ergonomics. Neck muscles are small and designed for regular motion – looking up, down, side to side, etc. When they remain in a single position for too long they are forced to carry a greater load than what they’re designed for. Staring into computer screens for hours at a time is the most common culprit for this these days.
The fix: Sit with your shoulders back, head in a neutral (not forward) position, use a bigger monitor and make sure your monitor is in front of you and not to one side.

2. Devices. These days most of us have smart phones or tablets that we use regularly (often too regularly). When reading or playing on them we usually do so with our heads bent forward. This puts significant strain on the muscles and vertebrae of the neck leading to potential problems.
The fix: Rather than bringing your head down toward the device, bring the device up toward you so that you can look at it without bending the neck. This will eliminate neck strain.

3. Sleeping position. Another frequent cause of neck pain is a poor sleeping position – often using either too many pillows or too few. This places minimal stress on one side of the neck while applying significant stress on to the other. Signs of this are difficulty falling asleep due to discomfort and/or pain upon waking.
The fix: A pillow with a cervical contour or simply sleeping with a pillow sized so that your neck muscles feel relaxed on both sides when lying on it will help. Also, avoid sleeping on your stomach as this requires your neck to be turned to one side which will inevitably cause problems.

4. Stretch. In my experience while people often take time to stretch their backs, few stretch or loosen their neck muscles. This can lead to tight muscles, lack of mobility and often pain.
The fix: First, perform basic range of motion a few times throughout the day by simply moving your head and neck forward to back, side to side and then tip it from side to side. Next, do these same ranges of motion against resistance. For example, as you rotate your head to the right, do so into your right hand which is applying gentle pressure toward the left. This helps strengthen the muscles of the neck.

5. Posture. If you look at pictures of yourself you may notice that you have a tendency to have your head forward or tipped to one side. These poor positions are common and apply undue stress to the muscles and vertebrae of the neck and upper back leading to pain and other issues.
The fix: Start by drawing your breastbone back to improve your posture, this will keep your shoulders, head and even hips in a neutral, healthier position. Second, I recommend “postural checkpoints.” These are mental prompts you create for yourself to help monitor your posture. For example, if you tend to slouch while driving, create a checkpoint when you stop to remind yourself to “sit up straight.” After a week or two these become automatic and help decrease neck pain (and other pains as well).

6. De-stress. Stress has a negative effect on muscles making them tighter, less mobile and often sore. This is particularly true for the muscles from ranging from the neck down through your middle back.
The fix: There is no one cure for stress but in general things such as meditation, exercise, spending more time with people that build your confidence/make you happy, creating “me time”, having a hobby and other such things are effective.

7. Checkups. As mentioned in my introduction, neck pain is something I deal with daily because of how effective chiropractic can be in curing it. Our spines our constantly pressured via many of the things mentioned in this post. This can lead to arthritic changes of your spine (long term) as well as pressure on nerves that cause pain and other unpleasant symptoms (short or long term).
The fix: Treat your spine like you would your teeth, get regular checkups so that problems do not develop and so you’re not forced to endure unnecessary pain.

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.

Matt Kenney7 Ways to Prevent Neck Pain
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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.

Matt Kenney10 Myths about Back Pain
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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.

Matt Kenney4 Reasons you should start caring about your spine
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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.

Matt KenneyStill experiencing soreness? Here’s why…
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7 Uncommon Tips for Success

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1. Do what you hate…sometimes. Often the thing we dread doing most brings us the most benefit. Staring down the things we fear doing is challenging but ultimately leaves us better prepared for success.

2. Scare yourself. Comfort zones are nice but many of the greatest things in life lie just outside of that zone. Regularly challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone and you’ll notice what you once saw as difficult or impossible no longer is.

3. Find motivation. Spending too much time in our own heads detracts from all the great stuff around us. If you take the time to notice, there will be motivation everywhere that you can use to fuel yourself. I regularly see stories online, read books and meet people that motivate me in every aspect of my life.

4. Stay committed. As I mentioned above, motivation is a wonderful thing. However, once motivation runs out only commitment remains. Commitment requires a vision of where you want to go, why and what you’re willing to sacrifice to get there.

5. Push further. I am a big proponent of trying to push your boundaries so far that it changes what you view as normal. It often only takes one more bit of effort to turn the corner into a whole new level of success.

6. Forget the past. Our past has a tendency to either create complacency or sadness. That is why it’s crucial to focus on the present and future if we want to succeed.

7. Suit up and show up. In life, sometimes the toughest part is just showing up and moving forward after things have gotten difficult. There are athletes, businesses and people from every walk of life that win by attrition, refusing to quit when everyone else does.

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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Use these tips to improve your health within 1 month

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1. Choose an unhealthy food or drink you regularly consume and cut it down to at least 50% within 30 days. This will create physical results and discipline.

2. Learn to cook and prepare at least 2 healthy meals. Simple recipes are perfect and an easy way to begin eating better.

3. Don’t skip breakfast. If you start the day with breakfast you’ll have greater energy and be less prone to overeating at night.

4. Increase your water intake. Whatever you’re ingesting now, shoot for at least 1/3 more.

5. Take a good multivitamin. The best multivitamins are food-based (come from food), the worst kinds are synthetic and will be sold in drug stores for the same price you pay for coffee.

6. If you’re currently exercising, increase your intensity. Upping the intensity prevents stagnation and leads to faster results.

7. If you’re not working out, start performing exercise a minimum of 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes per session. If you don’t move it, you’ll lose it.

8. Complain less. Whining, complaining and fighting on Facebook are all examples of directing your energy toward negativity instead of results.

9. Listen more. Most people are great at talking, learn to listen more and you’ll be shocked at what you can achieve as a result.

10. Schedule an appointment to improve your health within 30 days. For example, visit a chiropractor or personal trainer.

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 browse our website, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

Matt KenneyUse these tips to improve your health within 1 month
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