Kinesiology Tape

If you have experienced a sports injury resulting from overuse, direct impact, or by generating more force than the body is capable of handling, kinesiology taping can help speed up healing and quickly get you back in the game. Kinesiology tape is a therapeutic tape that contains elastic, cotton, and an acrylic adhesive, which is used to treat pain and disabilities resulting from sports injuries. It is also used to treat non-sport injuries as well. Kinesiology taping works by supporting and stabilizing muscles and joints while the body heals itself. It can also help extend the benefits of soft tissue manipulation for those who have received either a sports massage or deep tissue massage after sustaining an injury. In this article, we will take a closer look at what kinesiology taping entails and why you should consider it.

WHO SHOULD CONSIDER KINESIOLOGY TAPING?

Generally speaking, kinesiology taping is recommended by a sports medicine doctor who believes that such a therapeutic approach may benefit the patient. Chiropractors will typically arrive at this decision after carefully evaluating the patient’s level of pain and the extent of their injury to ensure therapeutic taping is a viable treatment.

Assuming that the patient is a good candidate for kinesiology taping, chiropractors will then determine which tape application should be used. These taping applications often consist of a single “I,” “X,” or “Y” pattern. However, custom tape applications can be used to meet the needs of the patient.

In essence, the purpose of this tape is to reduce pain and inflammation, retrain the neuromuscular system, promote healing and, most importantly, return the body to a natural state of homeostasis. Because of its elasticity, kinesiology tape is capable of being stretched in a variety of ways to better target the muscles and joints that may be causing pain and discomfort.

Your chiropractor will perform a routine physical exam to ensure that an underlying health condition is not contributing to your pain and discomfort. If an underlying health problem is the source of your pain and discomfort, your physician will likely work towards resolving that problem first and possibly using kinesiology taping as an adjunctive treatment. Manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait analysis, and other orthopedic tests are generally performed as well. All of these tests are used to evaluate your overall musculoskeletal health and to map out the best course of treatment possible.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF KINESIOLOGY TAPING?

In addition to promoting healing and reducing pain and inflammation, kinesiology taping can positively impact the skin, fascia, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and joints. It has also been shown to benefit the lymphatic and circulatory system as well. Kinesiology taping can also be paired with other treatments to speed up rehabilitation and to prevent reinjury. If this sounds like a miracle tape, it’s because it is just that, a miracle tape that offers more benefits than what could ever be detailed in this article. In fact, those who have undergone kinesiology taping have extolled the benefits of the procedure and have considered it a godsend.

CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND KINESIOLOGY TAPING

Let’s take a closer look at the chiropractic approach toward kinesiology taping:

PAIN

To resolve pain, a chiropractor will take advantage of the elasticity in kinesiology tape to lift the skin. This process reduces the pressure that is placed on pain receptors and also blocks pain signals that would otherwise travel to the brain.

SWELLING AND INFLAMMATION

Because swelling and inflammation are often associated with sports injuries, chiropractors will generally use kinesiology taping as a means of minimizing pressure on the lymphatics, which are the channels responsible for maintaining the balance of fluids in the body. This process can significantly reduce swelling and inflammation. It is important to note, however, that this aspect of kinesiology taping is not relegated only to sports injuries; it can also be used to help reduce post-surgery inflammation as well.

FASTER RECOVERY

If you play sports, you know that there is nothing worse than being sidelined due to an injury. To help get you back in the game sooner, chiropractors will use kinesiology tape to improve blood flow, which, in turn, improves mobility. Furthermore, the “K” pattern that most chiropractors use in the taping application allows bruises and contusions to heal faster.

HEALING OVERUSED MUSCLES

Lactic acid buildup and overused muscles are unfortunately par for the course when it comes to most sporting activities. As such, many athletes will turn to kinesiology taping for relief. Generally speaking, a chiropractor will apply kinesiology tape directly over the aching muscle to help improve oxygen flow and blood circulation, which not only reduces lactic acid buildup but also improves muscle endurance in the process.

PREVENTS INJURIES FROM BECOMING WORSE

Depending on the severity of the injury, kinesiology taping may allow you to continue playing your favorite sport while you heal. The taping pattern that many chiropractors use can help prevent overstretching or contracting injured muscles too tightly. Although this may limit your natural performance, it is an option for those who would rather not miss a game due to injury.

In summation, there are a variety of benefits that come with kinesiology taping for athletes and non-athletes alike. For example, it can be used in conjunction with pain relievers or combined with massage therapy to further speed up healing times. If you are struggling with inflammation, aching muscles, or any other type of sports injuries, consider trying kinesiology taping.

chiropractic for runners

According to recent research, every year more than 22 million Americans head to the chiropractor seeking pain relief.

A full 35 percent of patients arrive after experiencing some type of trauma, whether from an auto accident, a sprain or a sports injury. Perhaps this is because these athletes know what the other 65 percent have yet to discover – chiropractic really does work as both a preventative aid and treatment for running injuries.

To this point, results from a recent research study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showed that chiropractic treatment outperformed conventional injury treatment both to prevent and to heal sports injuries.

In this article, we take a closer look at chiropractic for runners from both a preventative and intervention viewpoint. Can chiropractic help prevent running injuries and provide faster healing times after a running trauma? Let’s find out!

Chiropractic Treatment for Hip Stress Due to Running

The hip joint is not just the biggest joint in the human body but designed to be one of the most stable. Running can place tremendous stress on the hip joints and running with imbalances in the pelvis and hips can worsen this stress.

The result is often tight hip joints and sore muscles that over time can lead to strains and sprains and chronic pain.

One study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found that chiropractic treatment not only improved hip extension but also overall running speed and performance times.

In addition to traditional chiropractic treatment, Chiropractic News reported that patients who performed a series of prescribed hip extension exercises given by their chiropractor experienced additional improvements in overall running performance and some additional increase in running times.

Chiropractic Treatment for Runners Knee

According to health expert Dr. Josh Axe, runner’s knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is perhaps the most common of all the frequently-reported running injuries experienced by joggers and runners today. Statistics show that at least one in every 10 patients who visit a sports clinic do so in search of treatment for knee pain.

Runner’s knee may feel like it arises from and is caused by the knee joint itself, but in truth evidence points to other external factors as equally plausible causes for knee pain and problems.

For example, poor alignment while running, imbalances in muscle tone, wearing the wrong shoes, running on sub-optimal surfaces and lack of proper pre- and post-workout stretches can all contribute to the development and worsening of runner’s knee.

Chiropractic care and other non-surgical interventions are known to be restorative in an estimated two-thirds of patients complaining of runner’s knee. Postural alignments provided during chiropractic treatment can be particularly vital in correcting imbalances in surrounding joints (hip, ankle, pelvis) as well as the knee joint itself.

Chiropractors experienced in treating athletes may also prescribe specific stretching exercises as well as balancing shoe inserts that can continue the corrective healing process in between runs.

Chiropractic Treatment for IT Band Injuries Due to Running

IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is one of the most dreaded (and the second most common) injuries a runner can sustain. The pain can be severe and rehabilitation painstaking – all the more so because many runners do not recognize their pain as ITBS at first.

One study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine reported that chiropractic treatment can be helpful when combined with trigger point therapy as well as rest and IT band stretches as may be appropriate.

The study also emphasized that, as IT band therapy and recovery progresses, runners must be cautious not to skimp on stretches both pre- and post-run.

Chiropractic Treatment for Deep Muscle Adhesions Due to Running

One of the most important aspects of seeking chiropractic care for a running injury as well as for preventative care is to match the right type of chiropractic treatment with the patient’s needs.

U.S. News and World Report pointed out that different types of chiropractic treatment that may be appropriate for runners with different types of mobility or injury issues.

For example, Active Release Technique, or ART, is one form of chiropractic care that may be especially beneficial for runners suffering from deep adhesions inside the muscles. The treatment seeks to release deep tension by applying deep tension while moving the affected joint appropriately.

Chiropractic Treatment for ACL Injuries Due to Running

ACL injuries are near-universally feared within the running community. Any type of rupture or tear to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, used to be viewed as a fast-track to corrective surgery.

Surgery is sometimes still needed for serious ACL injuries, especially because this area of the body is so complex to treat. However, today the approach to treating ACL injuries is shifting with an emphasis on early introduction of rehabilitation for improved recovery.

In one research study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), active release therapy (ART) is one form of chiropractic care that is recommended for treating post-operative ACL injuries.

Another research study published by the Journal of Osteopathic Chiropractic reported that chiropractic treatment is routine prescribed to treat injuries in world-class ice hockey players – a relevant study since many injuries are similar between runners and ice hockey athletes, including ACL rupture.

Chiropractic Treatment for Hamstring Pain Caused by Running

Hamstring and gluteal pain is another common and often chronic injury that is particularly prevalent among long distance runners. The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine reported on the results of a research study treating three female long distance runners who presented with high hamstring tendinopathy.

All three patients received both chiropractic treatment and personalized stretching and therapeutic exercises in the course of their treatment, which consisted of 13 consecutive treatment sessions. With this combination treatment approach, all three runners were able to make a successful recovery with only minimal time off from training for recovery.

Chiropractic Treatment for Hip Snapping Caused by Running

A Study published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported on the successful rehabilitation of a marathon runner who experience chronic internal hip “popping” while running.

The treatment proposed was a dual approach that included twice-weekly chiropractic manipulation as well as myofascial release therapy for the psoas muscle. The patient also received instruction in a personalized series of therapeutic exercises to address issues in the IT band and psoas.

Even though the patient had been unable to run for the three weeks prior to treatment, at three weeks after his two-week treatment period, the patient was able to run again with no hip “popping” symptoms.

There is no doubt that running, while highly enjoyable and an excellent form of exercise, can also be hard on the physical body, its joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. As these research studies demonstrate, chiropractic treatment can represent an important component of physical care for both hobbyists and serious competitive athletes who specialize in different types of running.

As you can see, there are many good reasons why so many top athletes and sports teams from around the world rely on chiropractic care as part of their preventative care as well as treatment for common sports injuries ranging from tendonitis to back and neck pain.

Chiropractic care can support proper posture and alignment as a preventative agent while also intervening in specialized ways to address and correct sprains, strains and injuries incurred during running. Chiropractic patients often experience reduced down time and recovery time after running injuries.

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How Long Will It Take To Get Better?

Since every injury or source of pain is different, this is probably the most difficult one to answer. Everyone’s body is different, and the extent of the damage can vary greatly, so there is no ‘one answer fits all’ for this one. That being said, there are some key considerations that will help your doctor provide a reasonable assessment estimated recovery timeline. These include, but are not limited to— the severity of the injury, how long you’ve had the pain, how consistent you will be with regular sessions and doing your “homework”. Some change is usually seen within the first few sessions. As we said before, no 2 patients are the same so their results will also vary, but generally, patients experience significant improvement in about a month’s time from physical therapy.

Definitely not. Physical therapy is beneficial for many beyond just recovery from an injury or post-surgery. A trained and skilled Physical Therapist can evaluate and treat individuals for existing musculoskeletal conditions and actually identify —then treat—potential problems before they have any negative impact on a person’s daily activity. Physical therapists are movement specialists, so if a person is experiencing reduced ability to do activities or perform certain tasks they used to do, then physical therapy is a great option to restore comfortable movement. Physical Therapy can often help someone avoid surgery, or in cases where surgery is really necessary, there are things a Physical Therapist can do with a person prior to the surgery to help them strengthen the body and proactively prepare for ways to compensate when the surgery is done and the patient is beginning their recovery.

Does Physical Therapy Hurt?

True, many new patients beginning physical therapy are already in pain. However, the famous saying “no pain, no gain” is certainly not the mantra of your physical therapist. There may also be a fine line between the pain from the injury, mild pain or discomfort when performing some new exercises, and soreness after the sessions.

There’s also good pain and bad pain. Bad pain can be dangerous and should not be felt during treatments. Good pain—the pain that is a natural outcome of pushing the body to a new level—is expected and not dangerous.

Any type of serious pain felt when working with a properly trained Physical Therapist will be monitored and based on what the findings are, new exercises or modalities will be utilized to help the patient find a comfortable way to work the area without causing further pain or worse, causing injury.

The bottom line is that working with a skilled Physical Therapist is hard work, and presents plenty of challenge for even those patients who are in great physical shape. So, count on some challenge and some discomfort, if the pain is beyond that, tell your PT immediately so adjustments can be made.

Can I Get Better With Rest and Meds Instead?

Chicken soup and bed rest are tried and true roads to recovery for the common cold or flu. Taking a few NSAIDs will take the edge off and provide temporary relief, along with some restored mobility, to the source of pain. However, a musculoskeletal injury does require a more comprehensive recovery plan beyond soup and sleep.

Many people who experience chronic pain or suffered a recent injury are under the impression that rest is the best way to heal. What they don’t realize is extended time remaining immobile and ‘resting’ the injured area of the body can actually cause muscle stiffness, loss of flexibility and normal range of motion—all of which could lead to delayed recovery or worse, further injury to the body. This is why varied types of appropriate movement therapy are recommended when it comes to injury recovery.

Have you been seeking a chiropractor in Midtown?

Neck and back pain are amongst the most common reasons for visiting a healthcare professional. According to a recent study, chiropractors were second only to medical doctors for the most visited healthcare professional to treat back pain. This means that 62% of patients with back pain visited a medical doctor in the past year and 53% visited a chiropractor. Other professionals seen were massage therapists (34%), physical therapists (34%), and physician’s assistants (26%).  Most patients for this kind of pain (81%) visited more than one type of healthcare professional.

What does this mean for you?

This means that chiropractors are often a common and preferable source to treat back pain.  If you are looking for a chiropractor in Midtown, visit our chiropractor at Manhattan Sports Therapy. We offer a multifaceted approach to treating back pain that focuses on non-surgical and non-invasive rehabilitation, and chiropractic techniques.

Chiropractors and Physical Therapists Were Given the Highest Marks in Care Experience

A positive experience in healthcare is defined as a provider that listens to you, provides convenient and quick access to care, demonstrates care and compassion, and explains things well. Of these four key elements, chiropractors scored 93%, 93%, 91% and 88% in each element respectively when a large group of randomized patients, accounting for a large sample size to remove bias, were asked whether these factors were met. Physical therapists also scored very high, with 88%, 86%, 86% and 83% satisfaction in these areas.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that one in four people in the United States will see a healthcare provider for back pain in the next year.  Make sure you see the right person, our services at Manhattan Sports Therapy provide effective physical therapy, sports medicine, and chiropractic care.  If you are looking for a chiropractor in Midtown, feel free to contact us and make an appointment at our office today. We look forward to using our integrative approach to spine care to help you feel your best!

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As computers become more and more necessary for completing daily activities, they, unfortunately, can lead to some health issues. One of those being, mouse shoulder. Mouse shoulder is a pain that stems from using the computer without the appropriate arm support. In medical terms, it’s considered a repetitive strain injury (RSI). The repetitive motions you go through each day when using the computer can lead you to have some shoulder, back, or neck pain. For most, there isn’t a way to lessen the use of computers or find alternative ways to get the work done. So, fortunately, at Manhattan Sports Therapy our team is here to help treat your pain and discomfort due to the symptoms attached to mouse shoulder.

Symptoms of Mouse Shoulder:

You may be wondering, how do I know if I have mouse shoulder? Some symptoms may include:

  • Pain in the shoulder that is in control of the computer mouse
  • A pain extending throughout the arm, all the way to your hands
  • Tightness stemming from your upper back or shoulders
  • Headaches
  • A weak feeling in your hand
  • Numbness or tingling in the hand

If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms listed above, our chiropractor in New York City is here to help. Rather than dealing with the pain, we will work with you to try and eliminate the pain altogether.

How Can I Prevent Mouse Shoulder?

If you are looking for some simple, yet effective ways to relieve your pain, try incorporating some of these ideas into your day and workspace:

  • Try taking short breaks throughout the workday between tasks
  • Try doing shoulder rolls
  • Place your mouse in a location where you don’t have to reach for it
  • Make sure your wrist is in a neutral position
  • Hold your mouse lightly while working
  • Break the repetition

How Can Our Chiropractor In New York City Help?

Our chiropractor can help relieve the pain you’ve been experiencing from mouse shoulder. Depending on the nature of your injury, there are a variety of methods and techniques that can help. Some of these include:

  • Chiropractic Adjustment

When it comes to adjustments, they can be done either manually or with the help of an instrument. There are specific areas our chiropractor in New York City may focus on when applying this technique. Depending on the location, the adjustment method may vary. These areas include:

  • The Thoracic
    • This involves adjusting the upper back or shoulder blades.  
  • Costovertebral
    • More specifically, the rib cage. Adjustments made in this area are commonly linked to relieving mouse shoulder.
  • Lower Cervical
    • This can be done manually, but also can incorporate the use of an instrument.
  • Glenohumeral
    • This technique can also be performed manually or be instrument-assisted. It involves the joints located in your arms.
  • Physical Therapy

This will help strengthen the weak muscles and build endurance in the shoulder. The exercises will be focused on increasing the mobility of the affected joint and improving the balance of your muscles.

  • Soft Tissue/Manual Care

By applying hands-on pressure on the muscle tissue affected and manipulating the joint, this will help decrease any pain you are experiencing in the shoulder.

  • Active Release Technique

After conducting a thorough examination of the affected tissue in the shoulder and evaluating the tissue texture, tightness, tenderness, and temperature, the Active Release Technique will help reduce pain symptoms while improving range of motion, strength, and stability.

  • Graston Technique

By using specialized instruments to move and stimulate the soft tissue for effective treatment, this technique will be able to effectively assist with pain relief, mobility, and increased balance in the shoulder.

If you find yourself in pain while using the computer at work, it may be time to seek treatment. Make an appointment with our chiropractor in New York City at Manhattan Sports Therapy. Rather than dealing with the pain, our team can help prevent your mouse shoulder, while also receiving the right treatment just for you!

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The ankle joint is often injured, mainly from an unnatural twisting motion which occurs when there is an unusual amount of force applied to the joint, on uneven ground, when the foot is planted awkwardly, or when rolled. Physical activity during sporting events, while running or walking, even getting out of bed can injure the ligaments or tendons of the ankle. These injuries can be painful and make it difficult to carry on with daily activities, but our sports medicine doctor in Manhattan can assist you with your pain.

Ankle Sprains Classification & Symptoms

Ankle sprains are categorized by severity from grade I through grade III. They can also be broken down into two groups of ankle sprains: complicated and uncomplicated. Uncomplicated sprains are treated without surgery, whereas complicated sprains typically require surgery. Our sports medicine doctor in Manhattan will determine your sprain by this guideline:

Grade I: partial ligament tear

  • Mild tenderness, swelling, and stiffness
  • Minimal pain while walking

Grade II: incomplete ligament tear

  • Moderate pain, swelling, and bruising
  • The damaged area is tender to the touch
  • The ankle may feel stable, but walking is painful

Grade III: complete ligament tear

  • Severe swelling and bruising
  • The ankle is unstable and may feel wobbly
  • Intense pain while walking; ankle gives out, therefore walking may seem impossible

At Manhattan Sports Therapy, our team will work with you by utilizing a combination of manual skills, modalities, and exercises to help you improve recovery from your ankle injury and help improve your quality of day to day life. We are dedicated to providing individualized, hands-on care that aids healing and long-term wellness. Our sports medicine doctor in Manhattan is committed to helping you heal and recover one day at a time. Schedule an appointment with our sports medicine doctor in Manhattan to determine your ankle sprain grade and to create the appropriate recovery plan.

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Neck pain or pain in areas around the neck is a common medical condition that professionals see every day. Different kinds of neck pain can come as a result of different types of conditions and diseases that have an effect on tissue in that area. Common conditions that cause neck pain include whiplash, herniated disc, and pinched nerves. Even though neck pain is common, it can still be extremely painful for individuals experiencing it. If your neck pain is making daily tasks difficult, contact our chiropractor in New York City to see how treatment can help you!

Neck Pain Prevention

Thankfully, even though neck pain is common, it’s also preventable. The soft tissue in your neck is very easy to damage, so it’s important to take extra care when dealing with this area of the body. Some tips on how to prevent future neck injuries and pain include:

 

  • New pillow: Trying a new pillow can help change the support and comfort your neck receives while you sleep.
  • Keep computer monitor at eye level: Having to angle your head down to view your computer screen can often cause neck pain.
  • Exercise and stretch: Keeping your neck muscles strong through stretching can help prevent injuries.
  • Carry weight evenly: Uneven weight on the body can cause your shoulders to be uneven.

 

If you do find yourself suffering from neck pain, finding treatment is easy. Neck pain can be resolved through practices like massage therapy, physical therapy, or a visit to a chiropractor. If you have any questions on neck pain prevention and treatment, contact our chiropractor in New York City for more information!

How We Can Help You

Neck pain is extremely common and affects thousands of people. With the help of Manhattan Sports Therapy, treatment is quick and easy. Our doctors will work with you to develop a hands-on treatment plan that fits your individual medical needs. We work with you every step of the way to help you prevent future injuries and heal in the most effective way possible. Contact our chiropractor in New York City today to schedule an appointment.

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The lower back is a complex structure designed to provide support and flexibility to your back and upper body. Because of this, it is vulnerable to injury. If you are experiencing low back pain, our chiropractor in New York City at Manhattan Sports Therapy can help.

Structure & Function Of The Lower Back

The lumbar spine, or the lower back, is made up of joining bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and joints all interconnected and working together. Each of the structures of the lumbar spine has a specific function:

  • Bones – protect and support the spinal cord and spinal nerves.
  • Joints – contain discs that act as shock absorbers.
  • Ligaments – connect bones and provide strength and stability.
  • Tendons – connect the muscles to the bones.
  • Muscles – support and move the spine.

If any of these components become injured or torn, it can cause pain and discomfort. If you are suffering from lumbar spine pain, our chiropractor in New York City at Manhattan Sports Therapy can devise a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Symptoms Of Lower Back Pain

Most low back pain is caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs. Depending on the cause, symptoms may include:

  • Dull or achy constant pain that is contained to the low back
  • Stinging or burning pain that moves from the low back down the legs and into the lower legs or feet (sciatica)
  • Muscle spasms and tightness in the low back, pelvis, and hips
  • Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing

Common Causes Of Lower Back Pain

Acute back pain comes on suddenly and often as a result of an injury, while chronic back pain is pain that lasts more than three months. Some common causes of low back pain are:

  • Injury or fall in which one or more of the lower back structures are damaged
  • Heavy lifting or muscle strain
  • A disc that bulges or ruptures
  • Bad posture
  • Consistently carrying a heavy backpack
  • Sitting in a chair all day that does not provide proper support

How Can We Help?

At Manhattan Sports Therapy, our chiropractor in New York City can treat your low back injury. Our dedicated team of experts can provide cutting-edge diagnostics, chiropractic care, and injury prevention services designed to restore mobility and to improve function. Don’t wait for your back pain to get worse. Contact us today to make an appointment and relieve your pain.

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In many cases, instances of back, neck, and shoulder pain share a common culprit: poor posture. Even if the original source of pain is an injury or a deeper medical issue, it can make pain significantly worse than it needs to be if you slouch, bend from the shoulders, or commit any other kinetic no-no’s when sitting, standing, or moving about. If you struggle to maintain proper posture and are experiencing neck, shoulder, or back pain, here’s what you need to know.

Neck Pain

The functionality of your neck depends on multiple muscles, all of which help you perform critical head motions. If your spine is out of alignment or you have poor posture, these muscles can become strained. If you spend a considerable amount of time reading, working a computer, or using a phone or other electronic device, be careful of slouching, which puts a great deal of pressure on your neck. If you are not careful to adjust your posture, the repeated strain may produce chronic pain.

Shoulder Pain

Your shoulder is comprised of many different moving parts, any of which may be injured if you place unnecessary strain on them by exhibiting poor posture. You also set yourself up for injury when working out if you don’t use proper form while exercising, or if you perform intense physical activity involving shoulder muscles and have poor posture when you’re not at the gym.

Poor posture affects how your shoulder blade is positioned, how your shoulders cooperate, and how your arm is positioned as you perform different movements. If any of these are negatively altered, you will likely begin to experience pain. If you regularly exercise your shoulders, don’t ignore pain, as it could be a sign of a deeper problem and a precursor to injury.

Back Pain

This is one of the most obvious side effects of poor posture, and it’s one of the most limiting. You can alter the curvature of your back by sitting or standing improperly, creating painful discal pressure and straining the muscles on either side of your spine. By doing so, you set yourself up for chronic pain in the neck, back, and shoulders and can also experience weakened arms and legs, challenges with walking and running, lessened range of motion in the neck and back, and even gastrointestinal issues.

How to Avoid Injury and Pain from Poor Posture

If you already have neck, back, and shoulder issues, they will likely be exacerbated by poor posture. However, whether or not you have preexisting issues, be sure to avoid sitting with your shoulders forward and your chin out toward the screen, as well as bending over from the shoulders, pushing your chest or chin forward, and other forms of bad posture. Whether sitting or standing, monitor your posture by ensuring your ear, shoulder, and hips are stacked above one another.

Begin Your Recovery with Manhattan Sports Therapy Today

While it’s true that posture has a direct effect on the level of pain you experience in your back, neck, and shoulders, there are often other contributing factors that can’t be fixed by sitting up straight. Get in touch with a member of our team at Manhattan Sports Therapy right away if you are experiencing back, neck, or shoulder pain, and be sure to ask about getting a posture screening. At our clinic, we recognize the importance of identifying the root cause of pain and are committed to taking a personalized approach to every client and every injury.

Contact us to schedule your appointment or call us at (646) 798-1330 today.

 

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Sciatica and Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment for Runners in Manhattan

Sciatica may be painful, but it doesn’t have to disrupt your fitness routine or keep you from running. There are a number of things you can do to eliminate or reduce that radiating, burning sciatic pain shooting through your leg(s) and back:

  • Turn up the heat: Some people have successfully reduced sciatic pain to a tolerable level by applying heat to the lower back for 15-20 minutes near the site of the sciatic nerve. If you try heat therapy at home, exercise caution when applying heat in order to avoid scalding or burning.
  • Take up yoga: Yoga offers a number of great benefits, including increased flexibility and strength in. Be careful with this one as well, and don’t jump into complex or advanced yoga poses immediately. Take your time building up to more challenging poses and ensure your instructor is trained or certified to work with people suffering from sciatica.
  • Consult a sports therapist: Sometimes sciatica and sciatic nerve pain can be made worse through poor form, weakness in supporting muscles, or other things you may not be able to diagnose without a little help. By inviting an experienced therapist in, you increase the likelihood and speed of your return to pain-free running.

Sports Therapy & Sciatica Treatment in New York

Our practice at Manhattan Sports Therapy starts with a focus on compassionate, effective client care. From the moment you walk through our doors until the day you conclude your treatment, we make it our mission to serve you to the best of our ability and be the reliable support you need on your journey toward recovery.

Don’t let your pain keep you from doing what you love—let us help. Our Manhattan sciatica pain specialist has years of experience helping people like you overcome the painful symptoms of sciatica. Dr. Rolland Nemirovsky, our leading sports physician, is here to help you achieve recovery, mobility, and successful pain management.

Call (646) 798-1330 today to schedule an appointment with our sports therapist in New York.