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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 8th

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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. 

An important concept I follow.  I was talking to a patient the other day and they were telling me how tough it was for them to run 3 miles and asked if I had any advice on how to make it easier.  My response was “go out and run 5 miles.”  They laughed but I was serious.  Our bodies and minds are often bound by what we see as our normal or what is within our abilities.  In this instance, 3 miles feels long to this person because the mind and body see it as the top end of potential.  But if the person goes out and runs 5 miles then the “normal” is reset.  Suddenly 3 miles is not daunting and seems a whole lot easier.  This concept can apply to anything in your life.  If you want to get to a higher level, I recommend that you always be looking to reset your normal – go a little further, harder, faster, etc.  You will achieve far more than you dreamed you could, and it will make your everyday life far different over time!

A show I really enjoyed.  I have not watched much TV over the last few months but stumbled onto a show recently that I love.  On Apple TV there is a show called “Ted Lasso” about a football coach that goes to England to coach a pro soccer team.  It’s fictional and lighthearted but I really enjoy certain aspects of it.  What speaks to me most is the main character’s overwhelming positivity and desire to motivate people by forming connections and trying to help them discover their own greatness and unique gifts.  As someone that is very positive and loves to celebrate the success of others this show really speaks to me.  Also, before he died my brother-in-law kept telling me how great the show was.  He was also a super positive person that motivated those he interacted with, so somehow it makes the show even better for me by seeing things in the show that I know would’ve really spoken to his personality.

What is my chiropractic specialty?  I’m often asked what my specialty is and though I don’t technically have any additional fancy letters after my name, I would consider myself a general practitioner with lots of experience in many patient types.  I see a lot of athletes, families, pregnant women, provide care for ongoing wellness and those seeking pain relief.  I think this has come about naturally for me because I have always been an athlete myself, have 4 children of my own and have utilized chiropractic to both maintain my health and bail me out of some bad jams when I’m in pain.  There are other case types that I can assist with, but these are my favorites because I have so much firsthand experience with them both in my personal life and throughout my years of practice.

An important health concept.  When it comes to your health, you likely have things you swear by – certain supplements, treatments, forms of exercise, etc.  That is a great thing but something to keep in mind is that your health will never be made by only one thing, habit, or treatment.  Obviously, I love chiropractic but even the best adjustment will not solve all your health problems. 

Ultimately your health is made up of how you care for your body physically (exercise, stretching, treatments like chiropractic or massage, etc.), what you put into it (food, drinks, alcohol, medications, etc.) and how you think (frame of mind, positive or negative self-talk, etc.).  Stick with what works for you but try not to neglect any of the three major areas.  If you try in all three aspects, you will find that the things you rely on will work even better for you.  As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I can tell you that patients that are physically active, positive and eat even somewhat decently get better faster and stay healthier than those that do not.

(I got the following question about 2 minutes before submitting this) “With so much bad stuff going around us, when do you just kind of give up?”  Never. 

Some quotes I love. 

“There is no weapon more deadly than the Will.” – Bruce Lee

“Professionals stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way.” – James Clear

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – December 25th

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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. 

This week as a change I am sharing some of my favorite quotes.  Some I’ve mentioned previously, some are new, but all are great!  Enjoy and Merry Christmas everyone!

Some quotes I love. 

“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Any right that can be taken away depending on the situation is not a right, it’s a permission.”

“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” —Jim Rohn

“Do what is easy, and your life will be hard. Do what is hard and your life will become easy.” – Les Brown

“It’s not what you preach, it’s what you tolerate.” –  Jocko Willink

“I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.” – David Goggins

“Make friends with pain, and you will never be alone.” – Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville 100

“Anyone who doesn’t pay your mortgage, buy your groceries, or cover your expenses, doesn’t get to determine if your job is essential or not.” – Ryan Michler

“Some people are so far behind in the race that they actually believe that they’re leading.” – Uncle Junior, The Sopranos “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

“If you wanna take the f’g island burn your fucking boats; and you will take the island ’cause people when they’re gonna either die or succeed, tend to succeed.” – Tony Robbins

“The only easy day was yesterday.” – Navy SEAL mantra

“You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got.” – Bon Jovi, Living on a Prayer

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains, and we never even know we have the key.” – The Eagles, Already Gone

“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican Proverb

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” – John Wooden

“The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“Going in one more round when you don’t think you can. That’s what makes all the difference in your life.” – Rocky Balboa

“We gonna weed through the quitters, we gonna find us a damn warrior or two today!” – from the movie American Sniper

“Simple doesn’t mean easy.”

“School is never out for the pro.” – Dan Kennedy

“The Advanced Level is Mastery of the Basics” – Ray Mancini

“You’ve got to feed the beast.” – probably a lot of people but I say this all the time

“I don’t know how I’m going to win, I just know I’m not going to lose.”

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.” – Macho Man Randy Savage

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

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” -Dennis P. Kimbro

“There’s no cure for being cheap.” – Mike Lombardi

“Learn to get comfortable while being uncomfortable.” 

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – December 18th

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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 great story I was told.  When my 2-year-old son was born my wife (who worked with me here) and I had no childcare on Thursdays, so we’d bring our little guy to work with us. It never went well and was stressful.  My wife would answer phones, schedule patients, and put people into our cryotherapy machine while I saw patients so between that, the baby and being postpartum she was not in a good spot.

She told me this week that at an extremely low point she carried our son with her as she put one of our patients/clients into the cryotherapy machine.  This woman who was in her late 50’s told my wife after seeing her with the baby how lucky she was and a couple other simple things.  My wife explained to me that those words completely changed her as a mother.  She no longer saw the stresses of motherhood but focused on the gift she’d been given.  2 years later, my wife reached out to this patient on social media and shared this with her – how her words helped shape her into a better mother and gave her a stronger sense of gratitude.  The patient was completely moved by this and told her that she’d always dated or been around doctors or people that helped others and so she herself had felt like a failure that she’d never helped anyone.  She told my wife that hearing she’d helped her gave her the best feeling imaginable – that she had made a difference.  The point of this story to me is that sometimes taking the time to share some kind words with someone can make all the difference.  This woman helped my wife and that led to my wife helping her.  I thought this was beautiful and worth sharing.

Do you count calories?  I am passionate about healthy eating, so I get this one regularly.  I do not count calories.  My focus is on eating healthy foods and then listen to my body by eating more when I feel hungry and less when I’m not.  I’ll usually eat about 5-6 times per day and 2-3 are actual meals while 2-3 are more quicker meals like a protein bar or shake and a piece of fruit.  It is worth noting though that when I was young I did count calories when I was bodybuilding so I do have a very good idea as to how many calories are in what I eat so I’m not thinking I’m eating 2,000 calories when I’m really eating dramatically more or less than that.  That knowledge probably helps me not to worry about counting them.

A concept I want you to understand.  Discouragement is a dangerous thing.  We compare ourselves to others, to where we once were, get depressed about our body, our finances, or any number of a million things.  So, what should we do?  My advice is to start with whatever you can do RIGHT NOW.  If you walk for exercise go another block.  Do 1 more pushup, try to have a great day at work today even if it won’t solve your finances instantly.  Accept where you are, take responsibility and try to do a good job with whatever you have this second.  Stay super short term and do something good right now.  This will begin leading you where you need to go.

Workouts I’ve been enjoying.  I ran across a guy on YouTube that has some excellent dumbbell workouts that can be used to train different areas of the body.  I’ve done several of these workouts this week and it’s been fun learning some new exercises and remembering a few forgotten ones as well.  If you ever feel like you’re in a rut with your workouts, places like YouTube can be a great source of inspiration and learning.  Try changing up your workouts in some way – the variety will help you physiologically, physically, and mentally.  These videos were a welcome change for me and I’m not ashamed to admit they were done by a dude that was probably in diapers when I started working out!

Some quotes I love. 

“It’s impossible”, said pride.  “It’s risky,” said experience.  “It’s pointless,” said reason.  “Give it a try,” whispered HEART. – Inky Johnson

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

“Nothing’s more unattractive than a muzzled up obedient ‘man’.” – Erin Marie

“Work hard, do good, and keep your mouth shut.” – JP Dinnell

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – December 11th

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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 health risk factor I wish more people knew about.  Visceral fat is a very serious indicator of poor health.  This type of fat is found in the area commonly referred to as the “spare tire.”  Because this fat is stored in the abdominal cavity close to vital organs it puts a person at a very high risk for serious health issues such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and more.  A significant amount of visceral fat comes from poor nutrition and exercise habits.  If this applies to you, please consider getting moving more with exercise and trying to eat better.  Visceral fat is like a “check engine” light in your car – you can ignore it only so long before it will break down in a serious way.

A great experience I had this week.  Last week I went to get a haircut at a new place.  The barber was an interesting guy and really impressed me.  He took extra time to fix some “mistakes” he’d seen from my last haircut (probably many), told me about his scissors that he’d gotten from Japan and why it was an investment not a cost, told me about his father being a barber and how close they were, and shared some of his personal feelings about life and business that I found very relevant.  The reason that I was so impressed was that he is what I call a “craftsman” – someone so experienced, passionate, and proud of what they do that it comes across instantly.  When I meet people like this, I love to ask them questions because I want to figure out their “secret sauce.”  Anytime I encounter someone like this I try to come away with something I can implement in my own businesses or life.  I left this gentleman a big tip, brought my kids back the following day and will be going there exclusively from now on.

A recent observation.  My wife works part time in a nutritional counseling business.  The program is expensive, and monitors everything eaten and done each day.  Hearing portions of calls with clients and listening to my wife discuss clients with the owner of the business I have noticed a common theme.  People that want to succeed always find a way and those that are failing are their own worst enemy.  Both groups make mistakes but the ones with a good attitude and true desire to change are very open to feedback.  They correct mistakes and forge a better path forward and take pride in each small victory.  This creates momentum and soon small changes turn to larger ones. 

Conversely, those with the negative mindset behave as you might expect.  They argue with the people trying to help them, make ridiculous excuses (trust me on this) and outright lie to themselves and those trying to assist them.  Essentially, they self-sabotage themselves.  This observation was a great reminder to me that to change you must first have a desire to do so.  I heard someone say it perfectly the other day – “your attitude will either open doors or close them.”

A piece of exercise advice I often give.  Many of us have types of exercise that appeal more to us than others.  For example, some like weights, some running and some Pilates or yoga.  Ideally though, we want to be somewhat well rounded.  The three aspects I recommend having at least some aspect of in your regular routine are cardiovascular, weight training and some type of stretching.  They do not need to be done equally but having some portion of all 3 in your weekly routine will help greatly.

Some quotes I love. 

“A lion never has to tell you he’s a lion.”

“Freedom terrifies people who want to be led and empowers people who want to be represented.” – Colin Noir

“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite!” – Buddy the Elf

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – December 4th

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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’m looking forward to?  Normally I like to have some type of race or event on my calendar to train for.  It keeps me focused, gives the training itself more purpose and helps me unload any mental baggage I may be carrying.  Quite simply, training for and then running races makes me better in the other aspects of my life.  Unfortunately, with COVID there aren’t as many races to sign up for or the restrictions make it not worth participating in.  The other day I came up with the idea that I would run my own ultramarathon on my late brother in law’s birthday in February.  I am still working on some details but plan to run a minimum of 34 miles up to a maximum of 100.  My older sons are excited to join me at some point during the “race” as well.

Having something to train for instantly got me excited again and I always enjoy the process of preparing for something like this.  More importantly, on the actual day of the race it will serve an important purpose for me – helping me to deal with the loss of a best friend.  When I run such long distances, my body breaks down, but my mind sharpens, and I can think more clearly than at any other time.  I am excited to have that time lost in thought and know it will help me let go of certain things and cling tighter to others.  In the words of Forest Gump about his running, “My mama always said you got to put the past behind you before you can move on. And I think that’s what my running was all about.”

I hear popping when I move my neck/back but it doesn’t hurt, is that bad?  If you experience superficial popping in your spine that is not painful it is often a sign of spinal misalignment.  When your spine is misaligned, instinctively your body knows this is the case and tries to put things back in proper alignment.  That is why you may notice these pops when turning, bending, etc.  You’ll likely notice that after an adjustment that some or most of this will go away.  If you experience a grinding sensation in your neck or back that is different and can be indicative of advance arthritis though I usually only see that in elderly patients. 

Any advice for leg cramps?  I am often asked about leg cramps and a big part of my advice depends on when the cramps tend to occur.  If the legs are cramping frequently during the day, it is likely a nerve issue.  Cases such as these usually react well to chiropractic adjustments because they are often indicative that a lower back nerve (that feeds into the sciatic nerve) is aggravated, often even by a simple spinal misalignment.  Re-aligning the lower back decreases nerve pressure and thus the leg cramps.

If the issue is more common at night (especially late at night when sleeping or attempting to sleep), this tends to be more of a nutritional issue.  In these instances, sodium, potassium and/or water balances are often off balance and causing involuntary cramping.  For this I recommend increasing water intake by a couple glasses per day, eating a banana/avocado or something with potassium in it, and sprinkling a good salt (sea salt, not table salt) on your food once a day or so.  I’ve had hundreds of patients over the years with this issue that get relief with these simple changes. 

An inexpensive supplement I often recommend?  Vitamin B is like fuel to your nerves just as gas is to your vehicle.  A lot of the nutritional habits common within the standard American diet tend to decrease vitamin B within our bodies.  This can cause symptoms such as fatigue, numbness/tingling and more.  As a chiropractor I often see this contributing to or worsening pain syndromes, sciatica, radicular pains, fibromyalgia and more.  To help prevent this, I recommend simply taking a quality Vitamin B complex supplement.  B-complex will provide all the b-vitamins your body requires and will make a major difference in your nerves and energy level for less than $10 a bottle.  To begin with, double your dosage for 7 days to try and build up a surplus of B and then take as directed thereafter.  Avoid taking near bedtime as the b-vitamins increase ATP production and thus increase energy.

Some quotes I love? 

“The lowest valley leads to the highest peak.” – Marcus Luttrell

“Comfort is a slow death.”

“If winning or losing is going to define your life, you’re on a rough road.” – Bud Grant

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 27

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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’m thankful for?  As most of you know, my brother in law died suddenly at the end of August in his early 30’s.  While that was a tragedy I wouldn’t wish on anyone, I have great memories of him.  Something I am thankful for (and realize more each day just how thankful) is the time he and I shared together coaching football together.  When I became a coach, I immediately asked him to be my assistant and we learned the ropes together.  He and I became extremely close during those times and that relationship led us to start our cryotherapy business together. 

On Thursdays we would get to the practice fields early and it would mark the beginning of a football weekend – practice Thursday and Friday, games on Saturday and then NFL football on Sunday.  He would greet me each week, hug me and say, “This is the best part, it’s all in front of us!”  When I get sad and miss him, I remember him saying that to me and like to think that someday he’ll greet me and say it again.

An important concept.  I was in a conversation earlier this week and we got onto the topic of respecting something versus fearing it.  My thoughts are that when you fear something it has the potential to paralyze you.  You hide from it, stress about it and it prevents you from taking positive action.  When you have a healthy respect for something however, you can still take it seriously while making smart, forward thinking decisions regarding whatever it may be. 

As an example, COVID has many scared now.  However, being scared will only take a person so far, is not an effective long-term strategy and can lead to additional problems.  Respect an enemy but do not allow yourself to become so frightened that you cannot act or act in a meaningful way.

Do you ever just relax?  I got asked this question by a woman this week who said she felt like I must always be exercising based on my social media posts and what I write in these 5 spots.  The reality is that while I love exercise, it does not take up too much of my time at all.  I stay active walking my dog, playing with my kids, doing things around the house, or working in my office but I usually only exercise up to an hour a day.  As a busy dad and business owner I stick to brief but intense bouts of exercise and throw in a few runs each week as well.  This type of program gives me plenty of time to enjoy other things in my life other than exercise.  Even when I am training for a long race, I tend to get up at 3:30-4am to train so I can be back to enjoy time with my family.

Something I admire?  All of us are human and we like to be right.  None of us ever want to look back and think we were wrong, misled, or uninformed.  There are times when we jump to conclusions, act on incomplete information or simply don’t have all the facts.  For this reason, I think it is crucial and admirable to always be evaluating our actions and beliefs.  Some of the people I admire most have shown me that it’s ok to evolve your thinking based on experience, additional information/research, etc. even though it may mean admitting that at some point in the past you were wrong. 

Some quotes I love? 

“Do the right thing even if it means dying like a dog when no one’s there to see you do it.” – James Stockdale

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Marv Levy

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever.” John Adams

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 20

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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 do you write these?  I get great feedback on my 5 Spots and patients will often ask me about certain things I’ve written or tell me what something meant to them.  This week, I had a woman ask me why I write them because she was curious to understand my motivation.  My answer is that ultimately, I am writing these to my children.  Life goes by so fast and we often forget a lot of experiences we have during the different seasons of our life.  I write these because I enjoy recording my thoughts on different things in hopes that at some point (if they want to), my kids can go back and read what their old man had to say.  My short-term goal is to provide content that can hopefully be of value to my patients and my long-term goal is that at some point my children will as well.

A lesson I rely upon often?  One of the transformative aspects of my life has been when I began competing in ultra-marathons.  People often think I compete in them because of how much I love to run but this is not the case.  Honestly, an enjoyable run for me is probably 4-5 miles, running 50-100 miles is far from enjoyable.  Why I continue to come back to these races is for the lessons they can teach.  Though I’ve learned so much, my favorite lesson that I rely on is to always keep moving forward.

That statement is vague, but it carries great meaning.  When you are in pain, keep moving forward.  When it looks bleak, keep moving forward.  When things are at their worst, keep moving forward.  When what you envisioned falls apart, keep moving forward.  When you have doubts, keep moving forward.  When you are looking for excuses to quit, keep moving forward.  These races have allowed me to train my mind through physical exertion to always keep moving forward through stress, tough times, the loss of loved ones and anything else that life may throw at me. 

A common condition I see frequently in practice?  Your thoracic spine is comprised of 12 vertebrae that begin at the base of your neck and go to the top of your lower back.  In this part of your spine, the side portion of these vertebrae (called transverse processes) articulate with your ribs.  Just like your spine can become misaligned, so too can these joints.  When ribs become misaligned, they can often be extremely painful (most patients describe it as “burning” or “stabbing”) and can even affect your ability to take a full deep breath in without pain.  These rib misalignments are usually caused by rotational issues such as from an awkward sleeping position or a repetitive activity such as golf, painting, etc.  Because these rib misalignments can cause muscle spasms, intense pain and difficulty breathing; patients are often misdiagnosed prior to coming to my office and often have dealt with this for months or even years.  Though the symptoms can be very strong, usually correcting the issue is simple and unlike other conditions of the spine, improvement is usually instant. 

Something I’ve been really enjoying?  My oldest son is now 14 years old.  He’s very athletic and has a work ethic like mine.  Since his football season ended, he has been doing weight workouts with me and it’s been fun bonding with him and teaching him something I’ve been so involved in since I was his age.  He’s getting stronger daily and loves to ask me questions and for tips.  It reminds me of when I was around his age and just getting started with exercise.  It is uch a blessing to have these times together!

Some quotes I love? 

“Better to die fighting for freedom then be a prisoner all the days of your life.” – Bob Marley

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves” – Abraham Lincoln

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” – Gladiator

Bonus quote I hate: “Are we allowed to?”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 13

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way.  I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life. 

A type of workout I’ve been enjoying?  Over the past week I have gotten back into some boxing workouts.  I have a heavy bag at my house and after I lift weights, I’ll often do 10-15 minutes worth of boxing drills.  I enjoy it as a great stress reliever and because it works many muscles that I don’t often engage with running or weightlifting.  If you don’t have a heavy bag, you can do all sorts of shadow boxing workouts (there are many available online if you’re looking for ideas).

What is my view on mandates?  I was asked this question in several different forms this week, so I figured I’d address it.  Chiropractic is statistically the safest (by far) of any aspect of medicine and obviously I make my living by providing this service to patients each day.  If tomorrow a mandate came down that every single person had to get adjusted by a chiropractor, I would fight against it.  Though chiropractic care has been documented to save on health expenses and improve quality of life (not to mention it would help my business interests), I still could not support it.  I believe people have a right to choose what they do or do not do to their own bodies and though mandates may have noble intentions, there is always downside that must be considered.  Personally, I trust those around me to make the best decisions they can for themselves and trust only myself to choose what is best for me.

Something I recommend?  Recently I’ve started going back and looking at photo albums I’d made previously on my phone.  These are albums of special occasions, football seasons, births, races, everyday times, etc.  Time flies by so quickly that we often forget how many great memories we’ve experienced.  Going back through so many photos recently I have relived some amazing times and it’s been a wonderful boost for me.  Even photos that remind of tough times or people I’ve lost still benefit me greatly as well.  Check out some of your old photos and relive some good stuff for yourself!

Can anything be done for feeling dizzy?  Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo — that feeling you get that you’re spinning or feeling dizzy.  This is something I’ve treated for years.  What I’ve found is that the upper neck is usually misaligned causing a displacement of tiny crystals within the ears causing an altered flow of fluid in the inner ear.  At that point, the message that goes to your brain becomes distorted and your body becomes confused as to whether you’re standing, lying down, etc. and you get a sudden dizzy feeling.  It’s usually triggered by a turning motion to one side or moving the head up or down.  As terrible and unnerving as these symptoms can be, usually 1-3 adjustments to the upper neck area fully resolve the vertigo.  I’ve received many referrals from ENT’s over the years to help patients that came to them with this problem. 

Some quotes I love? 

“The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg.  It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstance.” – Inky Johnson

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.” – Zig Ziglar

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – November 6th

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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. 

An amazing moment I had this week?  One of the teams I coach has mostly players that I’ve coached since age 7 (most are 10-11 years old now).  One of those boys is a wonderful young man – happy, likeable, hardworking, and honestly, our least talented football player though it never affects his enthusiasm.  For 3 years I have been trying to get him a touchdown because I knew it would mean the world to him, to me and to my team that loves him.  This past weekend we got near the goal line and it finally happened!  We came up with a play especially for him, he caught a short pass for a score and we all went nuts, none more so than myself who ran on the field and carried him off screaming the whole time.  It was a “Rudy” type moment and it reminded me how much we all love the underdog.  In 3 years, I’ve never once heard this young man complain and running off the field with him smiling was one of the best moments I have ever had!

Something good after something bad?  My undefeated football team lost in the semifinals this past weekend and it was a tough one for all of us.  As the coach I will tell you that I was devastated.  My brother in law that recently died used to be my assistant coach and having an undefeated, championship season seemed like it would be such a wonderful thing.  It was not to be.

When I got home after the game, some of the players and parents had given me gifts and cards.  One of the gifts was a framed photo of myself and the boy I described above after his big touchdown.  His mom also wrote me a note that said while most coaches would have dismissed her son, I have never given up on him, have been patient with him, have always encouraged him and have allowed him to keep enthusiastically playing football.  Honestly, it made me cry and meant the world to me.  It also made me think of my brother in law.  When he played football he rarely played.  He was dismissed, not encouraged and he ended up leaving football.  It occurred to me then that if he were looking in on me from heaven, he’d be much more excited that I played a role in helping a kid like himself than anything else I could’ve done as coach.

Something I have not been liking?  I see a trend more now than ever where people cite “science” to support their viewpoints.  Don’t misunderstand me, I believe in science and the scientific process.  What I do not like is just the general answer of “well it’s science” to dismiss someone or a different approach.  Science focuses on testing hypotheses through experiments and observing results.  Another important aspect of science is testing one approach, belief, outcome/expected outcome versus another.  This process allows us to learn more and gain insight.  Proven scientific outcomes are far more valuable to our decision-making process than merely the general science of something is.

How much stretching do I do?  I know many people that have elaborate stretching routines, I am not one of those people.  However, I do understand the importance of stretching and so I do it regularly.  I stick to brief sessions but make sure to do them regularly.  Typically, I will stretch out for about 5 minutes within 30 minutes of getting out of bed and then again at some point during the way (and/or before bed).  I also stretch lightly before I start my workouts or go for a run.  I stick to stretches that lengthen and strengthen my spine and core and I always feel better afterwards.  It’s not complicated or time intensive, but it helps me greatly!

Some quotes I love? 

“Unless some like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and results.”

“The best math you can learn is how to calculate the future cost of current decisions.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – October 30

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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 habit I have found helpful?  Something I’ve been doing for years now that I believe is constructive is that I try to either say or think something nice about someone when I interact with them.  In many instances I will verbalize this to them.  It doesn’t have to be anything major and it’s never fake, but I feel it creates positive energy.  If it’s someone I don’t know (or can’t talk to at that time), I will simply think something nice about them.  This could be someone I see in a store from afar being nice to someone, being polite, showing motivation, whatever.  Again, the process of coming up with something nice to think about them creates positivity within myself which I believe is its own form of fuel.

A good lesson?  This past Sunday it was extremely cold and snowy.  Normally on a Sunday I’ll go for a run early, but I was doing a bunch of cooking and other stuff and figured I’d skip it.  I told myself I wasn’t really training for anything now, I’d trained hard for my last race, I deserved the rest, blah blah blah.  My inner wimp was coddling me and giving me the excuses I needed to call it a day.

The problem is my inner wimp has never gotten me anywhere in life.  There’s nothing wrong with rest but falling back on excuses or past successes and getting complacent is not helpful.  I want to constantly keep myself uncomfortable and challenged so that I don’t lose my sense of purpose or work ethic.  That run ended up making me feel great and I was glad I went (as I always am).

What are your thoughts on the positive body image movement?  For whatever reason I had this question multiple times this week, so I wanted to address it.  I am 100% in favor of people finding the best in themselves.  I think it’s great to feel attractive, confident, etc. so that part I love.  However, I do not like using confidence (or fake confidence) to try and make up for a lack of health.  As an example, if someone is overweight, smokes, drinks too much, etc.  I would never want them to feel ashamed of themselves.  At the same time, I would not want them to pretend they are in great health and ignore their underlying health issues because that can cause both short- and long-term health consequences.  I am a believer in being honest with yourself, taking stock of where you’re at and then using that positive energy to make changes that will benefit you.  This will create not only a better body image but better a lasting level of better health.

Something I’ve been enjoying?  My daughter is about 2 ½ months old and my youngest son is 2 years old.  Almost like clockwork these days, they’re both up sometime around 4:30-5:15 am.  I am a morning person by nature and so I love getting out of bed and having time with them in the mornings.  I get to feed my daughter, cook breakfast for my son and relax and enjoy them both.  Usually my daughter will fall asleep at some point and I’ll work out in my garage while my son rides his bike in circles near me.  By the time I head to work or start the day I feel like I’ve had so much productive and fun time that it really jumpstarts my day.  It may be early, but I adore these times with my young ones!

Some quotes I love? 

“When your armor is on, it’s too late to retreat.” – Team Never Quit

“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” –  Sun Tzu.

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