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Physical Therapy for Patients with TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ disorder) affects millions of Americans. If you’ve been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, then you likely suffer from mild to severe jaw pain, muscle tension of the lower facial region, headaches, and perhaps even dizziness. TMJ disorder can lead to malnutrition when it becomes difficult to open the jaw and chew food, and it can create pain while speaking. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available aside from medications. Consider visiting a physical therapist to find out how drug-free, noninvasive treatments can help you.

Identifying the Contributing Factors

To facilitate favorable long-term outcomes, the physical therapist may first look for the problems that could be contributing to your symptoms. These may include postural problems, bruxism induced by stress, prior traumatic injury, arthritis, or perhaps even displacement of the jaw joint. In some cases, lifestyle counseling such as postural corrections can help resolve the problem.

Relieving the Pain

Pain relief is often the first priority for patients with severe TMJ disorder. Physical therapy can involve a range of modalities to alleviate pain, including heat and cold therapy, ultrasound, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). Heat therapy in particular can be very helpful for relaxing the muscles to lessen the pain.

Improving Physical Function

Manual therapy, which refers to hands-on techniques, can be used to both relieve the pain and to gently encourage a greater range of motion. If tissue adhesions are present, the physical therapist can carefully break up the scar tissue. Additionally, physical therapy for TMJ disorder typically involves guiding the patient through a series low-load exercises. These exercises are specially designed to gently strengthen the jaw muscles to support better function, while preventing the aggravation of existing symptoms.

TMJ disorder is just one of the many musculoskeletal problems that our specialists can treat here at Manhattan Total Health. We offer comprehensive sports medicine services in New York, NY, including physiatry, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, and professional physical therapy. Call (888) 614-9257 to schedule a consult at one of our convenient locations.

Common Postural Mistakes to Avoid

Postural mistakes are often overlooked as a cause of musculoskeletal pain. But over time, the accumulated effects of poor posture can contribute to everything from degenerative disc disease to carpal tunnel syndrome to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. That’s why sports medicine specialists such as physical therapists place such a high importance on correcting the posture of their patients. The following postural mistakes are some of the most common ones.

Slouching Forward

Do you have a tendency to lean toward your computer monitor? Perhaps your monitor is so far below your eye level that you regularly place your chin in your hand while working. If so, you’re setting yourself up for neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. Years of slouching forward can even accelerate the degenerative changes of the intervertebral discs in the cervical spine. To avoid these painful problems, try to get into the habit of keeping your back in contact with your chair. Adjust the height of your computer monitor if need be.

Cradling the Phone

The ability to multitask is often seen as a badge of honor, but if you’re talking on the phone while shuffling papers or typing, then there’s a good chance that you’re cradling the phone between your head and your shoulder. On a short-term basis, this is likely to cause neck strain and pain. If you regularly make this postural mistake, you may develop inflammation, painful trigger points, and upper back adhesions. If you must multitask in the office, consider using a hands-free headset. A physical therapist can also show you some neck stretches and exercises.

Typing Improperly

Do you experience fatigue, pain, numbness, or tingling in your hands and wrists? Over time, you might even experience shoulder pain. If so, you may be using poor posture to type and move your mouse. Your keyboard and mouse should be at a height that allows you to keep your upper arms parallel to your spine and your forearms parallel to the floor. An ergonomic keyboard and mouse can also be helpful.

Here at Manhattan Total Health, we use a patient-centered approach to rehabilitation. Our team of physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists in New York, NY, can guide you in making lifestyle changes to support your recovery. Call us at (888) 614-9257 to request a consult today.

A Look at the Trigger Points of Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Chronic pain, such as that caused by myofascial pain syndrome, can have a debilitating effect on a patient’s quality of life. Fortunately, massage therapy, acupuncture, and other therapies can release the trigger points associated with myofascial pain syndrome.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, trigger points are tight nodules of muscle. They can develop from acute injuries or chronic overuse injuries. A trigger point develops when the individual muscle fibers contract and are unable to relax. This creates muscle tension and muscle shortening. Prolonged muscle contractions inhibit the localized blood supply, which further worsens the problem. Additionally, trigger points cause referred pain, which is pain that arises beyond the site of the injury.

If you’re in need of effective massage therapy and you live in New York, NY, you can turn to the caring team at Manhattan Total Health. We also offer professional physical therapy and chiropractic care. Call (888) 614-9257 today to begin your journey to wellness.

Physical Therapy Homework: Motivational Tips for Patients

After your physical therapist designs a customized rehabilitation program for you, you’ll return to the facility on a regular basis for physical therapy sessions. However, the outcome of your rehab also depends on doing your “homework” by yourself at home. At-home physical therapy exercises do not typically take a long time to complete, so patient compliance is usually dependent upon motivation, rather than time restrictions.

One way to boost your motivation is to identify a goal for your rehab. It isn’t enough to simply say that you want to be in better health. You should determine a specific goal, such as the desire to compete in a race or the ability to ride horses again. It’s also helpful to keep a log of your at-home work to show your physical therapist at each session. This adds accountability to your at-home exercises.

Manhattan Total Health is your destination for superior physical therapy in New York, NY. Call us at (888) 614-9257 or visit us online to view our other services, including chiropractic care.

The Role of Nutritional Counseling in Your Recovery

One common mistake that injured athletes and other patients make during their recovery is the failure to feed the body correctly. Nutritional counseling is an integral component of a comprehensive recovery plan that may also include sports medicine services such as physical therapy. The right nutrition plan can fuel soft tissue repair, support the health of connective tissue, and encourage the creation of new bone mass.

When you schedule an appointment with a nutritional counseling professional, you can expect to discuss your average activity level and typical daily meal plan. You’ll learn about the nutrients that you should be eating, including high-quality proteins, and you’ll get personalized guidance on adjusting your meal plan as needed to facilitate your recovery.

Manhattan Total Health is pleased to offer comprehensive wellness services at five convenient locations. In addition to nutritional counseling specialists, our providers include physical therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors in New York, NY. Contact us at (888) 614-9257 for more information.

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