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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 22nd

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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 cool lesson.  I enjoy cooking so I like checking out cooking shows and videos.  I especially enjoy watching anything with Gordon Ramsey.  On an episode of Master Chef, a while back he showed the contestants how he makes scrambled eggs.  What made this fascinating to me is that this is something we’ve all cooked hundreds of times, yet he had a whole different way of doing it than I’d ever seen (the contestants too).  His method was simple but utilized patience and attention to detail.

To me this drove home some important lessons.  First, when we take the time to focus on the little things and to master them, the results can be amazing.  It also reinforced to me that masters of anything never skip the process of conquering the basics.  Once you have full command of the basics, you will have the foundation to create incredible results in anything you pursue.

What is your view on alcohol?  I got this question from a patient and he asked me to include it this week.  I’m from Boston where alcohol is basically a sport and in my younger days, I played that sport a lot so I’m not your priest here.  I no longer drink due to my training schedule and as an example to my children.  What I can tell you is that over the years I’ve seen many patients drastically improve their health and lifestyle by giving up alcohol.  These are not even necessarily people that had a problem with alcohol, just people that have become better without it in terms of energy, anxiety level, sleep patterns, relationships, fitness and more.  We’re all adults and can choose what is best for ourselves but I don’t believe anyone can say they are truly better off with alcohol than they are without.

A recent event I think is relevant.  My wife, my older son and I were in the kitchen about a week ago and a discussion began about a video that showed a person being shot and killed.  My wife mentioned that if my son searched for it, he’d see it online.  I said, “don’t watch it, it’ll hurt your heart.”  My wife told me that she loved that I said that and asked me exactly what I meant.  I believe everything we put into our minds and bodies is fuel and therefore we must be careful.  These days it is very easy to fill it accidentally and quickly with negativity.  This does not mean we need to be naïve or blind to the world around us, merely that when possible; we should prevent some of those horrible images from going in.  I’ve witnessed some extreme things in my personal life over the years and that is why I always advise people to protect themselves in this fashion.  You cannot ever overdo the good stuff, but the bad stuff can build up in your mind too quickly unless you’re careful. 

Something I want you to know.  What I’ve learned from the races I compete in, the training I do and the obstacles I’ve faced in my life is this – the toughest stuff always ends and gets better.  This may not happen on our schedule or as we’d envisioned it, but it does happen.  Wherever you’re at or whatever you’re stressing over, keep going and keep fighting and you’ll get there. 

Some quotes I love. 

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness:  only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate:  only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.” – Clare Boothe Luce

“Aye.  Fight and you may die.  Run and you’ll live, at least awhile.  But lying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom?” – William Wallace, Braveheart

“The loudest boos will always come from the cheapest seats…People who invest the least in you will have the most to say about you.  Trust your work, your process and keep that circle tight.”  – Tupac Shakur

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot

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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 reminder recently.  Over the weekend I went on 3 separate runs.  During the first two, I had a problem with the front of my shin near my knee that was very painful.  I have a big run coming up in the next few weeks and immediately began thinking that I’d be too hurt to complete it, that it could be the start of something serious, etc.  I see patients every day that think just like this – their new back pain will need surgery or that their headache is a brain tumor.  So, what did I do? 

I stopped thinking about worse case scenarios and began thinking about it logically like I would if a patient came to me with a similar issue.  I rarely stretch that part of my leg and it did feel very tight.  I did some deep tissue massage work on it, iced it, and stretched out.  By the time I headed out for my Sunday, run it was 100% better and the “injury” that was about to end my career had been resolved. 

This reminded me of two things.  First, self-care is super important.  It can cause problems when ignored and cure or prevent problems when performed regularly.  Second, often when we don’t feel 100%, we immediately assume it’s due to the worst, most serious cause possible.  Rather than panic, it is better to start with the simplest causes and treatments for them.  If they fix the problem, great.  If not, then you know it’s appropriate to move on to the next step – seeing a doctor, getting testing, etc. 

A great book I’m reading.  Someone I respect greatly put me onto the book “Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear.  Just as atoms are a tiny particle that combines with other atoms to form something larger, so too are our habits.  This book is eye opening and informative as to how we can create major change by focusing on the small things we do each day.   These habits may not be noticed immediately but lead to small 1% differences that when taken cumulatively can manifest major changes: either positively or negatively.  Much of this book I was already following but I’ve picked up other tips and tools as well as a greater appreciation for this process.  Check it out!

Something I’ve been enjoying and why.  Recently rather than watching television at night, I’ve been unwinding with some YouTube videos about old school pro wrestling, cooking, clips from shows I’ve enjoyed and more.  You may be asking, what is inspiring or motivating about that?  Nothing, and that’s my point here.  As someone that is constantly in motion, I can tell you that there are times when it’s good to keep things lighter.  Lately, I’ve found it much healthier after my day is done and I’ve completed everything I needed/wanted to that I drift away from heavy news, politics, and anger and into things that make me happy.  I am not a fan of ignoring what is around me but all of us need a break at times and even a few minutes of relaxation can make all the difference. 

An important health concept.  Your overall health is like a bank account into which you can make either deposits or from which you can take withdrawals.  Anything and everything that you put into it, do to it or for it will fall into one of these two categories.  It is that simple.

Examples of “deposits” would include consistent exercise, nutritious foods, vitamins, preventative treatments, stress management and more.  Conversely, poor nutrition, lack of movement, too much stress, etc. will act as withdrawals, taking away power from your body and decreasing your health.  More deposits than withdrawals will lead to positive outcomes, more withdrawals than deposits and health will suffer.  Keep it simple, think of your health in these terms and it will help you make better decisions.

Some quotes I love. 

“Liberty once lost, is lost forever.” – John Adams

“It has been said, most people die at age 25 and don’t get buried until they are 65.  Make an effort to live your life to the fullest.” – Les Brown

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“When you tear out the tongues of those who speak against you, you are not proving them liars.  Instead, you are proclaiming on the altar of oppression, that you are crippled by fear of what they might say.” – Madison Cawthorn

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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 – January 1st

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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 gets you out of bed in the morning?  A patient made a comment to me this week that they liked my energy level and were curious what motivates me when I get out of bed each morning.  I hadn’t ever really thought about this before, but I think I would sum it up best by saying “pride.”  I always want to do anything I do to the best of my ability – that includes being a father, doctor, businessman, staying in shape, going through my daily routines, etc.  I’ve never been the most gifted in anything I’ve done but I love trying to be the hardest worker and attaining success through the grind.  Living for the grind is my thing.  Most days are good, some are terrible but either way I want to do something to improve in some way every day.  Taking pride in that is what allows me to get up each day excited.

An easy fix for a common problem.  I will often hear from many of my female patients that are exercising regularly that they are extremely sore after every workout.  It is very common to be sore when beginning exercise or after a particularly challenging workout, but it should not be a debilitating soreness after every workout.  This soreness is often a sign that the body does not have the proper macronutrients to recover.  In women, this is often due to having not enough protein in the diet.  Exercise breaks down muscle and the protein will help it rebuild and recover.  When it’s not recovering properly, repeated soreness is often a symptom.  If this applies to you (male or female), try adding in some additional protein (this can be anything – shakes, meat, fish, nuts, yogurt, etc.) and seeing what kind of a difference it makes.  This should help a lot!

Something I have been enjoying.  Over the past week I have had a chiropractic student observing me as I treat patients and run my business.  What has been nice is helping to teach someone all the little details that I feel I would’ve loved to have known when I was where she’s at now.  It’s been a big boost to me working with a student that is so passionate because it reminds me of the small details of my craft that to some degree, I’d forgotten how much I love.  I’ve told people for years that one of the most useful dynamics you can create is to pair an experienced veteran with someone that is younger and passionate about a certain field or interest.  The more experienced person will tend to regain passion while the younger person can gain some of the tools of the trade you only learn through time and experience.  It ends up becoming fuel for both!

Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions?  I start every New Year’s Eve day with a long run every year.  About 5 years ago my older boys and I started the tradition of doing ice baths on New Year’s so we’ll mix that in at some point and then later my oldest son and I will cook a nice meal for everyone.  On New Years Day it’ll be a morning of exercise and getting stuff done before we binge watch Cobra Kai season 3.  Nothing too crazy but we’ll enjoy it!   

Some quotes I love. 

“If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit.” – Deion Sanders

“If you look at the people in your circle and don’t get inspired, then you don’t have a circle.  You have a cage.” – Nipsey Hustle

“If life knocks you down, try to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up.” – Les Brown

“Please don’t feel discouraged because you are slightly behind.  Life isn’t a hundred-meter race against your friends, but a lifelong marathon against yourself.  Rather than focusing on getting ahead of your friends, first try to discover your unique gifts.” – William King Hollis

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” – OG Mandino

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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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