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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 31

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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.  Hopefully, you find value in them.

Something multiple patients have told me this week?  I’ve had 4 separate patients tell me that they and their families were screamed for not wearing masks while outdoors this week.  They were simply not wearing masks because they were outdoors and nowhere near within 6 feet of anyone which is what is specified within the mandate.  All four were really upset that someone would curse them and their children out when they weren’t even in violation of any rules.  We are in tough times right now, but I believe that crisis reveals character.  The type of person that is willing to say hateful things in front of children was broken far before COVID ever came about.  For the rest of us, we want to be the type of people that set an example of how to act and behave properly under any circumstances. 

A natural remedy I recommend?  Many people regularly suffer from heartburn, reflux, or GERD.  There are different causes of each but something I’ve had my patients use with great success over the years is apple cider vinegar.  Using apple cider vinegar helps balance the pH levels which leads to benefits in these symptoms in most cases (at least in my experience).  Here are the ways I usually have my patients try this remedy: 

Option 1:  2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar with ¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda – Mix in a glass of water and drink up to 3 times daily

Option 2:  1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 Teaspoon Honey.  Mix in a glass of water and drink up to 3 times daily

Option 3:  Take apple cider vinegar capsules or drink it straight like a shot. 

What did you think of those doctors talking about Hydroxychloroquine?  For those that don’t know, a group of medical doctors earlier this week held a press conference and talked about their actual experiences in treating COVID patients with hydroxychloroquine since the pandemic started. 

As a chiropractor, I cannot prescribe any medication and I do not take any myself, so I really have no dog in the fight.  However, I always trust “boots on the ground” – the people in the field with first-hand experience.  I found those medical doctors to be credible and I trusted what they said because it was based on actual clinical experiences they’ve been having and it matched much of what I’d read in studies done outside of our country.  I also found it curious that the social media platforms were removing clips of their press conference as “misinformation” since it was based on what they’d done and seen in the hospitals/offices and not theoretical.    

How do you handle patients you don’t agree with?  The other day I had a patient in my office that was talking very loudly and giving me their take on seemingly all our current events.  After they left, a patient that was waiting in the lobby that knows me well (and knew I didn’t agree with what they were saying) asked me why I didn’t argue with them.  My answer was that it would be a waste of my energy and wasn’t relevant to me helping them.  I am always happy to share my opinions when asked or if I think my experience can help a person get better.  I take my job of helping people seriously and I make that my priority above anything else.  I never feel it’s my place to use my “platform” to

Some quotes I love? 

“Cowards never start, the weak never finish, winners never quit.” – Team Never Quit

“I can.  I will.  End of story.” – Ray “Cash” Care

“I’m tired boss.  Mostly, I’m tired of people being ugly to each other.” – John Coffey, The Green Mile

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 24

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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.  Hopefully, you find value in them.

A recent interaction I found important?  Recently I spoke to someone I’ve known my entire life.  Honestly, I don’t enjoy speaking to them, but I am always upbeat and courteous though I rarely get that in return.  During our conversation, I was asked a question which I answered rationally and was immediately barked at for my response.  Normally at this point I try to calmly defend myself or talk in a way that defuses the situation.  In other words, I kind of lay back for the sake of not offending anyone.  This time however, I just came out strong.  I stated that it was my opinion and that I didn’t even care to explain why because I didn’t care if they agreed or not. 

This was a good reminder to me that we are not indebted to take crap from anyone just because they are close to us.  To get respect you must give respect and if you’re not receiving that, then it’s alright to avoid that person or circumstance.  I decided instantly during that conversation that I was done paying mental rent to that person – I’m my own man and if they don’t like or appreciate who I am or what I believe then that’s not my problem. 

A recent source of inspiration?  There is a man in my neighborhood that is probably in his late 50’s/early 60’s that I see all the time pushing a boy in a wheelchair (I assume it’s his son or grandson) who is severely handicapped.  The boy always looks very content and the father as well as he pushes him.  I’ve seen them out in all sorts of weather, and I’ve seen them along roads well past my neighborhood.  It inspires me that I see them so often because it tells me how important it is to each of them to be out there together.  I don’t know exactly what can or cannot be communicated between them verbally, but I can tell there is a deep, loving connection between them that appeals to me especially as a father.   When I see them, I always wave to them and am reminded that sometimes within the simplest acts, we see the most beauty. 

Any advice for handling a tough day?    I’ve gotten this question a bunch of times this week.  In our current climate people are very stressed and on edge so having tough days is not uncommon.  Personally, I handle this through routine.  If I have a tough day today, I will simply get up tomorrow and follow my normal routine – exercise, good nutrition, enjoying time with family, etc.  If I have a great day today, then I will wake up and still do the same thing.  Sticking with a solid routine keeps you from ever dwelling on anything for too long or getting into a rut. 

A book I love?  A book I read years ago that has stuck with me is” The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg.  This book is an entertaining yet scientific dive into what drives our habits, how they are formed and how we can make them work either for or against us.  I’ve used a lot of what I learned in this book and I think you’d find it extremely beneficial as well. 

Some quotes I love? 

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.” – John Wooden

“Well you may not know this, but there’s things that gnaw at a man worse than dying.” – Charley Waite, Open Range

“Doubters and critics are like crickets, they make a lot of noise when you can’t see them but when you stand in front of them…they’re quiet as a church mouse.  Follow your desires, ignore the crickets.” – D. McBurnett

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 17

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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.  Hopefully, you find value in them.

Something I saw recently that I loved?  My wife and I dropped our youngest off at my in-laws last week and as we drove away, we noticed a little stand at the end of the road being run by a young girl and her mom.  I always love supporting kids out selling anything so we pulled up.  This little girl was selling macaroons in a little package of 4 that she had made herself with a ribbon tying it together.  It looked extremely professional and her mom told us she did it all herself.  The little girl then explained to us that she was saving up to buy a kitten.  As someone that loves business and loves when people really hustle in business, this was awesome to see.  Not only was this little girl out working hard to achieve her goal of buying something she wanted but she went above and beyond and made a far better than average product to do so.  Getting something you want is cool, getting something you want that you worked for is amazing!

A recent experience that served as a good reminder for me?  Last Friday morning I was out in my side yard flipping my 450 lb. tire as I do every week.  As I was doing so, I noticed that there was a boy about 10 or 11 years old across the street that had just moved in earlier in the week watching me do my workout. One of my strongest beliefs is that it is my job to set an example for those around me and that especially applies to children.  For this reason, I always try to always give an effort I can be proud of whether people are there to see it or not.  I feel that sometimes the greatest impression we make may be on eyes that we don’t know are seeing us.  There is a quote I love from Joe DiMaggio about this exact thing – “I played my best every day.  You never know when someone may be seeing you play for the first time.”

What kind of nutrition plan do you follow?  There are many nutrition plans to choose from but in general what works best for me is eating healthy foods every few hours.  I never count calories, I just eat healthy foods like proteins, veggies, fruits, nuts, etc. every few hours or when I’m hungry.  Each meal generally consists of protein, fat, and carbohydrates though I don’t follow any specific percentages on those.  Eating frequently keeps my energy levels high for my active lifestyle.  I start my day with a shake containing protein, fruits, and veggies, have a full lunch and dinner and then have some snacks between those meals.  90% of what I eat is healthy and so when I do indulge in the other 10%, I don’t feel guilty about it.  You name it and I’ve tried it, but this is what I’ve found most successful for me.

What can help me hold my adjustments better?  Some of the best things you can do for your spine are daily stretches (doesn’t have to be extensive but should be consistent), regular exercise, maintain good posture, practice good work ergonomics, maintain a healthy weight and avoid eating an abundance of inflammatory foods.  Each of these will take pressure off your spine, doing the opposite of these would apply pressure to your spine. 

Some quotes I love? 

“I didn’t come this far to only come this far.”

“So, this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause.” —Padme Amidala, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith

“We have not journeyed all this way because we are made of sugar candy.” – Winston S. Churchill

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 10

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 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.

How was the  4th of July run?  As I mentioned last week, every 4th of July and Memorial Day I will go for a run and carry the American flag.  This year I set out early on July 4th for a 12-mile run wearing my Captain America Under Armour shirt and listening to a playlist I made of all patriotic/American songs.  It turned into one of the best experiences of my life.

Early in the run I heard a siren and looked over and saw a police officer giving me the thumbs up.  He had the sirens and lights on as I ran next to him for probably ¼ – ½ of a mile before I turned onto a new road.  At another point in my run, an older gentleman in a Navy hat that happened to be out walking said to me “I love that you’re doing this” and then removed his hat and saluted the flag.  Dozens and dozens of cars honked their horns, people yelled encouragement from their yards and decks and high-fived me at stoplights.  It was windy all morning so throughout the entire run I got to see my shadow with the flag flying behind me which pumped me up as well.  Finally, with two miles to go I was met by my wife and youngest son.  From there I ran him home in the jogging stroller while Mary (at 8 months pregnant!) ran with the flag. 

I posted about the run on social media and was honestly shocked at the response.  I heard from dozens and dozens of people telling me how proud they were of the effort and how much they appreciated the display of patriotism.  The most common sentiment I heard was that they’d been very bummed lately and needed to see something like that to boost their spirits.  Ironically enough, I had felt the same and that flag run recharged me in a huge way!

What is a trait you admire in others?  Something I really admire is tenacity and I think comes in many forms.  I just love people that find a way to overcome regardless of circumstance.  This could involve athletics, business, personal circumstances, overcoming loss(es), or any number of areas.  Those people that refuse to be stopped I consider tenacious. 

A colorful example of this that I shared someone recently was of a man I met while preparing for a race years ago.  I was getting ready for my first 24-hour obstacle course race and was in a Facebook group with others doing the same event.  There was a gentleman in his 70’s that told me his wife of many years had died and he was participating to honor her.  He then ended by telling me “And you can call me Scorpion because that was my call sign in the Navy” which I thought was hilarious.  That race ended up being 24 hours of Hell – 65 mph sandstorms, in and out of 50-degree water and temperatures that went from the 80’s to the teens within hours.  I got hypothermia and can still get cold thinking about it.  However, at probably 1am as I trudged through cold mud shivering my tail off, I encountered an older gentleman who I helped to complete an obstacle.  After I did so he told me his name and it sounded instantly familiar.  I said, “are you Scorpion?” and he proudly told me he was.  That guy was by no means a physical marvel, but you better believe he was still in the fight honoring his wife’s memory long after far younger and more conditioned people had since quit and gone home.  Anyone that displays tenacity in their life always will always have my respect…and bonus points if they have a cool “call sign!”

Something that made me smile recently?  I take my youngest to the football field each night so that we can run around and play.  Last week there was a man doing laps around the track as we did so.  When he finished, he began stretching and was grunting as he was lying on his back stretching his legs.  My little boy heard this and immediately said “Uh oh, you ok?” and began heading right over to him.  I scooped him up and told him that the man wasn’t hurt.  What I thought was nice was that he saw someone that he thought might be hurt and his little instincts told him to help.  That inborn sense of empathy is a wonderful thing and something that we should highlight more often when we see it in my opinion. 

A recent source of inspiration?  Months ago, I posted about a woman I would see running the track by my house in the morning.  She was older and overweight, but each morning would be out there – rain or shine.  This week I saw her again for the first time in months (I’d not been to that area recently) and she was moving faster than I’d ever seen her and seemed to have lost another 20 pounds or so.  What inspired me was witnessing her continued commitment to her health and fitness.  The goals we seek are rarely achieved quickly and require lots of hard work so most people quit well before anything important can happen.  I do not know this woman at all but it’s obvious to me that her commitment has never wavered, and her transformation has been remarkable as a result!  Think of something you badly want and then think how much closer you’d be to achieving it if you took the next 8 months, a year or some chunk of time to getting there.  You can make an enormous change in a relatively short amount of time when you commit to doing so.

Some quotes I love? 

“A champion shows who he is by what he does.” – Evander Holyfield

“Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you.  Correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.”  – Bruce Lee

“It’s easy to lose hope.  I sure have at times.  But I’m never gonna stop fighting.  Never.  Our kids need us more than ever.” – Dr. Brian Moriarty (he is an excellent doctor and friend and this was a personal text he sent me)

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 3

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 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.

How are you handling social media in these negative times?  Honestly, I continue to be on social media less because of how angry and divisive it can be.  My consumption of social media has always been about the positive and fun stuff and never really about the negativity or preaching to others.  Therefore, if I get on there now and notice that I’m starting to feel bummed out or angry, I just get right off.  If I see something cool, nice, funny, or uplifting then I am more than happy to engage.  When I see things that I personally don’t agree with or care for, I simply let it be.  A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of my oldest son and I at the shooting range and mentioned what a nice afternoon we had.  A woman attacked me over it citing our political climate and other things.  I just deleted her and moved on rather than worrying about defending myself.  Life is too short to spend it arguing online with people you don’t even care about in the first place.

A recent inspiration?  I have a patient that read my 5 Spot a couple months ago when I discussed the importance in our current times of focusing not just on defensive measures but on being proactive with your health first and foremost.  He explained to me that he’d never really considered until he read that how much control he had over his own health.  Prior to that time, he saw it mostly as just genetics and luck and he explained to me all the excuses he’d make when he wasn’t feeling like he thought he should.  In the past 2 months he has lost over 20 pounds and continues to transform old unhealthy habits into healthier, lifestyle changes.  In just 8 weeks, he is honestly already a different dude and it makes me so proud.  He took responsibility for his health, changed his mindset, and then changed his habits and it’s making such a tremendous difference.

Something I’ve been enjoying?  My youngest son is almost 2 now and he has a mutant form of my energy.  As a result, he rarely slows down and wants to constantly be in motion.  Both of his older brothers play football, so he seems drawn to the sport himself.  Each morning before work and at night after work, he and walk to the football field by my house and he runs around with his ball yelling “set hike” again and again, jumping and diving.  Watching him get so excited and sharing that time with him gives me a ton of joy and has been an amazing way to start and end my days.  There’s a lot going on these days but during that time with him I don ‘t worry about anything except enjoying our time together. 

What will you do for the 4th of July?  Anyone that knows me or has followed me on social media knows that I am extremely patriotic.  For years now, on Memorial Day and 4th of July (and often a couple other days throughout the year) I will do a long run carrying the American flag.  Part of my runswill take me through trails where there are often runners and cyclists that get excited to see the flag and then as I run next to the main roads, many cars will honk and yell encouragement.  It fills me with pride when people get excited over the flag, so I always enjoy doing it!

Some quotes I love? 

“Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution.” – Albert Einstein

“If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.” – Les Brown

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – June 26

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 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.

Any research you’ve seen about COVID that you found interesting?  I read through a study led by Northwestern University on Vitamin D and COVID.  The study conducted a statistical analysis of data from hospitals and clinics across China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  The data gathered from these 10 countries tried to find commonalities among age, location and a host of many factors but ended up finding Vitamin D to be the most pertinent factor.  The study suggests that Vitamin D may reduce COVID-19 fatality by suppressing cytokine storm (hyper-inflammatory condition caused by an overactive immune system that damages lungs and leads to acute respiratory distress).  It is a powerful vitamin with so many benefits and though it doesn’t necessarily prevent COVID, it is still a powerful defensive force against it and can decrease the severity to someone that contracts it according to the study.  Vitamin D supplements can help as well but make sure you’re getting sunlight daily as this is the most effective way for your body to absorb the vitamin.  The study is worth looking up if you’d like to Google it and read through it. 

A great piece of advice?  A year into my career I joined a chiropractic office with an excellent doctor who became my mentor.  One of my favorite pieces of advice that he ever gave me was this: “You need to call up other chiropractors to see how they’re doing.  If they start talking about how business is bad because insurance isn’t paying as much or it’s a tough economy or their town has too many chiropractors; hang up the phone.  Then pick it back up and call until you find a person that is excited, passionate and tells you that their business is booming.  Those are the type of people you want to talk to because they help make you better.”  I use this advice all the time and try to fill my life with people that inspire me, drive me, and motivate me to do better in my personal life and businesses.

Something I’ve been eating lately?  I mentioned this many months ago but something I love to make (especially now as the weather is getting hot) are either acai or dragon fruits bowls.  I get frozen packets of these from Sprouts, Whole Foods or Costco and will use 2 at a time for a bowl.  I put them in a blender with almond milk and get it to a smooth consistency and then pour it into a bowl.  Then I’ll usually top it with banana slices, granola, slivered almonds, peanut or almond butter and a drizzle of honey. At times I may also use strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, walnuts, chia seeds or any number of other items on top.  This is a refreshing and nutrient rich meal that I often have for dinner or after workouts.

Do you adjust dogs?  For whatever reason I have gotten this question many times this week.  I do adjust dogs and have for many years.  When I was in chiropractic school, I got my first dog as a puppy.  During his first couple of visits I noticed on a chart that the canine spine was very similar to a human spine.  As I learned how to adjust and how the spine functioned, I began to adjust my own dog.  I don’t have any formal training with dogs, but I’ve gotten very good at it and have adjusted hundreds of dogs over the years with some amazing results.  Patients often ask for my help with their dogs and I usually offer to help their furry friends out – usually for spinal issues, arthritis, joint issues (shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, etc.), vertigo and more. 

Some quotes I love? 

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  – Martin Luther King Jr.

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” – Steve Maraboli, Life, the

Truth, and Being Free

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – June 19

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 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. 

On social media I see you exercising with your boys, any advice for getting your kids to workout with you?  I’ve been asked this many times and I believe there are a couple things that have worked so far for my boys and I. First, I try to make it fun.  This can be accomplished through variety of exercise, types of workouts, where we do the workouts and so much more.  I’ve had them outside on a football field at 5am, flipping tires, running, hiking 14ers and anything else you can imagine.  Keeping it fresh and less formal makes it fun for them to participate without feeling like we HAVE to do it.  Second, I am a fan of setting up challenges.  I name our workouts or set some type of goal and reward for our workouts.  This gives the kids something to shoot for but accomplishing the goal gives them another notch of success on their belt.  The more of these they accomplish the more their confidence grows, and I think that is a huge part of what we’re trying to accomplish.  Finally, I think participating in the workouts with my boys creates a team dynamic that we all enjoy.  Keep it fun, set up challenges and participate with your kids as they do it!

Are most spinal issues just due to genetics?  I’m asked this every day and you may be surprised to find out that most are not.  Things such as rheumatoid arthritis that have an autoimmune component definitely are, and there are other exceptions as well.  However, osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint or disc disease) is not genetic.  If you have parents that have suffered from severe arthritis in their spines (knees, hips, etc. as well) but you do a good job of stretching, exercising, getting adjusted, etc. then there is no reason that you would have to suffer as well.  When it comes to your spine, most of what you experience will be a reflection of your habits rather than your genetics. 

What does your cryotherapy machine do?  As most of you know I own another business within my building that specializes in whole body cryotherapy.  As a result, I’m asked about it constantly.  Quite simply, it involves a brief but comfortable exposure to extreme cold (-260 F) for 3 minutes.  This amount of time is long enough to stimulate a specific physiological reaction but not long enough so that you’d freeze or feel super cold.  Exposing your body to this cold stimulates the release of anti-inflammatory proteins, endorphins, immunity boosters, hormones and more.  As a result, people use it for pain relief, reducing inflammation (often in lieu of anti-inflammatory medications), improving athletic recovery, recovery from injuries, sleep issues and much more.  Anything that uses cold to help the body is technically cryotherapy but our unit uses liquid nitrogen to cool the air around you so that you can get far more benefit throughout your entire body (not just 1 area) in just 3 minutes.  It may sound extreme, but it really is not and don’t worry, 99% of the people that love it don’t even like cold to begin with.

A book I love?  One of my all-time favorites is “The Boys in the Boat: An Epic Journey to the Heart of Hitler’s Berlin” by Daniel James Brown.  This is the true story of a man with a tough upbringing joining 8 other men in their quest to get to the Berlin Olympics and hopefully win gold.  To me, it is an epic story of overcoming odds and finding trust and strength in those around us.  This book motivates and inspires me, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Some quotes I love?  (I went with a Father’s Day theme this week – these quotes reflect lessons and beliefs I follow as a father myself)

“The best way of training the young is to train yourself at the same time; not to admonish them, but to be seen never doing that of which you would admonish them.” –Plato

“One of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” –Howard W. Hunter

“Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” –Charles Kettering

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – June 12

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 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.

My back hurts, is it sciatica?  I am addressing this question because so many people are confused on what sciatica is.  In fact, multiple times every week I will hear someone say something like “I threw my sciatica out” or “I hurt my sciatica” which as you’ll understand in a moment is not possible. 

Sciatica is a general term that refers to aggravation of the sciatic nerve which is formed by 3 nerve roots as they exit your lower back on each side (your L4, L5 and S1 nerve roots form it).  The most common symptoms of sciatica are pain, numbness and/or tingling down the back of your leg and sometimes even down to the foot.  Sciatica can be caused by nerve irritation (commonly called a “pinched nerve”), disc issues, piriformis syndrome and more.  Though the symptoms affect the leg, the root cause is the lower back and sacroiliac areas from where the nerves originate.  That said, when sciatic leg pain is present, the lower back is usually not painful.  Sciatica is an extremely common condition and though it’s not pleasant, it is not always serious.  In fact, I would estimate that 9/10 cases of sciatica I see end up resolving completely with treatment and are not serious. 

What did you think about the news from the W.H.O.?  For those that didn’t hear, the WHO came out this week after reviewing tracing data from multiple countries around the world and concluded that “asymptomatic spread of COVID can occur but is very rare.”  They also expanded and said that based on their data, the focus should strictly be on isolating infected people with symptoms.  My take here is that while I’m glad this information is now coming out; a lot was built on a premise that is turning out to be false (similar studies in California are showing these same findings over the past 2 months).  For the first time ever, healthy people were being quarantined and treated as a potential danger to the population at large.  Our country and many others made a lot of decisions based on this information and many states and countries continue to double down on this as well  The counter argument could be that we had to be cautious and over a short term maybe that was warranted.  However, I do believe if you are going to invoke science to create drastic policies affecting millions of people, social norms, businesses, industries, etc. then you absolutely must be correct on that science before doing so. 

Something nice/inspirational I’ve seen this week?  I took my sons and their friend to the football fields near my house in the morning on Saturday and noticed that a group of 4 high school aged kids had set up a covered area.  We went back to the fields around 7pm and they were still there so we asked what they had been doing.  They explained to us that they made a goal to run 1 mile every hour for 26 hours to total the length of a marathon.  As a runner, I appreciated the challenge but that wasn’t what I found so cool about it.  Seeing those young boys coming up with a way to challenge themselves, committing to it and putting in the effort to achieve their goal with no one there to see it was awesome.  It inspires me to work harder when I see people getting after it like they were. 

A simple recommendation?  With so much bad news around us these days I think it’s a great time to get back to something you love.  This could be anything you enjoy and maybe something you haven’t done much of recently.  In my younger years before sports began to take up so much of my life, I used to enjoy drawing quite a bit.  Recently I’ve started to do a bit more of this and it relaxes me and makes me happy.  Find something that makes you feel good and get back at it.

Some quotes I love? 

“Fear is never a reason for quitting; it is only an excuse.” – Norman Vincent Peale

“Instead of buying your children all the things you never had, you should teach them all the things you were never taught.  Material wears out but knowledge stays.”  – Bruce Lee

“First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Catholics and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. 

Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up.” – Martin Niemoller (this is displayed in the Holocaust War Memorial near where I lived in Boston and I passed it often and think of it frequently)

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – June 5

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 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.

Anything good you’ve seen in all this mess over the past week?  There is always good, yes.  One of the things I believe strongly in is that every person must have a code that they live by.  Your code is your sense of morality, principles, and beliefs.  It is essentially what will guide every decision you make and will let you know instantly whether it’s right or wrong by how you feel afterwards.  If you can rest easy after a decision then you followed your code, if not then you haven’t. 

I saw a perfect example of this over the weekend when a white police officer found himself separated from his squad with an angry crowd closing in around him.  Instantly several black men came to his aid and locked arms, surrounding and protecting him.  I showed this to my sons and pointed out how amazing this was.  Those men were out there to express themselves over an injustice that had occurred.  But as mad as they must have been, their code would not allow them to have someone else that did not deserve to become victimized be allowed to come to harm in front of them whether he was a policeman or not.  I found this act to be of the highest character possible – making a selfless and moral decision though it was not a popular one in the highest stress situation imaginable.  It’s been a bad week, but those men are just one example of the good that we are capable of. 

Something you’ve enjoyed lately?  On Saturday night my family and I went out to a nice restaurant and enjoyed a great meal together for the first time since March. The restaurants in the area were all very busy and other than the wait staff wearing masks it all felt very normal.  After dinner we got ice cream and the kids played in a large park.  It was great to see so many people out and happy again.  My personal belief is that since the stated goals of the quarantine of slowing the spread of the virus and keeping hospitals from becoming overwhelmed have been achieved (whether due to quarantine or not); it’s time to re-open and return to normal.  Staying inside was never intended (or able) to cure the virus so I believe it’s time to get back out there for those that feel comfortable doing so.  I greatly enjoyed doing this myself and seeing so many others doing so as well.

Is there a simple workout you like?  Yes.  I often enjoy doing do what I call “on the minute” workouts.  Simply choose an exercise to complete (commonly I’ll use pushups, pull ups or air squats but it can be any exercise really) and select a number of repetitions that you’ll complete every minute for a specified period of time (I usually do 20-30 minutes).  Here’s how I’d do a squat workout for example:

For 30 minutes I will do 20 air squats on the minute.  So, if I start at 8am my first set of 20 reps might take me say 35 seconds. So, I’ll then I wait until it’s 8:01 and do my second set.  Then I wait until 8:02 for my next one and so on until I’ve completed 30 minutes.  I will often do this type of workout as sort of a “bonus” workout when I feel like moving around but not doing anything all that complex.  As an example, I did this work out a couple weeks ago as I watched the golf match with Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, etc.  Super simple and effective. 

Something I am encouraging people to do now?  We are living through a tough time and whether we want to believe it or not, it takes a toll on even the strongest of us mentally.  When you are burdened mentally one of the best things you can do to physiologically help yourself is to exercise.  I recommend that especially in these times you find some way to exercise daily.  It doesn’t have to be lengthy or complicated but give yourself that release by putting your body in motion.  This will help you improve your mindset, keep your energy high and allow you to deal with the current events better I promise.    

Some quotes I love? 

“People want to take your spot until the realize what it takes to play your position.”  – Ray “Cash” Care

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – May 29

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 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.

A recent event that has affected me?  Sadly, this week someone I knew died suddenly after complications from a back surgery.  His name was David Clark and he was well know for talking about his struggles as an addict on the way to becoming a millionaire before losing it all and finding himself again through ultra-running, becoming a vegan and more.  I found him on Instagram, would listen to his podcast “We are Superman” and then read his books.  I met him in person at the Leadville 100 last year and he was very kind and gracious to me and offered me very good advice. 

The message I have taken from him maybe most of all, came when he described why he named his podcast “We are Superman.”  He explained that on his home planet, Superman was just a regular guy.  But when he got to Earth and used what came naturally to him, he became special.  While that is obviously a comic book, the premise is the same with us in real life.  We all have the potential to be extraordinary even as everyday people doing regular things.  I think of this lesson constantly and try to set an example for my children and those around me in the way I conduct myself in anything I do.   

A type of workout I’ve been enjoying?  Over the past week I’ve been doing what are known as “ladder workouts.”  These workouts use a variety of exercises and will begin at a certain number of repetitions and then climb like a ladder to higher repetitions.  Here is an example of a workout I’ve done recently:

Bench press then on to barbell row then on to upright rows.  The first set is 5 reps for each exercise, and you move from one immediately to the next.  Then you will immediately start the second set which is 6 reps per exercise, third is 7 and so on until you reach 15 reps (or as high as you’d like to go) for each exercise.   These workouts will not require heavy weights but by the end the weights will feel heavier.  You can use whatever exercises you’d like and do not need equipment if you don’t have it (you can do pushups, crunches, air squats, lunges, etc.).  These are quicker and fun workouts I’ve really been digging. 

Something interesting I’ve run across lately?  I was watching a YouTube video from one of my favorites, Jake Zweig a former Navy SEAL.  He talked about what he calls the “3-week cycle.”  What this means is that if you start today, create great habits, and put the work in; it will take about 3 weeks to start showing results.  Conversely, if you start taking your foot off the gas today, it’ll take about 3 weeks before the diminishing returns start to become evident.  I found this interesting because in my experience it is true.  We often will find ourselves excited and totally committed to something and see it start to go well only to then ease up and watch it decline.  To become successful, you need both good habits and a strong work ethic, and you need it just as much on the way to your goals as you do after you’ve reached them.

A lesson I was reminded of?  I had a patient last week that mentioned he was training for a 100-mile race.  As you know I compete in those types of races and it is extremely rare I get a patient that is involved in that world.  He and I talked shop and he asked me about my last 100-mile race.  I told him how it went and mentioned that my 13-year-old son ran 33 of the 100 miles with me.  He was so excited about this and said, “Do you understand how much different his life may be now that he knows at 13 years old, he’s capable of something like that?”  I thought that was a powerful question and it reinforced one of the things I believe in which is that we never really know what will be the fuel that propels us forward most in life but it’s usually some type of gritty moment where we struggle and then overcome something.  When we can get through a battle, other things in our lives become easier to deal with and we become capable of so much more.

Some quotes I love? 

“Don’t talk about it, be about it.” – David Goggins

“On the other side of hard work is your big break.” – Jake Zweig

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