• Questions to Ask During Your First Appointment with a Physiatrist

    A physiatrist is a specialist who treats problems with the musculoskeletal system and manages the pain of illnesses that are associated with it. If you have an appointment with physiatrist, there is a good chance that you have been frustrated with painful symptoms and have a lot of questions about what is causing your issues and how they can be treated. Before your visit, it can helpful to write down your questions so that your thoughts are organized and you don’t forget any important points. Consider adding these questions to your list.

    What do you think could be causing my condition?

    When you go to a physiatrist, you may already have a diagnosis, or you may have been referred by another doctor to try to determine the cause of your symptoms. Although your physiatrist won’t be able to make a diagnosis without an exam and any additional testing he or she thinks may be necessary, he or she can give you some ideas about potential issues you could be having and how those problems can be addressed.

    What treatments do you offer?

    Physiatrists often combine multiple treatment strategies to help patients get the best possible relief from their symptoms. This may include a combination of physical therapy, pain medications, and other modalities, like acupuncture. The treatment plans that they develop are focused on helping people get relief for their conditions without the need for surgery.

    Are you the right doctor for my condition?

    One of the frustrating things about pain is that it can often be a difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Physiatrists can treat a broad range of conditions, from osteoporosis to fibromyalgia. If you suffer from pain, there is a good chance that a physiatrist can manage your condition, but your doctor will refer to other specialists whenever necessary.

    Find out how a physiatrist can help improve your health by scheduling a consultation at Manhattan Total Health. For more information about all of our services, including chiropractic care and physical therapy, or to make an appointment with a physiatrist in New York, NY, call (888) 614-9257.

  • What You Need to Know About Myofascial Pain Syndrome

    Myofascial pain syndrome is a frustrating condition that is often misdiagnosed. Although there is not a treatment plan that works for everyone, many people can get relief from their symptoms with the help of a physiatrist, as well as through acupuncture and physical therapy.

    Watch this video to learn more about myofascial pain syndrome. One of the most challenging parts of diagnosing this condition is that it causes referred pain when trigger points are pressed. These symptoms often mimic other conditions, so diagnosis can often be delayed.

    If you are suffering from myofascial pain syndrome or another kind of chronic pain, help is available from Manhattan Total Health. Get the care you need from our physiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncture specialists in New York, NY. To make an appointment, call (888) 614-9257.

  • Why You Should See a Chiropractor for Preventative Care

    Many people think of seeing a chiropractor when they have a sore back or neck pain that is keeping them up at night. Although chiropractors are excellent at treating those kinds of conditions, they don’t just provide acute care. Seeing a chiropractor for regular adjustments can also play an important part in preventing a number of common health complaints. Could you benefit from regular, preventative care from a chiropractor? Here is a look at some of the potential benefits of getting chiropractic care on an ongoing basis.

    Fewer Headaches

    Although the throbbing, searing pain of a headache usually occurs around your temples and across your forehead, most headaches actually have their roots in your spine. Even a slight spinal misalignment can put pressure on nerves that run through your back and neck, triggering headache pain. When you see your chiropractor regularly, you can avoid these misalignments, thereby also avoiding those recurring headaches at the same time.

    Better Sleep

    Many of the people who receive regular spinal adjustments report that they fall asleep more easily, experience deeper sleep, and feel more rested the next day. This is because maintaining health spinal alignment allows your body to work as efficiently as possible, both while you’re working and while you’re resting.

    Reduced Anxiety

    Another way in which preventative chiropractic care and the efficiency it creates in your body can make a difference in your health is by reducing your feelings of anxiety. Your body is able to handle stress physically when your spine alignment is healthy, so it causes less emotional upheaval.

    Don’t wait until you’re experiencing pain before you decide to seek chiropractic care at Manhattan Total Health. Our chiropractors offer both acute and preventative care for patients with a wide of range concerns. To schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors in New York, NY, please call (888) 614-9257 today.

  • 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 (888) 614-9257.

  • Tips for Protecting Your Joints While Running

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    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 (888) 614-9257.

  • Spotting the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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    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 (888) 861-49257 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 (888) 614-9257.

  • 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.