• Learn About Various Options for Controlling and Treating Pain

    Whether you suffer from a chronic pain condition or the more acute pain brought on by a recent injury, there are many different options for controlling your pain. This video features information on how to manage pain.

    With this clip, you will learn how important it is to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis before any pain therapy can begin. You will also learn more about the options available to you for managing pain, such as medication, chiropractic manipulation, physical or massage therapy, and acupuncture.

    Manhattan Total Health specializes in rehabilitation and pain management in NYC. To find out more, visit us on the web or call (212) 832-9127.

  • How Massage Therapy Can Help You Recover from Injury Faster

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    If you have been injured, you know that the recovery process can take longer than you’d like. Recovering safely is important, and massage therapy can help to promote safe healing after an injury. Continue reading to learn how massage can speed up your body’s recovery rate so you spend less time healing.

    Increased Blood Flow
    Massage increases blood and lymph flow to the areas receiving therapy, as the massaged muscles are no longer tight, stiff, and restrictive of blood flow. Your body has an incredible ability to heal itself, but it cannot do so without the right building blocks. Increased blood flow brings more oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, giving your muscles the tools they need to rebuild themselves more quickly and efficiently, which in turn promotes faster healing .

    Muscle Relaxation
    Tightened muscles are uncomfortable and may even cause pain by constricting or pressing on nerves. Pain makes it difficult to go about daily tasks and can take a toll on your mental wellbeing. By helping your muscles relax, massage therapy can significantly reduce the pain from an injury and ensure that it does not cause further damage. Additionally, relaxed muscles trigger your body to release endorphins, which are natural painkillers and will help with further pain management.

    Mental Rejuvenation
    Suffering from an injury can be frustrating—especially if the injury keeps you from doing the activities you enjoy or makes it more difficult to complete everyday tasks. Massage therapy has the added benefit of giving you a chance to relax and rejuvenate your mind during sessions, giving you the chance you need to reduce stress in your life. This respite helps you face your challenges with renewed energy and a positive outlook that can go a long way toward helping your body recover.

    Manhattan Total Health of NYC offers massage therapy to help you recover from any injury. We also offer pain management services. To find out more, visit us on the web or call (212) 832-9127.

  • Learn More About What Manhattan Total Health Has To Offer You With These Links!

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    In our recent blogs, we’ve discussed some of the health conditions that the experts at Manhattan Total Health can address. Check out the resources below to get more information about trigger points and sciatica. Call Manhattan Total Health at (212) 832-9127 to schedule an appointment today.

    • For more information about trigger points , take a look at this information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
        
    • Learn about what can happen with muscle overuse injuries when you read this article from Medscape.
        
    • Check out this article from WebMD to learn more about piriformis syndrome and its causes, symptoms, and treatments.
        
    • The Mayo Clinic explains sciatica in more detail on this webpage.
          
    • Learn more about pain management techniques when you read this article from MedicineNet.com.

  • Unraveling the Mystery of the Mighty Trigger Point

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    If you have ever suffered from intense muscle soreness or a pain that you just couldn’t seem to locate, you’ve probably seriously considered going for massage therapy . Whether you followed through with the idea or not, you may have come across the term trigger point. Understanding trigger points, how they work, and how massage therapy can help will go a long way toward keeping you out of unnecessary discomfort or pain.

    Understanding Trigger Points
    The human body is a truly fascinating structure. Information exchanges occur every second to make each aspect of the body work properly. Because of this, one small disruption can wreak havoc on the entire system. Overuse or injury of muscles can result in the development of a trigger point . Trigger points are nodules, or knots, that form in a muscle and become extremely sensitive. This pain alone would be reason enough to schedule massage therapy, but trigger points don’t stop there. Often, trigger points cause sensitivity, soreness, achiness, or pain in other areas of the body. This is called referred pain.

    For example, if you have developed a trigger point in your neck, you may experience pain in your shoulder, elbow, or entire arm. Trying to treat the arm pain without first addressing the source of the problem, the trigger point, is an exercise in futility.

    Undergoing Massage Therapy for Trigger Points
    Massage therapy can be extremely helpful for the treatment of trigger points, but you may require more than one session to completely eliminate the knot. Your therapist will work with you to determine the precise location of the problem and then apply the appropriate massage therapy techniques to provide relief.

    If you suspect that a trigger point is causing your pain, contact Manhattan Total Health . We offer massage therapy services in addition to sports medicine and physical therapy. Call (212) 832-9127 for more information or for an appointment.

  • Communicate Your Pain More Effectively with this Tracking and Logging App

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    When you have a chronic condition that requires pain management , or when you are undergoing physical therapy or orthopedic rehabilitation, it is vital that you are able to communicate effectively with your healthcare professional.

    With this Android app, Manage My Pain , you can easily keep track of your progress. You’ll be able to record the types of pain you are experiencing, as well as the intensity and frequency of your pain. At your next appointment, you can pull up your records to share with your healthcare professional.

    If you are in pain and need massage therapy, physical therapy, or sports medicine, contact Manhattan Total Health . We provide a variety of services to help you get to feeling better faster. Call (212) 832-9127 today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.