Snap, Crackle, Pop: Joint Cavitation Explained

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

What’s that Cracking Sound? The origin of the noise produced during spinal manipulation has been cause for wonder for as long as joints have made noise. Some popular beliefs for the creation of the cracking noise include ligaments snapping, bones cracking, or bubbles collapsing inside the joint. Research has historically been lacking in its ability to explain the mechanism for …

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Arm and Hand Numbness Can be a Real Pain in the Neck!

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

  “Neck pain is the fourth leading cause of disability, with an annual prevalence rate exceeding 30%” (1).  Neck pain, while unfortunately very common, can be quite the debilitating condition. Losing the ability to turn your head during simple and necessary daily activities, such as driving, adversely impacts one’s quality of life. Getting through episodes of neck pain quickly is …

Meniscus Tear: What’s best – Physical Therapy or Surgery? (You’ll be surprised!)

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

So you find out you have a meniscus tear – now what?  Is surgery the next step? Could you try physical therapy instead? Are there exercises you can do on your own to make it better? You’ll be surprised by what the research shows below! What is a meniscus and what are symptoms that it may be torn? The meniscus …

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 …