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    Our recent blog topics have included information on the benefits of massage therapy, why you may need physical therapy, and how to use massage to manage pain. If you are looking for more resources on these topics, then check out this list!

    • Massagetherapy.com has a great article on the benefits on massage, and the effect massage has on the body.
    • Similarly, holisticonline.com has an article on recent studies that have been done on massage, proving its positive effects.
    • Mayo Clinic has a great page on how massage helps to ease stress .
    • Recently, Newsweek did an article on massage, including five surprising benefits.
    • This article on eHow can help you decide if you need physical therapy.
    • WebMD has this article that discusses exactly what physical therapy is.
    • Similarly, this WebMD article talks about how patients with Parkinson’s disease can benefit from physical therapy.

  • 5 Benefits of Massage Therapy

    Massage therapy not only feels wonderful, but it also can have a lot of positive effects on your body and on your overall health.

    Regardless of what may lead you to seek out a massage, whether it is stress, pain or just a luxurious treat for yourself, massage can do wonders to your body and to your psyche.

    Here are five positive benefits of massage therapy.

    1.      Decreased anxiety : Whether you’re a business owner, a full-time employee, a busy mom, or anything in between, these days it’s incredibly easy to get so caught up in the stress of daily life that stress takes a hold of your body, emerging as a knot, a muscle pain, added weight gain, or pain. Regular massages will help to decrease your anxiety and stress level, giving you peace of mind and a way to unwind. High levels of stress are not healthy!

    2.      Increased circulation : Massage therapy can help to increase the blood flow to separate parts of your body, improving your overall circulation and pumping blood and oxygen into vital organs and tissues.

    3.      Lowered blood pressure : For those suffering with high blood pressure, massage therapy may provide some much needed relief. Massage reduces hypertension, which helps to lower blood pressure . This is commonly attributed to the fact that massage stimulates pressure receptors that prompt action from the brain.

    4.      Pain relief : The relief that massage can bring to painful areas is tremendous. Typically, when we are injured or stressed, our muscles take the brunt of the pain, but the actual pain may not be stemming from the area in which you feel the pain. So, for example, if your hamstrings are tight, the problem may be in your joints near your knees or hips. Massage can ease pain relief for those dealing with cancer, those who have injuries, and can help to ease stiffness as well.

    5.      Infant growth : It may sound far-fetched, but studies have proven that massage can help stimulate infants to grow. This is particularly helpful for premature babies who need to gain weight.

    If you are interested in massage therapy and would like to find out more about the positive benefits of massage, then contact the team at Manhattan Total Health , who also specialize in physical therapy, sports medicine, and orthopedic rehabilitation.

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  • 4 Reasons You May Need Physical Therapy

    If you have been nursing an injury or are in recovery from surgery, there is a good chance you’ll need physical therapy.

    Physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it difficult to do every day tasks. It can also help relieve pain and restore or improve your body and its tolerance in day-to-day exercise.

    If you are not sure you need physical therapy , here are four reasons that you may:

    1. You’ve had an injury : Recovering from a serious injury will take a lot of time and effort, and to heal properly and fully recover mobility to the site of your injury, you will need the help of a physical therapist. If untreated and left to heal on their own, serious injuries may pose larger problems down the road by healing incorrectly, which could lead to loss of mobility or disfiguration.
    2. Health problems : Physical therapy can help to ease symptoms of Parkinson’s disease , multiple sclerosis, COPD, and osteoarthritis, among others. Many patients with these health problems have benefited from physical therapy.
    3. Post Surgery : After surgery you may need physical therapy to help your muscles regain strength and performance. Typically, your doctor will recommend this, but if you would rather err on the side of caution after a surgery and would like to talk to someone about physical therapy, then contact a professional to find out your options.
    4. Tendon tears or pains : Physical therapy will help athletes or individuals with torn tendons or ligaments. In particular, physical therapists treat many clients with torn ACLs, as well as those with meniscus tears.

    Not sure you need physical therapy? Want to talk to a professional? Contact the team at Manhattan Total Health . From physical therapy to massage and occupational therapy, the staff at Manhattan Total Health is on hand to help you with all of your bodywork needs. Don’t suffer in pain! Reach out today.

     

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  • Pocket Therapy App!

    New Yorkers have a different lifestyle than the average farmer in the Midwest.  The on-the-go way of life in New York City can leave little time for research.

    Here’s an app that will make your sports medicine homework more convenient.        

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-therapy/id358891512?mt=8

    The Pocket Therapy app will allow you to look at various injuries and also offers exercises that can be done to alleviate your pain and discomfort.  This truly is pocket therapy and can make physical therapy in NYC a little easier.

    At Manhattan Total Health , we know all about the busy lifestyle of the average New Yorker, which is why we have 3 convenient locations in New York City.

    We are proud to offer orthopedic rehab, massage therapy, and physical medicine. When you speak with our experts, we are confident that you will be pleased with the detailed and considerate medical care offered. 

    Knee Massage Therapy

  • 4 Questions to Ask Your Physiatrist

    Your physiatrist , also known as a rehabilitation physician, specializes in your physical medicine needs.  Your physiatrist will provide valuable information about your overall health and can help restore function to problem areas after injury. To get the most out of your time with your physiatrist, it helps if you ask the right questions.

    Here are 4 questions you should ask before and during your first visit with a doctor of physical medicine.

    1.      Are you qualified?

    You may want to ask if they are qualified as a physiatrist before you even set up an appointment.  It’s important to keep in mind the difference between a personal trainer and a physiatrist.  This difference is crucial for your physical medicine diagnosis and orthopedic rehab.

    2.      What types of injuries do you have experience with?

    Not all areas of physical medicine are the same.  That’s why some of the best centers for total health will offer various treatments.  Your physiatrist may offer everything from medical massage and acupuncture to physical therapy.

    3.      Are there exercises I can do at home?

    Your physiatrist may be able to teach you simple, but effective, exercises that you can do at home to help promote healing and reduce pain.  Stretching is one thing that is crucial for the health of your muscles, and your physiatrist may know specific stretches that can target your problem areas.

    4.      Are my activities conducive to my health?

    You may prefer certain sports and activities, but your physiatrist may be able to recommend activities that are conducive to your overall health. Depending on your physical medicine needs, for example, a physiatrist may encourage a low-impact exercise for you, which will also be a new challenge.

    At Manhattan Total Health , our physiatrists are not only experts, but they are considerate of and dedicated to their patients’ needs. Our experts offer a variety of treatments depending on your needs including orthopedic rehab, massage therapy, and physical medicine. 

    Feel free to visit our website  for more information.

     

  • 5 Common Exercise-Related Injuries and How to Prevent Them

    Exercise is a wonderful pleasure in life.  It is good for both your physical and mental health.  Unfortunately, this pleasure also comes with the potential risk of injury .  The need for sports medicine and orthopedic rehab can easily happen, especially if you’re not properly warmed-up or push yourself exceptionally hard during a workout.

    Consider these 5 common injuries that may require sports medicine and take note of how they can be prevented.

    1.      Ankle Sprains

    Sprains can be extremely common for runners.  Good advice on preventing sprains is not to over-do it.  If you’re jogging when you are especially tired, then you may be less likely to notice the crack in the pavement or more likely to use less-than-perfect form, which will increase the chance of injury.

    2.      Knee Trouble

    Knee trouble can be extremely common, especially as you get older.  One way to reduce the chance of knee injury is to wear high-quality athletic shoes.  You may also be interested in low-impact exercises, such as rowing, cycling, or elliptical machines.

    3.      Lumbar Pain

    Back pain is extremely common.  The best preventative measure is to increase the conditioning of your core muscles.  Massage therapy has also been a savior for back pain sufferers.

    4.      Tennis Elbow

    Tennis elbow is when the outer part of the elbow becomes sore and tender.  This injury does not only happen when you play tennis, either.  Proper form and arm and shoulder strength can prevent this common problem.

    5.      Rotator Cuff

    If you’re playing catch, for example, then it is important to warm-up and stretch beforehand. The rotator cuff injury is a common injury in sports medicine.

    At Manhattan Total Health , we offer physical therapy for NYC.  Our doctors specialize in sports medicine.  We also have experts provide orthopedic rehab, massage therapy, and physical medicine.  

     

  • Are You Suffering From Any Of These Conditions?

    Common conditions we treat:

    • Back and Neck pain
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Sports Injuries
    • Migraines/headaches
    • Postural Problems
    • Sciatica
    • Pain associated with pregnancy
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Tennis elbow & Golfer’s elbow
    • TMJ
    • Muscle Cramps
    • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
    • Edema (swelling)
    • …and many more!

    If you are suffering from any of these conditions contact Manhattan Total Health at one of our three New York City locations: Westside, Midtown, or Wall Street.

    We are a physical therapy clinic that can help you with: physical therapy, orthopedic rehab, sports medicine, or sports physical therapy.

  • Manhattan Total Health At The 107.5 WBLS Health Fair

    We recently participated in a Health Fair at “ WBLS ”, the #1 R&B radio station in New York City.  We had the special privilege of having “Egypt” Host of “Middays with Egypt” on WBLS 10am – 3pm, sample our therapeutic massages at this event.

    See how you can have Manhattan Total Health offer therapeutic massages to your employees at your next company Health Fair by visiting us HERE

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  • The Injuries Of The NFL

    It is Superbowl week, so we want to provide you with some interesting football information. One of the biggest topics for the NFL this season is about extending the regular season to 18 games instead of 16 which they have today. One of the arguments that the NFL Player’s Association has about this, is that adding another 2 games to the regular season will put more wear and tear on the players bodies. That is a fact! Injuries throughout the NFL have increased this season from previous years, so adding 2 more regular season games would more than likely make that number increase. 

    Here is an article from eHow.com that discusses “Injury Risk With NFL Players.”

    In this article eHow.com talks about different types of injuries from and ACL tear to turf toe. 

    Click HERE   for the entire article

    If you are going through physical therapy or have questions about sports medicine contact Manhattan Total Health at one of our 3 New York City locations (Westside, Wall Street, or Midtown)

    Have a safe and fun Superbowl Weekend!

  • Great Snow Shoveling Tips

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    Winter is in full affect here in New York City. Saying, “We are getting hit with a lot of snow” doesn’t even capture the entire picture. One thing that most people are having to do is shovel out the snow around their vehicles, off their driveways, and away from the front door.  

    We want to provide you with some “snow shoveling” tips from and article on popularmechanic.com called ” 16 Cardinal Rules for Snow Shoveling .”

    Here are a few tips they mention:

    • Move snow the shortest distance possible
    • Do the foreground then the background
    • Go easy on the de-icer 
    • Maintain your equipment

    Click  HERE  to read the full article

    It is possible to get injured while shoveling snow, so it is very important to make sure you stretch before and after shoveling.

    Please be safe and careful in this weather.

    From your friends at Manhattan Total Health