• Spotlight on the Symptoms of Sciatica

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    Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve that runs down the spinal column and into the leg is compressed. It can cause intense pain in the lower back, buttocks, and back of the legs that can be bad enough to interfere with mobility. Many people who visit a chiropractor or physical therapist are looking for relief from painful sciatica symptoms.

    Sciatica causes tingling and numbness, as well as pain that radiates from the back down the leg. It usually gets worse after sitting or lying down, and it causes a sharp wave of pain upon standing. Many people describe the pain as a burning sensation that only affects one leg. Sciatica pain is constant and is not relieved by rest. For many people, it makes walking difficult.

    If you’re experiencing the symptoms of sciatica, make an appointment with a chiropractor in New York, NY at Manhattan Total Health. Your chiropractor can fix the spinal misalignment that is putting pressure on your nerve and causing your symptoms. Dial (888) 614-9257 to make an appointment.

  • Could You Be Suffering from a Spinal Misalignment?

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    You probably already know that the joints throughout your body can become partially or completely dislocated. For example, you might dislocate a shoulder while playing a contact sport. The concept of a spinal subluxation, or misalignment, is similar. It occurs when the vertebrae of the spine shift out of their proper position. Spinal subluxations can cause a range of health issues. If you think you might have one, you can visit a chiropractor for an adjustment. You’ll feel the relief right away.

    Pain

    Spinal subluxations can cause pain ranging from mild to severe. You might experience pain in your back or neck. However, the pain can also be referred pain, occurring far away from the spine. When a vertebra is out of its proper alignment, it can compress the nearby nerves, causing referred pain. For example, if you have a cervical subluxation in the neck, the pain may travel down your shoulder and into your arm.

    Numbness and Tingling

    When the chiropractor performs an adjustment, you might temporarily feel some healthy tingling sensations. These happen because the adjustment frees the pressure from the nerves, causing restored function. However, when pressure is exerted on the nerves because of a subluxation, you might feel some long-term, unpleasant tingling. This is often accompanied by numbness.

    Headaches

    Subluxations in the cervical spine can also cause headaches. This is why many people who suffer from chronic headaches seek chiropractic care. Other neurological symptoms of spinal misalignment include dizziness and a poor sense of balance.

    Stiff Movements

    A healthy spine is essential for healthy movement. When your spine is out of its proper alignment, some of the consequences could be stiff, uncomfortable movements, poor flexibility, and poor range of motion. This is particularly problematic because it may discourage patients from maintaining an active lifestyle, which will only contribute to their health problems.

    In New York, NY, chiropractic care is available at multiple locations of Manhattan Total Health. We are a full-service wellness facility, with a multidisciplinary team of specialists committed to helping you restore your health and vitality. Call (888) 861-49257 today to schedule an appointment for a pain-relieving chiropractic adjustment.

  • How Acupuncture Can Help with Osteoarthritis

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    If you’re living with osteoarthritis and want to get relief from pain without medications, one treatment you may consider is acupuncture. For many people with joint damage caused by osteoarthritis, acupuncture eases pain and increases mobility, and since it doesn’t involve any kind of medication, it can easily be integrated into any treatment plan. Here is what you need to know.

    How Acupuncture Works

    The exact mechanism for how acupuncture alleviates pain is not known, but it has been used safely and effectively for centuries. It is based upon the idea that there is a flow of energy through the body called qi that can be disrupted if there are blockages along the meridians, or pathways, though which it goes. These blockages create a wide range of symptoms, depending on their location, including joint pain. By inserting needles into the carefully chosen points along the meridians, acupuncture is believed to relieve the blockages and restore the healthy flow of qi, thereby reducing symptoms. Doctors also suspect that the needle insertion triggers endorphins and hormones to be released that help to control inflammation.

    What to Expect from Your Appointment

    Based on your symptoms, your acupuncturist will insert thin needles in strategic locations on your body. He or she may tap the needles gently or simply allow them to sit in position. The needles will be left in place for a specific amount of time to allow the treatment to work. Some people feel immediate symptom relief, while others notice the benefits after a few sessions.

    How Acupuncture Feels

    Before acupuncture, many people worry about the treatment being painful. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, and most patients barely feel them, if they feel them at all. Generally, most people find acupuncture to be very comfortable and even relaxing, and there are fewer side effects to worry about than you’d have with pain medication.

    Manhattan Total Health is pleased to offer acupuncture as part of our comprehensive range of treatments for painful conditions. Schedule an appointment for acupuncture in New York, NY by calling (888) 614-9257.

  • How Can a Physiatrist Treat Your Pain?

    Physiatrists are doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Although they provide sports medicine services, they also treat non-athletes. You can visit a physiatrist to receive a complete evaluation and treatment plan to correct musculoskeletal conditions and pain, such as back pain or knee pain.

    Watch this video to hear about some of the ways that physiatrists can treat acute and chronic pain. Physiatrists can coordinate your care with other specialists, including physical therapists. They can also administer anti-inflammatory injections. By working with a physiatrist, you may be able to avoid the need for surgical repair.

    You can request an appointment with a physiatrist in New York, NY by calling (888) 861-49257. Manhattan Total Health offers complete sports medicine services—from physiatry to personal training.