• Upper Body Workout to Straighten Your Posture

    When you use muscle strengthening exercises in your regular routine, you may notice an improvement in your posture that results in less pain and tension. However, you can do additional harm to your posture if you are not sure how to focus on individual muscle groups.

    In this video, you will learn the proper movements for strengthening your shoulders to support your upper back when you are sitting in front of a computer all day at work. Many people have pronated shoulders, so they tend to have a forward motion in shoulder presses, but this can be avoided by taking a three-step approach to this exercise instead of going straight for the upward press. Watch the whole video clip for professional posture tips to help you get your body in-line.

    For personal guidance to keep you moving freely, explore the physical therapy services at Manhattan Total Health. You can connect with us at one of our four NYC locations on our website or by calling (212) 832-9127. 

  • Understanding Common Pains Associated with Pregnancy

    Unborn baby in pregnant belly

    For first-time mothers, pregnancy can be a rollercoaster ride of various aches and pains that can get in the way of a consistent daily routine—especially in the second and third trimesters. Even the healthiest expecting moms may have some common pregnancy pains , so it is helpful for women to know what they might expect and how they can control these issues.

    Stomach upset

    Morning sickness is one of the more familiar challenges for pregnant women, but many moms do not realize that heartburn and nausea can persist throughout pregnancy. Regularly eating ginger or making ginger tea can ease nausea, stomach aches, and diarrhea, but heartburn is best treated through a preventive approach. Avoiding spicy foods along with fatty or greasy fried foods and eating smaller meals throughout the day will help ease acid reflux to eliminate the painful sensation of heartburn.

    Back and lower body aches

    It may be no surprise that the weight gain and hormonal changes of pregnancy tend to cause pain in the back, hips, knees, and feet. Exercise is a great natural solution to ease these symptoms, and it will also help keep your pregnancy weight gain in check so that your baby is safer throughout each trimester.

    Headaches

    Increased tension throughout the body in addition to the stress of preparing for a new baby can easily lead to headaches and migraines. You may want to avoid headache medication for the health of your growing baby, so you might turn to ice packs for some temporary relief. Sleeping better at night can also ease your headaches, but it might be hard to get comfortable when you are in the later months of your pregnancy. Prenatal massage or chiropractic care can bring more balance and relaxation to your body, allowing you to experience fewer headaches and get more sleep at night.

    Manhattan Total Health can help you survive your pregnancy without the disruption of these common pains using therapies such as medical massage , acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutritional counseling. To set up a consultation at any one of our four NYC wellness centers, visit our website or call (212) 832-9127.

  • What Are the Benefits of Nutritional Counseling?

    Healthy eating

    It is no mystery that eating right promotes good health and a lifetime of wellness, but you may not realize how much your nutritional needs can vary from those of others. If you have had issues such as chronic pain, persistent digestive discomfort, or trouble losing weight with diet and exercise, you may have nutritional deficiencies that you are not even aware of. Seeing a nutritional counselor can allow you to better understand your unique needs so that you can eat right for your body.

    Once you begin to see a nutritional counselor, you might notice easier weight loss as well as an immediate improvement in your sleep, mood, and focus. Long-term benefits include reduced health risks for conditions such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

    If you are interested in exploring the benefits of nutritional counseling for yourself, Manhattan Total Health can provide the detailed attention you need for healthier living. You can make your first appointment at Manhattan Total Health by calling (212) 832-9127 to connect with our Grand Central, Westside, Midtown, or Wall Street centers.