• Take a Look at Acupuncture Therapy

    Acupuncture, a standard of Eastern medicine, has become widely accepted around the world as a natural remedy for many conditions ranging from chronic pain to digestive woes. Could it be right for you? This video explains more.

    Watch this video to see an acupuncture session in action. Acupuncture involves the strategic insertion of very fine needles to ease muscle tension and improve energy flow throughout the body. The treatment can be tailored to address your specific symptoms and concerns.

    Manhattan Total Health is pleased to offer acupuncture as a treatment option alongside our physical therapy and medical massage services. To make an appointment at our NYC clinic , please call (212) 832-9127.   

  • Preparing for Your First Acupuncture Appointment

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    Acupuncture is a proven, natural remedy for a long list of health woes. Although there are several benefits to acupuncture, many people are still a bit apprehensive about their first appointment and wonder what to expect. At Manhattan Total Health, we’re pleased to bring our patients acupuncture services and are always available to answer any questions about an appointment. Here is a rundown of how you can prepare to get the most from your acupuncture treatment.

    Eat Wisely
    Having a heavy meal before an acupuncture treatment will leave you feeling sluggish. Instead, eat a light meal right before you come in. Don’t have acupuncture on an empty stomach. The treatment is designed to move energy throughout your body, and you could feel lightheaded if you haven’t had anything to eat. Avoid caffeine on the day of treatment if at all possible. It dehydrates you and acts as a stimulant, which will interfere with your ability to relax.

    Dress Appropriately
    Depending on the treatment area, your acupuncturist may provide a robe for you to wear. However, it is still a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothes to your session. You’ll be more comfortable, and it will be easier for your acupuncturist to perform treatments that don’t require you to wear a robe.

    Prepare Your Questions
    One of the first things everyone wants to know about acupuncture is whether the needles hurt. Most people find the treatment painless and relaxing, but be sure to voice your questions and concerns about needles and anything else before treatment begins. It is a good idea to write out your questions so you don’t forget to ask anything. You should also be prepared to answer questions about your health history and the symptoms that have led you to seek out acupuncture therapy.

    Acupuncture is just one of the effective services we provide at Manhattan Total Health in NYC. We also offer physical therapy , massage therapy, chiropractic care, and much more. Call us at (212) 832-9127 to learn more about our treatments or to make an appointment. 

  • Reasons to Work with a Personal Trainer

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    Do you want to adopt a safe and effective workout routine? If so, working with a personal trainer may be right for you. There are a number of good reasons to make a personal trainer part of your fitness routine. Here are just a few of them.

    One of the biggest benefits of working with a personal trainer is simple accountability. It’s harder to skip a workout session when you know someone is waiting for you. Your personal trainer can also keep you accountable during your workout so you push yourself instead of slacking off on reps. A trainer can help you develop an effective workout regimen that lets you achieve your fitness goals on a schedule that is manageable. Perhaps most importantly, a personal trainer will help you learn to perform exercises correctly for the safest workout possible. A trainer’s advice on form and proper motion will make your workouts more effective and help prevent injury.

    We have personal trainers on staff at Manhattan Total Health to help make your workouts better. We also offer a range of sports medicine services , including physical therapy and massage. Make an appointment today by calling (212) 832-9127. 

  • Top Causes of Edema

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    Edema is the medical term for swelling. It happens in response to a number of different triggers, from medications to pregnancy. If you suffer from chronic edema, massage therapy can help. Massage stimulates soft tissue so that it releases fluids. The lymphatic system, which helps to clear toxins from the body, is also stimulated by massage therapy. Identifying the cause of your edema will also help you control it. Here is a look at some of the common culprits.

    Medications
    Medications are to blame for many cases of edema . Everything from ibuprofen and corticosteroids to insulin can trigger fluid retention and swelling. In some cases, edema related to medication use may clear up after the body adjusts. Your doctor may also be able to tweak your dosage or switch you to a different type of medication. Massage therapy can also help resolve medication-related edema and can be particularly helpful when you can’t change the medication you’re on.

    Pregnancy
    Edema is very common during pregnancy, thanks to increased blood volume and pressure put on the body by the expanding uterus. Women who experience pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia may have severe edema. Massage therapy has been proven to be safe for pregnant women and can be very helpful in reducing uncomfortable pregnancy edema.

    Congestive Heart Failure
    With congestive heart failure, the heart pumps less efficiently. This allows fluid to build up in the legs. Cutting sodium in your diet and talking to your doctor about using a diuretic may help reduce this kind of edema. Massage therapy also helps to improve circulation, which may alleviate edema caused by congestive heart failure.

    Talk to your doctor about making massage therapy at Manhattan Total Health part of your edema treatment plan. At our NYC offices, we also offer physical therapy and occupational therapy . Learn about all of our services by calling (212) 832-9127. 

  • Common Fibromyalgia Trigger Points

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    Fibromyalgia is a common but often misunderstood condition. It is characterized by widespread muscle pain and fatigue. Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose, but one of the most distinctive characteristics of the condition is the presence of trigger points. Your doctor will consider your trigger points along with other symptoms when diagnosing fibromyalgia.

    Trigger points, or tender points, as they are sometimes called, are very small tender areas around the body. They are seldom bigger than a penny, but even light pressure on a trigger point can send a shockwave of pain throughout the body. Trigger points are usually found on the elbows, knees, neck, back, chest, hips, and buttocks. When considering your symptoms and trying to diagnose your fibromyalgia, your doctor may gently check for these trigger points so he can get an accurate understanding of the patterns of your pain.

    Fibromyalgia pain can be frustrating, but Manhattan Total Health can help. Our physical therapy and massage therapy programs can offer relief from this type of pain and more. Call us at (212) 832-9127 to learn more.