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    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.

    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.


    Daily Tips for Strengthening Your Posture

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Will the posture you have today cause back concerns for you in the future? This video reveals how to detect posture issues before they become a bigger problem.

    The key to establishing good posture habits is to know what you need to improve. Physical medicine practitioners advise patients to take pictures of their normal standing poses. These photographs can reveal asymmetry in shoulder height and arm positioning. They can also uncover stance issues. Taking measures to correct these seemingly small concerns now can prevent severe and chronic back pain in the coming years.

    Is your posture the source of your back pain? Call Manhattan Total Health at (888) 614-9257 to set up an appointment with a physical medicine expert. Our NYC physical therapy and orthopedic rehab centers can help you enjoy a healthy posture and pain-free future.

    Common Pains Associated with Pregnancy

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Are you expecting a new addition to your family? Having a baby is a happy occasion; however, many expectant mothers must contend with multiple changes to their bodies while they wait for their bundles of joy to arrive. If you suffer from any of the following conditions, help is available. Consult a massage therapy expert for prenatal massage options that can alleviate your pain.

    Back Discomfort

    Back pain is one of the most widely cited complications of pregnancy. Expectant women must carry several extra pounds around their midsection during their nine months of pregnancy, which explains why this problem is so common. Many pregnant women must also work at desk jobs, which can make them prone to poor posture habits that increase the occurrence of back discomfort.

    Foot Swelling

    The feet often bear the brunt of pregnancy. Added weight and increased blood flow can greatly impact the health of the feet. Many expectant women complain of having swollen feet in the final months of their pregnancies because of fluid that collects in the lower extremities. Maintaining an optimal sodium intake, resting often during the day, and seeing a qualified physician can help alleviate swelling in the feet.

    Head Pain

    Though having a baby is a joyous event, it can bring on moments of fatigue and anxiety for expectant mothers. These side effects of pregnancy can in turn increase the chances of getting headaches. Pregnant women should also keep in mind that head pain may be the result of dehydration. Staying hydrated is necessary for the optimal health of both mother and baby. Prenatal massage therapy can reduce stress and muscle tension, which can both lead to head pain.

    Let Manhattan Total Health help you through your pregnancy aches and pains. Our NYC massage therapists have extensive expertise in attending to the special needs of pregnant clients. For more information on our services for expectant mothers or our other physical medicine services, call (888) 614-9257.

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