• Daily Tips for Strengthening Your Posture

    Will the posture you have today cause back concerns for you in the future? This video reveals how to detect posture issues before they become a bigger problem.

    The key to establishing good posture habits is to know what you need to improve. Physical medicine practitioners advise patients to take pictures of their normal standing poses. These photographs can reveal asymmetry in shoulder height and arm positioning. They can also uncover stance issues. Taking measures to correct these seemingly small concerns now can prevent severe and chronic back pain in the coming years.

    Is your posture the source of your back pain? Call Manhattan Total Health at (917) 720-2689 to set up an appointment with a physical medicine expert. Our NYC physical therapy and orthopedic rehab centers can help you enjoy a healthy posture and pain-free future.

  • Common Pains Associated with Pregnancy


    Are you expecting a new addition to your family? Having a baby is a happy occasion; however, many expectant mothers must contend with multiple changes to their bodies while they wait for their bundles of joy to arrive. If you suffer from any of the following conditions, help is available. Consult a massage therapy expert for prenatal massage options that can alleviate your pain.

    Back Discomfort

    Back pain is one of the most widely cited complications of pregnancy. Expectant women must carry several extra pounds around their midsection during their nine months of pregnancy, which explains why this problem is so common. Many pregnant women must also work at desk jobs, which can make them prone to poor posture habits that increase the occurrence of back discomfort .

    Foot Swelling

    The feet often bear the brunt of pregnancy. Added weight and increased blood flow can greatly impact the health of the feet. Many expectant women complain of having swollen feet in the final months of their pregnancies because of fluid that collects in the lower extremities. Maintaining an optimal sodium intake, resting often during the day, and seeing a qualified physician can help alleviate swelling in the feet.

    Head Pain

    Though having a baby is a joyous event, it can bring on moments of fatigue and anxiety for expectant mothers. These side effects of pregnancy can in turn increase the chances of getting headaches. Pregnant women should also keep in mind that head pain may be the result of dehydration. Staying hydrated is necessary for the optimal health of both mother and baby. Prenatal massage therapy can reduce stress and muscle tension, which can both lead to head pain.

    Let Manhattan Total Health help you through your pregnancy aches and pains. Our NYC massage therapists have extensive expertise in attending to the special needs of pregnant clients. For more information on our services for expectant mothers or our other physical medicine services, call (917) 720-2689.

  • Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears

    Shoulder Pain

    The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscle tendons that provide mobility to the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff tears are common injuries that affect these tendons and produce pain while reducing range of motion. Manhattan Total Health provides sports medicine and orthopedic care to get you back in the game and back to your daily activities after a rotator cuff tear.

    Acute Injuries

    Falls or other trauma to the arm and shoulder can cause tears of the tendons that make up the rotator cuff. Shoulder injuries are often sustained during contact sports such as football, basketball, or hockey. However, even an “everyday” slip or fall can injure the rotator cuff. Automobile accidents are another common cause of trauma to the shoulder. Collarbone fractures and shoulder dislocations may also affect the tendons of the rotator cuff.

    Repetitive Injuries

    Repeated stress on the tendons of the rotator cuff can cause tearing and injury over time. Sports with repeated arm motions, such as golf, tennis, baseball, and rowing are frequent causes of repetitive stress injuries in the shoulder. Your job may also require certain repeated motions of the arm that can cause degeneration and tearing of the rotator cuff.

    Age-Related Conditions

    Changes in the body as you age can put your rotator cuff at risk for injury. Bone spurs that result from arthritis may impinge upon and weaken the rotator cuff every time you move your arm. Older adults also tend to suffer from a reduced blood supply to the shoulder. A lack of adequate blood and nutrients causes the rotator cuff to become weaker and interferes with the body’s ability to repair small injuries to the tendons. Over time, wear that is not repaired naturally can lead to a tear.

    A rotator cuff tear requires diagnosis and treatment to restore mobility and prevent future injury. Call (917) 720-2689 to schedule an appointment at any one of Manhattan Total Health’s four New York Locations . You can find more information about common injuries and their treatment on our blog.

  • Diagnosing Restless Legs Syndrome

    Knee x-ray

    Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes uncomfortable feelings in the legs. These feelings, which may include throbbing, tingling, creeping, or itching, prompt an uncontrollable urge to move the legs for relief. In order to diagnose restless legs syndrome, your doctor will ask about your symptoms. Discomfort that is felt only or mostly at night and is triggered by inactivity such as sitting, lying prone, or sleeping is characteristic of RLS. Additional signs of restless legs syndrome include the urge to move your legs for relief from discomfort, and relief that persists as long as you are moving your legs. In addition to discussing your symptoms, your physician may also perform a physical exam and ask for information about any current medications you are taking or other health concerns you have. Blood tests may be required to rule out other conditions or causes of your discomfort.

    Manhattan Total Health provides diagnosis and treatment of restless legs syndrome and other neurological conditions. We offer physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and more to relieve pain and improve your quality of life. Call us at (917) 720-2689 or visit our website to learn more.