What's on the Dr's Mind? http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/what's_on_the_dr's_mind?.html Sun, 03 Feb 2013 21:37:33 -0800 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:19:35 -0700 <![CDATA[You R Uniquely You]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_23631_you_r_uniquely_you.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_23631_you_r_uniquely_you.html Sun, 03 Feb 2013 21:37:33 -0800 <![CDATA[What to Expect from Acupuncture]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_23131_what_to_expect_from_acupuncture.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_23131_what_to_expect_from_acupuncture.html An Ancient Science -- Available from Our Chiropractor

acupuncture in Boulder for pain management.jpgThere are many good reasons for people to give acupuncture a try. Maybe they are seeking a solution for back pain or chronic muscle pain; maybe they have heard that it can hasten recovery from an injury or illness. If you have never gone "under the needle" before, you may have concerns or questions about what to expect from your first session here at Kennedy Chiropractic & Acupuncture. So allow us to address some common questions:

  • Does it hurt? Actually, most patients feel no discomfort. You might feel some sensation, perhaps on the order of a mosquito bite, but the needles are so tiny they cannot cause injury. You might even find it an enjoyable experience!
  • What does it do? Ancient practitioners believed that inserting needles in key points on the body called meridians redirected the energy flow in the body, restoring health to damaged tissues. Western medicine attributes the technique's ability to relieve pain and improve health to its action on the nervous system and the body's natural pain-relief mechanisms.
  • What conditions does it treat? It has been used with great success in the treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches, nausea, menstrual disorders, depression, muscle pain, joint stiffness and many other conditions. The body has hundreds of meridians, and different combinations of these meridians produce different effects when stimulated.
  • Who performs the procedure? Our acupuncturist is the skilled and experienced Karen Levine. Ms. Levine works closely with our chiropractor, Dr. Kennedy, to determine the nature of your condition and the best way of addressing it. This collaboration of disciplines reflects our "whole body" approach toward correcting bodily imbalances.

Schedule an Acupuncture Session at Our Boulder Clinic

Now that you know a little more about the benefits of this ancient yet powerful healing method, come and experience what it can do for you at our Boulder chiropractic clinic. We think you will discover a whole new way to feel your best!

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:30:14 -0800
<![CDATA[Struggling with Sciatica? Turn to Chiropractic Care!]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_22427_struggling_with_sciatica_turn_to_chiropractic_care.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_22427_struggling_with_sciatica_turn_to_chiropractic_care.html Struggling with Sciatica? Turn to Chiropractic Care!

chiropractic care for sciatica in Boulder.jpgDo you suffer from sciatica? If you do, you join up to 40 percent of adults who experience some degree of this condition at some point in their lives. While it often comes and goes in mild (but aggravating) bouts, some people develop a progressive sciatic nerve impingement that can cause serious or even debilitating long-term consequences. Here at Kennedy Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we have the tools and expertise to locate the underlying cause of your symptoms and provide the right combination of treatment modalities to help you manage your pain and prevent symptoms from recurring.

A big nerve can cause big pain. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the lower extremities, extending from major nerve roots in the spine down each buttock and leg. This primary nerve provides sensory and motor information for the lower back, hips, legs and feet. So when something presses on this nerve, its impaired ability to send and receive signals results in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. 
You may experience not only low back pain but also sharp, stabbing pains in your buttock or leg, as well as numbness or "pins and needles" sensations in the leg or foot. Severe cases may also cause muscle weakness as the motor signals to those muscles are interrupted, with results ranging from disability to incontinence. The pressure on the sciatic nerve may stem from a herniated disc, compression from an overgrowth of vertebral bone, degenerative disc disease or some other cause. Spasms of the pirifomis muscle in the buttocks can also pinch the sciatic nerve.

Treatment for Leg and Back Pain Caused by Sciatica

Our chiropractor, Dr. Kennedy, has a variety of natural, non-surgical therapies at his command to help relieve your sciatic nerve impingement. Depending on the underlying cause of the problem, we may prescribe a series of manual spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, or acupuncture to relieve pain and accelerate healing. Contact our Boulder chiropractor today to learn which treatment will work best for you!
How often do your symptoms strike? How long do they last?

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:13:45 -0800
<![CDATA[Stand Up People !]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_20427_stand_up_people_.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_20427_stand_up_people_.html Stand up for your health, your rights, your own Anti Aging !

 Studies show that we have a myriad of health issues that develop slowly over time just from SITTING  TOO  LONG !!!

So, STAND UP every 20 mins.  Set an egg timer across the room at 20-30 mins, then when it goes off and alerts you, simply stand up, walk over, reset it.  Then, take a few deep breaths, lift your arms high (as if you just won the Olympics) for a minute or two and go back to work.

This will help your back, your hormones and your stress!

Best in health,

Dr Doug

Sat, 20 Oct 2012 07:31:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Walking My Talk]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_20314_walking_my_talk.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_20314_walking_my_talk.html End of an Era:

This blog goes out on the eve before my last day being contracted with ANY insurance companies.  I gave notice to them all many months ago, and tomorrow the last of them will let me out of my contract.  As I sit here, I can't help but reflect on the last 24 years of being a health care provider. 24 years of providing services to people who need help.  24 years of working and fighting with the insurance companies that my patients trust.

 I just finished watching the Presidential Debate, and all the bluster and noise did NOT make the Affordable Care Act any easier to understand.  I can tell you one thing, as a health care provider, I KNOW the system is FAILING.  The games that the large insurance companies play are designed to do only one thing:  enrich the shareholders.  They do not care about helping the insured, or taking good care of their in-network doctors. 

Many years ago it was different.  Insurance paid what they promised, the patients had reasonable copays, and as long as the services were medically necessary and documented, I got paid. 

Now it is all different.  I made less money doing spinal manipulation (an adjustment) to a low back or a neck this year than I did a few years back.  Less money!  Adjusted for inflation, it was a LOT LESS MONEY.  Your Co-pay grew and grew, the insurance paid less and less, and the profits of the top 5 insurance companies in the US were at an all time high.

My decision to change how Kennedy Chiropractic does business was not an easy one.  I wrestled with it for years; I tried to make it so all my patients with insurance could see me for the cost of their co-pay for as long as I could.  But now, the costs of doing Insurance Business has become so high that it actually is a losing part of the business.

I have had 2 businesses really:

  1. providing chiropractic and acupuncture services
  2. processing insurance claims/forms and managing accounts

The first one is the one I love.  the second...not so much!

Why did I Title this Blog "Walking My Talk?"  Because I have always counseled my patients to take action steps to live a life that is in alignment with their true Nature, their true purpose.  Now I am doing the same for myself, and even though it has been a bit scary, it is working out quite well.  The time I spend with you, my patient, is fully focused on YOU...there is no "insurance" party in the room.  We can work without consideration of doing any particular form of therapy (just because it is all the insurance would pay for). 

So after tomorrow, I will no longer be submitting insurance claims to United HealthCare, GreatWest, Aetna, Cofinity, etc.  and waiting to get paid.  I will be a free-agent, doing good work one patient at a time, one-on-one, with 100% commitment to your well-being, and Zero concern about keeping the insurance company happy.

 Simple...Direct...Quality Care...exactly custom tailored for YOU!

Have a great week, and make sure you get out and Vote!

Dr Douglas Kennedy

Kennedy Chiropractic & Acupuncture   3405 Penrose Place, #106 Boulder CO  80301

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:51:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Boulder Chiropractors Spinal Decompression Relieves Back Pain]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_20137_boulder_chiropractors_spinal_decompression_relieves_back_pain.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_20137_boulder_chiropractors_spinal_decompression_relieves_back_pain.html Boulder Chiropractors Spinal Decompression Relieves Back Pain

Boulder chiropractor uses spinal decompression.jpgBoulder chiropractor, Dr. Douglas Kennedy, helps people escape the painful effects of back pain every day. One of the chiropractic care modalities he uses is spinal decompression. This can directly address specific problems within the spine in order to provide both pain management and long-term internal healing. Spinal decompression is particularly helpful for car accident injury and personal injury patients whose intervertebral discs were damaged. When these discs are compressed or herniated, they pinch nerves traveling out from the spinal cord to the rest of the body, causing severe pain. The goal of spinal decompression is to repair the discswithout surgeryin order to alleviate the symptoms for good.

Spinal Decompression: Chiropractic Care Option Against Back Pain

During spinal decompression therapy, our Boulder chiropractor secures the patient to a decompression table that moves to gently stretch and release the spine in intervals. The traction motions relieve the pressure of gravity on the damaged discs, which begins to relive patients back pain right there on the table. Usually, a course of 20 treatments over the course of a month, along with other chiropractic treatments, will provide long-lasting pain relief and internal healing.

But how does spinal decompression do this? When the table stretches the spine, removing the gravitational pressure on the discs, it does several things. First of all, it helps to reshape and reposition the injured disc back to its normal state. At the same time, vacuum forces created inside the discs pull circulation and hydration into the damaged, undernourished discs. This replenishes and regenerates them internally, enabling them to heal themselves.

Spinal decompression and the other chiropractic services Dr. Kennedy provides have helped hundreds of personal injury and car accident injury patients get a new lease on life, leaving the painkillers and pain behind. It has even helped many of them avoid back surgery, saving them time, money and misery.

What questions do you have for our chiropractor about spinal decompression?

Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:55:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Insurance: love it or leave it!]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_18957_insurance_love_it_or_leave_it.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_18957_insurance_love_it_or_leave_it.html "Why am I no longer accepting insurance?"

For many years now, the insurance companies have been DECREASING the amount of money they pay to the doctors who are "on the plan."  Their primary goal is to make a profit for the shareholders of the Insurance company, NOT to provide great service as a Non-Profit.  Understandable.  When most employees are getting a cost of living increase, doctors are NOT.

BUT, what has made the situation no longer workable for me is the NEW program that was enacted into law a few years ago.  The insurance companies are now able to review the last 3 years of payments to the doctor/hospital, and perform what is called a "Post Payment Audit."  They have powerful computers scanning old records looking for anything they can "claw back" that occurred over the last 3 years. The independent corporations doing this "research" are the fastest growing sector in healthcare!

 ! So even if I treat the patient, send the treatment notes to the insurance company along with the bill, and they deem it a payable bill, cutting fees a bit here and a bit there, and we go back and forth for a few billing cycles (60 days or more)...they send me less than I bill, and I finally put that one claim to rest...WAIT FOR IT...HERE IT COMES...

Three years LATER I can get a bill for "overpayment" on that claim...and they can ask me to pay them back part of the money they already agreed to pay me!!!!!   And I have to then fight for keeping the little money I received!!!!

That is the straw that broke the camel's back for me.  And now you know why I no longer take insurance.   Plain and Simple...the system is severely flawed, getting worse, and I want to give my patients the best care possible, at a fair price, be paid for my work, and go to sleep at night knowing I did a good job and received "fair exchange" of money for my work.

                                    Yours in Health,    Douglas Kennedy, DC

Mon, 03 Sep 2012 10:22:44 -0700
<![CDATA[A Dynamic Approach to Treating Whiplash]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_18667_a_dynamic_approach_to_treating_whiplash.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_18667_a_dynamic_approach_to_treating_whiplash.html Are You Suffering from Whiplash?

Were you the victim of a car accident injury and are now experiencing neck pain that makes it difficult to enjoy all of your regular activities? If so, you may have whiplash, a common, painful neck injury that often occurs during an auto injury.

At Kennedy Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we help Boulder whiplash patients get relief and feel better fast. Dr. Kennedy stresses that accident victims should seek care immediately following an accident to prevent chronic pain. Your pain relief is our top priority and we use a combination of chiropractic care and acupuncture to customize a treatment plan for you.

Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture Ease Whiplash Pain

Boulder whiplash care provided by chiropractor and acupuncturistWhiplash, typically caused by car accidents, can cause soreness and stiffness of the neck, headaches, and chronic neck pain. The impact of a car accident whips the neck back and forth abruptly, which causes neck pain and can also cause damage to the cervical spine.

Dr. Kennedy and our Acupuncturist Ms. Levine combine their experience to find the source of your symptoms and determine a custom treatment plan. Our advanced chiropractic techniques, such as spinal manipulations, can provide relief by addressing the source of your neck pain. Manipulations of the spine help ensure it is aligned properly, which reduces painful muscle spasms and removes any nerve interference. Additionally, we will provide you with strengthening and stretching exercises to address any soreness or stiffness in your neck. Once the neck and body are properly aligned and you have regained a full range of motion again, we will help you to prevent future injuries or pain.

When combined with the time-tested practice of acupuncture, the healing process is further enhanced. Needles and herbal medicines are used on the body to stimulate the flow of energy through the channels. This practice focuses on correcting blockages in the nervous system, thereby providing relief from pain. By removing the blockages, the body is able to properly heal and inflammation and pain are reduced. These ancient techniques, combined with care from our chiropractor, restore nervous system function and reduce chronic pain so you feel better.

Call our Boulder chiropractic office today to get started on a chiropractic and acupuncture plan that offers safe, effective alternatives to prescription medications.

Have you recently suffered whiplash? How did you get relief?

Mon, 27 Aug 2012 08:22:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Natural Relief for Headaches and Migraines]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_17180_natural_relief_for_headaches_and_migraines.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_17180_natural_relief_for_headaches_and_migraines.html Boulder chiropractic care for headaches and migraines.jpgChronic headaches and migraines can be incredibly debilitating. Our chiropractor, Dr. Douglas Kennedy, understands that the best way to treat headache pain is to provide immediate relief while also addressing the underlying cause for pain. Through chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture treatments, we can help provide the rapid relief that our Boulder patients need.

Acupuncture and Chiropractic Adjustments Relieve Headache Pain

If you suffer from headaches, you may be surprised to learn that a misalignment in your cervical spine is the real cause of your pain. While stress, caffeine consumption or a food allergy may be contributing factors, an underlying mechanical misalignment is often at the root of chronic headache pain. In fact, an untreated misalignment caused by a whiplash injury or natural wear and tear is one of the most common causes for tension headaches, affecting millions of people each year.

A tension headache occurs when the cervical vertebra slips out of alignment, placing pressure on the rectus capitis posterior minor (RCPM) muscle. This pressure can cause the RCPM muscle to spasm, which triggers a headache. As long as the cervical spine remains misaligned, patients are at risk for headache pain. Dr. Kennedy uses gentle, hands-on adjustments to restore alignment to the cervical spine and relieve pressure on the RCPM muscle. By correcting this misalignment, we can reduce a major cause of tension headache pain and also relieve neck pain.

The cause of a migraine headache is complex. Constricted blood vessels in the brain cause migraine pain, although the reason for this constriction is not fully understood. Migraine triggers, including foods and smells, are associated with the onset of migraine pain. Acupuncture helps relieve tension at muscle pressure points, which provides natural and effective relief for migraine pain. This helps improve our patients overall quality of life. Adjustments to the cervical and thoracic vertebra have also helped to reduce tension at muscle pressure points.

Boulder patients choose our wellness center because of our integrated approach to pain relief. How have acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments helped relieve your chronic headache pain?

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:00:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Allergy Season - STILL in Season]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_16966_allergy_season__still_in_season.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_16966_allergy_season__still_in_season.html I get asked about allergies on a daily basis!  So I thought I would put my recommendations up on my blog.  This year has been a very intense year for seasonal allergies, and unfortunately some patients symptoms have not let up, so here are my suggestions:

SuperQuercetin (from BlueBonnet): 

Take 3 capsules, 2-3x/day --> Maintenance for allergy season: 2 caps 2x/day.

Minimize inflammatory foods such as:

-- Wheat

-- Dairy

-- Soy

-- Eggs 

Use Neti Pot 1-2x/day.

And don't forget, adjustments and acupuncture can help out your allergies too!  If you are still suffering from allergy symptoms, set up an appointment with me! 

Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:40:36 -0700
<![CDATA["Performance Enhancing" Nutrition]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_16138_performance_enhancing_nutrition.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_16138_performance_enhancing_nutrition.html Want to rev up your diet for your summer activities?  This article shows three "power foods" that can enhance your work outs, hikes, bike rides or all around health!

1) Beet Juice - helps with your overall endurance for any activity.  A recent study quoted in this article showed that athletes who drank Beet Juice could exercise for 16% longer without taking a break!

2) Quinoa - is a very protein rich food, so it will help you go longer and harder!

3) Kale - a nutritional powerhouse!  A small amount of kale can provide you with most of the daily vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy!

Check out our source for these great nutritional ideas: BootPrints "Like Blood Doping, But Legal"

Thu, 31 May 2012 11:15:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Neck Pain?]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_15493_neck_pain.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_15493_neck_pain.html 5 Tips to Avoid Neck Pain

Boulder chiropractor provides tips to prevent neck painAt Kennedy Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Boulder, we treat patients who suffer neck pain as the result of car accident injury, whiplash and various other causes. If you experience neck pain, chiropractic care can help bring you relief while also helping you to avoid future pain.

And as our chiropractor advises patients, there are simple practices you can employ in day-to-day living to lessen or avoid neck pain. The key, we instruct our patients, is to maintain good posture. Poor posture is one of the key contributing factors of back and neck pain. Good posture is important when you are sitting, standing and even sleeping. So, 24 hours a day you have an opportunity to relieve or prevent neck pain.

Strategies for Neck Pain Prevention

1. Sit up straight and maintain your spine's natural position to prevent neck pain. At your desk or on a couch, slouching causes damage to your spine over time. Rest your back against a firm support. Adjust your office chair so you stay close to your work without having to lean toward it.

2. Sleep on a mattress that is firm enough to support your spine, not allowing it to sink in and bow in the opposite of its natural curve. Choose a supportive pillow that holds its shape to support your neck.

3. Do not sleep on your stomach as this will stress your neck, forcing it to turn to one side. Sleeping on your back or side is better for your neck.

4. If you experience neck pain when driving or riding in a car, try a travel pillow, which can support your lower back and neck. Another option is a portable seating support for your vehicle. Make sure you can sit up straight without having to bend your upper back to reach the steering wheel.

5. Take periodic rest breaks when travelling for long distances. Take a break every 50 to 60 minutes so you can get up to walk around and stretch your back legs and arms.

What steps do you take to prevent neck pain?

Tue, 08 May 2012 15:46:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Get Off the Couch and Away From Your Desk]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_15384_get_off_the_couch_and_away_from_your_desk.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_15384_get_off_the_couch_and_away_from_your_desk.html Last Sunday I was reading the New York Times and stumbledupon a very interesting article that focused on how detrimental sitting can beto your health. I repeatedly tell mypatients who have desks jobs, to always take breaks and get up and move aroundand this article had some credible studies that showed how sitting can takeyears off your life!

The article "Don't Just Sit There" written by the fitnessauthor Gretchen Reynolds focused on how sedentary time, mostly watchingtelevision or sitting at a desk, can negatively impact people's health. She referenced studies showing thatinactivity in humans and rats resulted in decreased insulin response, decreasedDNA repair mechanisms and substantially decreased levels of an enzyme thatdissolves fat in the blood-stream. Reynolds references a study where young men did not use their left legfor two whole days and all of the previously mentioned negative side effectswere witnessed, in only 48 hours! Anotherstaggering statistic Gretchen reported was "watching an hour of television cansnip 22 minutes from someone's life"; that is crazy!

I suggest reading the article in its entirety; these reportedstudies are pretty amazing. She alsodiscusses how many people exercise regularly, but they follow their exercisewith long periods of inactivity. Sofellow "Boulderites" think about it next time you're sitting on the couch orhunkered down at your desk. Take sometime to get up and move around your body will thank you!

If you would like to read the whole article, which Isuggest, here's the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/sunday-review/stand-up-for-fitness.html

Fri, 04 May 2012 08:50:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Ready to Try Acupuncture?]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_15246_ready_to_try_acupuncture.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_15246_ready_to_try_acupuncture.html Acupuncture Works for Back Pain,
Neck Pain and Chronic Conditions

With the rising awareness of chiropractic care as a non-invasive treatment for issues such as back pain and neck pain, as well as a wide range of other health problems like allergies and fatigue, there's also an increased demand for other proven, non-invasive forms of treatment. These holistic treatments can either supplement Western medicine or function as a sole method of treatment. At Kennedy Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Boulder, we're proud to offer a form of Chinese medicine that's provided relief for patients for thousands of years.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Headaches, Migraines, and Chronic Pain Conditions

Though you might be unfamiliar with how acupuncture works, the fundamental concept is simple enough. The Chinese believe the human body is governed by yin and yang energy, which flows through the head, torso and limbs along paths called Bouder acupuncture for back pain and chronic conditionsmeridians. In a healthy person, the yin and yang energies are balanced and flow freely, but when these energies become imbalanced or blocked, the person becomes sick. Thousands of years ago, Chinese doctors discovered that by applying delicate needles to certain points along these meridians, they could help regulate the flow of energy to alleviate pain, create a sense of peace and wellbeing, and promote healing. Nowadays, many Western health practitioners recommend this form of treatment as a non-invasive alternative or supplement to conventional treatment, as it can help a variety of complaints and conditions ranging from back pain and anxiety to infections and digestive problems.

When you first see our acupuncturist Karen Levine, she'll perform an examination in which she considers factors such as tongue coloration, pulse and local temperature. Next, she will explain to you which energies need to be balanced for healing to occur and which meridians need to be stimulated. She'll recommend a series of appointments during which she'll apply needles and allow you to rest for between 20 to 30 minutes. Results may be felt as soon as within an hour, but most often a few days later.

Have you ever visited an acupuncturist? What were your symptoms?

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:10:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Three Common Car Accident Injuries]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_14086_three_common_car_accident_injuries.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_14086_three_common_car_accident_injuries.html Discover Car Accident Injury Recovery & Relief

At Kennedy Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we often treat patients that have suffered various injuries from auto accidents. However, there are 3 common car accident injuries that we see more often than others. Those 3 common injuries are:

1. Back Injuries. The force of impact from an oncoming car can cause extreme and sudden Boulder auto injuries treated with chiropractic caremovement. Despite the use of seatbelts and airbags, jerking and dislocation of body positioning are common upon being struck. It isn't uncommon for those involved in accidents to experience sprains, strains, disc subluxations, lumbar radiculopathy and a thoracic spine injury.

2. Neck Injuries. Whiplash commonly results in neck pain and is often sustained along with back injuries. This can come in a mild or more severe form where people experience injuries such as strain, compression or subluxations. The force of impact determines how mild or severe the injury can be, yet almost always involves strain or sprain of soft tissues as well such as ligaments, tendons and muscles. Whiplash can be felt immediately, or can surface in the weeks or months following an injury.

3. Pinched Nerves & Sciatica Related Injuries. Upon impact, a great amount of torsion takes place pushing the spinal column and soft tissues to move far more rapidly than everyday, safe ranges of motion. Once the body has come to a state of rest after an accident, car accident victims will often realize the affects. Because of this dramatic disc rotation during impact, pinched nerves and sciatica often result.

Bringing Relief from Boulder Auto Accident Injuries

If you are you experiencing any of these or other common car accident injuries, look no further than our experienced team at Kennedy Chiropractic and Acupuncture. Our team is experienced in providing care for all of your Boulder car accident injury needs. We understand that nobody expects to be involved in an accident or anticipates an injury. Our chiropractor and acupuncturist are ready to bring you the relief you deserve with an integrative chiropractic approach today!

Have you recently suffered an auto accident injury? How did you find relief?

Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:35:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Why Do We Take Blood Pressure in Both Arms?]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_13509_why_do_we_take_blood_pressure_in_both_arms.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_13509_why_do_we_take_blood_pressure_in_both_arms.html A commonly disregarded standard in the medical realm is to take a patient's blood pressure in both arms.  A new study shows that it is very important because the numbers between both arms can reveal possible cardiac risks.

A new study posted in "The Lancet" showed that a varying systolic blood pressure (top number) could be an indicator of higher risk for peripheral vascular disease or cerebrovascular disease.  The researchers are hypothesizing that the varying systolic pressures are due to blockages in arterial walls or even hardening of the arteries on one side of the body.

I know all of us want to be in tip top shape, so next time you're in for a check up make sure your practitioner tests both of your arms.   

If you would like more information, I heard about this study from the New York Times.  

As always, check out our website for more health tips and stretches for your aches and pains.


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Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:00:28 -0800
<![CDATA[Get Up! Study Shows Extended Sitting is Bad for Your Metabolism]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_13333_get_up__study_shows_extended_sitting_is_bad_for_your_metabolism.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_13333_get_up__study_shows_extended_sitting_is_bad_for_your_metabolism.html I was reading an interestingstudy today that had to do with long periods of sitting. Don't sit aroundtoo long!  The study showed that for women, their metabolism was negatively affectedand their inflammation markers increased as their time sitting increased.

Although, this is just onestudy, it reminds us to go out and play!  It is so important to not onlyget exercise, but to take breaks when sitting at the desk.  I tell my assistant Jenn to get up at least every 30 minutes and walk around.  Ifyou take little breaks to stretch your muscles, they will have the time tobounce back and in the end  you will have less pain.

Need ideas of some stretches todo when you take your break from the desk? Visit our video vault for somestretching ideas...

Neck Pain?

Back Pain?

Anxiety or Stress? 

To read more about the study visit Complementary Prescriptions 

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Doug Kennedy, DC 

Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:44:13 -0800
<![CDATA[How can I easily lower my blood pressure?]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_12969_how_can_i_easily_lower_my_blood_pressure.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_12969_how_can_i_easily_lower_my_blood_pressure.html I often have patients concerned about their blood pressure.  There are numerous ways to help lower your blood pressure but Men's Health just posted an article that showed deep sleep can help you with hypertension... and who doesn't need more sleep these days!

 The study by Susan Redline, M.D., M.P.H. showed that "slow wave sleep triggers brave signals to help increase blood vessels flexibility".  Well how does one get more "slow wave sleep"?  Men's Health suggests cutting out the carbs.  So instead of having a carbohydrate loaded dinner, cut back on the bread and pasta.

 In this crazy fast paced life most of us live, it is difficult to find enough time to get ample rest, especially if you have aches and pains.  If your reason for disturbed sleep is a tense neck, or painful hips make an appointment with your chiropractor!  I know that I have many stretches and strengthening activities to show you that can help out your pain... and help out your sleep!

 Doug Kennedy, DC

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Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:10:07 -0800
<![CDATA[Benign Joint Hypermobility Syndrome Review of Research]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_9840_benign_joint_hypermobility_syndrome_review_of_research.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_9840_benign_joint_hypermobility_syndrome_review_of_research.html DR DOUGLAS R KENNEDY

Journal of musculoskeletal pain
volume 18, number three, 2010
the official Journal Journal of the international Myopain Society

review: title: An overlooked diagnosis in rheumatology: benign joint hypermobility syndrome.
Authors: Omer Faruk Sendur, Bengu Beydag, Odabasi, Yasemin Turan

objectives: in this paper we aim to present the new developments in the clinical findings and treatment of benign joint hypermobility syndrome, in the light of recent studies, in an effort to give a better understanding of provider review for the doctors involved.

Findings: hypermobility is a clinical fine independent of any rheumatic disease is characterized by movement of joints beyond the normal range of motion. It is associated with some system pathologies in which the main findings are correlated with the musculoskeletal system and can be easily confused with some hereditary connective tissue disorders. Clinical signs of this benign joint hypermobility syndrome are considered in a range from joint instability to various problems, such as varicose veins and low bone mineral density.

Conclusions: the clinical effects of the JHS are poorly understood by general practitioners and, furthermore, it may be misdiagnosed or neglected by rheumatologists to. For this reason, the clinical signs of the syndrome should be while recognizing patients should be informed about the syndrome.

The symptoms that the authors found to be associated with this benign joint hypermobility syndrome include the following:
knee pain, back pain, foot pain, headache, growing pains, Polly arthralgia, joint swelling, stiffness, flulike symptoms, anxiety, sleep disturbance, poor coordination, clumsiness, dyspraxia, dyslexia, learning difficulties, easy bruising, muscular cramps, clicky joints, palpitations, fatigue, weight walking as a child, stress incontinence, and paresthesias.

Clinical findings of benign joint hypermobility syndrome:
joint stability disorders of proprioception, poor response to anesthetics, autonomic disturbances, low bone density, pes planus or flat feet, sprains, meniscus caring, fracture, scoliosis, costochondritis, sacred iliac joint just instability. Additionally Reynard's phenomena, skin fragility and skin laxity, paper scarring, vascular findings, neuropathies, knee pain, traumatic arthritis, Baker's cyst, temporal mint tubular joint dysfunction, congenital hip dislocation.

The clinician should be looking for some signs such as: the thumb passably touching the interior of the forearms, dorsi flexion of the small finger past 90∞, the ability of the patient to hyperextended elbow greater than 10∞, hyperextension of the knee beyond 10∞, and being able to touch the floor with the palms of the hands while standing with their knees extended and bending forward.

The authors developed a five-point hypermobility questionnaire. The following questions when asked can give a good indication of the need for further study and investigation.
1. Can you now or could you ever placed her hands flat on the floor without bending your knees
2. Can you now or could you ever been jerked him to touch her forearm?
3. As a child, did you amuse your friends by contorting your body and strange shapes or could you do the splits?
4. As a child or teenager, did your kneecap or shoulder dislocate on more than one occasion?
5. Do you consider yourself "double-jointed"?

It should be noted that if the patient answers in the affirmative on two or more of the five questions, the authors believe that they do have hypermobility syndrome. Statistically when a patient answers yes to two or more of the questions, the sensitivity is 85% in the specificity is 90%.

the authors believe that epic education is probably the most important thing a doctor can do. It's important for the patient to understand the importance of ergonomics and body mechanics. This will help lower the incidence of back pain. The patients are also told to avoid aggressive sports, but to participate in mild sports and jobs that require movement. Taping and splints can be helpful as well.

Medication: the authors report that medication may or may not be helpful.

Physical treatment modalities: there's not enough evidence who regards to physical therapy in the syndrome.

Spinal manipulations: the authors did not address spinal manipulation in this study. It is my opinion that if a patient has hypermobility syndrome they should not, I repeat, they should NOT be manipulated with high velocity thrust. Gentle mobilizations may be useful to help balance the spine.

Douglas R Kennedy, DC, Cert.Acup.
Kennedy chiropractic and acupuncture
Boulder, CO 80301, 80302, 80303.
(303) 546-6325]]>
Sat, 08 Oct 2011 14:28:35 -0700
<![CDATA[New Clinic Name Q & A]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_9812_new_clinic_name_q__a.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_9812_new_clinic_name_q__a.html A lot of patients and friends have asked, "why are you changing your clinic name?"

 The simple reasons are as follow:

  • Looking for a name that is more descriptive than "chiropractic" since that word doesn't fully encompass the extensive set of skills and services available.
  • Some people are afraid of seeing a chiropractor...due to stories they have heard,etc.
  • I would like to take my personal name out of the clinic name so that when I retire in 10 years, I will have a Brand Name that can help me sell the clinic to a great Doctor.  Unless he or she happens to be named "Kennedy" it will be better to find a more neutral name that describes the services and location.
  • Want a name with a modern "zippy" feel to it.  Time to get with the times!

If you would like to submit a few name suggestions, please go to the FaceBook page below. "Like" us, and go to the "EVENTS" link on the left hand side of the page.


Douglas Kennedy   www.ColoPainClinic.com    Kennedy Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Fri, 07 Oct 2011 06:03:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Axial Spinal Reflex]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_9197_axial_spinal_reflex.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_9197_axial_spinal_reflex.html What are Axial Spinal Reflexes or ASR's?

Every Human Body Utilizes Axial Spinal Reflexes (ASR's). Axial Spinal Reflexes are hardwired into our nervous systems. No aspect of our physical body can bypass this basic pathway (the spine) or remain unaffected by these fundamental reflex reactions. ASR's are believed to have originated as a defense mechanism, a way for our bodies to sense danger and move away from it, even before our brains registered the threat (the way you would instantly duck your head away from something that brushed against it from behind). Our Modern lifestyle, 'turns on' ASR's in a number of ways including stress, repetitive motion, poor ergonomics, diet, environmental and dietary toxins, lack of exercise, trauma and much more. ASR's routinely get "stuck on" and resulting pain, dysfunction, and performance impairment develops.

What do Axial Spinal Reflexes do?

ASR's have a profound affect on your health, mobility, and performance. ASR's cause reflex reactions such as prolonged muscle and ligament contraction.
Prolonged muscle contraction results in muscle weakness, fatigue, spasms, trigger points, myofascial pain, soft tissue fibrosis, distorted posture, and aberrant joint motion.

Prolonged ligament contraction results in joint compression and pain, sclerotomal or referred pain, nerve compression, and degenerative arthritis.

What is Spinal Reflex Analysis?

Where all other therapies currently focus on simple reflex reactions, Spinal Reflex Analysis (SRA) focuses on the ASR, the root cause of these reactions. SRA is a fast and extremely accurate system of identifying the involved axial spinal reflex and 'turning them off' through specific SRA based treatment programs.

How do I get SRA treatment?

SRA is available to you through our office.  Each SRA Certified practitioner is trained to understand and identify the axial spinal reflex mechanisms at work in your body at the time of treatment, and to utilize SRA treatment protocols specific to their area of expertise.  For Instance, the Chiropractor will determine which ASR pattern is active and then will treat with a carefully mapped series of chiropractic adjustments to 'turn off' the reflex.  A benefit of SRA is that it allows care givers from all fields to work together with precision and clarity, enhancing the care given in each area of expertise and maximizing the effectiveness of your overall care plan.

SRA and Performance

SRA has been shown to significantly enhance performance output in sports and other physical activities. Accuracy, speed, endurance and power improvements are noted routinely, and proven in scientific studies. 

Axial spinal reflexes (ASR's) cause prolonged muscle and ligament contraction

Prolonged muscle contraction results in muscle weakness, fatigue, spasms, trigger points, myofascial pain, distorted posture, aberrant joint motion, poor injury recovery and performance impairment

Prolonged ligament contraction results in joint pain, sclerotomal pain, nerve compression, and degenerative arthritis

All therapies currently focus on these reactions, as opposed to the axial spinal reflex, as the causative factor of impaired performance

Only SRA provides rapid identification and accurate treatment of the axial spinal reflex, profoundly impacting your ability to maximize training and performance

SRA works with your current training program. It does not alter or replace it!

Special Thanks to Dr Frank Jarrell, DC]]>
Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:18:48 -0700
<![CDATA[European Economic "Meltdown" soon?]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_6230_european_economic_meltdown_soon.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_6230_european_economic_meltdown_soon.html I have been reading a lot about the European economic situation lately. Greece has a very high likelihood of not being able to make payments and go into default. If this occurs it may have a domino effect on many of the other European countries. Some economic specialty advisors are suggesting this could be catastrophic and may even make the recession/depression of 2008 look like a small one!

Now maybe a very good time to move your retirement funds into a safer haven; gold and silver still look good.

For more information about this  Google John Mauldin, Investor Insight.  Good Free Stuff.

 All the Best,  Dr Doug

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:45:40 -0700
<![CDATA[5 things They Don't Want You to Know About Chiropractors]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_6228_5_things_they_dont_want_you_to_know_about_chiropractors.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_6228_5_things_they_dont_want_you_to_know_about_chiropractors.html SOURCE: PH&W Magazine December 2008

By Dennis Bertoli

PH&W HEALTH: Top Secret

There are a few things that you may not know about D.C.'s, which surprised us, included the mounting research.

1.   Their education is equal to their medical colleagues
        and might be better in some areas.

This might be difficult to accept, but chiropractic students spend markedly more hours in the classroom than medical students, especially in the areas of anatomy, physiology, orthopedics, and x-ray. [2] Of course, their training is different since "Chiros" concentrate on muscles, bones, joints, and nerves. Their education only touches on medication, emergency situations, etc. Many are beginning to think this gives them a better background in physical rehab.

A study of the curriculum of North American chiropractic and medical colleges found "Considerable commonality exists between chiropractic and medical programs. Regarding the basic sciences, these programs are more similar than dissimilar." [2]

Even more interesting was a test given to both chiropractic and medical students. Chiropractic students scored higher than medical students did on the musculoskeletal (bones, joints, and muscles) portion of the exam, while the medical students faired slightly better in other areas. [1]

In another study, chiropractors and chiropractic students tested "significantly higher" in reading X-Rays when compared with their medical colleagues in a study at the University of California Medical Center. [3]

2.   They do more than crunch backs and necks

While chiros are known for treating back and neck problems with joint manipulation, most are well versed and board certified to perform physical therapies. They are also licensed to function as primary care physicians. [4] Based on their education many use nutrition as a form of treatment.

3.   It's safe

Even though ghost stories of adjustments gone wrong are common, the actual risk of injury from chiropractic treatment is rare. [5] Generally, the malpractice insurance that doctors have to pay is based, among other things, on their field. Chiropractors as a group pay the less for malpractice insurance than any other type of physician. Why? Lawsuits claiming injuries or negligence are less common against chiropractors.

In the past there was concern that there was an increased risk of stroke could upper neck manipulation treatments. However a 7-year study organized by The United Nations and the World Health Organization just found that there is no association with chiropractic treatment and stroke. [6]

4.   They took the AMA to court and won twice

For decades chiropractors were campaigned by the AMA (American Medical Association) as not being "real doctors" and met fierce resistance from medical organizations. Chiropractors claimed the AMA was trying to snuff out the competition with fear tactics and bogus research. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with them in 1987 and again in 1990. It was found that the AMA was guilty of illegal antitrust activities against the chiropractic profession, ordered an injunction on their activity, and forcing them to print the courts findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

5.   M.D.'s and D.C.'s are now working together

It's becoming more common to find integrated offices, where M.D.'s, D.O.'s, and D.C.'s are working side-by-side. Many medical offices now try to provide multi-specialty approaches to treatment. With natural forms of treatment becoming more popular, drugless forms of treatment have become preferred by many over pain-medication.

One survey of 266 medical students at Georgetown University revealed more than 75% felt that alternative medicine techniques should be included in their curriculum. [7] Chiropractic, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutritional supplements were the most desired areas of interest. PH&W

The views expressed in this editorial are soley those of PH&W Magazine and do not reflect the opinion of any contributing parties or advertisers.


In a basic test designed by orthopedic residency professors to test the knowledge of medical residents vs. chiropractic students, 82% of medical school graduates failed the examination. [8] Four years later the test was simplified and, once again, 78% of the examinees failed to demonstrate basic competency in musculoskeletal medicine. [9] When this test was given to final quarter chiropractic students 70% of them passed the same exam! [10]


1.   Assessment of knowledge of primary care activities in a sample of medical and chiropractic students
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 (Jun); 28 (5): 336-44

2.   A Comparative Study of Chiropractic and Medical Education
Altern Ther Health Med. 1998 (Sep); 4 (5): 64 75

3.   Interpretation of abnormal lumbosacral spine radiographs. A test comparing students, clinicians, radiology residents, and radiologists in medicine and chiropractic
Spine. 1995 May 15;20(10):1147-53; discussion 1154

4.   Chiropractic: a profession at the crossroads of mainstream and alternative medicine
Ann Intern Med 136 (3): 216-27

5.   Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey
Spine. 2007 Oct 1;32(21):2375-8; discussion 2379

6.   Bone and Joint Decade Task Force
Press Release: "Seven-Year Neck Pain Study Sheds Light on Best Care."
February 2008

7.   A large-sample survey of first- and second-year medical student attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine in the curriculum and in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA
Altern Ther Health Med. 2007 Jan-Feb;13(1):30-5

8.   Adequacy of Medical School Education in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1998 (Oct); 80-A (10): 1421-1427

9.   Educational Deficiencies in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2002 (Apr); 84-A (4): 604-608

10.   A Comparison of Chiropractic Student Knowledge Versus Medical Residents
Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic Congress 2001 Pgs. 255

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 09:33:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Pilates causing back pain?]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_6104_pilates_causing_back_pain.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_6104_pilates_causing_back_pain.html BWR wrote in that his wife has been having MORE low back pain since starting Pilates.

My response:  make sure the instructor is aware of your pain, and you are cleared by your chiropractor or doctor for that form of exercise.  THEN, avoid any moves that have "rounding" of the back involved.  See the earlier blog.

You can also go to Dr McGill's website for more scientific info on this problem.

 Dr McGill's Website:  Click Here

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 06:50:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Staying Balanced in Scary Times]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_5740_staying_balanced_in_scary_times.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_5740_staying_balanced_in_scary_times.html Scary Times are Here.  News not so much fun to watch these days?

Punch #1:  When Japan's Tsunami hit, the world was stunned....we all were mesmerized by the images on TV, YouTube, and the web.  

Punch #2:  Nuclear Reactor meltdown !! Radiation Spreading....ughhh.

I felt like I got hit by some WWF pro, right in the guts!  If you are human, and I know you are because apes aren't allowed on my site, then you have felt that way too.

What to Do?  

Remember to Breathe, to eat well, to exercise, to love your loved ones, and try something new:   try TAPPING.  Tapping is a generic term for energy meridian therapy that is sweeping the planet...and it is something EVERY-BODY should know about. 

I have been teaching Tapping to my patients for years; and if you need a refresher I am setting one up on the website. 



Sun, 27 Mar 2011 20:30:35 -0700
<![CDATA[RadioActive Fallout Coming to Boulder?]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_5591_radioactive_fallout_coming_to_boulder.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_5591_radioactive_fallout_coming_to_boulder.html RadioActive Fallout Coming to Boulder? 17 03 2011

Check this link for the up-to-date map of the Radioactive Contamination Plume that is being airborne.

Check back frequently as the winds change.

Prayers go out to all those affected by the Tsunami and the Nuclear reactor emergency.

View NY Times interactive Map:  View

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 22:38:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Sit-Ups and Curl-Ups May be Breaking Your Back 1*!*!]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_4972_situps_and_curlups_may_be_breaking_your_back_1.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_4972_situps_and_curlups_may_be_breaking_your_back_1.html Did you know that the simple sit-up can be highly damaging to your spine? Same with the "curl-up" exercise. The problem is that the lower back, the lumbar spine, is often flexed during the middle and last part of the exercise. This results in big stress and high pressure on the discs of the lower back...your most vulnerable area.

To Do them properly, do the following:

Prepare by lying on your back on a mat or firm surface.
1- set your back into neutral, with a slight curve between your low back and the floor.  One leg should be bent and one leg straight.  If you need more support, place a small rolled towel under your low back to help keep the spine from flattening against the floor.  This must NOT occur.
2- Tighten your pelvic floor muscles by doing Kegal contractions. (for those of you who don't know what these are, imagine stopping the flow of urine as you go pee...those muscles you are using are pelvic floor muscles)

3- Brace your belly and core abdominal muscles. Simply brace for impact as if someone was going to punch you in the stomach.  There is a lot of evidence now that this is BETTER than the "Pilates Navel-to-spine" bracing where you suck IN.  More on that later....

4- Begin the sit up or curl up: stop as soon as your shoulders are off the floor. This should be just about when your lower spine begins to lose it's Arch and begin to flex. DO NOT GO HIGHER.

5- Hold for 10 seconds or so, and Repeat.  After 10 reps, change legs and repeat the sequence.

NOTE:  the leg positions help protect your spine by keeping it more neutral.

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 21:22:25 -0800
<![CDATA[Whiplash Risk Factors]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_4060_whiplash_risk_factors.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_4060_whiplash_risk_factors.html Neck Pain Risk Factors:

Tue, 30 Nov 2010 21:34:32 -0800
<![CDATA[Do you know what Fish is the WORST to EAT?]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_4046_do_you_know_what_fish_is_the_worst_to_eat.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_4046_do_you_know_what_fish_is_the_worst_to_eat.html Farm Raised Salmon!!

Thanks to Dr Mercola for this info:Fish farms are killing off wild salmon. Norwegian policies are making farmed seafood unsustainable and unhealthy. Open cage salmon farms, used to raise what is perhaps the most popular type of farmed fish, pose numerous problems for the environment and public health. Dr. Mercola's Comments:Follow me on twitter Follow me on facebook Many environmental experts have warned about the unsustainability of fish farms for close to a decade now, but nothing has been done to improve the system. As usual, government agencies and environmental organizations around the world turned a blind eye to what was predicted to become an absolute disaster, and now the ramifications can be seen across the globe.Fish Farms - One of the Most Unsustainable Food Production Strategies Ever Implemented Farmed fish is now so common, if you bought fish in the supermarket recently or ordered one in a restaurant, chances are it was farm raised. (About the only places you can find wild-caught fish these days are specialty fine-dining seafood restaurants.) These oceanic feedlots, consisting of acres of net-covered pens tethered offshore were once considered a wonderful solution to over-fishing, but the reality is far from it. As mentioned in the video above, it can take up to 5 kilos of wild fish and Antarctic krill to produce just one kilo of farmed salmon! Rather than solving the problem of over-fishing, fish farms are literally competing with human consumption for what little wild fish thereare left... Open cage salmon farms are also decimating natural salmon stocks, and destroy the livelihoods of fisheries across the world.Fish Farms Breed Disease that Decimate Wild Fish around the World Conditions at fish farms are like conditions at factory farms everywhere: overcrowded, sickly, infected animals are fed whatever it takes to grow them as large as possible in as short a time as possible. But these techniques create disease, and the techniques employed cause otherwise near-non-existent disease to spread past the pens into the wild. The "answer" is to add antibiotics to the fish feed - the identical "safety" measure employed by cattle- and poultry farms, for example. As a result of the excessive use of antibiotics, resistant strains of disease have emerged that now infect both wild and domesticated fish. Sea lice, a type of crustacean that is easily incubated by captive fish on farms, have also become a significant problem. To deal with it, chemicals that have not been tested for safety on other species are now being routinely used in salmon farms - even though no one actually knows what these untested chemicals will do to other crustaceans, such as shrimp, crab and lobster. After all, these pens are in open water and there's no way to control the spread of these chemicals. The inevitable result of these modern fish farming practices is an evil circle of disease, antibiotic use, followed by the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains. According to the video above, diseases created by salmon farms have now destroyed the Chilean fishing industry, and affect wild salmon in Canada, as well as sea trout in Ireland and Scotland. The wild salmon fisheries in the US have also gone bust. Two years ago, US federal authorities declared that the West Coast ocean salmon had reached a tipping point, and that the fisheries in California, Washington and Oregon had failed due to a sudden collapse of salmon. As a result, both commercial and recreational fishing for salmon was banned for the first time in 160 years.Farmed Fish Also Pose Additional Human Health Hazards In addition to being an unsustainable practice and an economic disaster, farm raised fish can also spell disaster for your health. It's important to understand that ALL farm-raised fish - not just salmon -- are fed a concoction of vitamins, antibiotics, and depending on the fish, synthetic pigments, to make up for the lack of natural flesh coloration due to the altered diet. Without it, the flesh of caged salmon, for example, would be an unappetizing, pale gray. The fish are also fed pesticides, along with compounds such as toxic copper sulfate, which is frequently used to keep nets free of algae. Not only do you ingest these drugs and chemicals when you eat the fish, but these toxins also build up in sea-floor sediments. In this way, industrial fish farming raises many of the same environmental concerns about chemicals and pollutants that are associated with feedlot cattle and factory chicken farms. In addition, fish waste and uneaten feed further litter the sea floor beneath these farms, generating bacteria that consume oxygen vital to shellfish and other bottom-dwelling sea creatures. Studies have also consistently found levels of PCBs, dioxins, toxaphene and dieldrin, as well as mercury, to be higher in farm-raised fish than wild fish. This fact alone would be cause to reconsider consuming farmed fish! Wild caught fish have already reached such toxic levels, it's impossible to recommend eating them with a clear conscience anymore. For example, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study, mercury contamination was detected in EVERY fish sampled in nearly 300 streams across the United States! More than a quarter of these fish contained mercury at levels exceeding the EPA criterion for the protection of human health. Another study on fish from US lakes and reservoirs found that more than half contained excessive levels of mercury -- so much so they were deemed unsafe for children and pregnant women to eat. So, when you consider the fact that factory farmed fish typically are even MORE toxic than wild caught fish and also contain an assortment of antibiotics and pesticides, avoiding them becomes a no-brainer - at least if you're concerned about your health.Could Moving Fish Farms Onto Land Solve the Problem? Some, such as Orri Vigfusson, chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund, believe that the answer to the current problems is to relocate the fish farms from the open ocean onto land, where it can be better controlled. But even though that might help protect the oceans to some degree, it still not solve the problem of exacerbating over-fishing to create fish feed. It also wouldn't solve the problem of the excessive use of antibiotics and other chemicals, which are an integral part of any factory farm setup, whether it's in the ocean or on land. Besides that, where would the toxic waste get hauled off to? The environmental devastation would still be significant.What are Your Options? Sadly, contamination of our oceans and waterways is so great that I don't advise eating ANY fish, whether farm-raised or wild-caught, unless you can verify its purity. What options do you have, then, to get the health benefits of the omega-3 fats in fish, without exposing yourself to pollutants and excessive amounts of antibiotics, and contributing to the decline of the fish population and destruction of the environment? These days I recommend you get your omega-3 fat from an alternative source like krill oil. Not only are krill (small, shrimp-like creatures) a superior source of omega-3, but they are one of the most easily renewable food resources available, making them an excellent nutritional source from an environmental perspective. Though I know many of you enjoy fish for the flavor and the health benefits, if you can't confirm that it's from a clean, sustainable source, I believe the risks from eating it -- both to your health and the environment -- vastly outweigh the benefits. The only source of wild salmon I can personally recommend is from Vital Choice.]]>
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:15:55 -0800
<![CDATA[New Videos on Tapping are out !!]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_3755_new_videos_on_tapping_are_out_.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_3755_new_videos_on_tapping_are_out_.html Tapping (EFT) Help Videos

Go to YouTube, look for ChiropractorBoulder.  Or click on the link here:  YouTube Videos Dr Douglas Kennedy DC

Tapping is sweeping the world as one of the easiest ways to soothe your emotional turmoil....it is simple, works quickly, and I use it DAILY to help my patients with all sorts of trauma.

  • Whiplash
  • Job Loss
  • Family Problems
  • Pain, Stiffness
  • Anxiety
  • Addictive urges/impulses
  • Cravings
  • Weight Loss

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 22:26:01 -0800
<![CDATA[Travel Tips for Healthy Back]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_2243_travel_tips_for_healthy_back.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_2243_travel_tips_for_healthy_back.html For those of you who are traveling now or soon, or know someone doing the same, here are a few simple ways to make the trip less painful.

1:  move frequently, especially your lower back.  Put a pillow or lumbar support behind the low back.

2:  squeeze a pillow or your two balled up fists between your knees, then as you continue to squeeze gently, slide them towards your hips about two or three inches.  Repeat a few times.  Remember to sit upright when you do this one, with a healthy curve in your low back.  (this works as long as you are NOT the driver.  Be sure to pull over before doing this one!)

3:  sit tall, with low back arched as above, then gently pull your shoulders back as if to pinch a golf ball between your shoulder blades.  Hold for 20 or 30 seconds; repeat a few times.  Keep chin in and back.

That's it.  Should be self explanatory.  If not, pls contact me and I will see about doing a quick video on it to post.

Feel free to share this with anybody you know going on a long trip.     Dr Doug

Boulder Chiropractor |  Acupuncture Boulder | Kennedy Chiropractic | Back Pain, Neck pain, Travel Tips, Help for Pain

Mon, 10 May 2010 22:47:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Whiplash]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_1771_whiplash.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_1771_whiplash.html 1st Aid forWhiplash

"Doc, what should I do...

I just got into a Fender-Bender?"   

I always tell people that the most important thing to do is prevent the long term problems that can occur after neck strain/sprain injuries from a car accident (often called "whiplash"). Just because you aren't in a lot of pain, don't take it lightly.

  1. Get yourself checked out by a good manual therapy Physician...a Chiropractor, an Osteopath, or a "hands-on" physiatrist (MD).  There can be subtle problems found by a thorough physical examination...the sooner the better.
  2. Immediately start with gentle nerve release stretches.  The Australian government did some research on what people should do....and the #1 thing with the best long-term outcome was the following:
    • Sitting straight with good posture, SLOWLY turn your head to the right as far as it will go comfortably, and return to midline.  Repeat ten times to the right. 
    • Now do the same to the left side, ten times as well.
    • Repeat every few hours for the first few days, then 3 times a day for the next week.
  3. Be positive and expect the best:  every structure in the human body can heal and recover from injury.  True, some brain damage is permanent, and if your accident was that severe, this blog is not the right one for you.  Having a positive mind-set will make a difference in the outcome of your recovery.  I work diligently to help my patients find the good in their "bad experience."
  4. Keep a written log or journal of how you feel and what symptoms you have.  This will help with remembering it all when it is time to talk to the doctor and the insurance company.
  5. Always take brain symptoms seriously.  If you are dizzy, nauseous, confused, forgetful, irritable, sleeping poorly, or having strange symptoms, be sure to tell your doctor!  Many will improve over time without care, but it is best to report them to a professional.
  6. Douglas Kennedy|Boulder Chiropractor | Best Boulder Chiropractor

Wed, 05 May 2010 19:04:59 -0700
<![CDATA["wry neck"]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_1772_wry_neck.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_1772_wry_neck.html Today, a patient returned complaining of a very very stiff and painful neck.  It seems it had been so bad for the last 2 weeks, that he even resorted to going to the Urgent Care center to get "a shot into the muscles" to make them relax.  The doctors there, of course, did not give him a shot, but did what they always do....suggested he take some medicine for the pain and the muscle spasm.  During the two weeks he tried massage (only made it worse) and self care using heat.  Finally, after much Advil, muscle relaxants and pain killers, it was mobile enough to come to me.

When I asked him why he didn't come to me right a way, he said his neck was "too stiff to be cracked."  He also remarked, that he kept thinking it would get better in a day or two.  

I hear this all the time: "You know, Doc, I thought maybe it will go away."  

How unfortunate.  I wonder how many people out there feel the same way.  The MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENT for this condition can be found in the chiropractor's office. Dr Kennedy, Boulder's Best Chiropractor, can help with this type of PAIN.

At our office, we use careful diagnosis, gentle muscle relaxation, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cold laser, and acupuncture .....as well as spinal manipulation.

My patient's problem would have been gone in 2-3 days.  I do it all the time, and have helped countless patients who come in with their necks off to one side, afraid to move or look around.

The next time you, or somebody you know, has a "kink in the neck"  be sure to tell them to go to a good manual therapist /  chiropractor.  No need for drugs or "the tincture of time" to get better.  I have never met anybody who had a blood panel that showed a deficiency of muscle relaxant or Vicodin.  Get a good exam.  Get some Hands on relief with Boulder Chiropractor Doug Kennedy.

Pain comes from a body part that is in distress;  find that part, and help it back to where it needs to be, and the pain can be released.  It is often that simple. 

For more info on neck pain and other possible symptoms and causes, go to:  neck pain

For more about "Chiropractic Myths" go to:  chiro myths & facts

Dr Doug Kennedy |Boulder Chiropractor|Best Boulder Chiropractor|Best Colorado Chiropractor

Kennedy Chiropractic of Boulder 3405 Penrose Pl. #106, Boulder, CO 80301 

Tue, 04 May 2010 20:37:57 -0700
<![CDATA[hip pain solved !]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_2208_hip_pain_solved_.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_2208_hip_pain_solved_.html Just today, I had another "miracle cure" of hip pain:  "Bob" (not his real name) had come in a week ago with right hip pain.  Bob runs and bikes for exercise, and like many Boulderites, goes at it HARD!  He had seen just about everybody:  PT, Yoga, sports medicine clinics, and the rest.  He has had his hip injected twice, his IT band "released" once, and spent many hundreds of dollars on massage....still.....hip pain. UGH.

 My evaluation revealed a difference in his two feet, one more rigid or stiff than the other.  His pelvis was rotated, and his hip was in the wrong position to work well.  But, when I told him I was going to work on his FEET, he was upset!   "That's not where the pain is, Doc!" he insisted.  (as if I hadn't even been listening to him...)

 Work Began:   Feet /  Ankles / Feet....softening and balancing both sides.  Then up to the knees... again balancing both sides and releasing his proximal Tib/Fib joint.

Today Bob returned with a BIG  SMILE on his face....pain is 80% gone and he is pushing his runs.  "That is FANTASTIC" he urged...."why didn't anybody else see that?"

 I explained that many doctors and therapists get caught up "chasing the pain" and don't take the time they need to completely examine the patient, what him or her walk or run, and prioritize the care plan for optimum results.

 Boulder Chiropractor Douglas Kennedy |  Kennedy Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Colorado's Best Chiropractor

Tue, 04 May 2010 20:29:53 -0700
<![CDATA[DRX 9000 Dangers]]> http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_1770_drx_9000_dangers.html http://www.colopainclinic.com/blog/b_1770_drx_9000_dangers.html Just about anybody with lumbar back pain has heard of the "Spinal Decompression" therapy offered using the DRX9000 "space age device."  It has been advertised everywhere, and has created a lot of "Buzz" in the Boulder Colorado community. 

?Is it Safe?   Yes and No.  Most doctors are very careful when they examine a patient, and go through an extensive checklist to make sure the patient is considered a "good candidate" for the treatment.  "Good Candidate" means that you would have a strong likelihood of getting some improvement in your back pain, and very little chance you could get hurt or have your condition worsened.  A small percentage of lumbar disc patients need to be decompressed while lying on their stomach...to be treated on their back would chance further disc injury and more pain.  The DRX9000 is not able to treat patients on their stomachs, Period.  Yet, stories are told in the medical community of patients being made worse with treatment.  Is it possible the doctor tried to fit the square peg into the round hole instead of telling the patient they were NOT a good candidate?  Yes.  I have personally had 2 disc problems, and been significantly aggravated by a well-intentioned Doctor using a DRX9000.  I was put into the machine by a technician, and the "start" button was pressed with the poundage of decompression based only on my body weight.  In a few minutes, the pain was unbearable, and I felt like my muscles were being torn, so I made the tech turn the machine off, reset the decompression tension to half of the prescribed setting, and then had an OK experience.  I am a doctor, and was shocked by the sense of "auto pilot" that the people use with the DRX9000 (in my experience only).  A good practitioner will always start slow and low, and stay with you for as long as it takes to get the right settings worked out.

How many visits will it take?  Nobody knows for sure, but most patients need at least 10 and up to 25 treatments to get good results.  This is normal, since the treatment is speeding up the healing of a very deep tissue, the disc.  As you know, a bad ankle sprain can take up to 8 weeks to heal.  The disc is no different:  it takes time.

What should I look for in a good spinal decompression Doctor or clinic?  Here is a brief checklist of things the spinal decompression doctor should do:

  • Complete History and Physical exam, including x-ray and MRI review.
  • Functional movement exam:  which movements make the pain better and which make it worse.  Is the pelvic ring (Sacroiliac joints and pubis) intact and strong?  Would a trochanter belt help or hinder your movements?
  • Are there any genetic factors, nutritional deficiency, birth defects, that may be important?
  • Is the spine stable?  Is the vertebra sliding back and forth with flexion or extension?  If so, you may be injured if you get spinal decompression...everything moves more and the nerves can be damaged.
  • Is there a movement disorder?  Is the pain reproduced each and every time you do a specific movement (and is that really stressing the disc or some other pain-sensitive structure)?  If we find a movement disorder, we ALWAYS correct it first...and sometimes that solves the whole pain complex.
  • Are they clear about the fees, the expectations, and the outcomes?   Are you being promised the "best thing since sliced bread"?    Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it just might be.

I have studied and been certified in Advanced Spinal Decompression techniques by Jay Kennedy DC.  "The Kennedy Method" is considered to be the highest level of training for spinal decompression, and if you get your care from a Kennedy Method doctor, you can be sure the above criteria will be met.

For more info on this subject go to:  Spinal Decompression

 Dr Douglas Kennedy (no relationship to Dr Jay Kennedy)

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:19:35 -0700