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    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 10 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 10 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. 

    How a Prenatal Massage Can Help Alleviate Pain

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Many pregnant women overlook massage therapy as an option for pain management because of safety concerns. However, prenatal massage can be safe and helpful for pregnant women. As long as you ask your massage therapist about his or her training and experience with prenatal massage, you can feel confident about reaping the benefits of therapy. Continue reading to learn about some of the painful issues massage therapy can improve for pregnant women.

    Nerve Pain
    Sciatic nerve pain is extremely common among pregnant women, especially in the second and third trimesters. As the baby grows, the uterus places more and more pressure on the muscles in the pelvic floor and lower back. These muscles become inflamed, which in turn triggers sciatic nerve pain. Massage therapy can reduce the inflammation in the muscles so that there is less pressure on the nerve. The result is reduced pain. Massage therapy can also alleviate general back pain, joint pain, and overall muscle strain.

    Hormone Imbalance
    Pregnancy causes hormones to go on a rollercoaster ride. Studies have indicated that women who have regular prenatal massages have better hormone balance with decreased levels of stress hormones and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine. This hormone balance is associated with reduced rates of problems during birth and newborn health problems.

    Edema
    Most pregnant women know what it is like to experience swelling in the hands, legs, and feet. Massage therapy can help resolve this uncomfortable symptom. Massage boosts the lymphatic system to help remove waste from the body, and stimulates soft tissue so that less fluid is collected.

    Experience the benefits of prenatal massage therapy by making an appointment with Manhattan Total Health. We also offer physical therapy and orthopedic rehab at our NYC clinic. Schedule your appointment by calling (888) 614-9257.  

    Exercises to Help Improve Your Workplace Posture

    Last updated 10 months ago

    If you have neck or back discomfort due to unhealthy posture, you can help alleviate your pain with a few simple exercises. First, grab a small, hard ball such as a tennis ball. Next, move the ball over your chest with constant and firm force. This tactic can release stiffness in the chest muscles. To further promote looseness in your chest muscles, you can also do an easy floor exercise. First, lie on your stomach with your arms in front of your head. Next, raise your chest and arms. Your arms should extend out to each side at approximately 45 degrees to your chest. To relieve tension in the back muscles, lie on a foam roller and carefully move the roller across your back several times. By keeping your back and chest muscles stretched and relaxed, you can better maintain proper posture while at work.

    Manhattan Total Health offers noninvasive help to alleviate your ongoing back pain problems. Our NYC centers provide an extensive array of services, including massage therapy and physical therapy, to lessen the problem of back discomfort and bad posture. To learn more about what our orthopedic rehab facility can do for you, call (888) 614-9257.

     

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