• An Overview of Sciatica

    Pain in the back

    Spinal column problems can often extend beyond the location in which they form. Some back issues lead to headaches. Others cause arm weakness. Under some circumstances, a back ailment can even affect lower extremity health and function. Such a condition is called sciatica. As debilitating and frustrating as sciatica may be, it can be remedied with professional help. A physical therapist can isolate the primary medical problem and provide orthopedic rehab treatment to alleviate both sciatic symptoms and their underlying cause.

    What is sciatica? 
    Sciatica is a painful condition that produces an uncomfortable sensation in the lower back , the buttocks region, and the legs. This sensation can range from acute pain to lack of feeling in the lower region of the body. Sciatica sufferers may experience these symptoms both while in motion and at rest.

    How does sciatica occur? 
    As mentioned, sciatica is a condition that stems from an existing back problem. A herniated disc is a common reason for sciatica. If an intervertebral disc is ruptured, the gel-like interior can seep into the tissues surrounding the disc. Depending on the location of the herniation, this rupture might put pressure on the sciatic nerve. This compression can signal discomfort in the buttocks and legs, which the sciatic nerve in part controls. Irregular growth on one of the vertebrae can provoke the same condition. 

    When should you seek help for sciatica? 
    No one should have to tolerate sciatic pain. If your symptoms continue for more than a few days, consult a healthcare provider. Many times, the medical conditions that bring on sciatica can be safely and swiftly addressed with noninvasive measures such as physical therapy and chiropractic care. Without professional intervention, your sciatic problems may persist or grow more painful with time.

    Do you suspect that you suffer from sciatica? Call Manhattan Total Health at (212) 832-9127 to schedule a consultation with a physical therapist. Our NYC facility specializes in providing physical medicine solutions for a wide range of orthopedic problems.

  • The Common Causes of Migraines

    Do you suffer from persistent migraines? This video explains the factors that can produce migraine headaches and ways to prevent them.

    Migraines are intense headaches that can cause substantial pain and interfere with daily life. Medical experts state that migraine catalysts can differ from person to person. Some individuals are more prone to migraines when they are suffering from high amounts of stress. Other people get them when they experience a chronic lack of sleep. Even certain foods, alcoholic drinks, and cigarettes can trigger a migraine episode. Migraine sufferers who know their triggers should avoid the behaviors or substances that can contribute to their condition. Persistent or particularly painful migraines may require medical intervention for relief.

    Manhattan Total Health offers physical medicine treatment options for migraine sufferers. Call our NYC location today at (212) 832-9127 to set up an appointment.

  • Understanding Different Types of Headaches

    Headache woman

    If you suffer from frequent headaches, you are among the millions of Americans who experience the same painful, frustrating condition on a regular basis. Headaches are such a widespread problem because they can stem from more than one source. Due to their multiple causes, headache triggers can be challenging to pinpoint. Massage therapy experts can help you determine the reason behind your chronic headaches and provide non-medicinal relief for them. Consider these prevalent headache causes.

    Headaches Caused by Stress 
    Trying to live a stress-free life can be difficult at times. Work demands, financial worries, car issues, and family matters can quickly put a person on a high-stress alert. This type of debilitating anxiety can become a headache trigger for many people. You may not be able to avoid work deadlines or car problems, but you can establish coping mechanisms to help you get through them. Massage therapy and acupuncture in particular can alleviate the stress that leads to painful headaches.

    Headaches From Sinus Congestion 
    For most of the year, people with allergies must contend with an ongoing barrage of headache triggers. Seasonal allergies come with their own set of uncomfortable symptoms, including fatigue, itchy eyes, sneezing, and sinus congestion. It’s this congestion that can evolve into a painful headache. If you often suffer from this type of headache, consult a healthcare provider about allergy relief methods that could also reduce your headache discomfort.

    Headaches Due to Migraines 
    Many people consider migraine headaches to be in a category all their own because of the comprehensive misery they cause. While some individuals might be able to tolerate headache pain while trying to juggle work and family, migraine sufferers frequently must put on hold all other responsibilities until their symptoms lessen. Because migraines can make it difficult to endure even sunlight, they can be severely disabling for those who experience them.

    Let Manhattan Total Health help you overcome your chronic headache problems. Our NYC physical therapy practice provides multiple non-invasive measures that can safely and quickly abate headache pain. For more information about our range of services, call (212) 832-9127.

  • What Exactly Is Sciatica?

    Young man with severe backpain from sciatica

    Sciatica refers to a group of symptoms that can involve significant pain radiating from the lower back through the buttocks and hips, and down a leg. Most patients experience this pain on only one side of the body. Other symptoms of sciatica can include weakness, numbness, and mobility problems. You might find it difficult to stand up, or you might find that sitting down worsens your symptoms. In extreme cases, urinary or fecal incontinence may occur.

    Sciatica is caused by the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which results in inflammation. Some of the conditions that cause nerve compression include a herniated disc, a narrowed spinal canal, degenerative disc disease, or the growth of bony protrusions on the spine. Many people find relief from sciatica with physical medicine treatments such as chiropractic care and acupuncture. Physical therapy is also beneficial, and can prevent a recurrence of sciatica.

    Schedule your physical therapy, chiropractic, or acupuncture session today. Call Manhattan Total Health of NYC at (212) 832-9127 to learn how we can help relieve your sciatica symptoms.

  • How to Improve Your Nightly Sleep When You Have RLS

    Woman holding sore muscle on leg

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes symptoms that can significantly interfere with your quality of life, such as unpleasant sensations in the legs that disrupt your sleep and result in daytime fatigue. The symptoms of this neurological disorder tend to worsen when you relax and remain immobile for a period of time. Work with a physical medicine expert to determine an ideal treatment plan for your RLS symptoms. Certain lifestyle modifications can help, and you might also find relief with massage therapy and acupuncture treatment.

    Massage Therapy 
    Massage therapy can significantly reduce many of the symptoms of RLS because it promotes circulation and restores function. It is believed that those who suffer from RLS have an elevated tissue density, which irritates the nerves and causes symptoms. Massage therapy manipulates the tissues in the legs to restore them to a normal tissue density.

    Acupuncture Treatment 
    Along with massage therapy sessions, you might consider scheduling acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture may directly alleviate your symptoms; plus, it works indirectly by offering stress relief. Relaxation techniques such as acupuncture may improve your sleep patterns.

    Lifestyle Changes 
    Consider making certain lifestyle changes to reduce your RLS symptoms and sleep more soundly. Caffeine can aggravate the symptoms of RLS, so try to gradually reduce your weekly consumption of tea, coffee, soda, and chocolate. Avoid alcohol and tobacco altogether. Engage in daily physical activities, such as moderate cardiovascular exercise and strength training for your lower body. However, avoid strenuous exercise because this can worsen your symptoms. Before bedtime, apply a heating pad to your legs to relax the muscles. In addition, you might consider working with a physical therapist to develop a stretching routine; stretching before going to sleep may reduce your symptoms.

    Schedule your physical therapy, massage therapy, or acupuncture session today with Manhattan Total Health . We offer three convenient locations in the NYC area. To learn more about us, give us a call at (212) 832-9127 or visit us on the Web.