TMJ

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 …

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Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Mango Fudgsicles

Abbie Sawyer Recipes, Your Best Life

Hello summer! As the temperatures are peaking and the humidity is closing in, you can cool down easily with this tasty frozen treat. Dr. LoRang has experimented with this recipe for months and finally landed on a winner. Both kids and adults have taste-tested this concoction and everyone gives two thumbs way up. Introducing, the Chocolate Cherry Mango Fudgsicle! Clean …

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Our Health Community: Jay Foote and Alexander Technique

Abbie Sawyer Our Health Community, Your Best Life

What is Alexander Technique? Alexander Technique is an awareness-building process that cultivates an internal flow by creating space to integrate body and mind by studying “the how” of any activity. By simplifying movements and paying particular attention to how the movement starts, continues, and ends, students can find a bit more balance and ease in their bodies–this also creates time …