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    Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscle tendons that provide mobility to the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff tears are common injuries that affect these tendons and produce pain while reducing range of motion. Manhattan Total Health provides sports medicine and orthopedic care to get you back in the game and back to your daily activities after a rotator cuff tear.

    Acute Injuries

    Falls or other trauma to the arm and shoulder can cause tears of the tendons that make up the rotator cuff. Shoulder injuries are often sustained during contact sports such as football, basketball, or hockey. However, even an “everyday” slip or fall can injure the rotator cuff. Automobile accidents are another common cause of trauma to the shoulder. Collarbone fractures and shoulder dislocations may also affect the tendons of the rotator cuff.

    Repetitive Injuries

    Repeated stress on the tendons of the rotator cuff can cause tearing and injury over time. Sports with repeated arm motions, such as golf, tennis, baseball, and rowing are frequent causes of repetitive stress injuries in the shoulder. Your job may also require certain repeated motions of the arm that can cause degeneration and tearing of the rotator cuff.

    Age-Related Conditions

    Changes in the body as you age can put your rotator cuff at risk for injury. Bone spurs that result from arthritis may impinge upon and weaken the rotator cuff every time you move your arm. Older adults also tend to suffer from a reduced blood supply to the shoulder. A lack of adequate blood and nutrients causes the rotator cuff to become weaker and interferes with the body’s ability to repair small injuries to the tendons. Over time, wear that is not repaired naturally can lead to a tear.

    A rotator cuff tear requires diagnosis and treatment to restore mobility and prevent future injury. Call (888) 614-9257 to schedule an appointment at any one of Manhattan Total Health’s four New York Locations. You can find more information about common injuries and their treatment on our blog.

    Diagnosing Restless Legs Syndrome

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes uncomfortable feelings in the legs. These feelings, which may include throbbing, tingling, creeping, or itching, prompt an uncontrollable urge to move the legs for relief. In order to diagnose restless legs syndrome, your doctor will ask about your symptoms. Discomfort that is felt only or mostly at night and is triggered by inactivity such as sitting, lying prone, or sleeping is characteristic of RLS. Additional signs of restless legs syndrome include the urge to move your legs for relief from discomfort, and relief that persists as long as you are moving your legs. In addition to discussing your symptoms, your physician may also perform a physical exam and ask for information about any current medications you are taking or other health concerns you have. Blood tests may be required to rule out other conditions or causes of your discomfort.

    Manhattan Total Health provides diagnosis and treatment of restless legs syndrome and other neurological conditions. We offer physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and more to relieve pain and improve your quality of life. Call us at (888) 614-9257 or visit our website to learn more.

    How Massage Can Help You Manage Chronic Back Pain

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Chronic back pain is one of the most common complaints among American adults. Eight out of ten people will experience some kind of recurrent or prolonged back pain in their lifetime. Numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of massage therapy in the management of chronic pain.

    Improves Circulation

    Massage improves circulation to the treated area, which helps to remove toxins and promote healing. Increased blood flow allows the body to naturally flush the area while delivering the nutrients needed to rebuild muscle and tissue during the healing process.

    Reduces Stress

    Stress can be a significant factor in pain and even the perception of pain. Multiple studies have found that massage reduces the production of stress hormones such as cortisol while increasing the production of oxytocin, which promotes feelings of happiness and social connection. Massage also helps to relax both the body and mind, which can relieve tension-related aches and pains. Many patients feel an improvement in both their mental and physical health following a massage.

    Eliminates Scar Tissue

    Scar tissue can build up over an injury, causing stiffness and limiting range of motion. Certain modalities of massage work to break up or prevent the formation of scar tissue. Massage can improve your mobility or prevent lost mobility that is often associated with chronic pain.

    Reduces the Need for Medication

    Pain-relieving medications may have negative side effects you wish to avoid. Massage can help to reduce the amount of medication needed or eliminate the need for painkillers altogether. Studies have shown that massage is effective in treating many kinds of pain, reducing patients’ dependence on medication and improving overall functionality.

    Are you ready to experience the health and wellness benefits of massage? Manhattan Total Health offers skilled and effective massage treatment for back pain, sports injuries, arthritis, anxiety, and more at our four locations throughout New York. Click on our web contact form or call (888) 614-9257 to speak with a staff member today.

    Benefits of Long-Term Massage Therapy

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Massage therapy is a popular and effective treatment that promotes physical and mental relaxation. Treatment with massage focuses on touch to improve circulation and facilitate the body’s natural healing processes.

    This video discusses the known benefits of prolonged massage therapy in healthy individuals. Massage decreases the production of stress hormones and improves the responsiveness of the immune system. Long-term massage has an additive effect that lasts even after massage treatments are discontinued.

    Would you like to take advantage of the many benefits of massage? You can book your free half-hour massage and consultation at Manhattan Total Health by calling (888) 614-9257 today. Click through the articles on our blog for more health and wellness information about the benefits of massage, chiropractic, and sports medicine

    Tips for Protecting Your Back at Work

    Last updated 11 months ago

    You may not think of the office as a potential health hazard, but your workspace can have a direct impact on your back’s wellbeing. Regardless of your industry or field, eight hours or more on the job can quickly translate into back pain and stiffness. Though physical and massage therapy experts can effectively address your needs, the following tips can help you avoid placing your back in a position that causes unnecessary pain and injury. 

    Take Frequent Breaks From Sitting Down

    Your back is a dynamic structure that requires consistent movement to stay healthy. If you must sit behind a computer screen for most of the day, however, you can inadvertently wreak havoc to your spinal column and the muscles that support it. A lack of movement can induce back problems, so make it a habit to walk, stretch, or get moving at your desk on a regular basis. Aim for frequency over duration, as one long walk at lunchtime may not be enough to prevent your back from stiffening up again in the afternoon.

    Never Attempt Lifting a Heavy Load on Your Own

    You may not do manual labor at work, but every once in a while, you might be put in a position to move a heavy item, such as a box of paper or printer. Always request a helping hand when you must pick up and transport such materials. Even if you frequently deal with the lifting and carrying of heavy loads, always practice correct form to avoid a back strain.

    Make Your Office Equipment Work for You

    Don’t let a poor office setup cause you back problems. No matter whether you have a corner office or cubicle, make sure that you have a desk, chair, and computer suited to your needs. For instance, a chair that props your knees higher than your hips can place undue strain on your lower back. A computer screen positioned at an awkward angle may put excessive stress on your upper back muscles. Always create an ergonomic space before sitting down to work.

    Are you suffering from chronic back pain? Manhattan Total Health can help. If you live in the Midtown Manhattan, Downtown, or Upper East Side of NYC, call us today at (888) 614-9257 for more information about our massage therapy services.

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