• Using Acupuncture to Relieve Discomfort During Pregnancy

    Acupuncture is most often used to alleviate pain, improve one’s energy levels, and reduce stress. However, research now shows that acupuncture has a number of beneficial uses during pregnancy.

    This video clip examines the uses of acupuncture during pregnancy, including decreasing stress and alleviating symptoms of morning sickness. Many women are also using acupuncture to induce pregnancy rather than relying on chemicals and medications to achieve dilation. Watch this clip to learn more about the potential uses of acupuncture during labor and delivery.

    You can get on the road to a healthier pregnancy by contacting the experienced acupuncturists and physical medicine providers with Manhattan Total Health today. Call our New York City office at (917) 720-2689 to get started.

  • A Look at the Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

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    Chiropractic medicine focuses on treating disorders that affect the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, including back and neck pain, headaches, joint pain, sciatica, and fibromyalgia. Many of the chiropractic treatment methods utilized to treat these conditions can also help benefit pregnant women. Continue reading to learn more.

    It Reduces Discomfort
    The weight gain and changes to the pelvic ligaments due to increasing hormone levels during pregnancy often lead to back pain. Many women try to reduce their pain by maintaining proper posture, wearing the right shoes, avoiding poor lifting techniques, and sleeping on their side.  While these are all good habits to develop, chiropractic medicine has been shown to be extremely effective in treating the back, neck, and joint pain associated with pregnancy.

    It Improves Chances for Natural Birth
    The changes to the pelvic ligaments responsible for back pain during pregnancy also change the shape of the pelvis itself. When the pelvis is misaligned, the baby struggles to achieve the best possible position for delivery. According to the American Pregnancy Association , pelvic misalignment can interfere with your ability to have a natural delivery, and often results in a cesarean delivery. By undergoing chiropractic treatment, you can help restore pelvic misalignments and increase your chances of a non-invasive delivery.

    It Decreases Risk of Spinal Misalignment
    In addition to back pain and pelvic misalignment, pregnant women often experience changes to the alignment of their spine, such as an increased spinal curve or a protruding abdomen. Spinal misalignment can also cause pregnant women to alter their posture, therefore increasing their risk of additional spinal conditions over time. For this reason, many physicians recommend that their patients undergo spinal adjustments and other chiropractic treatments during pregnancy.

    For more information about the benefits of undergoing a chiropractic adjustment, contact Manhattan Total Health at (917) 720-2689. Our New York facility also offers physical therapy, massage therapy, and sports medicine.

  • See How Manhattan Total Health Can Help Bring You Back into Balance with these Links

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    Manhattan Total Health is a full service physical medicine and rehabilitation facility that relies on alternative and traditional methods to optimize your holistic health care. Click on the links below to learn even more about how our massage therapy, sports medicine, and orthopedic rehab services can re-educate your body’s function.

    • Are you considering treating an injury or chronic condition with massage therapy? The Huffington Post offers nine healthy reasons to book a massage today.
    • Read this Daily Beast article to learn how medical massage can decrease your fibromyalgia pain and reduce your blood pressure.
    • You can learn more about the structure of your rotator cuff and related sports injuries with these frequently asked questions from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
    • If you suffer from a chronic condition such as back pain , read this Mayo Clinic article to find out how physical therapy and massage therapy can help you.
    • Find out everything you need to know about the medical benefits of acupuncture with this article from Medical News Today.

    If you live in the greater New York City area, call Manhattan Total Health today at (917) 720-2689 to find out how our services can help you. Our Wall Street, Midtown, Westside, and Grand Central locations are convenient to the Downtown and Upper East Side areas and our committed staff is dedicated to working as a team to improve your body’s total function.

  • Breaking Down the Basic Structure of the Rotator Cuff


    In physical medicine, your body’s rotator cuff consists of four muscles and tendons that play a critical role in stabilizing the shoulder joint. If the rotator cuff muscles are compromised by a sports injury or accident, the shoulder joint becomes unstable and may even become dislocated. If you have suffered a rotator cuff injury, speak to your physician about your options for orthopedic rehab and physical therapy , and be sure to review this helpful guide to the rotator cuff’s structure and function.

    Four Muscles
    The rotator cuff is actually a large tendon made up of four muscles that together form a cuff over the upper end of your arm. These muscles, called the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor, comprise a single tendon unit that allows you to lift and rotate your arm. The rotator cuff also keeps the ball of your shoulder within its socket.

    Posterior Cuff
    The two muscles that comprise the posterior, or rear, part of your rotator cuff are the infraspinatus and the teres minor. Together, these muscles work to move the shoulder away from the body.

    Superior Cuff
    A rotator cuff injury may be caused by a fall, a sports-related accident, or simply chronic wear and tear. Located on top of the shoulder, the superior rotator cuff is the most frequently injured tendon. If the superior rotator cuff becomes inflamed from overuse or athletic activity, you may suffer from tendonitis or even a torn tendon.

    Anterior Cuff
    Finally, the subscapularis makes up the anterior, or front, part of your rotator cuff. The subscapularis is responsible for the internal rotation of the humerus, which allows your arm to make circular motions.

    Did you know that massage therapy can ease the pain of a rotator cuff injury? To learn more about how a comprehensive physical therapy plan can medically treat this orthopedic injury, call Manhattan Total Health of NYC today at (917) 720-2689. Our team of therapists helps clients in Manhattan, Wall Street, and Downtown New York City recover from injuries to find full body strength.