• Common Postural Mistakes to Avoid

    Postural mistakes are often overlooked as a cause of musculoskeletal pain. But over time, the accumulated effects of poor posture can contribute to everything from degenerative disc disease to carpal tunnel syndrome to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. That’s why sports medicine specialists such as physical therapists place such a high importance on correcting the posture of their patients. The following postural mistakes are some of the most common ones.

    Slouching Forward

    Do you have a tendency to lean toward your computer monitor? Perhaps your monitor is so far below your eye level that you regularly place your chin in your hand while working. If so, you’re setting yourself up for neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. Years of slouching forward can even accelerate the degenerative changes of the intervertebral discs in the cervical spine. To avoid these painful problems, try to get into the habit of keeping your back in contact with your chair. Adjust the height of your computer monitor if need be.

    Cradling the Phone

    The ability to multitask is often seen as a badge of honor, but if you’re talking on the phone while shuffling papers or typing, then there’s a good chance that you’re cradling the phone between your head and your shoulder. On a short-term basis, this is likely to cause neck strain and pain. If you regularly make this postural mistake, you may develop inflammation, painful trigger points, and upper back adhesions. If you must multitask in the office, consider using a hands-free headset. A physical therapist can also show you some neck stretches and exercises.

    Typing Improperly

    Do you experience fatigue, pain, numbness, or tingling in your hands and wrists? Over time, you might even experience shoulder pain. If so, you may be using poor posture to type and move your mouse. Your keyboard and mouse should be at a height that allows you to keep your upper arms parallel to your spine and your forearms parallel to the floor. An ergonomic keyboard and mouse can also be helpful.

    Here at Manhattan Total Health, we use a patient-centered approach to rehabilitation. Our team of physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists in New York, NY, can guide you in making lifestyle changes to support your recovery. Call us at (917) 720-2689 to request a consult today.

  • A Look at the Trigger Points of Myofascial Pain Syndrome

    Chronic pain, such as that caused by myofascial pain syndrome, can have a debilitating effect on a patient’s quality of life. Fortunately, massage therapy, acupuncture, and other therapies can release the trigger points associated with myofascial pain syndrome.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, trigger points are tight nodules of muscle. They can develop from acute injuries or chronic overuse injuries. A trigger point develops when the individual muscle fibers contract and are unable to relax. This creates muscle tension and muscle shortening. Prolonged muscle contractions inhibit the localized blood supply, which further worsens the problem. Additionally, trigger points cause referred pain, which is pain that arises beyond the site of the injury.

    If you’re in need of effective massage therapy and you live in New York, NY, you can turn to the caring team at Manhattan Total Health. We also offer professional physical therapy and chiropractic care. Call (917) 720-2689 today to begin your journey to wellness .

  • Physical Therapy Homework: Motivational Tips for Patients

    After your physical therapist designs a customized rehabilitation program for you, you’ll return to the facility on a regular basis for physical therapy sessions. However, the outcome of your rehab also depends on doing your “homework” by yourself at home. At-home physical therapy exercises do not typically take a long time to complete, so patient compliance is usually dependent upon motivation, rather than time restrictions.

    One way to boost your motivation is to identify a goal for your rehab. It isn’t enough to simply say that you want to be in better health. You should determine a specific goal, such as the desire to compete in a race or the ability to ride horses again. It’s also helpful to keep a log of your at-home work to show your physical therapist at each session. This adds accountability to your at-home exercises.

    Manhattan Total Health is your destination for superior physical therapy in New York, NY. Call us at (917) 720-2689 or visit us online to view our other services, including chiropractic care.