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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 24th

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I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

What causes the “cracking” noise during an adjustment?  It doesn’t offend me, but I’ve never liked the term “cracking” when talking about an adjustment because nothing is cracking or breaking.  The sound occurs (with certain chiropractic techniques) when a joint is moved.  As this happens, a little bit of air and nitrogen are released from the joint and thus the sound is heard. Just like if you press into your knuckles it can cause that sound, the spine works the same way.

A recent observation?  I have a friend that coaches a flag football team of young kids.  His team is currently undefeated and this past weekend their opponents showed up to the game and willingly forfeited because they expected to lose badly.  All expect one of the parents on the forfeiting team supported this decision and I found this horrible to say the least.  In sports and in life, it is never fun to lose but losing is a great teacher.  Losing teaches us what needs to be improved and makes us re-evaluate what we’re doing to get there.  It also gives us an appreciation for success and winning and how challenging it can be to attain it.  I think the faulty message that was sent to that group of kids with that ridiculous forfeit was that unless you’re sure you can win, it’s not worth trying.  It also told them that no one thought they could handle it if they tried and failed.  Making things too soft for kids (and adults) only makes them soft and weak, take a loss and move on.

Something I’d recommend more people do?  I am a huge fan of doing some type of exercise in the morning.  This does not have to necessarily be your main workout or anything super lengthy or intense, just something to get moving.  I believe this gives you a tremendous edge as you begin your day.  You feel refreshed, more alert and like you are ahead of schedule already.  I now do a 10-20-minute moderate intensity workout without any equipment each morning for this reason and it gets me ready for the day.  Give it a try, you will be glad you did!

Is there something you recommend for improving posture?  There are 3 main recommendations I make regarding posture.   First, focus on keeping your breastbone up.  This simple step helps the rest of the body to naturally get into healthier positions.  Second, create what I call “postural checkpoints.”  For example, when you’re driving or at your desk you may find that you tend to slouch.  Going forward, when you hit a stoplight or as you complete a portion of a task at work, remind yourself to sit up straight.  If you begin doing this, soon it will become intuitive and will greatly improve your posture.  Finally, receive chiropractic checkups on a regular basis.  Much of our poor posture is a response to having misalignments in the spine and our bodies adapting bad positions to accommodate them.  Therefore, a regular tune-up here and there can prevent and/or fix this.

A quote I love?  “How you do anything is how you do everything.” 

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 17

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I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

Should I work through pain or soreness?  I have this discussion regularly and I think it’s important.  Soreness will happen anytime your body is exposed to a stimulus to which it is unaccustomed.  This could be the start of exercise, a new type or form of exercise, more weight or reps, running more than usual, lifting boxes around your home, etc.  Soreness is very normal and can be worked through without risk of damage.  Pain is different.  Examples of this would be improper motion, something feeling pinched, abnormal symptoms or basically a feeling of something not being right.  These are signals your body is sending to you that something is in fact wrong.  Trying to work through this is likely to cause more injury.  So, soreness is fine to work through while pain is not. 

I’ve heard if I get adjusted once I’ll have to get adjusted forever, is that true?  I have gotten this one thousands of times and it always baffles me.  Chiropractic adjustments are meant to help your body function better so that you can feel and move better.  If that appeals to you then you are welcome to do it as much or as little as you like.  Good nutrition, brushing your teeth, exercise, dental checkups, massage, physical therapy and much more are also meant to help you, though few people ever ask whether if they do those once they’ll need to do them forever.  While an adjustment is likely to make you feel and function better, there is no process that begins after an initial adjustment that would necessitate you getting adjusted forever unless you decide you want to.   

A piece of exercise and/or nutrition advice I think everyone should follow?  This time of year, many are trying to eat better and exercise more.  Based on my experience, here is my number one piece of advice…just start!  Will you make mistakes?  Yes.  But you will learn from mistakes and the trial and error will help you.  Many people get “paralysis by analysis” where they feel they need all the perfect information before beginning anything.  Sadly, many of those people never begin at all.  When I look back at my early days of exercise and eating better, I want to laugh and trust me, you would too.  I really had no idea what I was doing but I stuck with it and learned from mistakes.  Eventually that produced knowledge and efficiency and it will for you too.  Just get started and adjust as you go.

Something useful I’ve been using?  I love motivational videos on YouTube.  I’m usually up by about 5am and I will often go onto YouTube first thing and start watching videos while I have a cup of coffee.  After a few Rocky or Navy SEAL videos or something with Les Brown, Jocko Willink or David Goggins in it I’m fired up to start doing something physical like burpees or pushups.  This really helps me get primed up for the day.  Motivation can’t finish a job for you, but it can definitely help you get started so utilize it!

A quote I love?  “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” ― Bruce Lee

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 10th

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Dr. Kenney’s 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

Where do you get your energy from, is it coffee or what?  Though it’s not something I play up, my energy level is something people notice and comment on regularly.  I do drink a little bit of coffee but even without coffee my energy is the same – at work and at home.  My energy comes from a combination of things.   I am a very positive and grateful person, so I enjoy my family, my work and many of the simplest things in life.  I get enough sleep each night, exercise daily, eat well and deal with stress so that it does not dictate my life.  Years ago, when these things were not the case, my energy level was only a fraction of what it is now.

A common health misconception you encounter?  Something I’ve noticed over the years is that people blame age for everything.  In fact, I had a guy this morning who blamed his back pain on his age…he’s 24.  Seriously?  The reality is that as we age our bodies do become less efficient than they were in our youth.  However, chronological age does not dictate health.  I will often sit down with a new patient I would assume to be in their 50’s but is actually in their 30’s or vice versa.  Things will change physiologically as we age but we can slow or accelerate that process through our health choices.  In my experience those that eat well, exercise, manage their stress, complain less, etc. are the ones that look, act and feel less than their actual age.  Those that don’t will age faster.

A book you love?  “Can’t Hurt Me:  Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds” by David Goggins.  This book is written by a former Navy SEAL that had a horrible upbringing, became obese and was not progressing well in life.  He has gone on to become an absolute, no BS guy that has accomplished a great deal while never forgetting what got him there.  He is an intense dude and I really gravitate to how he sees things.  I read this book last year and upon finishing it, signed up for the Leadville 100 to challenge myself.  In August when I competed in Leadville I saw and briefly spoke to David Goggins who was also in the race.  Knowing I was competing in a race that he was in and having a chance to briefly meet him was a great honor for me. 

A recent observation?  As I mentioned last week, my wife has an online fitness business.  Her main focus is women and she helps many on a daily basis.  She has a large community on Instagram and over the past couple weeks she received messages from a handful of women.  All gave long stories about how they’ve struggled to get fit, lose weight, feel good, etc.  All of them then asked Mary if she’d be willing to send them a week or two free so that they could try the program without paying the $20 per month.  Mary was more than happy to help them and since the workouts are sent via email, asked for an email address.  In every case, the women said they were unwilling to provide an email address (you could literally create one just for this).  I found this interesting because it reinforced to me the adage that “if you’re serious you’ll find a way and if you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”  I also found it significant because so many people do not realize that the ultimate impediment to their progress is their own habits and thinking. 

A quote I love?  “A setback is a setup for a comeback” ― T.D. Jakes

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 3rd

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Dr. Kenney’s 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

Do you drink alcohol?  For whatever reason, people must be curious about this one because I get it frequently.  The answer is that I no longer do.  In my older years I would drink beer or wine on the weekends at times while cooking or relaxing.  Though I wasn’t a huge drinker, I also wasn’t the type to have a half a glass of wine.  Over a year ago, I overheard a conversation between my two older sons and a friend of theirs about how they never wanted to drink.  That got me thinking.  Then I started to think about how as someone that prides himself on taking his fitness to the highest level, alcohol always felt “off brand” to me.  In fact, after a sip of alcohol I would already be thinking about what I’d do the next day to almost punish my body to get rid of it.  After considering all these things, I decided that alcohol wasn’t really bringing anything to the table for me and I decided to give it up.  After a year of no alcohol I can say that I do feel even better than I did, and my level of fitness has increased too. 

A form of exercise I’ve been enjoying?  This will sound like a shameless plug but is not.  My wife has an online fitness business called The Perfect 20.  These are 20-minute workouts that can be done without equipment, anywhere.  Over the past week with the holidays I started doing a few of these workouts for convenience and they are amazing!  I enjoy the brief, intense workout that I get, and it helps me get a total body workout that also strengthens my core.  I had some hip soreness for about a week and it was gone after one of these workouts and it seems to be really helping my running as well.  It took me about 8 months to finally start doing these workouts but they’re going to remain a major staple of my routine going forward.  Feel free to check these out at www.theperfect-20.com or on Instagram and Facebook.

A snack I enjoy?  I am not a fan of sweets, but I can really get down with some chips and dip.  I regularly (aka pretty much daily) enjoy gluten free rice chips or tortilla chips with hummus, guacamole or even organic sour cream with hot sauce mixed into it. 

Are you a fan of New Year’s resolutions?  Yes and no.  In my experience, most people make “resolutions” more like a wish list than they do any sort of a plan of action.  As a result, most resolutions are already dead by the Super Bowl.  What I am a fan of is setting some sort of a goal (short term or long term broken up into short term pieces) and developing a plan of action.  I’ll use weight loss as an example because it’s so popular.  Rather than resolving to lose 70 pounds, I’d prefer to see someone have a goal to lose 10 pounds in the next month and 70 for the year.  Then rather than just joining a gym and hoping for the best, write down and execute the plan for January.  For example, I will go the gym 4 days a week, I will take 3 long walks per week, I will cut out bread, drink more water at work, etc.  The plan will remove guesswork and stress and help you attain your first goal.  Once you hit the first goal, you’ll then have more confidence to get to the next one.  So, my advice is to set goals and then back them up with a realistic plan of attack.    

A quote I love?  “If you want to take the island, then burn your boats. With absolute commitment come the insights that create real victory.”  — Tony Robbins

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – December 27th

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Dr. Kenney’s 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

Do you eat strictly over the holidays?  The way I approach eating at holiday events is that I indulge in things that I am excited about but avoid just stuffing my face with things I don’t.  For example, my grandmother used to bring over apples that are essentially baked using red hot candies and water. She created this recipe during The Depression, and I’ve had it every year of my life going back to childhood. It’s as much Christmas to me as the tree.  Is it good for me?  No.  Am I skipping it?  Heck no.  On the other hand, cookies are not my thing so when those are everywhere at parties, I leave them be.  I don’t restrict myself, but I don’t go too crazy just because it’s a holiday.

A piece of nutrition advice you like to give?  Following along with the above, I believe that there is nothing wrong with eating whatever you want from time to time.  Scientifically when this is a deviation from your norm, it accelerates metabolism.  My advice is to not let a “cheat day” become multiple days, a cheat week or more.  So, what I recommend is the day after you indulge, get right back into healthy eating and get some form of exercise in.  On Christmas I ate a lot of food I would not eat on a regular day.  On the 26th I got up, did 100 burpees (while my 17-month-old clapped for me, bonus!), drank a lot of water and had a healthy breakfast of eggs and an avocado.  Before my body could even begin to crave sugar or want more of the bad stuff, I had it back on the right track.  Treating yourself is fine, just have the discipline to get it back under control.

A gift I’m excited about?  I got a training mask from my kids for Christmas.  For those not familiar, this is a mask you wear that restricts breathing and simulates altitude training.  It can be set for anywhere from 3,000 feet to 18,000 feet.  I’ve done a run and a couple workouts with it thus far and it’s challenging but I think it will help me as I continue training for my upcoming 100-mile race in March.

A book I love?  Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler.  This is the true story of a wealthy man, stuck in his routines that brings a very intense Navy SEAL to live with him and his family and follow him around for 30 days.  The story itself is worth it but there are many lessons to be learned about breaking out of comfort zones and challenging ourselves daily to become better people.

A quote I love?  “Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live and a beauty to rescue.” – John Eldredge

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – December 13th

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Dr. Kenney’s 5 Spot

I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions.  On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.

Are there ingredients in food you won’t eat?  Yes.  For space reasons I won’t go into the specifics of why today, but I will not eat any artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame-K, saccharine), hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (these are trans fats) or any artificial colors.  These are all extremely toxic to the nervous system and body so they’re not worth it for me.

A piece of advice I give to my patients?  Most people understand the importance of regular dental checkups.  Checkups detect problems before they begin or get too far, and the regular cleanings help maintain the teeth to remain healthy and strong for longer.  I recommend people follow the same principle with their spine and chiropractic care.  You certainly don’t need to be adjusted every single week if you don’t wish but even somewhat regular “tune-ups” will go a long way.  90% of the worst conditions I see could have been prevented with basic preventative care.

Something I admire?  Have you ever watched someone that’s excellent at what they do?  I’m talking about someone that takes time to put all they have into what they do and how they do it.  I call that being a “craftsman” and it’s something I really admire.  Some recent examples of this that come to mind are a gentleman that selects and fits people for hats, a football coach, a waiter and a lawyer.  I love to observe people like this and learn from them.

A lesson I believe in?  As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I coach two football teams.  One of the things I try to do with all my players is find something they do well.  Some kids are very gifted and it’s easy.  But others may not be and so with these kids I really search to find their “thing.”  Once I find it, I over-emphasize it in practice, get them to take great pride in it and then allow them to utilize it in our games.  What I’ve found is that once they can contribute what they do well, their confidence grows and I’m able to expand their roles and teach them more.  There is a player I’ve had for 2 seasons.  In his first, he struggled with everything but eventually I detected a strength.  This season I got him in a position to utilize that strength and he blossomed.  By season’s end he was one of our defensive MVP’s and went from a quiet kid to a vocal leader and great teammate.  I believe that this lesson is true in life and sports:  double down on your strengths and as your productivity and confidence grows, you can then begin to produce even more strengths.

A quote I love: “It’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.” – Jocko Willink

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7 Myths about pain I hear daily

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As a chiropractor I deal with pain on a daily basis. Today I’d like to dispel some of the most common myths I hear from patients regarding pain.

Myth #1: Pain happens because of age. While we certainly heal faster and recover quicker at a younger age, your body does not produce pain in response to your latest birthday milestone.

Myth #2: Pain can has to be either nerve, muscular OR bone related (structural). Your spine protects the nerves that power all of your muscles. In other words, these 3 components are all in such close proximity that what affects one will usually affect the others.

Myth #3: Soreness is the same as pain. Soreness is a sign you’ve placed new or greater stresses upon your body and the effects are usually short lived (1-2 days). For example, returning to physical activity after a long layoff often produces soreness. Pain on the other hand could be something such as a muscle spasm that takes your breath away or a shooting pain down your arm or leg. Unlike soreness, pain will usually cause problems with your activities of daily life and will not usually go away quickly.

Myth #4: If you’re pain-free, you’re healthy. Pain is a symptom, and symptoms are messages from your body that something is amiss. The problem is that symptoms often take months or years to finally present themselves. For example, the first outward symptom of heart disease is often an actual heart attack. Therefore, the absence of pain unfortunately is not a reliable indicator of your overall health.

Myth #5: Only “serious” injuries cause pain. Injuries such as broken bones or diseases like cancer can obviously cause pain, however the amount of pain felt is not proportional to the severity of your condition. In fact, the patients I often encounter in the most severe pain are usually suffering from basic musculoskeletal issues.

Myth #6: You just have to live with pain. In nearly every case, (with proper treatment) there is something that can be done to at least minimize the amount of pain a person is in. Over the years I’ve had many patients that believed they’d have to suffer for life become pain-free, sometimes even after a single visit!

Myth #7: Only wimps go to a doctor for pain. It’s not necessary to get in a car and drive to a medical facility anytime you don’t feel completely 100%. However, there’s no shame in enlisting the help of a specialist to help you correct an issue. I regularly encounter patients that “sucked it up”, continued living in pain and avoided seeing a doctor for years (probably all while driving their friends and family crazy). Without exception, once these people start receiving the appropriate care they all tell me “I wish I’d just come in sooner.”

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.

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6 Tips for a stronger mind and more productive life

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I’m a big believer that one of the most valuable tools a person can possess is a strong mindset. This enables a person to plan effectively, deal with crisis and move forward productively. Like anything else, thinking in a constructive way takes practice. Here are 6 tips I recommend for strengthening your mind.

1. Keep the past behind you. Far too many people spend crucial energy focused on what has already happened instead of what could be happening. Instead of dwelling on what used to be, start focusing on how you want things to be.

2. Take “smaller bites”. Many of us have so many things that need to be done that it can become overwhelming. Rather than allowing the stress this causes to set us back, the key is to take “smaller bites.” Focus on and complete 1 task at a time before moving on to the next. This will allow you to simultaneously focus on the task at hand, accomplish things, feel better and still progress toward your ultimate goal(s).

3. Trust yourself. When things get challenging many people have a tendency to question how (or if) they’ll ever be able to find a solution. Rather than adopting that negative mindset, have faith that one way or another you will succeed. Many of the most admirable people I’ve encountered were just normal people that refused to give up on finding solutions to their problems.

4. Don’t compare yourself. With things like Facebook, there is a greater tendency than ever for people to compare themselves to their friends and acquaintances. Ultimately this is damaging, exhausting and unproductive. Rather than worrying about how you stack up versus others, focus on whether you’re growing into a better version of yourself.

5. Put others first. As human beings we often have a tendency to spend so much time in our own heads that we don’t focus enough on those around us. Placing energy into helping others (even in small ways) without worrying about what we’ll receive in return has the tendency to produce profound results. I’ve personally experienced time and again in my personal and business life that those I help often end up returning the favor to me in amazing and unexpected ways.

6. Use the ” 1 hour rule”. This is a trick that I adopted many years ago and often tell my patients about. When you’re faced with an obstacle in life there is nothing wrong with admitting you’re upset. Take an hour to feel the emotions – cry, scream, punch (preferably pillows not people) or do whatever necessary to allow some of that emotion to be released…but only for 1 hour. After that hour you need to come out prepared to create solutions to whatever issues you may be facing.

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