• How Often Should You Have Acupuncture?

    Acupuncture can help people overcome a wide range of complaints, from chronic pain to insomnia. People often feel such a dramatic improvement after receiving acupuncture that they wonder how often they need to have treatments to maintain, and even improve, their results. There is no single answer that is right for every patient, but there are some generally recommended guidelines that your acupuncture provider may suggest that you follow.

    If you are undergoing acupuncture for an acute condition, you may benefit from having one or two sessions per week. Your acupuncturist will discuss your symptoms with you at your appointments and determine when you have reached the phase at which your acute care needs are under control—at which point, you can benefit from maintenance acupuncture sessions. Generally, people need treatments every four to six weeks to maintain their treatment results.

    Learn more about getting acupuncture in New York, NY, by calling Manhattan Total Health. Our team can explain our acupuncture services and help you get scheduled for an appointment. Call (917) 720-2689 for more information.

  • Why Your Warm-Up Is Essential to Your Workout

    The key to any successful workout and recovery is a good warm-up. With a proper warm-up, you can often reduce the risk of injury and help muscles recover faster when your workout is over. If you go to physical therapy, your therapist will always guide you through a warm-up and may even recommend a warm-up routine for you to follow at home before your workouts. If you try to save time by skipping your workout warm-up, here are some reasons that you should definitely put it back into your schedule.

    Increase Your Muscle Temperature

    One of the reasons warm-ups have the name that they do is that they literally increase the temperature of your muscles. When your muscles are warm, they stretch and relax faster and easier, which reduces the chances of a tear or strain happening during your workout. By warming up your muscles, they will be ready when you perform more strenuous activities later in your workout.

    Boost Your Range of Motion

    If you jump right into your workout, your joints are likely to be stiff and not capable of performing their full of motion. This can either hold back your workout or cause you to attempt to push your joints too far, leading to injury. A warm-up lets you slowly build up your movement, so that your joints are prepped for physical activity.

    Dilate Blood Vessels and Increase Blood Oxygen

    During your warm-up, your blood vessels will dilate, allowing your blood to pump more efficiently so that your heart is under less strain. At the same time, the temperature of your blood will increase, which allows the bond between oxygen and hemoglobin to weaken. As a result, oxygen can get to your muscles via blood flow faster, so that they can perform at the highest possible levels.

    Manhattan Total Health has physical therapists and sports medicine specialists on staff to help you achieve your best performance levels in the healthiest way possible. When injuries do strike, our team can help you get out of pain and back to doing what you love quickly. Learn more about our sports medicine services in New York, NY, by calling (917) 720-2689.

  • Understanding the Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can significantly disrupt a person’s quality of life. When the disease first develops, patients may seek massage therapy or acupuncture to relieve the tender, swollen, and stiff joints. Typically, the disease affects the smallest joints first, such as the fingers and toes. Over time, the symptoms may spread to the larger joints.

    You can watch the accompanying video to hear about one woman’s experience with rheumatoid arthritis. As an avid volleyball player and active mom, she was distressed that her RA symptoms interfered with her daily routines. Now that she’s been diagnosed and is receiving treatment, she can return to doing the things she loves.

    Here at Manhattan Total Health, your wellness and quality of life are our top priorities. Call (917) 720-2689 to request an appointment for physical therapy or massage therapy at our New York, NY offices.

  • Answering Common Questions from First-Time Physical Therapy Patients

    A physical therapist can help athletes and non-athletes alike. This treatment modality is appropriate for people who are recovering from an injury or looking for non-surgical treatments. Physical therapy can also help you if you’re recovering from surgery, are interested in improving your range of motion, or are undergoing intensive athletic training. If you’ve never worked with a physical therapist before, you likely have some questions about the process.

    What should I bring to my appointment?

    You should always bring your insurance card and related paperwork to any medical appointment. In addition, you should bring any medical documents, such as imaging scans, if you had those completed at a different facility. Bring the contact information for your primary care doctor. You can also bring a list of questions and concerns to discuss with the physical therapist.

    What should I wear to physical therapy?

    Physical therapists recommend that you wear loose, comfortable clothing to each session. Wear athletic sneakers too. If you use any assistive devices, such as crutches or a walker, you should bring them.

    Do I really have to do the exercises between appointments?

    It’s common for physical therapists to give their patients “homework” between appointments. And yes, it really is important that you complete the exercises and stretches as directed. You undoubtedly want to heal and recover as quickly as you can. Completing your routine between your appointments can help you get there. If you experience any problems with the recommended exercises or stretches, such as worsening or new pain, you can call the office to ask if you should discontinue them until your next appointment.

    How many physical therapy sessions will I have?

    No two patients are alike. Your treatment plan will be carefully designed especially for you, with your lifestyle, preferences, and goals in mind. During your first appointment, your physical therapist will explain what you can expect from your treatment plan, including an estimate of how many sessions you might need.

    The professional physical therapists at Manhattan Total Health have extensive experience working with patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction. Our goal is to restore you to your pre-injury functioning as quickly as possible. Call (917) 720-2689 to request an appointment for physical therapy in New York, NY.

  • Is Your Smartphone to Blame for Your Aches and Pains?

    If you are seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor because of aches and pains in your neck and shoulders, you may be surprised to know that your smartphone could be the cause. As people become increasingly addicted to staring at their phones, cases of back and neck pain are skyrocketing in response.

    Watch this video to learn more about pain caused by smartphone usage. When you hang your head to look down at your phone, you put strain on the muscles and joints in your neck, which can cause pain in your neck, shoulders, and back.

    If your smartphone usage is causing you discomfort, Manhattan Total Health can help. To make an appointment with a chiropractor or physical therapist in New York, NY, call (917) 720-2689.