• How to Sit in Front of a Computer to Avoid Back Pain

    Many back injuries that doctors see don’t come from lifting heavy objects. Instead, some people with back injuries hurt themselves by sitting incorrectly in front of their computers.

    This video explains how you can spend your day at a computer while maintaining your back health. Find out how sitting with your hips all the way to the back of your chair will keep your spine in alignment and how a foot rest will stop you from slumping over your keyboard. The clip also provides tips on the proper placement of your monitor, mouse, and other desk accessories.

    If you’re experiencing back pain, it’s time to schedule a visit to Manhattan Total Health . Our physical therapy and orthopedic rehabilitation care will have your back feeling fit again in no time. Call us at (212) 832-9127 to schedule an appointment.

  • Do You Have Golfer’s Elbow? How You Can Get Back Into the Swing of Things

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    While hitting the golf course is a great stress reliever, your elbow may be suffering from your love of the sport. The repetitive motion of swinging a golf club puts stress on your elbow which can lead to permanent injury if not addressed. The resulting condition is medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow. It is characterized by pain on the inside of your elbow that sometimes spreads down to your forearm and wrist. The good news is that golfer’s elbow can be relieved with physical therapy so you can get back to the game. Here’s what you need to know about treatment for this common injury:

    Rest Your Joint
    You may want to hit the links several times a week, but the longer you put off resting your sore elbow, the longer you will eventually be out of commission. Before you start golfing, wait for the pain in your elbow to completely subside. Getting back to golf too soon could lead to serious injury.

    Strengthen Your Muscles
    You can treat your case of golfer’s elbow and help prevent future flare-ups by strengthening your arm muscles to better support the joint. A physical therapist or sports medicine expert can help you devise a stretching and strengthening routine to get your arm in shape. Always begin these activities under the guidance of a professional so that you don’t injure yourself further.

    Ice Your Elbow
    Ice can help relieve the pain of golfer’s elbow. Wrap some ice in a thin towel and apply it to your elbow for 20 minutes at a time, four times a day until the pain starts to subside. Massaging the inside of your elbow with ice can also help ease some of your pain.

    At Manhattan Total Health , our physical therapists and orthopedic rehab specialists are experienced in getting golfers back to their game. Find out how we can treat your case of golfer’s elbow by calling (212) 832-9127 to schedule an appointment. Our NYC sports medicine clinic will help you get back on the course in as little time as possible.

  • More Information on How Manhattan Total Health Can Help You Feel Your Best

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    Physical therapy can help many people who have injuries and conditions involving the spine manage their pain. Back pain, extremity pain, and reduction in mobility can be caused by many different issues. Learn how you can treat these issues with physical medicine and therapy by visiting the resources below. Call Manhattan Total Health at (212) 832-9127 to schedule an appointment today.

    • To understand how a healthy spinal cord functions , read the information on this page from the Spinal Cord Injury Information Network.
       
    • Visit this page from the University of Pittsburgh to learn about how the brain and spinal cord work together to promote wellness in a person.
       
    • For additional information about the anatomy of the spine , take a look at this page from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
       
    • This article from NaturalNews.com discusses how dehydration can cause back pain and what the connection is between the two.
        
    • Learn how physical medicine and physical therapy can help those who suffer from cervical spine disorders or strains by reading this Medscape.com article.

  • Dehydration and Back Pain: Is There a Link?

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    Muscle soreness is a known symptom of dehydration. Hydration allows your muscles to contract and move easily. When a person is dehydrated, these muscles do not have the proper minerals and vitamin supplies to function properly. This can lead to back pain in a matter of hours.

    Most people do not correlate back pain with dehydration, but there is evidence of a link between the two. Once a practitioner determines the cause of your back pain, you will be able to seek the correct treatment to relieve the pain. This may include increasing water intake each day, as well as physical or massage therapy .

    Why Does Your Back Hurt When You Are Dehydrated?
    It is recommended that each person consume at least six to eight glasses of water each day. This amount can vary according to each individual. Some people need more water, while others need less. When a person does not drink enough water , their muscles can atrophy, causing cramps and muscle spasms. This can be particularly problematic for the muscles that act as a support system for the spine. If they are not hydrated, they cannot adequately support the structures of the back, which results in back pain. Dehydration can also affect the discs that cushion the vertebrae in the spine.

    What Types of Treatments Work Best for This Pain?
    Rehydrating the body is one of the most important treatments for this type of back pain. Proper chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can also help return the structures of the back to a healthy position. Your practitioner will determine the best course of action for your individual body.

    If you are experiencing back pain that could be a result of inadequate water intake, Manhattan Total Health can help you manage and eliminate your pain. The services we offer include chiropractic care, physical therapy, orthopaedic rehabilitation, and massage therapy. Call (212) 832-9127 to schedule an appointment at one of our four NYC offices today.