• Can Your Diet Contribute to the Onset of Headaches or Migraines?

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    If you suffer from persistent or severe headaches or migraines, it’s a good idea to keep a food journal to determine potential triggers. While some foods have been known to facilitate migraine development, more research is needed in this area. In addition to considering dietary factors such as those listed below, you can work with a physical medicine expert to develop a treatment plan for your symptoms, such as one that includes medical massage therapy and other types of physical medicine, including acupuncture.

    Chocolate is often blamed for causing migraines and headaches. However, at least one study questions the link. Instead, stress and fluctuating hormone levels could trigger your chocolate cravings. Since stress and hormonal issues can also trigger migraines and headaches, your chocolate cravings could in fact foreshadow a future headache, though they may not be the cause of it.

    A small amount of caffeine can actually ease your migraine symptoms because it facilitates the absorption of pain medications. However, drinking too much coffee or soda can indeed contribute to the development of migraines . Try to limit yourself to no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine daily. If you currently use more than this, cut down gradually to avoid withdrawal symptoms, such as headache.

    Alcohol has been known to trigger migraines; however, the amount required to cause the symptoms vary from person to person. You might find that just a few sips of a cocktail cause your symptoms, while another person can safely consume one beverage without trouble. Listen to your body and avoid or limit your alcohol consumption as needed.

    Additives and Sweeteners 
    Food additives such as nitrates and monosodium glutamate (MSG), and sweeteners such as aspartame have often been blamed for migraines. Researchers have yet to reach a consensus on whether there is an association; however, if you suffer from severe migraines, you may wish to choose a more natural diet and skip the artificial ingredients, just in case.

    You can take action to regain control over your migraine and headache symptoms. Schedule an appointment with the physical medicine experts of Manhattan Total Health in NYC. We invite you to call us at (917) 720-2689 and ask us about our physical therapy, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy services.

  • Did You Miss Our Infographic Last Month? See It Here!

    Have you been injured in a sports activity or in the workplace? You’re not alone—nearly three million workplace injuries were reported in the U.S. in 2011 alone, while over three million sports injuries are reported each year. If you have been injured, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. Your  NYC physical therapist  will guide you through sets of exercises designed to treat your specific injury and to strengthen your muscles to help prevent recurring injury. Check out this infographic to learn more about the prevalence of sports and occupational injuries.


  • A Quick Look at TMJ

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    If you were to take your finger and place it upon the joint that hinges the lower jaw to the bone around your temples, you would be touching what is commonly referred to as the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint. When this joint or the facial muscles that surround it become inflamed or injured, the irritation can become exacerbated until it develops into a TMD, or temporomandibular disorder. These types of disorders, which are commonly referred to incorrectly as “TMJ,” can also be caused by arthritis, teeth grinding, and stress.

    No matter the cause of a temporomandibular disorder, the person suffering from it will often experience pain throughout the face and down into the neck as well as a constant popping sound that occurs when opening the jaw. If you or someone you know is living with pain brought on by a TMJ-related disorder, then be sure to call Manhattan Total Health at (917) 720-2689. Our physical therapy team can develop an individualized plan to address your needs and reduce the pain you experience on a day-to-day basis.