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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 – February 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. 

What signs are there that you’re out of alignment?  Pain is often the last symptom to appear so assessing your spinal alignment based solely on that can be difficult.  Some other common signs that your spine may be out of place include restricted motion (can’t turn to 1 side as easily as the other for example), muscle tension that doesn’t go away (even after stretching or massage), aggravation while doing healthy activities such as yoga/exercise/etc., less ability to get or remain comfortable while sitting/standing/sleeping and sometimes irritability.  This is not an all-encompassing list, but these are frequently mentioned by patients as signs they knew they needed to be adjusted. 

What do I usually eat for breakfast?  For whatever reason I get asked this all the time.  About 10 years ago I read a book by Tim Ferris called the “4 Hour Body” and within the book he gave the recipe for a shake that can help to naturally elevate testosterone levels and speed recovery.  I initially began doing his exact shake but have since modified it and more times than not, it is my breakfast of choice.  What do I put in it?  I start with 4-5 raw eggs (yes raw), a banana, celery, spinach, almond or peanut butter, some almonds and sometimes berries.  It sounds weird and people expect me to get salmonella, but I never do.  It tastes very good, gives me tons of energy and my older son often drinks them with me!  It may sound weird but remember, Rocky drank raw eggs, and he became champion!  Ha. 

What should you do if you’re not holding an adjustment as long as you’d like?  I get this often and the answer is to address the muscles more.  If an adjustment helps but you find the same problem coming back sooner than you’d expect, working more on the muscles will be important.  This could include stretches, strengthening exercises, weight bearing exercise, massage, physical therapy or the avoidance of aggravating activities such as poor postural positions, bad ergonomics or activities done with poor form.  When patients that have not addressing their surrounding musculature begin doing so, the results are always improved. 

A piece of exercise advice if you’re just beginning.  In my experience as a trainer and chiropractor, the most common mistake I see from those beginning to exercise is trying to do too much too fast.  If you’ve never worked out or are just coming back; your body is not conditioned to exercise.  Therefore, whatever you start doing will be a huge change for your body.  When people try to do too much too fast, they usually end up severely sore (not the good kind), can barely move and thus end up quickly discontinuing their exercise commitment. 

If you’re just coming back, take a couple weeks to start out slow – focus on form, staying on your target schedule and worry less about the intensity.  This will still be a HUGE change for your body, and you will begin seeing results feeling the positive effects regardless.  Once your body begins to adjust, then you can start upping the intensity, amount of weight, frequency and/or other variables.  As an example, when I train for a 100-mile race I start with shorter runs that initially feel like a solid challenge but by the end of my training feel like nothing.  If my first runs out of the gate were 20-milers, I’d be injured and/or frustrated very soon.   

Some quotes I love.

“If you’re searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror.”

“Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.” – Calvin Coolidge

“If you feel the need to tone it down, dumb it down, shrink, or betray yourself in any way, you’re in the wrong room with the wrong people.” – Kate Eckman

“Hard work is not punishment.  It is simply the price of admission for the opportunity to reach a standard of sustained excellence.” – Joe De Sena

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 19th

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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 this week.  My wife put me onto a nice little exercise challenge last weekend that I’d like to share.  The workout requires you to do 20 air squats (get low!), 20 pushups, 20 burpees and a 1-minute plank.  These 4 exercises make up 1 round and the goal is to go through 5 times and record your time.  My wife got 33 minutes, I got 20 and we both found it to be a nice challenge.  If you’re looking for a great workout without equipment to test your fitness, you’ll dig this!

A great lesson I learned years ago.  When I was early in my career back east, we had a patient in my office that was just miserable.  He interacted with every person in the office and he was equally as horrible to everyone, he was not nice at all.  What has always stuck with me was the other doctor in the office (my mentor) after interacting with him said to us “that’s not us, he brings that everywhere he goes.”  I found this to be a memorable sentiment – some people are just not nice enough to be worth your time.  Rather than taking it personally, just accept it and move on.  I’ve encountered patients (and other people) like that over the years and remembering those words from years ago has always helped me deal with them without letting it affect me.

A cool concept.  I listened to a podcast the other day and the guest talked about “not giving your pain a voice.”  His view was that we all go through low points – physically and mentally but when we start to talk about it, it’s like giving oxygen to a fire and it grows.  Once this happens, we begin to lose hope and motivation and we start looking to take the easy way out, make excuses and/or quit.  I’ve certainly experienced this in some of my more grueling races and believe it to be true.  If I start thinking about how much further I must go, the pain I’m in or any negative thoughts, stuff goes downhill quickly.  The trick is just to keep moving forward and keep your mind focused on what is working, rather than what isn’t.  If you can be disciplined enough to do this, you’ll find that some of the things not going so well will quickly come around. 

Something a patient shared with me that I loved.  I had a new patient this week that is a big runner like me.  She was very excited to pick my brain about training and I enjoyed listening to her experiences and input.  Something she mentioned that I love is her concept of “banking.”  Essentially, she sets goals for each run and has a weekly total she wants to reach.  If she’s supposed to run 5 on Monday but decides to do 7, then she’s banked 2 extra.  She then uses these extra miles to make longer runs shorter if she’d like, take an extra day off, etc.  I love this concept because it’s all about earning something.  You incentivize yourself to go beyond your limits and when you do, you earn something you’re proud of and can use productively.  She uses this concept for running but it can be applied to exercise, business, nutrition or just about anything you can imagine.

Some quotes I love.

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“When mediocre becomes the accepted standard because excellence is too much to ask for, expect less than mediocre results because, at some point, even mediocre will become too much to ask for.” – Lennox Lewis

“You only stop learning when you quit.” – Ruud Gullit

“Truth is like poetry, and most people f’n hate poetry.” – Eddie Gallagher

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 12th

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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. 

How did your run go?  As most of you are aware, last Thursday on what would have been my brother in law’s 33rd birthday, I ran his ashes 33 miles to the football field where we coached together and then spread them there.  It was an emotional but great run that culminated with my family, my in-laws and I having a mini ceremony for Sam at the fields.  I heard a lot of wonderful things from people before, during and after the run which made it even more special.  I had not been training for long distance running so it probably wasn’t my prettiest run ever, but it was one of the most special regardless.  I felt like I honored my friend in a way that mattered to me and in a fashion that would have made him happy (but probably embarrassed!).

Something that inspired me during my run.  Obviously, there were many personal things I reflected on during the run but there was a movie scene that kept popping into my head that I felt related nicely.  The last scenes in the movie Gladiator show Maximus’ death.  As his body lies there, a Senator asks, “who will help me carry him?” and those he battled beside immediately lift him and carry him off.  Then, in the final scene, a fellow slave that fought beside him and won freedom, buries two small figurines that Maximus carried to represent his wife and son and says “I will see you again, but not yet.  Not yet.” 

This was powerful to me.  The last picture I ever saw of my brother-in-law was of him on his “honor walk” – being wheeled in to have all his organs donated.  In that picture, he had a Captain America shield on his chest.  I was not able to be there for that so when I received his ashes, I wanted to do something special with them.  In the end, I wrapped his ashes in a note from the hospital detailing all the lives saved from those organs and put a small Captain America shield in the bag with them as well.  Just like the movie, I wanted to “carry” my friend to a place where we shared many great times together.  There I spread his ashes, buried that small Captain America shield, and told my friend I would see him again soon. 

Something I really identified with.  As I was prepping food for the super bowl Sunday morning, my wife had on our church’s service on a live feed.  The pastor was talking about being in his 50’s and taking more and more onto his plate.  He recounted a story of someone asking him if he should slow down and he said, “I want to arrive in Heaven coasting on no gas with the engine smoking and shot.”  I loved this because it’s how I choose to live as well.  I believe in treating my health and body with respect yet pushing its limits to the max.  Never would I want to look back and wish I’d pushed harder or attempted something I’d really wanted to.   I take great pride in pushing my limits and believe having a body with scars from the process of seeking its true potential is a beautiful thing!

A lesson I was reminded of.  Over the course of several interactions with a group of people over the last week, I was reminded of a good lesson.  What I saw firsthand was that most people can be divided into one of two groups:  those that make excuses and those that don’t. 

In the first group there tends to be a lack of accountability.  There is always bad luck, someone else at fault, the circumstances aren’t great, there is no responsibility, and this is repeated time and again.  In the second group what I find responsibility and accountability for all actions.  They believe they are the cause of what is happening or not happening in their lives.  I see hard work, dedication, resilience, and perseverance.  The lesson I took from these interactions is that ultimately, we have the power to decide which of these groups we fall into.  One path can lead to amazing things, the other is likely to lead to frustration.  Choose wisely.

Some quotes I love.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“Little hinges swing big doors.” – W. Clement Stone

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things.  He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan 

“It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.” – Thomas Sowell

“Believe in yourself right now even though it may be hard.” – Les Brown

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – February 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. 

An analogy I think works.  With the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, I want you to think about how difficult it would be for either the Chiefs or Bucs to win the game if they played ONLY defense, no offense at all.  Obviously, that would be an extremely tall order and you certainly wouldn’t bet on a team that did so. 

Well, a year onto COVID and that is the basic approach we are all being asked to take.  All the mainstream recommendations are for defensive measures – don’t touch your face, don’t leave the house, don’t get together in groups, cover your face, cover it with 2 layers, etc.  Regardless of what you think of those, none would be considered an offensive measure – something you can do naturally to make yourself stronger and thus less vulnerable.  Examples would include taking certain vitamins (C and D, zinc, etc.), exercising, managing your weight, getting more sunlight and more.  Defense is part of any game but don’t forget the importance of offense.  It’s a big deal in football but far more important when it comes to your health.

Something I’m looking forward to.  On Thursday February 4th, my brother-in-law would have turned 33 years old.  Rather than sit around and feel sad about his birthday, I will run 33 miles in his honor from my house in Highlands Ranch along a winding route that will end me in Castle Rock on the fields where we coached football together and became so close.  There I will spread some of his ashes and say some words with my in-laws, younger kids, and older boys (who will run with me near the end) to remember him.  I bring this up to you because we are all likely to face tragedy in our lives.  How we deal with it is up to us, however.  For me, a 33-mile run with him in my thoughts is a positive way to deal with a sad day.  In your case it’s likely to be different but the point is to seek to choose a positive path forward no matter what. 

A good reminder for me.  After I picked my kids up from school on Friday, we decided we’d get some takeout.  I pulled over into a neighborhood and off to the side of a road to do an online order and as I did so someone came behind me and beeped their horn.  I put my hazard lights on to have them pull around me, but they pulled up next to me instead.  They began to roll down the window to say something to me.  I have been in many confrontations in my life so my immediate reaction to this is to get amped up.  I quickly rolled down my window and…it was a nice older couple asking me if I needed help.  Ha.  This reminded me that sometimes we carry baggage with us and go into situations in a manner we shouldn’t.  I was reading this situation in a way I did not need to be because of past experiences, insecurities, bravado, etc.  This is a small, random instance but I’m sure there are examples of this type of experience in all our lives.  I said thank you to those nice people and shared these exact thoughts with my sons who were in the car with me to try and teach them a lesson that I am evidently still learning!

Something I found important.  On Friday’s, my in-laws watch my two younger kids for us.  Each Friday as we pick them up, my 2-year-old son takes a random toy from grandma’s huge pile and wants to bring it home.  I always try to get him not to, but my mother-in-law told me this past week, “let him take it, he’s excited about it now and a week from now he may never want to play with it again.” 

This concept hit home for me because often in life we feel like things will last forever and thus we neglect to appreciate them enough in the short term.  In fact, we often rush them out of our lives because they seem to be a burden in some way.  In my son’s case, he won’t be into dinosaurs and monster trucks forever so I should just enjoy it.  A big challenge in life is to truly be present in what is going on so that we can appreciate it and not look too far ahead.

Some quotes I love. 

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men and women.” – Frederick Douglass

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker.  Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy.  Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.  And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.” – Thomas J. Watson

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

“There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.”

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Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot – January 29th

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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 analogy I like.  When I was in student clinic during chiropractic school, I had a doctor that shared a story that has always stayed with me.  When he would return home at the end of the day, his dog would excitedly run and jump into his arms.  This happened day after day, year after year.  One night he had something in his arms and as it began to slip from his grasp, he reacted quickly to keep it from falling.  As this was happening, his dog happened to be jumping toward him and because he was distracted, he dropped her.  Though he’d caught her hundreds of times previously, she never jumped on him again.  So, what do I draw from this story?  Trust can be built over a long period of time but can be lost in seconds.  We should always remember that. 

Something important.  “Getting soft” happens when we start to get bored and let things slide.  This can happen physically, mentally, in terms of habits, individually or as a group.  The effect is a loss of production, values, and a diminishing amount of “doing what got you there.”  I’ve seen this close businesses, erode health and even damage large organizations and countries.

So how does this get fixed?  The big picture answer I believe is twofold.  First, we all need a guiding set of principles.  These are promises to ourselves that we keep no matter the situation.  This allows us to behave based on what we feel is right rather than emotionally.  Second, I think we should all strive to never be totally comfortable.  This doesn’t mean we tear the AC out of our house or sell our cars.  What it does mean is that we incorporate mental and physical challenges into our lives so that we can struggle a bit.  These make us stronger and give us a greater appreciation for some of the good things in our life.

An important lesson on nutrition and exercise.  I’ve mentioned previously that my wife works part time for a woman with a high-end nutrition counseling business.  All food is logged, habits monitored, exercise charted, you name it.  Due to my experience in this field, I’m sometimes consulted so I’ve gotten familiar with some of these people and their journeys.  What stands out most to me is this:  when people follow sound nutrition and exercise advice it works for anyone and everyone.  The people on these programs that make the effort and do the work get great results without exception – not instantly but continuous improvement occurs.  Conversely, those that dip a toe in the water, defend old habits, make excuses or do only some of what they should, never get the results they want and quickly become frustrated.  Getting into better eating and exercise habits can be daunting at first but when you learn the proven basics and follow them, you will progress quickly.

Something to help headaches.  If you’ve ever had one of those headaches that feels like it’s pulsing throughout your temples, here is something that can help.  Get a facecloth and put it under hot water – get it as hot as you can stand and then place it on your forehead.  This will open blood vessels and redirect some of that pulsing blood flow toward your brain.  In many instances, this will help the headaches begin to subside in severity.  This isn’t a cure for headaches (there are various causes and thus different cures) but it can help in the short term with the symptoms. 

 Some quotes I love. 

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

“Hard times create strong men.  Strong men create good times.  Good times create weak men.  And weak men create hard times.” – G. Michael Hopf

“Nations do not die from invasion; they die from internal rottenness.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Social media made y’all way too comfortable with disrespecting people and not getting punched in the face for it.” – Mike Tyson

“Rats and snitches lack courage and die with no honor.” – Roman Carson

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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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