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    Spotlight on Muscle Cramps

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Muscle cramps are an extremely common problem. Nearly everyone will experience one at some point in their lives. Although a one-off cramp may not be cause for concern, chronic muscle cramps can be a sign of a more serious problem.

    A number of different things can trigger muscle cramps. In some cases, nutrition can be to blame, particularly low levels of calcium. Dehydration can also cause muscle cramps, as can certain medications. High blood sugar levels in diabetics are associated with muscle cramping. For some people, muscle cramps are the result of physical overexertion or an acute muscle injury. Better nutrition, changing medications, physical therapy, and massage therapy can all improve muscle cramps.

    If you experience muscle cramps, let Manhattan Total Health help. Our physical therapist and massage therapist can help you with cramps and wide range of other pain issues. To make an appointment, call (888) 614-9257. 

    Looking at the Importance of Sports Medicine

    Last updated 10 months ago

    If you’re an active person, then you know how frustrating and debilitating it can be to suffer an injury. For injuries to heal properly, you need expert medical care. That is where a sports medicine specialist enters the picture. Experts who work in sports medicine are specially trained to treat muscle and orthopedic injuries to help you get back to your favorite activities faster. What exactly is sports medicine, and why is it so important? Here is what you need to know.

    What Is Sports Medicine?
    Sports medicine is a special qualification a doctor can earn after completing their medical training in another field. There are two main kinds of sports medicine doctors—primary care physicians and orthopedic surgeons. Primary care sports medicine doctors focus on non-invasive treatments for sports injuries, while orthopedists perform surgery. Both types of sports medicine doctors have special training in treating the kinds of musculoskeletal injuries usually sustained by athletes.

    What Is the Benefit of Seeing a Sports Medicine Specialist?
    Treating musculoskeletal injuries can be very challenging. Without the proper treatment, bones, muscles, and ligaments can be permanently weakened. For a professional athlete, poor treatment of these types of injuries can be career-ending. For amateur sports enthusiasts, injuries can interfere with daily activities. Sports medicine specialists have the training necessary to obtain good outcomes and lessen the chance of long-term damage after an injury.

    What Sports Medicine Treatments Are Available?
    Sports medicine specialists rely on a range of surgical and non-surgical treatments. When surgery is not necessary, sports medicine specialists may utilize treatments like physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture. Most sports medicine specialists take a multi-disciplinary approach to treating injuries.

    At Manhattan Total Health, our staff is made up of sport medicine experts from a variety of fields, including physiatrists. Let us help you get on the road to healing after your sports injury. Make an appointment at our NYC clinic by calling (888) 614-9257.  

    Take a Look at Acupuncture Therapy

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Acupuncture, a standard of Eastern medicine, has become widely accepted around the world as a natural remedy for many conditions ranging from chronic pain to digestive woes. Could it be right for you? This video explains more.

    Watch this video to see an acupuncture session in action. Acupuncture involves the strategic insertion of very fine needles to ease muscle tension and improve energy flow throughout the body. The treatment can be tailored to address your specific symptoms and concerns.

    Manhattan Total Health is pleased to offer acupuncture as a treatment option alongside our physical therapy and medical massage services. To make an appointment at our NYC clinic, please call (888) 614-9257.   

    Preparing for Your First Acupuncture Appointment

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Acupuncture is a proven, natural remedy for a long list of health woes. Although there are several benefits to acupuncture, many people are still a bit apprehensive about their first appointment and wonder what to expect. At Manhattan Total Health, we’re pleased to bring our patients acupuncture services and are always available to answer any questions about an appointment. Here is a rundown of how you can prepare to get the most from your acupuncture treatment.

    Eat Wisely
    Having a heavy meal before an acupuncture treatment will leave you feeling sluggish. Instead, eat a light meal right before you come in. Don’t have acupuncture on an empty stomach. The treatment is designed to move energy throughout your body, and you could feel lightheaded if you haven’t had anything to eat. Avoid caffeine on the day of treatment if at all possible. It dehydrates you and acts as a stimulant, which will interfere with your ability to relax.

    Dress Appropriately
    Depending on the treatment area, your acupuncturist may provide a robe for you to wear. However, it is still a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes to your session. You’ll be more comfortable, and it will be easier for your acupuncturist to perform treatments that don’t require you to wear a robe.

    Prepare Your Questions
    One of the first things everyone wants to know about acupuncture is whether the needles hurt. Most people find the treatment painless and relaxing, but be sure to voice your questions and concerns about needles and anything else before treatment begins. It is a good idea to write out your questions so you don’t forget to ask anything. You should also be prepared to answer questions about your health history and the symptoms that have led you to seek out acupuncture therapy.

    Acupuncture is just one of the effective services we provide at Manhattan Total Health in NYC. We also offer physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and much more. Call us at (888) 614-9257 to learn more about our treatments or to make an appointment. 

    Reasons to Work with a Personal Trainer

    Last updated 11 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. 

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