• Here Is What Texting Can Do to Your Neck

    If you have a major texting habit and neck pain or stiffness, you may have text neck. Text neck refers to a set of symptoms often seen by chiropractors in people who spend a lot of time looking down at their media devices.

    Watch this video to find out how texting can hurt your neck. When you look down at your phone, the weight of your head puts significantly more pressure on your neck than when it is in a neutral position. As a result, pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion can occur.

    At Manhattan Total Health, our chiropractors are adept at treating text neck and all of the other problems that can result from spinal misalignments. Schedule an appointment for chiropractic care in New York, NY, by calling (917) 720-2689.

  • Tips for Protecting Your Joints While Running


    Running is excellent exercise for your cardiovascular health, but it can put a significant amount of strain on your joints. If you’re a runner who is dealing with painful joints, it can help to consult a physiatrist or physical therapist to learn how you can strengthen your joints and help them heal. You can also reduce the risk that you will develop joint pain by following this advice while running.

    Maintain a Healthy Weight

    One of the most important things you can do for your joint health is to maintain a healthy weight. This is especially true for runners. When you carry excess weight, it can overburden your joints and increase the risk of wear and tear injuries. When you carry excess weight and you’re running, the additional pressure caused by your weight is compounded by the force of your feet pounding the ground. If you are experiencing joint pain while running and you think your weight may be to blame, you may need to adjust your training regime while you focus on weight loss.

    Be Picky About Where You Run

    Ideally, you should do most of your running on dirt trails or other off-road surfaces. Running on concrete and asphalt can harm your joints since those surfaces don’t absorb any of the force of your steps. If you run on a track, reverse directions during your warmup and cool down. This will prevent joint wear from only making turns in one direction.

    Embrace Cross-Training

    Doing any single activity exclusively will cause overuse injuries in the joints that you work out the most during those activities. Cross-training will give your running joints a break while strengthening all of your muscles for additional joint protection.

    If joint pain is interfering with your activities, make an appointment with a physiatrist or physical therapist in New York, NY, at Manhattan Total Health. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers by calling (917) 720-2689.

  • Spotting the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


    The carpal tunnel is the bony passageway located in the wrist at the base of the hand. The median nerve extends through the carpal tunnel and branches out into the hand, where it’s responsible for allowing sensation and movement. When there isn’t enough room in the carpal tunnel, the nerve gets compressed, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. Patients who experience possible symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can visit a physiatrist for nerve testing. The physiatrist can coordinate care with other specialists, which may include a physical therapist and chiropractor.

    Initial Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Like many chronic conditions, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually begin gradually and become progressively more severe if left untreated. The symptoms can cause discomfort in the thumb, index, and middle fingers, as well as the wrist and palm of the hand. The pinky finger is not affected by carpal tunnel syndrome, and the ring finger usually isn’t. At first, patients will notice a tingling sensation or numbness in these areas. Some people might describe the sensations as feeling like:

    • Itching
    • Burning
    • Pins and needles
    • Swelling (although no actual swelling is present)

    People with the pins and needles sensation may feel the need to shake out the hand in an attempt to restore normal feeling. Patients can progress from general discomfort and odd sensations to pain in the area.

    Advanced Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    If the condition is left untreated and the cause of it isn’t corrected, the symptoms will continue to progress. Eventually, the patient will notice weakness in the hand, wrist, and fingers. Poor grip strength will develop, since the pinching muscles in the thumb become weaker. This typically causes patients to drop objects frequently. The pain will also continue to grow worse, and may eventually become debilitating.

    If you’ve been experiencing possible symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, you can get the care you need at Manhattan Total Health. We provide everything from diagnostics to personalized treatment to follow-up care. Call (917) 720-2689 to inquire about our chiropractic care, physical therapy, and acupuncture available in New York, NY.

  • Understanding EMG Testing

    An electromyography (EMG) test is used to determine whether you have sustained damage in your nerves or muscles. If your healthcare provider has reason to think that you might have developed a muscle or nerve disorder, he or she may recommend that this test be performed. You may be uncertain, however, what exactly the test entails. This video explains the process of undergoing an EMG test.

    At Manhattan Total Health, relieving your pain is our first priority. If you’re looking for physical therapy, acupuncture, physiatry, or another pain relief treatment in New York, NY, we offer the comprehensive care you deserve. You can reach us today by calling (917) 720-2689.