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    Reasons to Work with a Personal Trainer

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Do you want to adopt a safe and effective workout routine? If so, working with a personal trainer may be right for you. There are a number of good reasons to make a personal trainer part of your fitness routine. Here are just a few of them.

    One of the biggest benefits of working with a personal trainer is simple accountability. It’s harder to skip a workout session when you know someone is waiting for you. Your personal trainer can also keep you accountable during your workout so you push yourself instead of slacking off on reps. A trainer can help you develop an effective workout regimen that lets you achieve your fitness goals on a schedule that is manageable. Perhaps most importantly, a personal trainer will help you learn to perform exercises correctly for the safest workout possible. A trainer’s advice on form and proper motion will make your workouts more effective and help prevent injury.

    We have personal trainers on staff at Manhattan Total Health to help make your workouts better. We also offer a range of sports medicine services, including physical therapy and massage. Make an appointment today by calling (888) 614-9257. 

    Top Causes of Edema

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Edema is the medical term for swelling. It happens in response to a number of different triggers, from medications to pregnancy. If you suffer from chronic edema, massage therapy can help. Massage stimulates soft tissue so that it releases fluids. The lymphatic system, which helps to clear toxins from the body, is also stimulated by massage therapy. Identifying the cause of your edema will also help you control it. Here is a look at some of the common culprits.

    Medications
    Medications are to blame for many cases of edema. Everything from ibuprofen and corticosteroids to insulin can trigger fluid retention and swelling. In some cases, edema related to medication use may clear up after the body adjusts. Your doctor may also be able to tweak your dosage or switch you to a different type of medication. Massage therapy can also help resolve medication-related edema and can be particularly helpful when you can’t change the medication you’re on.

    Pregnancy
    Edema is very common during pregnancy, thanks to increased blood volume and pressure put on the body by the expanding uterus. Women who experience pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia may have severe edema. Massage therapy has been proven to be safe for pregnant women and can be very helpful in reducing uncomfortable pregnancy edema.

    Congestive Heart Failure
    With congestive heart failure, the heart pumps less efficiently. This allows fluid to build up in the legs. Cutting sodium in your diet and talking to your doctor about using a diuretic may help reduce this kind of edema. Massage therapy also helps to improve circulation, which may alleviate edema caused by congestive heart failure.

    Talk to your doctor about making massage therapy at Manhattan Total Health part of your edema treatment plan. At our NYC offices, we also offer physical therapy and occupational therapy. Learn about all of our services by calling (888) 614-9257. 

    Common Fibromyalgia Trigger Points

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Fibromyalgia is a common but often misunderstood condition. It is characterized by widespread muscle pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose, but one of the most distinctive characteristics of the condition is the presence of trigger points. Your doctor will consider your trigger points along with other symptoms when diagnosing fibromyalgia.

    Trigger points, or tender points, as they are sometimes called, are very small tender areas around the body. They are seldom bigger than a penny, but even light pressure on a trigger point can send a shockwave of pain throughout the body. Trigger points are usually found on the elbows, knees, neck, back, chest, hips, and buttocks. When considering your symptoms and trying to diagnose your fibromyalgia, your doctor may gently check for these trigger points so he can get an accurate understanding of the patterns of your pain.

    Fibromyalgia pain can be frustrating, but Manhattan Total Health can help. Our physical therapy and massage therapy programs can offer relief from this type of pain and more. Call us at (888) 614-9257 to learn more. 

    What Good Posture Looks Like

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Having good posture can help you beat back pain and feel more confident. However, most people end up slouching throughout the day, which can cause spinal misalignments and chronic pain. If you are resolving to maintain good posture, you should understand exactly what it looks like.

    Watch this video to see how to get into a stance that is healthy for your spine. When your posture is good, your shoulders are flat and hips are tucked so that your spine is in a straight line. It can take some time to adapt to standing with good posture, but once it becomes second nature, your back will thank you.

    Don’t let back pain slow you down. Manhattan Total Health has physical therapists, massage therapists, and sports medicine experts who are ready to help. Find out more about our services by calling (888) 614-9257. 

    Underlying Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome

    Last updated 11 months ago

    If you have leg discomfort that flares up at night, you may have restless leg syndrome. Individuals of all ages can experience this condition, which can make restful slumber incredibly difficult for sufferers. Physical medicine practitioners have found that the following causes often produce restless leg syndrome symptoms. If you suspect that you have restless leg syndrome due to one of these conditions, contact a physician for assistance.

    Low Iron Levels
    Low iron levels is a problem that few people realize they have. Suppressed iron stores in the blood can lead to breathing issues and ongoing exhaustion. This condition may also worsen restless leg syndrome. If you have restless leg syndrome, you may want to have your iron level checked by a physician. If he deems it too low, restoring your levels with supplements or other dietary changes can improve your symptoms.

    Diabetes Complications
    Diabetes is a progressive disease that can affect many systems in the body. For instance, its impact on the circulatory system can affect the health of nerves in the lower body. In some cases, diabetes can cause irrevocable deterioration of the nerves, which physicians refer to as peripheral neuropathy. This secondary condition can in turn influence the severity of restless leg syndrome symptoms in patients.

    Expectancy Side Effects
    Pregnancy can produce new medical ailments or increase the intensity of existing ones, including restless leg syndrome. Added stress on the leg muscles, nerves, and blood vessels can potentially heighten the occurrence of discomfort that pregnant women with restless leg syndrome already feel. It is important to note that new occurrences of restless leg syndrome may disappear once the expectant mother gives birth.

    Is restless leg syndrome interrupting your quality of sleep? Manhattan Total Health offers noninvasive treatment options for your comfort and care. To set up an appointment with a physical medicine practitioner at one of our orthopedic rehab centers, call (888) 614-9257. You can also visit our website to view our full array of services for NYC residents. 

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