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    Understanding Common Pains Associated with Pregnancy

    Last updated 17 hours ago

    For first-time mothers, pregnancy can be a rollercoaster ride of various aches and pains that can get in the way of a consistent daily routine—especially in the second and third trimesters. Even the healthiest expecting moms may have some common pregnancy pains, so it is helpful for women to know what they might expect and how they can control these issues.

    Stomach upset

    Morning sickness is one of the more familiar challenges for pregnant women, but many moms do not realize that heartburn and nausea can persist throughout pregnancy. Regularly eating ginger or making ginger tea can ease nausea, stomach aches, and diarrhea, but heartburn is best treated through a preventive approach. Avoiding spicy foods along with fatty or greasy fried foods and eating smaller meals throughout the day will help ease acid reflux to eliminate the painful sensation of heartburn.

    Back and lower body aches

    It may be no surprise that the weight gain and hormonal changes of pregnancy tend to cause pain in the back, hips, knees, and feet. Exercise is a great natural solution to ease these symptoms, and it will also help keep your pregnancy weight gain in check so that your baby is safer throughout each trimester.


    Increased tension throughout the body in addition to the stress of preparing for a new baby can easily lead to headaches and migraines. You may want to avoid headache medication for the health of your growing baby, so you might turn to ice packs for some temporary relief. Sleeping better at night can also ease your headaches, but it might be hard to get comfortable when you are in the later months of your pregnancy. Prenatal massage or chiropractic care can bring more balance and relaxation to your body, allowing you to experience fewer headaches and get more sleep at night.

    Manhattan Total Health can help you survive your pregnancy without the disruption of these common pains using therapies such as medical massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutritional counseling. To set up a consultation at any one of our four NYC wellness centers, visit our website or call (888) 614-9257.

    What Are the Benefits of Nutritional Counseling?

    Last updated 11 days ago

    It is no mystery that eating right promotes good health and a lifetime of wellness, but you may not realize how much your nutritional needs can vary from those of others. If you have had issues such as chronic pain, persistent digestive discomfort, or trouble losing weight with diet and exercise, you may have nutritional deficiencies that you are not even aware of. Seeing a nutritional counselor can allow you to better understand your unique needs so that you can eat right for your body.

    Once you begin to see a nutritional counselor, you might notice easier weight loss as well as an immediate improvement in your sleep, mood, and focus. Long-term benefits include reduced health risks for conditions such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

    If you are interested in exploring the benefits of nutritional counseling for yourself, Manhattan Total Health can provide the detailed attention you need for healthier living. You can make your first appointment at Manhattan Total Health by calling (888) 614-9257 to connect with our Grand Central, Westside, Midtown, or Wall Street centers. 

    Are You Suffering From Sciatica?

    Last updated 28 days ago

    The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back through the hips and buttocks, and then branches down each leg. Often, a physical medicine specialist will diagnose sciatica in a patient who has suffered a herniated disc or bone spur, because these conditions compress the nerve, causing symptoms. If you think you are experiencing some of the possible symptoms of sciatica, see a physical medicine specialist promptly for treatment.

    Sciatica typically causes symptoms down one side of the body. You’ll likely feel pain in the lower back that radiates down a leg. The pain may be mild to severe; it may feel sharp or it may be a burning type of pain. Typically, sitting for long periods of time can exacerbate the pain. Sometimes, sciatica also causes numbness and tingling down the affected leg. Some patients report suffering from muscle weakness.

    If you have been struggling with the symptoms of sciatica, let the physical medicine specialists at Manhattan Total Health restore you to health. Call (888) 614-9257 to request an appointment at one of our four convenient locations around NYC.

    Looking at Physiatry

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Physiatry, also known as physical medicine, is a branch of medicine that handles the nonsurgical treatment of physical deficits. Physiatrists evaluate physical problems that a patient may have and assess the effects of those deficits on the patient’s ability to function. Then, physiatrists develop a treatment plan to help the patient overcome those functional deficits without the need for surgery. A physiatrist’s treatment plan may include physical therapy, medications, and work environment modifications.

    You can learn more about physiatry by watching this video. This physical medicine specialist explains how physiatry first became widely used. He also discusses several subspecialties that a physiatrist may work within.

    You are invited to schedule a free consultation with a physical medicine specialist at Manhattan Total Health. Residents of the NYC area can connect with us by calling (888) 614-9257 or by exploring our range of services online.

    Medical Massage and Conditions That Respond Well to It

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Massage therapy is an excellent way to relieve stress and pamper yourself. However, if you have specific physical complaints such as back pain, seek the services of a massage therapist with experience in administering medical massages. Medical massage therapy is designed specifically to resolve medical complaints and it is results-oriented.

    Procedure for Medical Massage

    Before receiving medical massage therapy, you will meet with a physical medicine doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan, which may include massage therapy. Your massage therapist will use the physician’s evaluation and treatment plan to administer therapeutic intervention for the relief of pain and tension, and the resolution of injuries.

    Benefits of Medical Massage

    As the massage therapist eases tension in your muscles, your blood circulation will improve, which promotes the body’s ability to heal itself and rid itself of toxins. A medical massage can calm your nervous system, improve flexibility, and increase range of motion. Additionally, as with any type of massage therapy, you’ll enjoy significant relief of stress, which in itself can lend itself to the resolution of physical problems.

    Conditions a Massage Therapist Treats

    A broad range of conditions respond well to medical massage. Many people work with a massage therapist to resolve physical pain and discomfort from sports injuries, repetitive use injuries, and pain associated with chronic problems. Medical massage is also ideal for individuals who suffer from migraines or headaches, circulatory disorders, insomnia, and back and neck pain. It can help treat psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, and related problems. Additionally, a physical medicine specialist may recommend massage therapy for expectant mothers who experience pain during pregnancy.

    Manhattan Total Health is NYC’s premiere wellness center, with a full suite of physical medicine services, including medical massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and much more. Our massage therapists commonly treat conditions such as fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, sports injuries, headaches, and many others. Book your appointment today by calling (888) 614-9257.

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