• Understanding Knee Pain

    Knee pain is extremely common and can make a person’s favorite physical activities less enjoyable. In this clip, Dr. Vijay Vad, M.D., the official PGA and Pro-Tennis Tour doctor, discusses common types of knee pain and how they are caused by various sports. Knee pain can be caused by ligament damage (MCL and ACL are the most common), often caused by sports like skiing or basketball which involve quick pivoting in the knee. Other common sites in the knee that can become damaged are the meniscus, the tendons, and the iliotibial band.

    If you are suffering from knee pain, visit a specialist at Manhattan Total Health to learn what you can do to heal. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (212) 832-9127. 

  • Core Strength: Physical Therapy for the Spine

    Back pain can be a real hindrance in the daily lives of sufferers. Relief from that back pain is the goal for all people afflicted with this condition. This video gives you some great physical therapy for your spine to help build core strength and alleviate back pain.

    As the video shows, there are two basic exercises that are very useful in strengthening the core muscles of the body. When the core muscles are strong, the whole body is durable, meaning you’ll experience less back pain. Make sure to see your  physical therapist  if back pain persists.

     

     

    For a great  physical therapy  center in New York City, come to  Manhattan Total Health . We have  massage therapy  and  orthopedic rehab  services. Call us at (212) 832-9127.

     

  • How Physical Therapy can Help with Fibromyalgia, Acupuncture Information and More

     

    If you want to learn more about treatment options for migraines, headaches, and fibromyalgia, check out these informative resources:

    • MovingForwardPT.com explains how physical therapy can help patients with fibromyalgia to reduce and manage their pain.
    • To learn all about acupuncture , read what the National Headache Foundation has to say.
    • Learn all about headache triggers, headache prevention, and what a chiropractor can do to help from the American Chiropractic Association.
    • Do you suffer from migraines ? Consider natural alternatives to reduce your pain, such as acupuncture and massage therapy.
    • To learn more about what physical therapy can do for chronic pain, read this report from the International Association for the Study of Pain.

    For more information, call Manhattan Total Health at (212) 832-9127. 

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  • 3 Treatments That Can Help Alleviate Migraines and Headaches

     

    Migraines and headaches are extremely painful. If you suffer from a headache two or more times per week, then your condition is considered chronic. While they have not been deemed medically dangerous, headaches and migraines have a large, negative impact on one’s quality of life and productivity.

    Symptoms of a headache include throbbing, pounding, or pulsating pain that often occurs in one side of the head. Headaches can also lead to nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, fatigue and irritability. There is no cure for migraines and headaches, but they can be reduced and prevented with the following treatments:

    • Acupuncture:  Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice, which employs small needles that influence the energy in the body. Acupuncture is believed to restore the balance of energy and remove blockages. While acupuncture is used to treat other types of chronic pain, research has shown that it can aid in the prevention of headaches as well.

     

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    • Massage:  Medical massage targets a specific area that is problematic, such as the neck or the lower back, and aims to reduce tension and pain in the area. While doctors believe that tension in the neck is caused by the migraine and not visa versa, reducing tension in the neck with massage will reduce the discomfort of a migraine.
    • Chiropractic:  Chiropractic is a hands-on, natural approach to healthcare. Chiropractors diagnose and treat health problems related to the muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems without the use of medication or surgery. A chiropractor will adjust the joints in your body to ensure they are properly aligned.  Misaligned bones put pressure on the nerves, which can trigger migraines. 

    If you suffer from frequent headaches, you should consider a natural treatment option. Visit us at Manhattan Total Health to discuss acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, and physical therapy options and learn more about how these natural treatments may work for you. Call us at (212) 832-9127 to schedule an appointment.

     

     

  • Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Treatment Options

     

    Fibromyalgia is a condition described as widespread musculoskeletal pain and is more likely to develop in women than men. The cause is unknown, but it is believed that fibromyalgia is linked to how the nervous system processes pain.

    Symptoms

    Patients typically describe their pain as a dull ache originating in the muscles. To be considered widespread, aching must occur on both sides of the body and above and below the waist.

    Patients with fibromyalgia also have tender points, which are specific areas of the body that cause additional pain when pressure is applied to them. Tender points are typically located in the back of the head, shoulders, neck, upper chest, elbows, hips, and inner knees.

    Fibromyalgia patients often suffer from fatigue and lack of sleep. Sleep is frequently disrupted by pain, and patients report waking up tired after a good night’s rest. Fibromyalgia is commonly associated with sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, and stress is believed to make the symptoms of fibromyalgia worse.

    In addition to sleep disorders, people with fibromyalgia commonly suffer the following conditions as well:

    ·         Anxiety

    ·         Depression

    ·         Endometriosis

    ·         Headaches

    ·         Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    ·         Temporomanidibular (jaw joint) pain

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    Treatments

    While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of treatments can be used to control the symptoms. Medication, exercise, and relaxation are recommended to reduce pain and improve sleep. In addition, extensive research supports the idea that physical therapy will help patients to reduce, interpret, and manage their pain. A physical therapist  will teach you the skills you need to control your pain naturally, reduce stiffness, and minimize fatigue. They do this through conditioning, exercises, ultrasound, and massage therapy.

    If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, visit Manhattan Total Health today. One of our expert physical therapists will work with you to help you develop a pain management plan to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. Call (212) 832-9127 to schedule an appointment.