Injury Prevention

Abbie Sawyer Clinic 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 …

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360° Breathing: Can One Breathe Away Pain?

Abbie Sawyer The 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 …

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 …

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? …

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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 …

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Our Health Community – Breathe. Physical Therapy & Wellness

Abbie Sawyer Our Health Community

We believe that wellness is a community-wide experience and we love collaborating with expert practitioners from across Greater Des Moines who have caring spirits and listening ears. One such organization is Breathe. Physical Therapy & Wellness. We collaborate with Breathe. clinicians as part of a wellness team for many patients; we’re pleased to receive referrals from them, as well as have …