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    What Exactly Is Sciatica?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Sciatica refers to a group of symptoms that can involve significant pain radiating from the lower back through the buttocks and hips, and down a leg. Most patients experience this pain on only one side of the body. Other symptoms of sciatica can include weakness, numbness, and mobility problems. You might find it difficult to stand up, or you might find that sitting down worsens your symptoms. In extreme cases, urinary or fecal incontinence may occur.

    Sciatica is caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which results in inflammation. Some of the conditions that cause nerve compression include a herniated disc, a narrowed spinal canal, degenerative disc disease, or the growth of bony protrusions on the spine. Many people find relief from sciatica with physical medicine treatments such as chiropractic care and acupuncture. Physical therapy is also beneficial, and can prevent a recurrence of sciatica.

    Schedule your physical therapy, chiropractic, or acupuncture session today. Call Manhattan Total Health of NYC at (888) 614-9257 to learn how we can help relieve your sciatica symptoms.

    How to Improve Your Nightly Sleep When You Have RLS

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes symptoms that can significantly interfere with your quality of life, such as unpleasant sensations in the legs that disrupt your sleep and result in daytime fatigue. The symptoms of this neurological disorder tend to worsen when you relax and remain immobile for a period of time. Work with a physical medicine expert to determine an ideal treatment plan for your RLS symptoms. Certain lifestyle modifications can help, and you might also find relief with massage therapy and acupuncture treatment.

    Massage Therapy 
    Massage therapy can significantly reduce many of the symptoms of RLS because it promotes circulation and restores function. It is believed that those who suffer from RLS have an elevated tissue density, which irritates the nerves and causes symptoms. Massage therapy manipulates the tissues in the legs to restore them to a normal tissue density.

    Acupuncture Treatment 
    Along with massage therapy sessions, you might consider scheduling acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture may directly alleviate your symptoms; plus, it works indirectly by offering stress relief. Relaxation techniques such as acupuncture may improve your sleep patterns.

    Lifestyle Changes 
    Consider making certain lifestyle changes to reduce your RLS symptoms and sleep more soundly. Caffeine can aggravate the symptoms of RLS, so try to gradually reduce your weekly consumption of tea, coffee, soda, and chocolate. Avoid alcohol and tobacco altogether. Engage in daily physical activities, such as moderate cardiovascular exercise and strength training for your lower body. However, avoid strenuous exercise because this can worsen your symptoms. Before bedtime, apply a heating pad to your legs to relax the muscles. In addition, you might consider working with a physical therapist to develop a stretching routine; stretching before going to sleep may reduce your symptoms.

    Schedule your physical therapy, massage therapy, or acupuncture session today with Manhattan Total Health. We offer three convenient locations in the NYC area. To learn more about us, give us a call at (888) 614-9257 or visit us on the Web.

    Easy Yoga Poses to Relieve Back Pain

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Many people suffer from back pain, often as a result of poor posture. Yoga is an effective means of realigning your spine and enhancing your body awareness, which can help you maintain proper posture and alleviate your back pain. Some yoga poses also stretch the vertebrae and encourage flexibility.

    Watch this video for a demonstration of a few yoga poses that can relieve your back pain. This yoga expert demonstrates the child’s pose and the cat pose, and discusses the beneficial e

    Would you like to learn more about the benefits of physical medicine for back pain, such as physical therapy, medical massage, and chiropractic care? Call Manhattan Total Health of NYC at (888) 614-9257 for more information.

    Can Your Diet Contribute to the Onset of Headaches or Migraines?

    Last updated 1 year ago

    If you suffer from persistent or severe headaches or migraines, it’s a good idea to keep a food journal to determine potential triggers. While some foods have been known to facilitate migraine development, more research is needed in this area. In addition to considering dietary factors such as those listed below, you can work with a physical medicine expert to develop a treatment plan for your symptoms, such as one that includes medical massage therapy and other types of physical medicine, including acupuncture.

    Chocolate 
    Chocolate is often blamed for causing migraines and headaches. However, at least one study questions the link. Instead, stress and fluctuating hormone levels could trigger your chocolate cravings. Since stress and hormonal issues can also trigger migraines and headaches, your chocolate cravings could in fact foreshadow a future headache, though they may not be the cause of it.

    Caffeine 
    A small amount of caffeine can actually ease your migraine symptoms because it facilitates the absorption of pain medications. However, drinking too much coffee or soda can indeed contribute to the development of migraines. Try to limit yourself to no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine daily. If you currently use more than this, cut down gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms, such as headache.

    Alcohol 
    Alcohol has been known to trigger migraines; however, the amount required to cause the symptoms vary from person to person. You might find that just a few sips of a cocktail cause your symptoms, while another person can safely consume one beverage without trouble. Listen to your body and avoid or limit your alcohol consumption as needed.

    Additives and Sweeteners 
    Food additives such as nitrates and monosodium glutamate (MSG), and sweeteners such as aspartame have often been blamed for migraines. Researchers have yet to reach a consensus on whether there is an association; however, if you suffer from severe migraines, you may wish to choose a more natural diet and skip the artificial ingredients, just in case.

    You can take action to regain control over your migraine and headache symptoms. Schedule an appointment with the physical medicine experts of Manhattan Total Health in NYC. We invite you to call us at (888) 614-9257 and ask us about our physical therapy, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy services.

    Did You Miss Our Infographic Last Month? See It Here!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Have you been injured in a sports activity or in the workplace? You’re not alone—nearly three million workplace injuries were reported in the U.S. in 2011 alone, while over three million sports injuries are reported each year. If you have been injured, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Your NYC physical therapist will guide you through sets of exercises designed to treat your specific injury and to strengthen your muscles to help prevent recurring injury. Check out this infographic to learn more about the prevalence of sports and occupational injuries.

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