• What Are the Benefits of Physical Therapy?

    Physical therapy offers enormous benefits to a wide range of people, from injured athletes to seniors with chronic pain. It offers an effective, long-term solution that doesn’t involve taking medications or undergoing invasive procedures. Is physical therapy right for you? Here is a look at some of the advantages.

    Achieve Healthier Movement

    If you suffer from pain, such as a frozen shoulder or chronic lower back pain, there is a good chance that the way you move is contributing to your symptoms. You may be moving in such a way to favor the affected area, which can trigger pain in other parts of your body, or may have developed a way of walking or doing motions in sports or on the job that put your muscles and joints at risk. Physical therapists can evaluate the way you move, spot any unhealthy habits, and help you correct them, so that you can achieve freedom of movement without the pain that is holding you back.

    Avoid Pain Medications

    Pain medications, especially opioids, may relieve your symptoms temporarily, but they also carry an enormous risk of side effects, from drug dependency to depression and overdose. Physical therapy offers a drug-free solution to chronic pain, so you can get the relief you need without triggering a brand new set of health complaints. If your doctor decides that pain medications should still be part of your treatment plan, doing physical therapy may help you take smaller doses.

    Avoid Surgery

    Some conditions, including osteoarthritis-related knee injuries, spinal stenosis, and rotator cuff tears, are sometimes treated surgically, which involves a substantial recovery period in addition to the inherent risks of invasive procedures. Physical therapy can often help patients avoid the need for surgery while achieving the same level of pain reduction.

    Manhattan Total Health offers physical therapy for patients in search of relief from acute injuries and chronic pain, so you can get back to doing the things you love. Don’t waste another day living in pain. Call (917) 720-2689 to make an appointment with a physical therapist in New York, NY .

  • A Brief Overview of Spinal Manipulation

    If you visit a chiropractor, spinal manipulation is likely to be part of your treatment plan. Spinal manipulation is performed to restore your spine’s healthy alignment and to alleviate the pressure on nerves and tissues. Through this treatment, chiropractors can help patients overcome chronic pain and other symptoms without medication.

    Spinal manipulation is performed using short bursts of pressure to adjust the positioning of the spine. The spine may become misaligned due to a traumatic injury or over the course of time through repetitive use injuries. When your chiropractor adjusts your spine, any part of the spine that was putting pressure on the surrounding tissue and nerves will be moved back into a healthy position. As a result, your tissues and nerves will begin to heal, reducing inflammation and reversing your symptoms.

    Don’t rely on medications for chronic pain. Call Manhattan Total Health to make an appointment with a chiropractor in New York, NY . Schedule your visit today by calling (917) 720-2689.

  • Exploring Common Sports Injuries and Their Causes

    When you’re active in sports, you’re keeping your body in great shape, but you’re always at risk for injury. Although you may not be able to completely avoid injuries, there are things you can do to cut your odds of experiencing common ones. If you do suffer an injury, be sure to see a sports medicine specialist right away, so you can prevent your injury from becoming worse and get back into the game as soon as possible. Here is a look at some common types of injuries suffered by athletes and how you can reduce your chances of suffering one.

    Ankle Injuries

    Ankle injuries, such as sprains, are extremely common. Often, injuries are the result of ligaments or tendons being overstretched or a bone cracking or fracturing. This can happen by landing on the ankle wrong while running or jumping or pivoting quickly. The best way to reduce your risk of ankle injuries is to stay in game-ready condition, as weakened muscles provide inadequate support. You should also practice your form so that you are not repeatedly doing movements that put your ankles at risk.

    Groin Pulls

    A groin pull occurs the muscles in the inner thighs become strained, usually as the result of making side-to-side motions. You have a heightened risk of groin pulls if you play hockey, football, baseball, and soccer. Practicing your form is also helpful in reducing your risk of a groin pull. If you experience one, it’s important to stop activity right away, as you could make the injury worse.

    Hamstring Pulls

    Your hamstring consists of three muscles in the back of your thighs. These muscles can easily become strained by activities that involve kicking out the leg, causing a hamstring pull. Hurdling, dancing, and waterskiing are common causes of hamstring pulls. Once again, good conditioning and form will reduce the risk.

    If you do experience an injury, schedule an appointment with a sports medicine specialist in New York, NY at Manhattan Total Health. We offer comprehensive treatments for athletes, including physical therapy and sports massage . To find out more or to schedule a visit, please call (917) 720-2689.

  • An Introduction to Acupuncture and How It Works

    Acupuncture is a treatment that has its roots in Chinese medicine and is said to be effective in treating a range of complaints, all without medications or surgery. Could acupuncture be right for you? This video provides more information.

    Acupuncture is based on the idea that chi—or energy—travels through the body via a network of meridians. When these meridians are blocked, the chi cannot flow, and everything from back pain to migraines can occur. Acupuncture is focused on restoring the healthy flow of chi to resolve symptoms.

    Whether you’re interested in acupuncture for back pain, migraines, weight loss, or anxiety, Manhattan Total Health can help. Make an appointment for acupuncture in New York, NY today by calling (917) 720-2689.