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    Chiropractic Treatment for TMJ

    Last updated 5 days ago

    When you have TMJ pain, your first stop may be your dentist, but the best treatment may actually be found at your chiropractor. Chiropractic care can help you get relief from TMJ pain without the use of medications. Learn more by watching this video.

    For TMJ pain, your dentist may prescribe a night guard, and in some cases, pain medication. Many patients find that these remedies don’t completely address their symptoms. Chiropractors can adjust misalignments in the joints in question to achieve pain relief. In many cases, patients who receive chiropractic care for TMJ are able to stop using their night guards and medications.

    If you’re experiencing TMJ pain, make an appointment with a chiropractor at Manhattan Total Health. Our NYC clinic also offers physical therapy, sports medicine, and orthopedic rehab. To make an appointment, call (888) 614-9257. 

    A Beginner's Guide to Acupuncture: [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 6 days ago

    If you have never had acupuncture before, the idea of having needles stuck into your skin to make you feel better might sound a little unorthodox. However, acupuncture has been in existence for over 2,500 years, originating in ancient China. Texts discussing using needles along specific pressure points to aid in healing date back as far as 300 B.C. Since its rise in popularity in the U.S. in the 1970s, acupuncture has been used as an alternative method of treatment as well as a complementary treatment for a variety of diseases, disorders, and issues. Insomnia, stress, and lower back pain can all be addressed with acupuncture treatment, and you can deal with multiple issues in one sitting. Take a look at this infographic from Manhattan Total Health to learn more about acupuncture, and to see a few of the most important points used in treatment. Please share with your friends and family!

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    How Massage Can Help Treat Low Back Pain

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Lower back pain can be debilitating. It is one of the most common causes of missed work and the second most common reason people see their doctors. It can also be very difficult to treat, and many sufferers are hesitant to take pain medications prescribed by their doctors. If you’re living with lower back pain, the good news is that there is an effective treatment that doesn’t involve medications: massage therapy. Here is a look at how massage can address pain in your lower back.

    Relaxation

    Stress isn’t always the trigger for lower back pain, but it can contribute to your symptoms and make the problem worse. Massage therapy is a powerful stress reliever and can help release the feelings of tension that you may be carrying in your back. By easing stress, your massage can help you relax your muscles and take pressure off your sore lower back region.

    Physical Activity Boost

    Most doctors agree that increasing physical activity can help address lower back pain and prevent it from returning in the future. The problem for many patients is that their lower back pain is so intense that it interferes with their abilities to get active. Massage therapy can provide enough pain relief that people feel more able to do exercises that help further relieve their symptoms.

    Muscle Manipulation

    Not all cases of back pain are caused by muscle tension and soreness. Often, a structural problem in the spine is to blame, such as a slipped disc that is pressing on a nerve. However, even when muscles aren’t the primary cause of the pain, because of the ways you move and stand to compensate for the pain, they can become twisted and inflamed, contributing to it. A massage can loosen those knots to alleviate muscle-related symptoms.

    Could massage therapy be the answer to lower back pain you’ve been seeking? Make an appointment at Manhattan Total Health to find out. Learn about our massage and sports medicine services and make your appointment by calling (888) 614-9257.   

    Treatment Options for Sciatica

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Sciatica is caused when a disc in the lumbar spine becomes herniated and presses against the sciatic nerve in the region. This triggers sharp pain that radiates down the leg, as well as muscle weakness, numbness, and a burning sensation. Sciatica symptoms can be severe and may even interfere with mobility, but there are a number of treatment options that can help address the pain, including physical therapy and chiropractic care. If you’re living with sciatica, here are some of the ways you may find relief.

    Physical Therapy

    During physical therapy for sciatica, you will do exercises designed to address your symptom. Your physical therapist may use strengthening exercises to build up the muscles around the spinal column, so they are better able to keep your spine in alignment. Stretching exercises in physical therapy can also help. Stretching eases tension in muscles that have become tight because of the sciatic pain.

    Chiropractic Care

    Chiropractors can use a number of different techniques to address your sciatica. The first is spinal manipulation, which involves adjusting the spine to create a healthy alignment and reduce pressure on nerves. A spinal adjustment may reduce pain by making the herniated disc press against the sciatic nerve less. Chiropractors may also use cold therapy to reduce inflammation, ultrasound to increase circulation and lessen muscle spasms and stiffness, a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, unit. TENS units stimulate muscles with electrical currents to help control pain.

    Aerobic Exercise

    Many sciatica suffers assume that exercise could cause further damage, but in fact, it may promote healing. Choose low-impact aerobic activities, such as swimming or walking. Getting active encourages a healthy environment for healing your body and releases endorphins that help kill pain.

    Don’t let sciatica sideline you. Make an appointment for physical therapy and chiropractic treatment at Manhattan Total Health. We also offer massage therapy, acupuncture, and physiatry for pain management. Find out more by calling our NYC office at (888) 614-9257.   

    Examining the Problems Caused by Poor Posture

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Do you often find yourself shrugging your shoulders as you walk or straining to find a comfortable seated position at your desk? While you might only think of these minor posture issues as an annoyance, poor posture may have a wide range of serious negative effects on your body that may not manifest themselves until you are much older. Therefore, it is important to start thinking about better posture and body mechanics before you start experiencing these unfortunate side effects of poor posture.

    Back and neck pain

    The first area where poor posture will start to wreak havoc is your spine, as standing and sitting in the wrong position for prolonged periods can throw off the delicate balance of the spinal column and lead to subluxations that are painful to live with. From minor issues like bulging discs to severe narrowing of the spinal column, there is a wide range of common back problems that might be avoided or greatly reduced with good posture.

    Poor nightly sleep

    You might think of posture exclusively in the context of your conscious movements, but sleep posture is equally important for your health and comfort. If you sleep in a more neutral position—on your back is generally ideal—you will get better sleep at night and avoid chronic fatigue during the day.

    Digestive discomfort

    Some people are surprised at the ways in which spinal issues can affect the whole body. Because the spine is at the center of the nervous system, problems that affect the spinal cord could lead to trouble digesting your food comfortably with symptoms like nausea or persistent stomach cramps.

    Irritability and depression

    When you are in regular pain or discomfort, your mood will naturally become more negative leading to an overwhelming sense of irritability or even long-term depression.

    If you think that poor posture may be at the root of your health issues, connect with Manhattan Total Health at one of our four convenient wellness centers in New York City. You can reach us online or at (888) 614-9257 to make an appointment with our physical therapy and chiropractic specialists. 

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