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5 Health Myths you should stop believing immediately

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Today I want to discuss 5 of the most common health myths I regularly encounter among my patients and friends.

1. “It’ll go away.” Things like minor strains or sprains can definitely resolve themselves in a short time frame. However, my experience is that patients often suffer for years under the assumption that one day magically their health issue will disappear. When problems drag on for weeks or months it is probably time to find a specialist to help you. As a chiropractor I’ve helped thousands of patients feel better and have had them tell me “I can’t believe I waited so long to come see you.”

2. “You have to be lucky to be healthy.” While there are unfortunate circumstances that can cause problems, the majority of your health is NOT dictated by luck. Rather, it is a function of the choices you make physically, nutritionally and psychologically. Great health does not happen by chance, it happens by making good health decisions regularly.

3. “It’s probably just age.” In my experience, people ranging from their 20’s to their 90’s blame anything and everything on age (nothing worse than a 20 year old blaming age by the way). Obviously each of us will experience physiological changes as we age. However, our bodies do not reach birthday milestones and instantly stop working properly. Increased numerical age does not cause poor health.

4. “The doctor is ALWAYS right.” There is no denying that doctors of any discipline have a high level of expertise and want what is best for their patients. However, ultimately they are just an expert with an opinion. I’ve encountered many patients that have undergone surgeries or procedures, taken medications or had forms of care they were never on board with. Remember, it’s your body and there is nothing wrong with asking questions, doing some research or asking for second opinions.

5. “I exercise a lot so it doesn’t matter what I eat.” It is true that exercise raises your metabolism and burns calories. However, without proper nutrition your exercise results will suffer. Eating well is how your body derives the macro and micro nutrients it needs to build muscle, lose body fat and thrive. Exercise compliments a good diet and vice versa, it’s not one or the other.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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4 Reasons you should start caring about your spine

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A weakening spine such as those with degeneration (arthritic changes), osteoporosis and misalignments can cause a multitude of problems. Conversely, a strong spine offers many benefits. Below are my top 4 reasons I think everyone should strive for a strong spine.

1. Your posture won’t suck. A weak spine often causes negative postural changes. Like it or not, posture conveys a wealth of information to those around you including confidence level, approachability and more. If your posture is bad it’s likely your social and business interactions are less impactful than they could be.

2. Less pain. Other than keeping you upright, the purpose of your spine is to protect certain parts of your central nervous system. Due to the close proximity of your vertebrae to your spinal cord and spinal nerves, if your spine isn’t healthy than your nerves will suffer. Suffering nerves create pain and other symptoms, something no one wants.

3. Keeps you young. An unhealthy spine leads to decreased motion which often spreads to the extremities. A strong spine helps you maintain flexibility allowing you to stay more active and enjoying life more. Equally important is that it will help you avoid spending your golden years hunched over, limping and worrying about climbing stairs.

4. Better sleep. Difficulty getting to sleep and/or staying asleep can come from both mental and physical causes. Physically, the most common reason is the inability to get or remain comfortable. This is often due to a weak spine that is sensitive to even the slightest positional change. Stronger spines lead to more restful sleep.

So how do you achieve a stronger spine? I feel the following are the most crucial:

· Regular exercise to strengthen muscles and bones such as resistance workouts, yoga, core strengthening, stretching, etc.
· Regular chiropractic checkups similar to dental checkups – maintain a healthy spine in the short term while also preventing problems from forming long term.
· Massage therapy to clear out tension that can lead to weakening spinal muscles and joints.
· Healthy nutrition such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, water and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium to aid the recovery of muscles and strengthen bones.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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6 Steps for going to the next level

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I enjoy reading and listening to people that are successful in endeavors ranging from business to athletics. In particular, I enjoy learning about the lessons that their pursuit of success has taught them. Below are some lessons I think can help anyone go to the next level in their endeavors.

1. Be all in all the time. I’m a huge believer that if you want something to happen, you need to take action and keep the pedal down. Maintain focus, discipline and effort and you’ll be shocked at your results.
2. Play well with others. Many people after about the 2nd grade forget the importance of working well with others. Without exception, the most successful people I meet understand the benefit of teamwork. Co-workers, business contacts, your social circle, people you seek advice from and other such sources are all people you’ll want to work well with for best results.

3. Plan all you want but the enemy gets a vote too. In spite of your best efforts, things will occur that can bring you off course. Accept this as part of the process and learn to adapt and be out of your comfort zone.

4. Go on instinct. Planning is important. However, many people prevent themselves from getting anywhere due to “paralysis by analysis.” Don’t over-complicate it, if you have an idea or a goal, just let it rip and get started because that’s ultimately how progress is made.

5. Stay in your 3 foot space. I read a story recently in which someone learning to rock climb was panicking while suspended hundreds of feet off the ground. As he started looking down and off into the distance, the instructor a few feet away from him said “looking around won’t help you, just stay in your 3 foot space.” This means that in life focus on what is in front of you and what you can control. Everything else is wasted energy and distraction.

6. Make pain your friend. Most people are afraid of pain; however it serves many valuable purposes. Pain helps you change, can make you stronger and helps you seek solutions. As a chiropractor I have helped many people transform their lives and become healthier and more active. A majority of those people initially came to me because pain prompted them to do so.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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The important life lesson my 8 year old can teach you…

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A few weeks ago my son was involved in a minor ski accident during which he hit his head while wearing a helmet. As a precaution for a concussion, he was kept out of activities for 1 week. Near the end of that week he told me how restless he was. Then he said “Daddy, running is my momentum. Playing is my momentum.” I had him explain what he meant and he went on to tell me that essentially those 2 things in particular made him so happy and fulfilled that all other parts of his life were better. I loved it and it got me thinking what forms of “momentum” were most important to me. Below are mine, what are yours?

· My sons. More than anything else in the world, my two sons (8 and 5 years old) motivate me. I always want to achieve more and to set a better example for them.

· Exercise. I cannot imagine life without exercise. I rely on the gym, going out for runs and hiking to keep me charged up, sharp and ready to face anything.

· Races. I love to compete and find that doing so has a carry-over effect to all aspects of my life. Races that take me well out of my comfort zone are my preference because afterwards I’m more accustomed to overcoming adversity. Stretching my boundaries physically makes me far stronger mentally.

· Reading. I read a ton. I find great motivation from different types of books but my favorites are biographies and autobiographies, especially of people that have endured a great deal. A few of my favorites include: Warrior Elite, Unbroken, Lone Survivor, Man’s Search for Meaning and Spartan Up.

· Personal Relationships. From my girlfriend to my oldest friends to my business associates; I’m always motivated by those around me. As people we are a reflection of those we most often associate with. I’m proud to say mine continue to lead me into great directions.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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8 Most common reasons patients need my help

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As a chiropractor, I’m often asked by friends and acquaintances what initially prompts patients to come see me. Today I’ll share some of the most common.

· Pain and symptom relief. This is generally the most common reason patients initially come to see me. A thorough evaluation helps to identify problems caused by the spine which then can be fixed by a good chiropractor.

· Reducing reliance on pain medication. There is no doubt that medication has an important place in our medical system. However, many people come to me frustrated at their reliance upon over the counter or prescription medications to feel better throughout the day. Many of my patients are people seeking out a natural way eliminate or reduce their use of pain medications.

· Improving motion. When I meet with a patient for the first time they often tell me they feel older than they are or that they move like the tin man. In many cases the causes of this are spinal issues that I can correct.

· Preventing arthritis or slowing the progression of arthritis. Just like your teeth can get decay, so too can your spine. Spinal decay is known as arthritis and is caused by lack of joint motion and incorrect positioning of your spine. Regular checkups can help prevent arthritis (if not yet present) or prevent it from getting worse (if already present).

· Pregnancy. As the body changes during pregnancy it places great stress on the spine. By re-aligning the spine I’m able to help alleviate a great deal of pregnancy-related discomfort. Trust me when I tell you, no group of my patients are happier with the relief chiropractic provides more than pregnant women!

· Healthier children. Some are surprised to know that pediatrics is a large part of my patient base. Parents trust me to care for their children for reasons ranging from ear infections and colic to general wellness. Having cared for so many children over the years (including my own) I can say first hand that regular chiropractic checkups for children make an enormous, positive impact upon health and development.

· Improved athletic performance. Nearly every professional team has a chiropractor on staff. The reason is that with a properly functioning musculoskeletal system athletes are able to perform better, recover quicker and more effectively prevent injuries. I continue to help athletes across a variety of sports by addressing sport-specific issues of their spines and extremities.

· Better overall health. Your nervous system controls your entire body and a large portion of that nerve system is protected by your spine. Therefore, you may be surprised to learn that keeping your spine healthy actually helps improve overall health. I cannot tell you how many thousands of times I have helped a patient with their spine that has in turn produced an immediate and dramatic improvement in some aspect of health they were not expecting.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please visit www.NewBodyChiro.com, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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Still experiencing soreness? Here’s why…

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I’m regularly asked by my patients and friends “why am I sore all the time?”. Below are some of the most common reasons and how to improve them.

1. Lack of sleep. Healing and rebuilding muscle tissue occurs in large part while you sleep. As adults, we need on average about 7-9 hours of sleep per night to allow for the proper secretion of hormones to repair our bodies.

2. Deficiency of nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies are akin to trying to drive a car without gas. Common nutrients that lead to soreness when deficient include calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and B vitamins. To help prevent this I recommend eating more foods rich in minerals (green vegetables for example)and supplementing with whole food supplements when necessary.

3. Inflammatory foods. Inflammation causes pain and sadly much of what Americans consume most regularly is very inflammatory to their bodies. Foods that are processed, packaged, high in sugar or contain trans fats are examples of this. Eating more whole foods, fruits, vegetables and foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids is a great way to fight inflammation. Supplementing with fish oil or flax seed oils is also helpful.

4. Adrenal fatigue. Your adrenal glands (stress glands) produce over 50 hormones that help your body handle stress, both physical and mental. Continued adrenal fatigue depletes B vitamins that fuel your nerves leading to prolonged muscle soreness. Reducing caffeine and processed sugar intake as well as managing your mental stress better are great ways to reduce adrenal fatigue and help your muscles recover easier.

5. Over-training. Intense exercise naturally causes soreness. However, if you are training without proper rest you may find that you are sore even while you exercise. This often indicates that you’re training too much and that your muscles aren’t adequately recovering. I have been guilty of this with my training and I’ve found the best way to fight it is to regularly alter the intensity, frequency and amount of exercise that you do.

6. Under-training. The body gets sore in response to stress being applied to the body. If you don’t exercise regularly, the chances are high that you are out of shape and thus anytime you do physical activity you will get sore. Regularly exercising helps your body adapt to physical stress more effectively and as your muscles develop better strength and endurance you will get sore less frequently.

7. Spinal involvement. As a chiropractor I see this on a daily basis. Your spine consists of movable vertebrae that protect your spinal cord as well as the nerve roots that leave from the spinal cord to power the different parts of your body including muscles. If your spine loses its proper alignment (from poor posture, too much sitting, too long staring into a computer screen, falls, sports, etc) than the nerves will become irritated and lose some of their power going into the muscles. Re-aligning the spine removes this interference which leads to greater nerve supply to your muscles and therefore less muscle soreness.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please browse our site, find us on Facebook or call (303) 347-9906.

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7 Uncommon Tips for Success

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1. Do what you hate…sometimes. Often the thing we dread doing most brings us the most benefit. Staring down the things we fear doing is challenging but ultimately leaves us better prepared for success.

2. Scare yourself. Comfort zones are nice but many of the greatest things in life lie just outside of that zone. Regularly challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone and you’ll notice what you once saw as difficult or impossible no longer is.

3. Find motivation. Spending too much time in our own heads detracts from all the great stuff around us. If you take the time to notice, there will be motivation everywhere that you can use to fuel yourself. I regularly see stories online, read books and meet people that motivate me in every aspect of my life.

4. Stay committed. As I mentioned above, motivation is a wonderful thing. However, once motivation runs out only commitment remains. Commitment requires a vision of where you want to go, why and what you’re willing to sacrifice to get there.

5. Push further. I am a big proponent of trying to push your boundaries so far that it changes what you view as normal. It often only takes one more bit of effort to turn the corner into a whole new level of success.

6. Forget the past. Our past has a tendency to either create complacency or sadness. That is why it’s crucial to focus on the present and future if we want to succeed.

7. Suit up and show up. In life, sometimes the toughest part is just showing up and moving forward after things have gotten difficult. There are athletes, businesses and people from every walk of life that win by attrition, refusing to quit when everyone else does.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in motivating and helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please browse our site, find us on Facebook or call (303) 347-9906.

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Use these tips to improve your health within 1 month

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1. Choose an unhealthy food or drink you regularly consume and cut it down to at least 50% within 30 days. This will create physical results and discipline.

2. Learn to cook and prepare at least 2 healthy meals. Simple recipes are perfect and an easy way to begin eating better.

3. Don’t skip breakfast. If you start the day with breakfast you’ll have greater energy and be less prone to overeating at night.

4. Increase your water intake. Whatever you’re ingesting now, shoot for at least 1/3 more.

5. Take a good multivitamin. The best multivitamins are food-based (come from food), the worst kinds are synthetic and will be sold in drug stores for the same price you pay for coffee.

6. If you’re currently exercising, increase your intensity. Upping the intensity prevents stagnation and leads to faster results.

7. If you’re not working out, start performing exercise a minimum of 3 times a week for at least 20 minutes per session. If you don’t move it, you’ll lose it.

8. Complain less. Whining, complaining and fighting on Facebook are all examples of directing your energy toward negativity instead of results.

9. Listen more. Most people are great at talking, learn to listen more and you’ll be shocked at what you can achieve as a result.

10. Schedule an appointment to improve your health within 30 days. For example, visit a chiropractor or personal trainer.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please browse our website, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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7 Tips for more successful New Year’s resolutions

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Today I’d like to share some of my tips for making better New Year’s resolutions:

1. Keep it simple. Rather than making a series of resolutions that you won’t keep, make 1 or 2 (preferably just one) that you can focus on.

2. Be original. Don’t feel you have to copy the resolutions of others. Select something that is important and specific to you.

3. Understand your “why.” A crucial part of any goal is your reason for wanting to achieve it. The more specific you are and the more often you think of those reasons, the more likely you’ll be to succeed.

4. Write your goal(s) down. Statistically any goal that is written down has a far greater chance of success than those that are not.

5. Create action steps. Once you’ve set a general goal it is important to have a series of action steps in place to achieve that goal. For example, if weight loss is your goal than your action steps may involve making it to the gym a certain number of times each week, eating more of a certain healthy food or eating/drinking less of certain unhealthy food on a daily basis.

6. Tell others about your goals. Making others aware of your goals is a good way to keep yourself more accountable. You’ll be far less likely to quit when people are regularly inquiring about your progress.

7. Reward yourself. Resolutions should not be punishment, as you start to make progress it’s okto reward your hard work. For example, when I help people with nutrition I often tell them that if they eat healthy throughout the week it’s alright to indulge in 1-2 bad meals as a reward. Creating incentives like this leads to greater success.

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information and regular updates please find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center).

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7 Myths about pain I hear daily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Kenney has won multiple awards for “Best Chiropractor” and specializes in helping patients achieve their goals of better health and pain relief. For more information please browse our website, find us on Facebook (New Body Chiropractic & Wellness Center) or call (303) 347-9906.

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