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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 …


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 …

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How to Shovel Safely

Abbie Sawyer Your Best Life

Winter is no joke Snow adds a beautiful touch to these cold, snowy winter days. That is until you have to drive in it or remove it. Unfortunately for those of us without snow blowers, shoveling is one of those necessary evils we must do as homeowners. Des Moines gets an average of 3 ft (36.5in) of snow per year, …


Safety Tips to Prevent Slipping on Ice

Abbie Sawyer Your Best Life

Rule #1=Prevention! Plan ahead. Give yourself sufficient time and plan your route. (1) Wear proper footwear. Try to wear flat-soles shoes and avoid shoes with heels. (1) Products are available with abrasive soles or cleats that provide increased traction while walking on snow and ice.  Keep both hands free for balance rather than in your pockets. (1) Wear a heavy …

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Tennis Elbow versus Golf Elbow 

Abbie Sawyer Your Best Life

Tennis elbow and golf elbow Tennis elbow and golf elbow are very common. Despite the names, you don’t have to be a golfer or a tennis player to develop either of these elbow tendonitis-related injuries. Both of these injuries typically develop when certain tendons in your elbow become overloaded, overused, or poorly used. Typically, these elbow injuries occur from repetitive …

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The Value of Stretching at the Office/Home Office

Abbie Sawyer Your Best Life

4 Stretches for the Office Take a few minutes at different parts of your day to make some changes to your posture, your flexibility, and potentially some of your discomfort. The next time you feel poor posture or immobility plaguing you, try these four stretches at your desk: 1. Chin Retraction Chin retraction stretch step 1 Chin retraction stretch step …

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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 …

When the Weather Gets Cold, Don’t Forget to Warm Up!

Abbie Sawyer Your Best Life

Colder weather means changes to how we exercise It can be hard to motivate yourself to get outside for a run or bike ride when the temperature drops and the shorter daylight hours compress our schedules. But did you know there are also changes in your body that affect your ability to exercise? For many people with arthritis or other …

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“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 …

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Benefits of seeing a PT and/or chiropractor before 2020 ends

Abbie Sawyer Your Best Life

The benefits of seeing a PT and/or chiropractor before the end of the year 2020 has been a hard year, and many are excited about it finally coming to an end. When it comes to your insurance, the end of the year means the resetting of your health insurance deductible (the amount you pay for health care costs before your …