Cold Plunge: What is it? What are the benefits?

Abbie SawyerClinic News, The Research, Your Best Life

What is “cold plunging”? Cold plunges and cold immersion therapies have been used for centuries as a way to improve health and wellness. Cold plunging is the practice of immersing the body in a full tub of ice-cold water ranging from 59° to 39° (anything below 60° is going to have benefits!) for 2-5 minutes. Sounds simple, right? And it …

Injury Prevention

Abbie SawyerClinic News, Events, Your Best Life

Spring is almost upon us and that means more outdoor activities and sports! If you’re like us, then you may not be as active in the winter months in comparison to the rest of the year. Unfortunately, even just a few months of less physical activity can show decreased muscle strength, flexibility, and overall cardiovascular health. So whether you are …

A man stands with one hand on his sternum, another on his belly so he can feel how deep his breaths are.

360° Breathing: Can One Breathe Away Pain?

Abbie SawyerThe Research, Your Best Life

Did you ever think that breathing a certain way may help decrease pain and anxiety? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, the research shows that it might actually be true! (1,2,3,5) What is 360° breathing? 360 degree breathing is a deep breathing technique that involves using your breath to create expansion in your rib cage and abdomen. It …

Layla, a small girl, and Tony, a man, smile at the camera while going down to feed chickens and collect eggs from their flock.

Our Health Community: Prudent Produce

Abbie SawyerOur Health Community, Out and About, Your Best Life

For our latest installment of the Our Health Community series, we are so excited to feature Prudent Produce! In Tony’s own words, Prudent Produce combines all the wonderful parts of “… the freshness of a CSA, the organic aisle in the grocery store with the Iowa Food Coop with the convenience of delivery”. Read on to learn more! Tell us a bit …

Snap, Crackle, Pop: Joint Cavitation Explained

Abbie SawyerThe 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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X-Ray Referral Process

Abbie SawyerYour Best Life

At Capital Chiropractic we send our patients out for imaging only when necessary. There are a few reasons we would refer out for an x-ray. Medicaid insurance – If your insurance is a Medicaid policy (Iowa Total Care or Amerigroup, Iowa Medicaid (Elevance and Moline in future) they require chiropractors to have a new patient x-ray on file. Clinically necessary …

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

Abbie SawyerThe 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 SawyerThe 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 …