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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – July 16th

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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 workout I liked (that also helped me).  I’ve been reading the book “The Man in The Arena” by former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher who was falsely accused of war crimes and then found innocent.  He mentioned a workout he did while being held in the brig (military prison) that I tried out.  I used a barbell with a moderate weight and did 8 deadlifts, 8 rows, 8 power cleans, 8 military shoulder presses and then 8 back squats.  This was done without putting the weight down and this was one set.  I did 8 total sets, and it was a solid challenge. 

More important than just the single workout was that it broke me out of a rut.  When you do anything long enough you go through periods where it can get repetitive, boring, etc.  This workout inspired me to come up with some similar ones of my own and it’s been more fun and challenging working out over the last week.  Change up your exercise in some form or fashion all the time and it will help greatly!

Why don’t you fast?  How come you don’t do yoga?  I used these two random examples because I’m asked all the time why I do or do not do certain things for my health.  Patients often wonder why I don’t follow a certain type of nutrition or exercise plan that they are fond of.  People get excited about what they like so they tend to think that by not doing what they do, you don’t believe in it.  This is not usually the case, it’s just that we simply can’t do everything.

I’ve been into fitness and nutrition for decades, so I try different things and keep what works best for me.  Does that mean other things are wrong or that there aren’t other things that would work?  Of course not.  I just simply cannot do everything so through trial and error I’ve had to prioritize what I think helps me most.  I recommend doing the same for yourself.  Experiment and then stick with what gets the best results. 

A postural change to start making now.  With as much technology as we use these days, it’s easy for us to spend too much time staring down at devices or lurching our heads closer toward our computer screens.  Over time this decreases the natural curvature of the spine and begins putting pressure into the spinal cord.  This can also lead to stiffness, pain, muscle fatigue, cervicogenic headaches, numbness/tingling and more.  To prevent this, concentrate on creating better neck positions for yourself.  When you’re on a computer, keep your breastbone up and keep the neck neutral.  Avoid looking up or down into the screen and make ergonomic changes to facilitate this, as necessary.  With your phone, do not stare down at it.  Instead, raise the phone up closer to you.  By making these changes, you will feel better in the short term and avoid issues in the long run as well.

A tip for low energy.  There are many causes for low energy but a common one is adrenal fatigue.  This occurs when your adrenal glands become over-worked causing a hormonal disruption in sleep and energy level (among other things).  Two things that will nutritionally wear on the adrenals are over-consumption of sugar and/or caffeine.  Once this happens the body needs to use more B-vitamins causing a deficiency that results in even less energy (and often more pain). 

To address this, decrease (or eliminate) simple sugars you eat/drink and try to decrease caffeine consumption.  In addition, take a B-Complex supplement to build back up your levels.  I recommend doubling your B-complex for 1 week and then taking it daily thereafter.  If you follow these steps, you will notice an increase in energy!

Some quotes I love.

“When it’s your time, is the goal to leave a well-preserved body?  Or do you really want to use it?  A body with stories that says you’ve pushed it and at times suffered, and you sought its potential.” – Billy Yang

“Don’t ‘fake it til you make it.’  That’s garbage advice.  Face it til you make it.  Get up.  Work hard.  Fail.  Stand back up.  Face it again.  Do a little better.  Fail again.  Get back up.  Repeat.” 

“Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

“Go for it now.  The future is promised to no one.”  – Wayne Dyer

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 26th

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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 workout I enjoyed.  Last weekend I wanted to come up with a new challenge for my sons, so I took them on a hike during which we all had to carry weight to make it more difficult.  I wore a 40-pound weight vest while carrying 25-pound weights in each hand, my oldest son carried a 15-pound weight in each hand and my middle son pushed my youngest son in a jogging stroller with a 10-pound weight in the stroller as well. We went up a large hill for 1 ½ miles and then came back down.  Even better, the boys wanted to get Chick Fil-a breakfast afterwards which ends at 10:30am so they had to hustle the whole time!

It was a challenging workout for all of us, but we loved it.  I do these types of things with my kids to develop camaraderie while also teaching them that doing hard things is not something to be feared but should be embraced.  Anytime we do something like this they always finish and are so proud they got through it.  The workouts we’ve done that were the toughest on them (and me) are usually remembered the most fondly actually.

Do you do anything to help with feet or ankles?  Yes!  I’ve been able to help hundreds of patients over the years by addressing the alignment of certain bones in the feet and ankles.  Often, they’ll have a misdiagnosis or a history of ineffective treatments for something involving the foot and ankle and after examining it, I will detect improper motion of certain joints.  Most commonly, I will see misalignments of the talus bone (square bone that sits between the two lower leg bones) and/or the calcaneus (heel bone).  When these bones are misaligned, the normal biomechanics of the foot and ankle go out the window causing pain, lack or mobility and over-compensation of the muscles and ligaments.  There is often no specific inciting event to cause this, it just happens gradually.  Re-aligning these bones restores function to the joints and allows them to quickly heel.  This is not a cure-all for all foot or ankle pain, but thankfully I am very often able to help.

An interesting interaction and analogy.  Last week I had a mom come in with her teenager.  The mom mentioned to me that her daughter was having some pain and that based on her age it wasn’t “normal.”  I had seen the teenager once previously about a year ago for her only chiropractic visit ever and so I asked both mom and daughter some follow up questions to better understand the situation.  As it turns out the teenager does almost no physical activity (no sports, nothing at home) and sits most of the day on devices.  The mom acknowledged that this wasn’t good but seemed to think that because the teen had been adjusted once and was young, that pain should never be an issue.

The analogy I used to explain the faulty logic in these assumptions was this – if a teenager had one dentist appointment in their lifetime and did no brushing or flossing on their own, would we expect the teeth to be healthy?  Of course not.  The spine is no different.  Regardless of age, if you’re not physically active and having at least some form of care for your spine, it won’t be healthy and a sign of that is likely to be pain.  Poor habits lead to poor results at any age.

“How do you handle it when patients don’t listen to your recommendations?”  I got this one from a young doctor this week.  My answer was that when I give a recommendation – for a course of care, type of adjustment, a supplement to take, a question to ask their doctor, a referral to another type of provider, etc. I do so with pure intentions.  These are suggestions I’m giving based upon my experience and concern for the patient.  It is never based on finances or any motive that doesn’t directly serve the patient’s best interest.  Therefore, if my recommendations are not followed it does not bother me or hurt my feelings or pride.  I will never know the reasons a patient does or does not do something, and many will have nothing to do with me.  I try to do what I think will help them and if they follow it, great.  If not, I know I tried to do right by them and that’s ultimately all I can do.

Some quotes I love.

“You are what you do, not what you’ll say you do.”

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates

“It doesn’t take many words to tell the truth.” – Sitting Bull

“The sign of a good doctor should be how many patients he can get OFF medications, not how many people he puts ON medications.” – Dr. Jeff Barke, MD

“Cutting corners, shortcuts, and taking the “easy road” is disrespectful to all of those that believe in you.  When you cheat yourself, you cheat them also.” – Lennox Lewis

“Fear is a force that sharpens your senses.” – Marcus Luttrell

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – March 5th

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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 believe is important when dealing with people.  We are living in an age now where people can and will freak out over even the slightest thing.  I find myself less interested in having certain conversations but in those that do matter to me, I like to use the concept of “converse not confront.” 

When you “converse” with someone you are trying to calmly listen to them, ask questions and respond with words that you choose carefully (and not in a way that insults them).  This is meant to make both parties feel comfortable and is often a great way to proceed toward common ground.  “Confronting” is when you let your emotions go, don’t choose words carefully and often ignore who is/is not around to hear it.  This has its place but is something to be reserved for rare occasions.  When someone is being unkind, malicious or is out of control, that’s when I am personally willing to switch into that mode.  Of the two forms of communicating, confrontation can sometimes make you feel better in the moment, but conversing will usually get you a whole lot further. 

An important observation.  As most of you know, I have 4 children and the first 3 are boys.  We are an extremely active family but, on days where we are less active (due to weather for example) I notice that their behavior becomes different.  The older boys will get “chippy” with each other and the youngest will get upset over things that usually wouldn’t bother him.  When this happens, either my wife or I will immediately get them doing something physical and without fail, they instantly feel better and act like themselves again.  I bring this up because this same thing happens to adults as well.  If we don’t burn off a certain amount of energy each day physically, that energy can turn to aggravation, annoyance, anxiety, stress and/or any number of other negative things.  If this is you, try getting more physically active and watch how quickly you begin feeling better, handling stress more easily and becoming more productive.  Make your energy work for you, not against you!

Do you like inversion tables?  I am asked this almost daily and the answer is yes, in fact I have one of my own.  Due to all the sitting most of us do, we are constantly compressing our spines.  An inversion table is a simple way of using gravity to our advantage to alleviate pressure on our spines.  As the spine is gently stretched it allows for pressure to be removed from the discs, vertebrae, nerves, and muscles which accelerates the healing process and helps with mobility and pain relief/maintenance.  Some are wary of inversion tables because of too much blood rushing to the head while fully inverted however to get the benefits of an inversion table you do not need to fully invert (there are settings for less than 180 degrees).  Even 2-3 minutes per day of inversion can make a tremendous difference to your spine and overall health.

A common nutrition mistake I often see after exercise.  After a workout, your body needs the right nutrition to start rebuilding and repairing itself so that you can maximize the benefits of the activity.  Ideally, you want to have protein within 45-60 minutes after exercise and carbs and fats as well, though they are not quite as important.  When I used to train clients many years ago, I would often see this mistake being made and once we corrected it the results were always significant.  As far as the type of protein you consume, that could come from eggs, meat, shakes, yogurt, nuts, peanut butter, beans, or various other sources.  Make sure you’re getting enough protein after a workout and you’ll notice how much it helps.

Some quotes I love.

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

“Comfort is where your growth goes to die.” – Eric Basek

“You will lose a lot of friends when you get serious about your goals.  That’s why a Lamborghini has 2 seats, and a bus has 30.”

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Zig Ziglar

“The world is not full of a-holes, but they are strategically placed so that you’ll come across one every day.” – James Yeager

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

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

Something I’m eating?  I enjoy eating quinoa (pronounced keen-wah for those that don’t know).  Usually I’ll make a pot of it using vegetable broth as the liquid.  Then throughout the week I’ll put some in a bowl and add chopped up veggies, avocado, walnuts, kale chips, chia seeds, feta cheese, kalamata olives or any number of different things to it.  I also sometimes eat it for breakfast with berries, walnuts, almonds, cinnamon and fresh honey on top.

A recent observation?   On Saturday of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend my two older sons were playing a lot of video games and began to aggravate each other easily.  This is unusual for them, so I asked them if they’d like me to put them through a short workout.  We went to the garage and I had them doing some simple but tiring stuff for probably 15 minutes.  After those 15 minutes they were like different kids – relaxed, more patient and calm.  Our bodies produce a lot of energy each day.  With physical activity we can burn through the portion that hinders us, makes us anxious, less productive, etc.  Once that occurs, we are then able to be more driven, productive and energetic.

A common chiropractic question I receive?  “Why does my spine go out of place?”  I receive this question daily.  The spine can certainly suffer immediate traumas that cause it to misalign such as slips and falls, sports injuries and car accidents.  And those traumas can also make us more sensitive to misalignments later in life (depending on the severity and whether they lead to arthritic changes or not).  Most commonly though, misalignments of the spine come from what I call micro-traumas – posture, gait, sleeping position, ergonomics, exercise (or lack thereof), too much sitting, not enough stretching, consuming too many inflammatory foods/drinks, etc.  With these micro-traumas it is not one specific thing that causes the misalignment but usually rather a buildup and combination of many over time.

Something I recommend everyone do?  Once a month I have a friend that I get together with that’s an entrepreneur.  We have lunch together in my office and we talk through anything and everything in our business lives (and personal lives as well).  He’s a high energy guy like myself so this process really gets me pumped up with ideas, motivation, etc.  By the time we finish lunch each of us have a bunch of ideas to explore and motivation to as well.  I think it’s important to have someone like this to meet up with that inspires you in some way (and/or that you inspire as well).  Talking to positive, motivated people is an excellent way to fuel progress in any endeavor.

Quote I love: “Every next level of your life requires a new version of you.” – Inky Johnson

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20 Quotes to motivate anyone!

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Later this week I will be competing in a 24 hour race that I began training for 6 months ago. In addition to the physical training, I’ve concentrated extensively on being ready mentally. Below are some of my favorite quotes for persevering in any aspect of life.

1. “If it comes easy, if it doesn’t require extraordinary effort, you’re not pushing hard enough. It’s supposed to hurt like Hell.” – Dean Karnazes

2. “Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from indomitable will.” – Ghandi

3. “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” – Ernest Hemingway

4. “You adapt, evolve, compete or die.” – Paul Tudor James

5. “There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.” – Pat Riley

6. “Fall down 7 times, get up 8.” – Japanese proverb

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

8. “What counts in battle is what you do once the pain sets in.” – John Short

9. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee

10. “There Are Two Ways to Do Something … the Right Way, and Again” – Navy SEAL saying

11. “Don’t let a win get to your head or a loss to your heart” – Public Enemy

12. “Whatever you have to do — just find an excuse to win. Keep going.” – from the movie Lone Survivor

13. “Always do what you’re afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain

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

16. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

17. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

18. “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam

19. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” – George Addair

20. “Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” – John Wayne

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