• Are You Suffering From Sciatica?

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    The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back through the hips and buttocks, and then branches down each leg. Often, a physical medicine specialist will diagnose sciatica in a patient who has suffered a herniated disc or bone spur, because these conditions compress the nerve, causing symptoms. If you think you are experiencing some of the possible symptoms of sciatica, see a physical medicine specialist promptly for treatment.

    Sciatica typically causes symptoms down one side of the body. You’ll likely feel pain in the lower back that radiates down a leg. The pain may be mild to severe; it may feel sharp or it may be a burning type of pain. Typically, sitting for long periods of time can exacerbate the pain. Sometimes, sciatica also causes numbness and tingling down the affected leg. Some patients report suffering from muscle weakness.

    If you have been struggling with the symptoms of sciatica, let the physical medicine specialists at Manhattan Total Health restore you to health. Call (212) 832-9127 to request an appointment at one of our four convenient locations around NYC.

  • Looking at Physiatry

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    Physiatry, also known as physical medicine, is a branch of medicine that handles the nonsurgical treatment of physical deficits. Physiatrists evaluate physical problems that a patient may have and assess the effects of those deficits on the patient’s ability to function. Then, physiatrists develop a treatment plan to help the patient overcome those functional deficits without the need for surgery. A physiatrist’s treatment plan may include physical therapy, medications, and work environment modifications.

    You can learn more about physiatry by watching this video. This physical medicine specialist explains how physiatry first became widely used. He also discusses several subspecialties that a physiatrist may work within.

    You are invited to schedule a free consultation with a physical medicine specialist at Manhattan Total Health. Residents of the NYC area can connect with us by calling (212) 832-9127 or by exploring our range of services online .

  • Medical Massage and Conditions That Respond Well to It

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    Massage therapy is an excellent way to relieve stress and pamper yourself. However, if you have specific physical complaints such as back pain, seek the services of a massage therapist with experience in administering medical massages. Medical massage therapy is designed specifically to resolve medical complaints and it is results-oriented.

    Procedure for Medical Massage

    Before receiving medical massage therapy, you will meet with a physical medicine doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan, which may include massage therapy. Your massage therapist will use the physician’s evaluation and treatment plan to administer therapeutic intervention for the relief of pain and tension, and the resolution of injuries.

    Benefits of Medical Massage

    As the massage therapist eases tension in your muscles, your blood circulation will improve, which promotes the body’s ability to heal itself and rid itself of toxins. A medical massage can calm your nervous system, improve flexibility, and increase range of motion. Additionally, as with any type of massage therapy, you’ll enjoy significant relief of stress, which in itself can lend itself to the resolution of physical problems.

    Conditions a Massage Therapist Treats

    A broad range of conditions respond well to medical massage . Many people work with a massage therapist to resolve physical pain and discomfort from sports injuries, repetitive use injuries, and pain associated with chronic problems. Medical massage is also ideal for individuals who suffer from migraines or headaches, circulatory disorders, insomnia, and back and neck pain. It can help treat psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, and related problems. Additionally, a physical medicine specialist may recommend massage therapy for expectant mothers who experience pain during pregnancy.

    Manhattan Total Health is NYC’s premiere wellness center, with a full suite of physical medicine services, including medical massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and much more. Our massage therapists commonly treat conditions such as fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, sports injuries, headaches, and many others. Book your appointment today by calling (212) 832-9127.

  • Spotlight on Our Wellness While at Work Program

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    Here at Manhattan Total Health, our physical medicine team is committed to helping individuals live life to the fullest with healthy lifestyles. If you’re an employer or manager, consider bringing our Wellness While at Work program to your workplace. This program recognizes that many physical ailments arise from the workplace, such as repetitive stress injuries, back pain, and headaches. Our team of physical medicine specialists will work closely with your employees to give them the tools and knowledge they need to be healthier, more productive workers.

    Ergonomic Consultations

    One of the most common causes of chronic pain is poor ergonomics in the workplace. A workstation that has not been ergonomically designed can contribute to chronic back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tennis elbow, and other ailments. Our Wellness While at Work program includes Workplace Ergonomic Makeover Consultations. We’ll work closely with your supervisors and employees to help them learn how some simple changes can significantly improve ergonomics, and reduce the risk of injury and lost work productivity.

    Massage Therapy

    As an employer, it can be a challenge to keep your employees motivated . Yet, motivated employees are typically more productive and contribute more effectively to the workplace environment. Motivate your workers by treating them to Staff Appreciation Massage Days with our Wellness While at Work program! Our program even includes corporate e-mails for complimentary massages!

    Wellness Workshops

    Patient education is a critical component of our Wellness While at Work program. Our physical medicine specialists can conduct wellness workshops for your employees, which discuss ways of making healthy lifestyle changes to improve overall well-being. Depending on your company’s needs, your program might also include Lunch’n’Learns, health fairs, and a rewards program involving patient referrals.

    If you have any questions about our Wellness While at Work program, contact Manhattan Total Health at (212) 832-9127. Our team of physical medicine specialists looks forward to helping your employees optimize their overall wellness. We also provide physical therapy, massage therapy, orthopedic rehab, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling at our three locations in NYC.