Physical therapists can use a number of evidence-based modalities to help patients recover from musculoskeletal problems like ankle injuries and rotator cuff tears. One of those treatment options is electric stimulation. If you’ve never undergone electric stimulation before, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised at how effective it can be for reducing pain.
Uses of Electric Stimulation
One of the primary purposes of electric stimulation is drug-free, nonsurgical pain management. Physical therapists may also recommend it to patients who are having problems with muscle spasms, weakness, or inflammation. It can be used for patients with a wide range of medical issues, including back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis.
Types of Electric Stimulation
Perhaps the best-known type of electric stimulation is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). For this treatment, the physical therapist will place electrodes on the skin over the treatment area. The TENS machine sends an electric current through the electrodes, which can be increased or decreased in intensity. It feels like a massage. Another type, iontophoresis, uses electric currents to introduce medications through the skin and into the body. The medications may decrease inflammation or target calcium deposits.
Contraindications for Electric Stimulation
While most patients are good candidates for electric stimulation, there are a few contraindications. For your own safety, it’s important to share your full health history with your physical therapist. This treatment modality should not be used for patients with any type of implanted electric device, such as a pacemaker. It also should not be used in the following circumstances:
- Near the eyes or above reproductive organs
- On skin with impaired sensation
- Over malignant tissue
- On top of open wounds
- For patients with an impaired mental status
At Manhattan Total Health, our physical therapists use state-of-the-art technology and proven techniques to support our patients as they recover from injuries. You will receive a personalized treatment plan that’s developed with your specific needs, goals, and health status in mind. Begin your recovery today by calling (888) 614-9257 and requesting an appointment with one of our physical therapists in New York, NY.
Repetitive strain injuries are often associated with physical labor, such as raking or doing construction work. However, they can develop from any type of repetitive movement, including drawing on paper or tablets. Watch this featured video to hear about the types of injuries that can arise from frequent drawing, and to find out how to reduce your risk.
The artist featured here recommends keeping your shoulders down, relaxed, and aligned with your ears. Give your elbow some support by resting it on your desk. Protect your hand and wrist by not gripping your pen or brush too hard.
Manhattan Total Health offers complete sports medicine services in New York, NY to help you heal from any type of musculoskeletal injury, including repetitive strain injuries caused by your favorite hobby. Call (888) 614-9257 to request an appointment with a physical therapist, massage therapist, or chiropractor.
Have you been getting to the gym regularly, but still can’t seem to reach your fitness goals? Perhaps it’s time to work with a personal trainer. Personal trainers have an in-depth knowledge of how the body works and how to get it to work better through the use of specific, targeted exercises. One of the many benefits of working with a personal trainer is that he or she will customize your routine to your exact goals and current level of conditioning. As you grow stronger, your personal trainer will adjust your routine so your body will continue to be challenged in a positive, progressive way.
Another primary benefit of working with a personal trainer is that you will become better informed about your biomechanics, and the proper form and techniques for exercises. When you perform exercises using the proper form, you’re much less likely to sustain injuries.
The personal trainers at Manhattan Total Health look forward to helping you achieve your fitness goals. Call (888) 614-9257 to find one of our sports medicine facilities in New York, NY.
Countless New Yorkers work at desk jobs. Sitting for hours on end isn’t healthy for the muscles and joints, and it can increase the risk of systemic diseases. Since your employees are your most valuable assets, it makes sense to invest in their health. Partner with Manhattan Total Health, and bring our massage therapy and other wellness services into your office.
Employees love onsite massage therapy, and it’s a great way to show your employees that the company appreciates their hard work. A professional massage will increase circulation, decrease muscle stiffness, and enhance feelings of well-being. In addition, our physical medicine specialists regularly participate in company health fairs to help employees take charge of their wellness. Whether your workers need assistance with ergonomics, need to rehabilitate an old sports injury, or suffer from a chronic condition like sciatica, the professionals at Manhattan Total Health can help.
For more information about our corporate wellness program, you can call Manhattan Total Health at (888) 614-9257. Our sports medicine professionals in New York, NY are available at multiple locations throughout the city.
Board-certified medical doctors, physical therapists, and other sports medicine specialists comprise the team here at Manhattan Total Health. When a new patient comes to us with an acute injury or chronic condition, the first step we take is to thoroughly assess that patient. Part of the diagnostic process may involve the use of imaging scans or other diagnostic tools. We encourage you to ask us any questions you may have about the diagnostic process and your diagnosis.
X-rays are among the most commonly used imaging tools. They are helpful for identifying problems in many different parts of the body. X-rays are often used to diagnose bone fractures. However, they can also be used to check for infections, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Little preparation is needed for an x-ray exam. However, you should inform the provider if you have any metal implants.
An ultrasound machine doesn’t use radiation to create medical images, unlike x-ray machines. Instead, it uses high-frequency sound waves to generate real-time images. Our medical providers may request a diagnostic ultrasound if your symptoms indicate a possible problem with your soft tissues or joints. For example, a diagnostic ultrasound can detect joint inflammation and evaluate blood flow.
Nerve Conduction Test
A nerve conduction study evaluates the rate at which an electrical impulse travels through a nerve. This test is used to diagnose nerve damage. If the provider suspects that you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may be asked to have this test. A nerve conduction study can also diagnose herniated disc disease, sciatic nerve problems, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Electromyography (EMG) Testing
An EMG test is often used in conjunction with a nerve conduction study. It measures the electrical activity in a muscle in response to nerve stimulation. This diagnostic test may be used to evaluate patients suspected of having carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, or a herniated disc.
From diagnostics to treatment to follow-up care, you can find all the wellness services you need under one roof at Manhattan Total Health. If you’re in need of sports medicine services in the New York, NY area, give us a call today at (888) 614-9257. Massage therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic care are available at multiple locations around the city.
Crunches are great for working out your abdominal muscles, but they can also leave you with lingering neck pain that may send you to a sports medicine specialist in search of relief. Fortunately, there are ways to tone your abs without experiencing neck pain afterwards.
Watch this video for tips on working your abs without hurting your neck. If crunches aren’t working for you, exercises that don’t involve moving your neck at all may be better choices.
At Manhattan Total Health, we’re committed to helping you avoid pain and discomfort without relying on medication. We offer physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and sports medicine in New York, NY. To schedule an appointment, call (888) 614-9257.
Most people think of physical therapy as something you do after an injury has occurred or in the course of recovery from a surgical procedure. However, while physical therapy is extremely helpful for those purposes, it can also be used as a preventive tool for reducing the risk of injuries and helping you enjoy more effective and productive workouts. Many athletes rely on physical therapy to stay healthy and improve their performance. Could it be helpful for you? Here is a closer look at how preventive physical therapy can reduce your risk of injuries.
Learn Proper Technique
Many injuries that occur from physical activity aren’t acute injuries that happen in an instant. Instead, they occur from repetitive motions and build up over time. In many cases, these injuries are caused by, or exacerbated by, poor movement techniques. Your physical therapist can evaluate the motions you use during your normal activities and look for problems with your stance or movement that could put you at risk. By learning to correct these kinds of technique errors, you can reduce the chances of slow-building, repetitive motion activities.
Develop a Warm-Up Routine
Warm-ups are a critical part of training, but many people either overlook them or don’t do them effectively. A physical therapist can help you develop a warm-up routine that is appropriate for your fitness level and the activity that you are doing. He or she can design a personalized routine that targets any concerns you have to encourage a safer and more effective workout.
Spot Signs of Injuries in Early Stages
During preventive physical therapy sessions, your physical therapist may notice the signs of an injury in its very early stages, before you even notice the symptoms yourself. As a result, you can start treating the injury and adjust your activity accordingly, to prevent it from becoming worse.
Find out if preventive physical therapy is right for you by scheduling a consultation at Manhattan Total Health. To make an appointment with a physical therapist in New York, NY, call (888) 614-9257.
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 (888) 614-9257 for more information.
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 (888) 614-9257.
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 (888) 614-9257 to request an appointment for physical therapy or massage therapy at our New York, NY offices.