squeezing tennis balls

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 …

blue light

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 …

sleep

All About Sleep

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

Oxygen, water, food, and sleep. These are four essentials to life. Without them peoples’ health suffers. Sleep is an important factor that heavily influences our performance at work, our risk for chronic disease, and our overall quality of life. Sleep researchers, however, aren’t clear on the exact reason why humans even need to sleep. From an evolutionary perspective sleep would …

sciatica relief

All About Sciatica

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

VIDEO: Sciatica relief in two at-home exercises What is sciatica? Sciatica is pain that’s felt along the back of the leg following the sciatic nerve, often on one side of the body. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body. At its widest point, it’s about the size of your thumb. It runs from the low …

mckenzie method

“But I’ve Been Told I Need Surgery” (and how McKenzie Method can help you)

Chris Lorang The Research, Your Best Life

“But I’ve been told I need surgery.” This is a statement we hear from patients a lot. And sometimes it is true. But more often than not, we help our patients improve their mobility and pain to the point where back or neck surgery is no longer necessary. We believe surgery should be considered as a last resort, only after …

hypervolt capital chiropractic

Rehabilitating after COVID-19

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

COVID-19’s lingering symptoms As we learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects the body, researchers have discovered that some symptoms may persist even after an infected individual is no longer contagious. Professionals at Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan who are assisting with the recovery of COVID-19 patients have recently reported that patients are facing neurological, cognitive, and …

lorang schreyer des moines chiropractor physical therapist

Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

October is National Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Month. It’s fitting that these treatment therapies share an awareness month because they work hand in hand when it comes to treating many musculoskeletal conditions, including chronic pain. What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is prevalent, especially in the US, affecting nearly one-third of the population (1). Not all pain is considered chronic …

Nature’s Effect on Health

Chris Lorang The Research, Your Best Life

Nature’s Effect on Health What we take in from our environment through any sense — sound, smell, or sight — all can change our mood. But did you know that it can also cause changes in our other bodily systems including your nervous, endocrine, and even your immune system? A stressful environment can make you feel anxious, sad, or helpless. …