• How Physical Therapy Can Help You Overcome Restless Leg Syndrome

    Is restless leg syndrome robbing you of much-needed rest? This frustrating condition can rob you of sleep you need, which in turn can lead to a long list of other complications, including extreme daytime fatigue, depression, and weight gain. With physical therapy , you can overcome these symptoms and get back to having restful sleep every night. Here is a look at what you need to know.

    Restless Leg Syndrome Basics

    Restless leg syndrome, or RLS, affects about 10% of people in the U.S. It causes feelings of throbbing, tingling, and pulling on the legs during rest that create an urge to move them that is almost impossible to resist. The symptoms are the worst at night when sufferers try to sleep, in almost every case. RLS is thought to be a neurological disorder, but doctors are not sure of the exact cause. It occurs more often in women and is common in people with chronic conditions, including diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, and kidney disease. It can also be triggered by pregnancy, certain medications, and alcohol, as well as sleep deprivation, which means it can start a vicious cycle of restless nights that reinforce RLS symptoms.

    Physical Therapy for RLS

    Frequently, doctors try medications to reduce RLS symptoms, but increasingly, patients are opting for physical therapy either in addition to medication or in place of it. Professional physical therapy for RLS centers on creating an exercise program that boosts blood flow in the legs, which is through to help relieve symptoms. They may also recommend that patients elevate their legs for an hour each evening and teach them how to do isometric muscle contractions. An exercise program that includes at least 30 minutes per day of cardiovascular activity, such as running or biking, has also been shown to help and may be part of your overall physical therapy plan.

    Don’t let RSL rob you of the sleep you need. Make an appointment for physical therapy in New York, NY, at Manhattan Total Health. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists can help you cope with a variety of conditions, from RLS to chronic lower back pain. Find out more by calling (917) 720-2689.

  • Edema: What It Is and How Physical Therapy Can Help

    Edema refers to swelling of part of the body that occurs as the result of injury, infection, or medical treatment. For people who suffer from this condition, it can be frustrating and can impact self-esteem. Fortunately, physical therapy has shown to be a useful treatment for edema in many cases and can be part of an effective management plan. If you’re suffering from edema, here are the facts you need to know.

    What is edema?

    Edema occurs when the small blood vessels begin to leak fluids that are retained by the surrounding tissue. The leakage can be caused by an injury, such as an ankle sprain, an allergic reaction, as a side effect to certain medications, and because of a chronic illness, such as congestive heart failure or kidney failure. A blockage in a blood vessel can also cause edema. Lymphedema, a particular kind of edema, is caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system and is especially common after cancer treatment. It is important to determine the exact cause of your edema, since some cases are triggered by serious conditions that require treatment.

    How can physical therapy help?

    The approach your physical therapist takes will depend on the type, cause, and severity of your edema. For mild cases, your physical therapist may help you find appropriate compression garments and talk to you about using elevation of the affected area of the body and diet to manage your symptoms. With severe cases, your physical therapist may use a form of massage designed to stimulate tissue drainage and improve the flow of fluids through your body. He or she will also monitor your edema to see if it is increasing or decreasing. In addition, your physical therapist will design a safe exercise program that will help to improve your symptoms.

    If you’re experiencing edema, make an appointment for physical therapy in New York, NY , at Manhattan Total Health. Call us today at (917) 720-2689 to schedule a consultation and to learn about our other services, including sports massage and care for chronic lower back pain.

  • Can Trigger Point Injections Help with Fibromyalgia?

    Fibromyalgia is a frustrating and debilitating condition that causes chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. Doctors continue to work to find a treatment plan that can effectively treat fibromyalgia, but for now, most patients get a combination of treatments to manage their symptoms. In addition to seeing a chiropractor and using acupuncture and physical therapy, some patients try trigger point injections. Could they help ease your symptoms?

    Trigger point injections involve injecting an anesthetic or steroid into a location that is suspected to be triggering painful symptoms. The injection blocks the pain from the occurring for a period of time that varies from person to person. These injections can be useful for trigger locations that have not responded to physical therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic care.

    Manhattan Total Health is pleased to offer trigger point injections as a treatment option for our fibromyalgia patients. Our physiatrists in New York, NY , perform the injections. To make an appointment, please call (917) 720-2689.

  • Understanding the Importance of Good Posture

    One of the most important steps you can take for your overall well-being is to be mindful of your posture. When you undergo physical therapy or see a chiropractor for back pain, neck pain, or spinal decompression, your provider will focus on your posture as part of your treatment plan.

    Watch this video to learn about good posture and why it is so important. When you are maintaining healthy posture, your spine will be straight and the muscles along your back and neck relaxed. If you stand with your spine out of alignment, your muscles need to work harder and your spine may become damaged.

    At Manhattan Total Health , we provide a comprehensive range of chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy in New York, NY. If you’re experiencing chronic or acute back or neck pain, please call (917) 720-2689 for an appointment.

  • Talking to Your Physical Therapist About Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms

    The pain of fibromyalgia may compel patients to embrace physical inactivity, but movement can actually help improve pain and other symptoms. When you’ve decided to get back in control of your wellness by working with a physical therapist, you can expect to receive all of the support and counseling you need to manage your symptoms. For an optimal outcome, clearly communicate your symptoms and other challenges to your physical therapist .

    Keep a Daily Record

    Patients with many types of chronic conditions can benefit from keeping a daily record of their symptoms. Include details about the nature, location, severity, and onset of your symptoms. It’s helpful to rate the severity of pain on a scale of zero to 10. Additionally, make a note of the stretching and exercising routines you’ve completed between appointments. Bring this written record to each professional physical therapy appointment. Reviewing your notes will help your physical therapist assess your progress and make changes to your treatment plan as needed.

    Provide Feedback

    Physical therapists are experts in customizing each treatment plan to meet the needs of individual patients. Your treatment recommendations and subsequent adjustments to your program can be informed by the feedback you provide. For example, your physical therapist may use manual therapy to apply targeted pressure to improve flexibility and decrease pain. Then, you may be asked to move, stretch, and exercise in certain ways. Let your physical therapist know how these movements affect your symptoms. Discuss whether the pace of the program seems to be too fast or too slow for your needs.

    Ask for Recommendations

    Patients with fibromyalgia often find that a combination of therapies is most effective. Ask your physical therapist about the complementary therapies that may be helpful for you. These might include massage therapy and acupuncture.

    At Manhattan Total Health, you’ll find complete care for patients with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and acute injuries. Our physical therapists in New York, NY, will work closely with you to understand your unique needs, concerns, and goals for your wellness. Call (917) 720-2689 to request an appointment or visit us online to read more about our wellness services .