September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month

Abbie Sawyer In the News, The Research, Uncategorized, Your Best Life

September is Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month in the State of Iowa!   Recently, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation establishing September as Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness Month in the State of Iowa! According to the proclamation, the opioid epidemic among Americans is considered a national crisis. Here are the scary statistics: the leading cause of injury death in the …

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Jaw Pain: A Big Pain in a Small Joint

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

Many of our patients experience temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and dysfunction. It can be debilitating, chronic, and can significantly affect quality of life. Eating some of your favorite foods can become painful and limited. TMJ pain can radiate into the neck and even cause headaches. Often, it can feel that TMJ problems will never go away. So, what is TMJ? …

What is the best way to warm up?

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

Evidence Based Warm Up Before Your Run It’s the time of year that we want to spend more time outside, and runners might be signing up for their races. As the weather is warming up, we are excited to share some rising research on what is recommended for how you can warm up before your run to reduce your risk …

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Joint Discomfort with the Cold Weather

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

Feeling it in your bones Do you feel that you have more joint discomfort with cold weather? A study performed at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston found that changes in ambient temperature and barometric pressure can increase joint pain. This has been investigated more so in individuals with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Barometric pressure can vary greatly depending on …

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Lowering blood pressure without medication

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, was a primary or contributing cause of death for nearly 500,000 people in the United States in 2018 (1). Hypertension is defined as systolic pressure greater than 130mmHg or diastolic pressure greater than 80mmHg. The increased pressure forces the heart to work harder and places additional strain on arteries and veins. This puts you at …

Knee Troubles

Abbie Sawyer The Research

Knees are needed Knee pain is a common issue that affects people of all ages. The knee is a hinge joint providing our body with flexibility, support, and a wide range of motion for our legs.(1) This weight-bearing joint is exposed to significant stress as we perform our usual routines. It also serves a large role during activities such as …

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The Adverse Effects of Blue Light

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

Screens and Sleep Don’t Mix A recent study of 1,500 Americans found that 90 percent of adults use an electronic device within 1 hour of bedtime at least a few times per week. And while many factors can contribute to one’s sleep quality, devices may be an important contributor to insomnia because of the short-wavelength-enriched light that is emitted from …