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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 23

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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. 

Something I’ve noticed?  With COVID affecting us since March, I continue to see people I haven’t seen in months that have put on considerable sums of weight.  Even coaching football for 9-10-year-old boys I noticed that a few of my previous players came back heavy.  I bring this up because it’s a good reminder of how our health and bodies work.  Picture your garden – to grow properly it requires sunlight, water, nutrients, and the removal of weeds.  Stay on top of these areas and the garden will flourish.  Ignore it, and within 3 weeks it’ll be an overgrown mess of weeds with dead plants everywhere.  Likewise, if you stay on top of what you eat, how and how much you move, what you drink, etc. then your body will prosper.  Tend to your body like a garden and you’ll get great results.

Can you treat someone with arthritis?  I receive this question daily and the answer is that of course I can.  Most people will show signs of arthritis in the spine (aka degenerative joint or disc disease) often in their late 40’s or early 50’s.  Movement of the spine and of the body both help arthritis and keep it from getting worse.  Probably 80% of my patients over the age of 45-50 have some form of arthritis so it is not something that would or should prevent someone from receiving care.  Arthritis is to your spine what cavities are to your teeth.  And just as dentists work with that daily, chiropractors work with arthritis daily.

A recent interaction that reinforced a good lesson?  I was speaking to a rookie head coach in my football league.  His team is struggling and he’s beating himself up for lack of results (though he tries very hard, cares very much, and has great enthusiasm).  He and I have become friends and I’ve shared things that I feel can help him.  During one of recent talks he was talking a lot about wanting to be better in various areas.  I inquired about how he was going to get them better in those areas and he said he didn’t know.  This reminded me of a lesson I was taught long ago which is to get good, you need to know how to get good. 

Pick anything – finances, getting into shape, picking up a new hobby, you name it, and for you to improve in that area you need to know some steps to get you to that goal.  In the case of this coach, I shared certain adjustments I’d make to show improvement in the areas he mentioned – adding drills, simplifying concepts, removing confusing things.  It was nothing all that complicated but this helped him quite a bit because while he was focusing on what he ultimately wanted to happen he had been ignoring the aspect of how to get there.  This is quite common, and this was a great reminder lesson for me.

Something that I’ve found helpful recently?  I was reminded about the importance of deep breathing exercises recently, so I’ve been working on doing them daily.  I take in a deep breath for 4 seconds and push it out for 4 seconds and repeat this process about 4 times (sometimes more).  It’s amazing to me how much lighter and more relaxed I feel after doing this simple practice.

Some quotes I love? 

“You can’t jump a battery with a dead battery.  Don’t surround yourself with people that drain your battery but energize it. – Eric Thomas

“A man makes his own way. No one gives it to you. You have to take it.” – Frank Costello, The Departed

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 16

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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. 

Something that resonated with me recently?  I was listening to the Joe Rogan podcast and he was interviewing Roy Jones Jr., one of the best boxers of all time.  Roy mentioned at one point some of the other great boxers he studied and why he wanted to emulate them.  He mentioned Marvin Hagler and praised his consistency.  He said, “you got the same Marvin Hagler each and every time.”  As simple as this was, it resonated with me and is something I really aspire to in my own life.  I try to maintain sound routines and practices so that the quality of my business, body, character, and life always remain the same.  I don’t want to be ok sometime and great another, I want to be at or near my best constantly.  To do that requires discipline and sacrifice and therefore I greatly value consistency. 

An experience I had that teaches a good lesson?  Not too long ago I went to dinner with an old friend.  Several times during the dinner he told me how lucky I was to be in shape, own my own businesses, etc.  Each time I would try to encourage him, he would give me a list of excuses for his woes.  Finally, as the dinner was ending, he again went into how lucky I was and how unlucky he was, and I felt frustrated enough that I had to say something.  I pointed out that when he ordered unhealthy food at dinner, I did not.  I noted that when I mentioned I’d be getting up early the next day to go for a run and workout he told me he liked sleep too much and could never do that.  In terms of business, I told him that he had an excellent idea for a business and had the means to do it but chose not to.  I ended by telling him that while luck does exist, choices are ultimately what shape our lives.  All the choices he made on that evening alone were a microcosm for what was causing the circumstances he didn’t like.  I told him I’d love to help him if he wanted but that I would not be being a good friend if I just let him complain time and again that everyone but him was lucky.  Good decisions repeated will lead to great results, luck is not the deciding factor for our circumstances.

Something cool I heard this week?  I watched a YouTube video this week and the person in the video said one of the best things we can do is to live our life like we are the hero in our own movie.  This is amazing advice because no matter where you’re at in your life, this can help you.  You can be the hero that overcomes, improves, helps others, learns a lesson, rights a wrong, kicks a bad habit, succeeds in an endeavor, the possibilities are endless.  Start by believing you are a character worthy to be in your movie and then craft your story from there!

Some people I look up to?  I have quite a few people that I look up to and draw inspiration from.  Here are just some of them:  David Goggins, Jocko Willink, Les Brown, Eric Thomas, Marcus Luttrell, Cameron Hanes, Tim Kennedy, Ray Care, Wim Hof and others as well!

Some quotes I love? 

“At the end of your feelings is nothing, but at the end of every principle is a promise.” – Eric Thomas

“When a bad thin g happens, you can either let it destroy you, define you, or strengthen you.  Choose wisely.” – Mark Devine

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 9

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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 good question to ask yourself?  Whether in team sports, business or elsewhere; we often hear about “creating a culture.”  Creating a culture means implementing values and processes that lead to success.  While I think people understand this in business or sports, they often neglect it in their personal lives.  A question you should ask yourself is with your habits and actions, what type of culture are you creating for yourself and your family?  Decisions that repeatedly lead to drama, debt, frustration, anger, poor health, bad relationships, etc. would be examples of creating a poor culture.  Decisions leading to better health, contentment, less stress, enjoyment, happiness, etc. would be geared toward the creation of a good culture.  Decide where you are and where you want to be and start implementing the things necessary to take you there and keep you there.

A great lesson I’ve seen play out?  Something I believe strongly in is keeping things simple and mastering the basics.  This is true in most things but a place I’ve seen it up close has been within the football team I coach.  Last year we started out terribly and I realized I was throwing too much at the kids.  Therefore, I simplified what we’d be doing so rather than doing a whole bunch of stuff just okay, we’d master a few things.  Almost immediately, the results were amazing, and our season turned around.  I am coaching those boys again right now and I’ve noticed that since they’ve mastered the basics, we’re able to adjust plays and concepts without any problems because we have such a great foundation to build on.  Even better, rather than having a team that relies just on a couple star players, our system has allowed some of the players that are not as naturally gifted to become top players.  Keeping things simple and mastering the basics is like building a house on a solid foundation.

Something that happened this week?  We had a new patient this week that came in for an adjustment and massage.  Somehow a phone call was missed and all the specifics of her insurance were not relayed to her so after her treatments we charged her the appropriate price but one she was not expecting (massage was not covered under her plan).  She was upset and left a low review for us.  I reached out to her, acknowledged that I understood where she was coming from, refunded her money and offered her a complimentary massage.   The lesson from all of this is that sometimes stuff happens.  We all make mistakes but rather than make excuses or blame others, it’s best to just say “my bad” and try to move forward in a positive way.  This patient was very pleased with how we handled the mistake and said she’d like to come back in.  No one is perfect, if you screw up just admit it and fix it if possible. 

A cool conversation I had this week?  I have a regular patient that is big into self-improvement, maximizing performance, etc.  He was telling me about a challenge he has been doing that involves doing a certain amount of exercise, reading, meditation, healthy eating, etc. for a certain amount of days in a row (I think 75).  What he and I discussed and agreed upon was that to most people making a commitment like this can be very daunting and seemingly impossible.  However, in terms of our lifespan a couple months is nothing.  If a person can really commit to a program like this, the results can be not only significant but life changing.  You can be a different person within a short period of time by going all in on an endeavor like this and set yourself up for boundless success thereafter.  I’ve done it myself and have seen it in others many times!

Some quotes I love? 

“The difference between winners and losers is a mindset.” – William King Hollis

“Champions keep going when they don’t have anything left in their tank.” – Eric Thomas

“To be loved, be loveable.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 2

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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.  

Why is posture so important?  I get many questions and comments about posture daily but twice this week I have been asked this specific question.  To me, the answer is twofold.  First, poor posture is to your spine what poor dental habits are to your teeth – a recipe for decay and problems to come.  Your spine supports your entire body including your spinal cord so as your spine misaligns and degenerates it will absolutely lead to problems down the line involving pain, decreased mobility, etc.  Second, remember that your posture is how you present yourself to the world.  If you’re crooked or hunched over you’re not going to convey to the world around you a strong, confident presence. 

If you get adjusted once will you have to get adjusted forever?  I’ve covered this before, but I get asked this so often I’m addressing it again.  Adjustments can obviously be beneficial to your overall health, well being and ability to move and feel how you’d like.  For a good majority of my patients, this is something they willingly choose to continue.  For those that do not choose that path, there is nothing about receiving a single adjustment that would set in motion any sort of negative reaction to your body or mandate requiring you to keep getting adjusted.  You can stop dental care anytime you like though it’s not likely to help your teeth.  No one goes to the gym worried that if they start working out, they’ll have to do it forever.  Chiropractic adjustments will help your spine and nervous system but you’re in charge of whether that’s something you’d like to pursue and if so, how often.

A piece of nutrition advice I gave recently?  I was speaking with a patient and he has been doing well over the past few weeks with eating better.  Last weekend he ate a bunch of stuff he wished he hadn’t, and it snowballed for him over the rest of that day.  His question to me was essentially how he could punish himself so that he wouldn’t do this again and I told him this was the wrong approach.  My first piece of advice was that there is nothing wrong with treating yourself to some food that isn’t great for you – we all do that.  The key is for this to be a 5% of the time type of deal as opposed to the norm.  If you do it like this it will both motivate you and boost your metabolism believe it or not.  Second, if you regret what you ate last, do not punish yourself or make the next series of meals bad and start feeling even worse.  Simply eat better, healthier food at your next meal and get back on track. 

Two general pieces of exercise advice?  I often speak to patients and friends who are just starting/getting back into exercise and they ask for all sorts of tips.  As far as maintaining regular exercise, there are two things I have found incredibly beneficial.  First, try to find a partner.  Having someone to hold accountable and be accountable to is proven to lead to greater success.  Plus, it’s a lot more fun embarking on a journey with a friend and helping each other out.  Second, schedule some type of event that you need to train for.  In times of COVID there may not be as many events out there but find something where you have a date in the future you need to get prepared for.  In my experience, someone that signs up even for a simple 5K race is far more likely to start getting in shape than someone who just makes a New Year’s resolution.  Find a friend and find an event and you’ll be off to a good start!

Some quotes I love? 

“Hate is the only emotion that kills the vessel it travels in.” – Joe Rogan

“Do it now.  Sometimes ‘later’ becomes ‘never’.”  – Ray “cash” Care

“you can waste time wishing a situation was easier or you can step up and face the challenge.” – JJ Virgin

“Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen.  You won’t be.  Don’t count on motivation.  Count on discipline.” – Jocko Willink

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – September 25

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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.  

As a chiropractor, are you for or against physical therapy?  I get this often and the answer is that I’m very much for it.  For whatever reason, people often think this must be a one or the other type thing, but it does not need to be.  As a chiropractor, I focus on correcting underlying structural issues with the spine to impact the nervous system in a positive way.  Physical therapy will focus more on stretching, strengthening, and rehabbing the musculature around it.  Adjustments will help PT because you’ll be able to get stronger around better spinal alignment thus enhancing the results.  Likewise, PT will help you hold your adjustments better as you address the musculature around the spine and maximize its ability to maintain proper position.  Both chiropractic and physical therapy are extremely valuable, and I’ve seen excellent results over the years separately and especially when combined.

A lesson from an unlikely source?  My 2-year-old son is a unique boy.  One of his trademarks when he doesn’t want your help or does not want to do something is to wave at you very pleasantly and say, “bye bye.”  He rarely can keep his pants or a diaper on so I’m not suggesting you follow all his advice but this one I like.  Too often in life we say yes to things we know won’t help us or serve us in the long run.  When we do this, it can add unnecessary stress and chaos to our lives.  We get overbooked, over-worked, and have less time to focus on our true priorities.  Rather than doing this time and again, we’d all be better off saying “bye bye” to some of these things.  As adults we often make things very complicated but sometimes going back to the simplicity of our childhood ways is just what we need.

Any advice on eating better?  One general thing I often recommend is to learn to cook about 6-10 relatively simple but healthy meals for yourself.  These need not be Gordon Ramsey level dishes, just things with healthy ingredients that you’ll enjoy eating.  In my experience, when people have access to healthy food, they’re more likely to eat it.  When healthy food is not readily available, this is often when people turn to fast food or less nutritious choices.  If cooking is not your thing, try to find takeout places that offer healthy options that you can take advantage of.  Examples of dishes I like to cook are chili, steaks, acai bowls, various chicken dishes, etc. and take out options I use regularly are Chipotle and Mod Market.

A great lesson from a patient?  A patient of mine has gotten involved in Jiu-jitsu for the first time and has been at it for two months.  She has been working hard but has taken her lumps as well.  Recently, she was unexpectedly awarded her first stripe.  She was thrilled to receive it and it was like fuel to her self-confidence, drive, and commitment. 

To me this reinforced 3 important lessons.  First, hard work always pays off and is always noticed eventually.  Second, you gain far more self-respect when you must struggle to earn something as opposed to when it’s just given to you.  Finally, we should all challenge ourselves more often to try something new that we’re not instantly or naturally good at.  Having the courage to try our hand at a new skill or new project is good for us – it keeps us humble, improves our focus and keeps us driven. 

Some quotes I love? 

“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”

“We’re born with a killer instinct that you can’t just turn off and on like some radio.  We have to be in the middle of the action because we’re the warriors.  And without some challenge, some damn war to fight then the warrior may as well be dead.” – Apollo Creed

“In the beginning of change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned.  When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” – Mark Twain

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – September 18

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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.  

Something I’ve been reminded of lately?  As many of you know, I am a football coach and it is one of the things I enjoy most in life.  As I arrived early to our first game last weekend I was walking around the fields and kept getting stopped by parents of kids I coached and former players as well.  It seemed like every 5 feet I was hearing ‘Hey Coach Matt!”  It reminded me of how important being part of a community can really be.  I’ve gone through a tragic loss recently and coaching has been a welcome distraction.  Arriving at the field and talking to people really uplifted me and reminded me how great it can be to part of positive groups like that football league is for me. 

Something I greatly believe in?  A concept I talk about often is that of creating “fertile ground.”  Just like your garden requires regular attention, water, proper sunlight, weeding, etc. to properly grow and prosper; so too does any endeavor in which you want to succeed.  I’ve had to be out of the office over the past month far more than usual – first for the birth of my daughter by emergency c-section that had me out longer than expected and then dealing with the loss of my brother in law.  As a result, I have  seen a dip in my business.

While I certainly don’t regret taking that time off, my choice is to either use that as an excuse that it’s not my fault or to get back to work planting fertile ground.  I choose the latter which for me means making sure I create content for my emails, making sure each patient leaves feeling satisfied, making sure my office looks 100%, hustling to see as many visits as possible (whether it’s during my lunch hour or a less convenient time or not) maintaining high energy levels and so much more.  Whatever you want to succeed in, remember you always have the choice to either turn it into a bunch of weeds or plant fertile ground. 

You are so upbeat; do you only believe in being optimistic?  A patient asked me this and I thought it was an interesting question.  The answer is basically yes and no.  It’s yes in the sense that I can take something very small and find a great positivity within it.  This helps me to go further in my endeavors, accomplish more, motivate others, etc. and is very useful.  Basically, all I need is a glimpse of something good and I can really get rolling with it.  On the other hand, I can be pessimistic.  If I see something or someone that lacks motivation, doesn’t work hard, is lazy or is just overall not good; I will not be shy in telling you it sucks.  In these situations, the pessimism serves the purpose of helping me to problem solve and find a better solution. 

As an example of both, if I hire someone or am coaching a player that works hard and makes mistakes, I am thrilled to work with and help them.  Conversely, if they don’t work hard, blame others, and make excuses; I would rather move right on and not worry about them.

A cool moment recently?  I coach a football team of 9- and 10-year old’s and we had our first game last Saturday.  A group of those boys were some of my first players ever and my late brother in law and I coached them for years together.  Prior to the game, I gathered those boys and asked them if they’d be willing to play even a little harder in the memory of Coach Sam.  They all enthusiastically said yes and then collectively they all played the best they ever had on the way to a win.  After the game I thanked them as I gave a post-game speech to the team and it ended up being a very moving moment – especially for myself and my son. 

Some quotes I love? 

“Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what is good for you.” – Eric Thomas

“Most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep.” – Eric Thomas

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – September 11

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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.  

Something that has inspired me over the past week? (#1) – As most of you are aware, my brother in law died suddenly at the age of 32.  He was like a brother to me and last week in my 5 Spot I mentioned his “honor walk” – being brought down to donate all his organs to help others.  Since I wrote that, I have now seen a picture and video of him during that honor walk.  He was draped in the American flag, had a Captain America shield and Broncos jersey on top of him, and had many pictures of his loved ones surrounding him as well.  I got very emotional when I saw the pictures thinking how proud I was of him and how the pictures represented the man I knew so well – unselfish, someone everyone adored, tough, patriotic, and strong.  I will never forget that photo of him and it will give me strength until it’s my time to go.

Something else that has inspired me over the past week or so?  (#2) – On my oldest son’s tackle football team there is a girl that I’ve noticed has an incredibly strong work ethic.  This has translated into her making great plays on the field and this past weekend she served as one of the team captains.  During one of the games, there was a big shoving match and our coach asked the players why they were allowing themselves to get dragged into something like that.  They responded, “they were being really mean to Lilly” to which the coach said, “ok good job then, we can’t have that” and walked away.  To be one of the only females on a boys football team takes guts, to work hard and get onto the field takes determination and to reach a point where her teammates felt the need to defend her took earning the respect of those around her.  I think this young lady is setting quite an example whether she realizes it or not. 

Another form of inspiration over the past week?  (#3) – During my oldest son’s football game this past weekend he scored his first touchdown of the season. My son is very hard working and humble but as soon as he scored, I was absolutely thrilled to see him pointing up at his uncle in heaven.  The touchdown itself was great but it inspired me seeing him thinking of his uncle and trying to honor him in his own special way.  And as one of his former coaches, I know he made his uncle proud!

An important question to ask yourself?  With the passing of my brother in law I have been struck with how many people he touched.  What hit me even more is how the overwhelming majority really knew who he was and what he was about – his faith, his values, etc.  This got me thinking about what people would think and say about me if I were to pass.  My answer is not important to you but what is important is your answer about yourself.  If your answer pleases you then keep up the great work you’re doing.  If it does not please you then realize you have the time to change it starting right now if you desire. 

Some quotes I love? 

“The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools.” – Thucydides

“If speaking kindly to plants helps them grow, imagine what speaking kindly to humans can do.”

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” – Andy Dufresne in the Shawshank Redemption

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – August 28

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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. 

What do you usually drink?  Most of my patients know that I eat healthy, so I am often asked what I do in terms of beverages.  My main staple is of course filtered water which I drink regularly throughout the day.  I also will drink club soda which is simply water with carbonation and my favorite are Zevia drinks.  Zevia is a brand that uses the plant stevia to sweeten their beverages all naturally without sugar or artificial sweeteners.  I get either the ginger ale or root beer flavored and will usually have 1 or 2 of those per day for a treat.  I also will have coffee in the morning because I enjoy the taste.  Overall, I keep it simple and it works well for me.  In my experience of helping people with their nutrition, beverages are often a hidden culprit that will sabotage results so be mindful of what you’re drinking. 

Something that has inspired me?  My oldest son has begun playing tackle football for the first time after years of me coaching him in flag football.  Within 1-2 practices he was already recognized by his coaches and teammates as the hardest worker and became an instant leader.  My son is a skilled player but seeing him stand out for his drive and determination made me far prouder than any amount of skill ever could.  Setting a standard and becoming an example to those around us through our actions rather than our words is something I strongly believe in.

What can I do to keep my neck from feeling so sore and stiff?  In my experience the things that cause the most stress on the neck are postural and are related to our head position while on our phones/computers/devices and during our sleeping position. 

To reduce the amount of stress you get while using devices, simply make sure that you raise your device up toward you rather than craning your neck down toward the device.  When using your computer, keep the breast bone up and the head neutral and avoid bringing your neck forward toward the screen and also train yourself to check your posture every so often (I do this after every 2-3 patient notes that I fill out).  As far as sleeping position, you want to sleep either on your side or your back and your neck should not be either too high or too low.  I recommend using a supportive pillow (memory foam, cervical curve pillow, My Pillow, etc.) that will help you stay anchored into a decent position and not apply stress to the neck.  Obviously, things like chiropractic and massage can also help your neck but avoiding some of what causes so much stress on your neck area will be tremendously beneficial. 

If you had to pick only one thing, what would you say is the overall major cause of most people’s spinal issues?  I get a version of this question often and the answer is simple.  The most common cause is a lack of motion.  A great majority of people I see are nowhere near as active as they should be.  Our bodies are meant to move – to exercise, stretch and maintain activity levels.  This motion gives your spine a reason to stay mobile and strong.  When that movement is taken away it simply begins to fuse and atrophy causing lack of mobility and pain.  As someone that runs 100 mile races and pushes my body to the limit I am often asked if I worry that it will break my body down and I always tell them that because of my experiences with my patients, I fear rusting out far more than burning out. 

Some quotes I love? 

“School is never out for the pro.”

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – August 21

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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. 

Something I’ve been seeing great value in?  Over the past month or so I’ve tried to give just a little bit more of myself in different aspects of my life.  I might tip more at a restaurant, take the time to leave a nice review for someone’s business, give a compliment more often, etc.  What I have found interesting is how when we do things like this it always seems to come back to us in some way.  As an example, with my patients I began to try and ask a few more questions, check a few different areas or spend a couple extra minutes with someone I thought might need it.  I did not do this for any reason other than I cared but almost instantly our office began expanding.  I strongly believe that whatever energy and effort you put out will in some way return to you.

Are you a multi-tasker?  As someone with a very high energy level I am often asked if I am a big multi-tasker because people assume I must be doing a lot all at one.  The answer is actually “no” however.  My personal feeling and experience are that when we are doing many things at once, none get done to a high standard and things often fail to get completed.  Therefore, I try to finish something before moving on to the next thing.  This is my form of quality control and as a result I rarely find myself feeling frazzled or like I have too much on my plate.  I don’t sit still well, and I have a ton to do each day but proceeding in this manner helps me get it all done relatively easily and without stress.

An interesting observation?  While Mary and I were in the hospital last week we were told by several of the nurses that everyone loved helping us out because we were so nice.  We were just being ourselves but I’m sure they deal with all sorts of interesting characters there.  I found this interesting because in my office it’s the same.  Most of the people who come here are very kind and friendly and it makes us all want to help them and accommodate them even more.  In the instances where we get people that are unkind and rude, we still help them but honestly, we’d prefer to simply not have their business.  Years ago, I worked as an annuity specialist for John Hancock and dealt with many people via phone each day.  When people were nice, I instinctively wanted to get them a great outcome and when they were mean I honestly didn’t care how it turned out for them.  I have always remembered this, and our recent hospital trip was a great reminder of how being nice is always the best place to start. 

What is it like having a baby girl after 3 boys?  I’ve been raising boys for 14 years so it’s very new and exciting to have a little lady in the house now.  I feel like a part of me that wasn’t alive before has now been activated.  I find myself being more patient with her than I’ve ever been with my other children as infants (even in the middle of the night!) and she loves when I hold her, so we get a lot of time together.  In addition, it’s amazing to see my 3 sons loving on her and caring for her!

Some quotes I love? 

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela

“Engage in combat fully determined to die and you will be alive; wish to survive in the battle and you will surely meet death.” – Uesugi Kenshin, Samurai Commander “God of War”

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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.  This week Mary and I have been out of the office for the birth of our daughter and will be sharing a few lessons I thought were reinforced by some of my experiences this week. 

Lesson 1 – Relax.  Look around.  Make a call.  This is a quote from Navy SEAL Jocko Willink that I have found to be accurate. 

While in the hospital, everything was proceeding well for about 5 hours before our baby’s heartbeat was no longer able to be monitored.  After a few minutes, her heartbeat once again came back on the monitor, but it dropped from 130 beats per minute to 40 with no signs of it rising back up.  Our doctor was called and was on her way into the hospital but wouldn’t be there for a little bit.  I could feel all the tension in the room and see the worry on everyone’s faces (there were about 10 people now in the room because of the seriousness of the situation).  The attending physician took control and made the decision to perform an emergency c-section.  Within 2 minutes, Mary was wheeled out of the room and into the operating room.  There was no discussion, no vote or consensus opinion, just decisive action. 

I respected this because often in times of great stress I have seen people completely freeze up.  They’ll look around and not know what to do next because of the gravity of a situation.  In scenarios such as this there must always be someone willing to step up and do what is necessary.  Usually that means taking a deep breath, assessing the current situation, and then deciding based on your experience and training.  Thankfully, we had someone there that did exactly that.

Lesson 2 – Stay water.  Staying water means being able to go with the flow and follow a new path when you can no longer follow the expected one.  For this pregnancy, Mary really wanted badly to have a VBAC (vaginal birth after a previous c-section).  She went into labor and that goal was progressing well before it suddenly no longer was.  I was proud of her because after she came out of anesthesia, I was expecting her to be deeply saddened by how things had turned out.  Instead, she told me “Our baby is safe and that’s all that matters.  I wanted to try and I’m so thankful I was able to.”  There is a saying that “no plan survives first contact with the enemy” which means that often how we want something to go often will not happen.  If it doesn’t, be proud that you tried, remain flexible and follow the next best route.

Lesson 3 – Stay Calm.  Being trained medically, when things started to go sideways, I was able to understand all the terminology being used around me and knew how serious things were.  I understood they thought they were losing the baby and Mary knew it as well.  It entered both mine and Mary’s thoughts that our daughter could die.  After it was all over, several of the doctors and nurses complimented Mary and I on how calm we remained and said that it helped them greatly in those circumstances.  Likewise, it helped us that all the medical personnel were able to remain calm and focused.  When things start breaking down around you, the single worst thing you can do is panic because it clouds judgment, slows reaction time, and keeps you from staying present.  You get no extra points for panic so try to remain calm.

Lesson 4 – Assumptions can often be wrong.  While Mary was getting an epidural, she mentioned to the anesthesiologist that I was a chiropractor.  He made a comment to me that I must get people in my office regularly that people in his field couldn’t help or something to that effect.  He said it in such a manner that it seemed like he thought I would not like or respect his profession because of what field I was in (and certainly as a chiropractor this can be the case of certain medical doctors towards people in my profession).  He was a nice guy and I told him that wasn’t the case and that just like him, I help as many people as I can but none of us can help everyone ultimately.  I was very respectful of what he was able to do for my wife and certainly very appreciative.  Before long he was describing an issue/ailment that he was having to me so that I could give him my diagnosis which I did.  He then told me he’d love to come see me in my office to get it fixed.  The point here is that often when we are unsure of someone or something, we assume the worst of them and proceed based on that.  Often though, if we go past those assumptions and are willing to respectfully communicate with someone there can be common ground and something to build upon.

Some quotes I love? 

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” —Carl Sandburg

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

Want more?

  • Don’t forget to follow Dr. Kenney on Instagram @Coloradochiropractor
  • To see previous Friday 5 Spots, visit www.newbodychiro.com and go to “blog”
  • Check us out on Facebook under New Body Chiropractic
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