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Manhattan Physical Therapy

Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center is a leader in pain relief and injury recovery located in Midtown New York City. The four specialized physical therapists on staff go beyond standard physical therapy by challenging their client???s bodies to build core strength, flexibility, and increase range of motion.

Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center has an excellent track record of success treating back pain caused by strains, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, spondylolisthesis or whiplash injuries.

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What is Dry Needling in Physical Therapy?

Therapist in Dry Needling Session

One of the most common health issues physical therapists treat is pain. People experience pain for a variety of reasons, from injuries to chronic health conditions. Pain management is a major focus in the medical field, and physical therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat pain. 

Within the field of physical therapy there are many different treatment methods, such as suspension therapy, massage therapy, and exercise therapy. Dry needling is another method used in physical therapy that can work in conjunction with other therapies to relieve pain. 

What is dry needling in physical therapy? The treatment process involves the insertion of thin, solid needles into the skin. The needles are so small and thin that you don’t feel them. What you do feel is relief of pain and tension in the area where the needles are inserted. The needles are strategically placed at trigger points in the body, or areas where there is tension that is causing pain. 

Why is it Called Dry Needling?

The term “dry needling” refers to the fact that there is no liquid or medication being administered through the needle. This is not an injection with a pain medication or a numbing agent. Dry needling involves inserting solid, dry needles into the top layer of skin. Needles used for injections are hollow inside so that liquid can travel through them into the skin. Dry needles are not hollow, but solid. 

What is a Trigger Point? 

Trigger points are places where the muscle is tensed up, either a band or a knot of tension in a muscle. Tendons and ligaments are sometimes trigger points for pain if they are too tight. The muscle can become irritated or inflamed at these points, causing pain. Dry needling is most successful when the trigger points can be identified so that the needles can be placed in those locations. 

Is Dry Needling Like Acupuncture?

While dry needling sounds very similar to acupuncture, the practice is quite different in origin and application. The only common element is the equipment used to administer the needles. 

Acupuncture is a form of eastern medicine that originated in China. Acupuncture uses an invisible map of meridian lines on the body that determine where the needles should be inserted. It is based on the concept of qi (pronounced chi) which is the flow of energy throughout the body. The needles are placed to unblock areas of the body where energy is blocked and causing pain. 

Dry needling is part of western medicine that involves different training. Practitioners who administer dry needling learn to identify the trigger points in the muscles that are the source of pain for the patient. Trigger point location is based on information from the patient and medical testing that reveals orthopedic issues that may be the cause of the patient’s pain.  

Does Dry Needling Hurt?

The insertion of the needles is not painful because the needles are extremely thin. The reason you experience pain with an injection needle is that it is thicker and a liquid is forced through it into your muscle. A dry needle is so tiny that you don’t even feel it. All you will feel is relief from the pain and tension in your muscles and joints.  

What Conditions Can Dry Needling Treat?

Dry needling is used to treat pain from a variety of sources, including fibromyalgia, tendonitis, muscle strains, back and neck pain, headaches, patellofemoral pain syndrome, and more. Physical therapy for fibromyalgia most often involves dry needling, as it helps to relieve the chronic, constant pain that results from the disorder. 

Manhattan Physical Therapy Specializes in Fibromyalgia Treatment

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you know the debilitating effects of constant pain all too well. It can make it impossible just to carry out daily activities. Pain medication offers some relief, but the side effects can lower your quality of life. Dry needling as part of a physical therapy regimen can help to relieve the pain of fibromyalgia by treating it at the source, releasing the tension at the trigger points that are causing your pain. 

Call (212) 213-3480 or contact us today to request a consultation. We look forward to helping you relieve your pain and live a fuller life with physical therapy. 

What is Direct Access Physical Therapy?

Rehabilitation with Senior Patient

Are you in need of physical therapy? Whether you’ve sustained an injury or you’re experiencing unexplained muscle or joint pain, you may benefit from physical therapy. But who decides that physical therapy is needed, the patient or a doctor? 

In the past, only a doctor could prescribe physical therapy. You could only go to a physical therapist with a referral from a doctor. Now, in New York and a few other states, you can decide for yourself that you want to pursue physical therapy. Citizens of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire have direct access to physical therapy. 

What is direct access physical therapy? Find out what it is and how to proceed. 

How can I pursue direct access physical therapy?

Now that you don’t have to see a doctor first, you can contact your physical therapy center of choice and set up a consultation and evaluation. Your initial evaluation must be done by a NY licensed physical therapist with at least 3 years of experience. If the evaluating physical therapist deems it necessary, services can be provided to you through that facility. 

Will direct access help me get treatment faster?

Most likely, yes. You can skip the first step that used to involve making an appointment with your doctor to get a referral. Now you can schedule an appointment directly with the physical therapist you wish to see, allowing you to be evaluated at the earliest possible appointment the PT center has available. This allows you to get the help you need much faster. You can start the healing and recovery process and get relief from your pain sooner than you would if you had to wait for an appointment with a doctor first. 

Will my insurance still cover physical therapy if I go the direct access route?

In many cases, yes, but that is a question for your medical insurance provider. Contact them and find out what is required to see a physical therapist in order for treatment to be covered to the furthest extent possible. Some insurance companies may have a list of approved physical therapists that you can go to for direct access in order to have your treatment covered by your insurance plan. 

Can I save money by going with direct access physical therapy?

Going directly to a physical therapist can save you money. If you have to make an appointment with your doctor first, you will most likely have to pay them a copay just to get the referral in the first place. Your insurance provider will also have to pay their part of the referral visit, so it is in both parties’ best interest to pursue direct access. 

Who is eligible for direct access physical therapy?

Any citizen of New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts is eligible for direct access physical therapy according to the specific laws of their state. Any person residing in any of these states who has a medical condition that would be improved with the help of physical therapy is eligible for an evaluation. It is necessary following the evaluation for the physical therapist to approve treatment in order for a patient to be eligible. 

Are there any limitations?

New York has a policy of 30 days or 10 visits without a referral. After this initial time period, a physician does have to write a referral if further treatment is needed. 

What types of physical therapy are approved for direct access?

There are no limitations to the type of physical therapy you can pursue via direct access. Physical therapy for fingers, lower back, shoulder, knee, neck, hip, and more are directly accessible from any qualified center offering the type of therapy you need. 

Get Direct Access to Manhattan Physical Therapy 

If you’re looking for a direct access center, Manhattan Physical Therapy is qualified to accept patients without a physician’s referral. We meet the requirements for the state of New York as a direct access physical therapy center. 

Call (212) 213-3480 or contact us today to schedule a consultation and evaluation. We look forward to helping you get started on the road to recovery faster than you thought possible. 

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: What To Expect

Female Patient Consutling with Physical Therapist

Has your doctor recommended pelvic floor physical therapy? If you experience any of the common symptoms, such as urinary incontinence, constipation, or pain in the pelvic area, you may have a condition that could be improved by pelvic floor physical therapy. The recommendation for this type of therapy usually follows a diagnosis by a doctor

If you’re in need of pelvic floor physical therapy, you are probably wondering what to expect. It’s normal to be unsure or nervous about the prospect of physical therapy focused on such a sensitive area of the body, but the results are worthwhile. After completing pelvic floor PT, patients experience relief of pain and other negative symptoms of pelvic floor conditions. 

What To Expect On Your First Visit

The first visit to a pelvic floor physical therapist is usually just a consultation. You will fill out paperwork as a new patient, including a thorough medical history. Your therapist will ask you questions about your condition and symptoms to get an idea of the issues you are directly experiencing. They may also ask you about specific items on your medical history form as they may pertain to your current condition and treatment. 

A physical examination may be needed in order to further understand the true issue causing the symptoms. Exams are handled discreetly with the comfort of the patient being of utmost importance. The knowledge gained from a physical exam can be crucial for a physical therapist to develop an effective course of treatment. 

Some initial physical therapy strategies may be tried during your first appointment, in order to give you an idea of what to expect and to provide some initial relief of your symptoms, if possible. Your physical therapist will discuss with you the recommended course of treatment for your condition going forward. 

What To Expect At Your Therapy Appointments

After the initial consultation, regular therapy appointments will begin. Your pelvic floor therapy may include manual techniques such as trigger point release, visceral mobilization, connective tissue release, scar tissue release, stretches, and other exercises. Some therapies are external, involving stretching, tightening, and relaxing muscles. Other therapies may be performed internally, using methods to relieve internal pain and pressure. Redcord suspension therapy has proven beneficial in pelvic floor conditions as well. 

You may be given homework consisting of exercises or lifestyle changes that your physical therapist will recommend that you perform between in-person sessions. It is important to perform these exercises and follow your physical therapists instructions on a daily basis to achieve greater results. 

Pelvic Floor Therapy at Manhattan Physical Therapy 

If you’re wondering what to expect when it comes to pelvic floor therapy at Manhattan Physical Therapy, you can rest assured that your privacy and comfort will be our top priority. We understand that pelvic floor therapy can be a sensitive subject for some patients, and we’ll do everything in our power to make you feel as comfortable as possible. 

We believe in the benefits of this type of therapy. It can relieve your pain and symptoms and perhaps even help you to avoid surgery or other more invasive means to correct pelvic floor issues. Manhattan Physical Therapy also incorporates Redcord suspension therapy for pelvic floor patients, as it can accelerate recovery.  

Please bring us your questions and concerns so that we can address them and help you to feel confident about your treatment. 

Call (212) 213-3480 or contact us to schedule a consultation today. We look forward to working with you to provide relief for your pain and other symptoms. 

What Are the Different Types of Physical Therapy?

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Physical therapy encompasses a wide range of services. The various types of physical therapy can address a myriad of issues from injuries to chronic pain. Physical therapy often serves as rehabilitation following surgery, a sports injury, a car accident, a heart attack or stroke, or a severe or prolonged illness. PT can improve range of motion, relieve pain, and restore strength. What are the different types of physical therapy? 

Types of Physical Therapy


One of the most common and most beneficial types of physical therapy is exercise. But not just any kind of exercise will do. Physical therapists are trained to create a specific regimen of exercises that specifically address your injury or pain. Your physical therapist will show you how to do the exercises they recommend with proper form and help you through the right motions to ensure you are doing them correctly after learning the exercises at your first session, you can practice them at home each day between sessions.

When you meet with your physical therapist again, they will potentially adjust your exercise plan, either recommending additional repetitions or different exercises that are more advanced to help you progress. You will become gradually stronger and your range of motion will increase, allowing you to do more difficult exercises as you go.

Manual Therapy

In some cases, your physical therapist may manually move your body in order to stimulate the injured area. Manual therapy can stretch muscles, tendons, and ligaments in order to loosen them up for better range of motion. Movement of the afflicted area will also stimulate blood flow to the tissues that need to be healed.

Manual therapy is sometimes needed when you are unable to move the affected body part due to muscle weakness or intense pain. When successful, manual therapy can help you gradually gain the strength and ability to move your body yourself.

Suspension Therapy

One of the newest and most successful types of physical therapy is suspension therapy. Suspension therapy involves a series of slings or swing-type apparatus that are suspended from the ceiling. The slings support various body parts such as your legs, torso, neck, and head, allowing you and your physical therapist to focus on just one body part at a time. The slings take the pressure and weight off of the other body parts that are not the focus of the therapy, allowing you to relax those body parts.

Redcord is one specific type of suspension therapy. It has shown to accelerate recovery by 10 times, far surpassing the effectiveness and speed of other physical therapy types. It is especially effective for lower back physical therapy, one of the most common issues for patients.

Soft Tissue Mobilization (Massage Therapy)

Soft tissue mobilization, more commonly referred to as massage therapy, involves kneading or rubbing the soft tissues in an injured area. Massage can be an effective form of physical therapy, as it increases blood flow to the affected area, relaxes the muscles and tendons, and stimulates nerve fibers.

Soft tissue mobilization can also relieve stress, which could be a factor impeding recovery. When stress is relieved or minimized, you can focus positive energy on making improvements and following your physical therapists instructions.

Manhattan Physical Therapy Offers a Variety of Therapy Types

In most patients’ cases, a combination of physical therapy strategies will achieve the best results. Each patient is unique, and will require an individualized plan for recovery. Your PT regimen could include exercises, manual therapy, suspension therapy, and soft tissue mobilization at various times. 

Choose a physical therapist who can offer you different types of physical therapy, such as Manhattan Physical Therapy. We specialize in Redcord suspension therapy, helping our patients recovery 10 times faster than with other therapy types alone. 

Call (212) 213-3480 today to schedule a consultation or contact us to request an appointment. We look forward to helping you feel and move better with a personalized physical therapy plan.

What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Physiotherapist Working with Female Client on Core Work

You’ve probably heard of physical therapy for knee or shoulder injuries, but what is pelvic floor physical therapy? It may not be as well known as other types of physical therapy, but just as other muscles in your body can be injured, become weak, or cause pain, your pelvic floor muscles can also be affected. 

Pelvic floor issues most often affect women, but men can also be affected and benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy. 

Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Issues

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing problems related to your pelvic floor or related conditions. 

  • Pain in the pelvis, vagina, abdomen, low back, hip, or thigh, either constant or during intercourse 
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Frequent urination
  • Constipation 
  • Pregnancy/post-pregnancy pain or incontinence

Additional symptoms men may experience include: 

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Penile/scrotal/perineal pain

These symptoms are sometimes due to pelvic floor weakness, but may also indicate just the opposite. When pelvic floor muscles are too tight, myofascial pain can occur. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should first see a doctor to eliminate any other cause before considering pelvic floor physical therapy. 

What Does Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Entail?

What is pelvic floor therapy exactly? It involves a range of different therapies that can be applied to help relieve the pain and other symptoms of pelvic floor issues. Some therapies are performed externally, involving stretching, tightening, and releasing muscles. Other therapies are performed internally by highly skilled therapists who can apply methods to relieve internal pelvic pain.

What makes Manhattan Physical Therapy unique to other physical therapy offices is their Redcord Suspension Therapy that can be used to treat the pelvic floor by strengthening muscles around it in a weightless setting.

In some cases, the pelvic floor muscles need to be strengthened to treat issues such as organ prolapse, where the bladder sinks into the vagina, causing urinary incontinence. In other cases, the pelvic floor muscles are too tight and need to be relaxed to relieve pain. Your physical therapist will develop a plan that addresses your specific needs. 

Discussing Pelvic Floor Therapy With Your Doctor or Therapist

Understandably, the need for pelvic floor physical therapy can be a sensitive subject. It can be difficult to talk about the pain and other symptoms related to the pelvic area. But the best way to get relief from your symptoms is to discuss them with your doctor and your physical therapist. Be honest about the severity of your pain and symptoms. Don’t downplay or dismiss these problems. You don’t have to live with chronic pain when there are solutions. 

Even if your pain improves with medication, there are long term effects of taking pain relievers over an extended period of time. Pelvic floor physical therapy addresses the source of the pain and other symptoms in order to relieve or eliminate them. 

Trust the Professionals at Manhattan Physical Therapy 

If the sensitive nature of this subject is a concern for you, you need to find a physical therapist that can be professional and discreet about your treatment. The physical therapists at Manhattan PT are highly trained professionals who are caring and considerate. We provide a wide range of physical therapy treatments to help relieve your pain and improve your quality of life. 

Call (212) 213-3480 today to schedule a consultation or contact us, and we will be in touch. We look forward to working with you. 

How Long Does Physical Therapy Take to Work?

Senior Woman Exercising on TRX

Physical therapy can be a lengthy process, but it is definitely worth the time spent. Physical therapy can relieve pain, improve range of motion, and accelerate recovery from injury or surgery. Whether you’re just starting your physical therapy journey or you’ve been at it a while, you may be wondering, “How long does physical therapy take?” 

Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t seeing the results you want immediately. Physical therapy isn’t an overnight cure; it’s a process that involves a lot of hard work. The length of treatment is different for everyone, and it is nearly impossible to predict exactly how long it may take for an individual to make a full recovery.

In some cases a full recovery may not be possible. You may never reach the same level of ability that you had before the injury. But the goal of physical therapy is to help you achieve the maximum ability possible. 

Factors that Affect Treatment Time Length 

  • The extent of the injury. A major injury will typically require a longer time in physical therapy than a minor injury. 
  • The part of the body that is affected. Some areas of the body are able to heal faster than others. For example, muscles tend to heal more quickly than tendons or ligaments. 
  • The level of effort the patient exerts. Your physical therapist will help you through your exercises and teach you what to do, but you must do the work. The harder you try and the more effort you put forth, the faster your recovery time will be. But don’t over do it. If you try to do too much before you are ready, you could do more harm than good. 
  • The healing rate of the patient. Everyone heals at different rates. There is no mathematical equation for the healing of the body. Your amount of time in physical therapy may be different than someone else’s, even if you have similar injuries. 

Average Healing Times for Various Tissue Types

As stated above, the length of healing time is partly determined by the body part affected. Different tissue types will heal at different rates. Here’s a breakdown of the average healing times for different tissues:

  • Muscle: 2-4 weeks
  • Tendon: 4-6 weeks
  • Bone: 6-8 weeks
  • Ligaments: 10-12 weeks
  • Cartilage: up to 12 weeks

The key to healing is blood flow. The reason muscle heals the fastest of any other tissue is that it has a rich blood supply that provides nutrients and oxygen that are necessary for healing. Tendons and ligaments have a limited blood supply, which is why they take longer to heal. Physical therapy stimulates blood flow to accelerate healing. 

Cartilage has no blood supply, which makes it extremely slow to heal. Cartilage receives lubrication from fluid in the joints through movement. This is one reason why knee and hip physical therapy can take longer. But it also explains why physical therapy can help to accelerate healing, as movement promotes joint lubrication. 

Bone requires load bearing in order to heal. Bones are made to support weight, but a broken bone cannot support as much weight as a healthy bone. After a break, the bone should be immobilized for a period of time, but as healing progresses, applying weight to the bone can promote healing. This is why walking casts are beneficial for broken leg, ankle, or foot bones. 

Feeling Impatient About Your Progress in Physical Therapy?

Are you still wondering, how long does physical therapy take to work? If you don’t feel that you are making adequate progress in physical therapy, you may need to try a different physical therapist. Not all physical therapists use the same methods. Some use different tactics and equipment to help you get your desired results. 

Manhattan Physical Therapy uses state of the art equipment such as Redcord Treatment, a form of suspension therapy that accelerates healing by isolating some parts of the body while focusing attention on the parts that need healing. When it comes to physical therapy in New York City, you will find this treatment exclusively at Manhattan Physical Therapy. 

Call (212) 213-3480 today to schedule a consultation or contact us. We look forward to helping you make faster progress toward your physical therapy goals. 

What to Wear to Physical Therapy

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Are you starting physical therapy for the first time? If so, you may have a lot of questions. One of the most commonly asked questions that patients ask before coming to their first appointment is, “What should I wear?” This is a good question because how you dress for physical therapy is important. Your clothing should help you, not get in the way. Follow these guidelines for what to wear to physical therapy. 

Suggested Attire for PT in General

It is best to wear loose-fitting athletic clothing for physical therapy. It is important for you to be comfortable and that you can move your body without any restrictions to your range of motion. Dress like you would to go to the gym or to work out at home, because you will be exercising and working your muscles. Wear moisture-wicking clothing because you will likely sweat during your session. It is also important that your physical therapist is able to see and access the parts of your body that you are focusing on. 

What to Wear for Lower Body PT

If your physical therapy session is going to focus on the lower body (legs, knees, or ankles) it would be best to wear shorts or loose fitting pants that can be rolled up above the knee. While you are performing physical therapy exercises, it is important for your therapist to be able to see the muscles and tendons working so that they can be sure you are working the right muscles. It may also help them to identify any potential problems and to make the necessary adjustments to your therapy. 

What to Wear for Upper Body PT

Short sleeves would be sufficient for wrist or elbow therapy, but if you have a shoulder injury it would be best to wear a tank top or sleeveless shirt so that your therapist has direct access. A sleeve that is loose enough to be pushed up may be sufficient, but it may get in the way or continue to slip down. 

What Shoes to Wear

It would be best to wear athletic shoes (tennis shoes, sneakers) to your physical therapy appointment. Even if you have a foot injury, you will still wear your shoes for many of the exercises you’ll be performing. Your physical therapist may also want to look at your shoes and determine if they are providing sufficient support for your feet. Insoles or even orthopedic shoes may be recommended. 

Dress in Layers

You may want to wear layers to your physical therapy session. If you start with a sweatshirt on you can remove it as you warm up or start in long pants with shorts underneath so that you can remove the pants as needed. This can be helpful when the weather is cold outside. 

Clothing to Avoid Wearing to Physical Therapy

There are some types of clothing that you should not wear to physical therapy, such as:

  • Tight fitting clothes that restrict your movement 
  • Dress shoes, sandals, flip flops, high heels, etc. 
  • Business attire
  • Heavy clothing that could allow you to feel overheated 
  • Jewelry
  • Lotion (can cause slipping when using equipment)

Can I Change Clothes There? 

If you are coming straight from work or if the weather is too cold to wear shorts, you can bring your athletic clothes and change into them before your session. 

What to Wear For Suspension Therapy 

Redcord treatment, a form of suspension therapy, is revolutionizing physical therapy. This method suspends your body on a series of slings or swings that hang from above, making it possible to relieve the pressure on some body parts while focusing on the specific body parts that need therapy. If your PT will involve Redcord treatment, you’ll need to be especially sure to follow this guide on what to wear to physical therapy. Avoid applying lotion right before your session so that you don’t slip around in the various slings and supports that will be suspending your body. 

Redcord Treatment is Available at Manhattan Physical Therapy 

Redcord treatment, the leading suspension therapy method, is offered exclusively at Manhattan Physical Therapy. No other PT facility in New York City offers this specific type of treatment. It has been known to accelerate progress and recovery by as much as 10 times the results of typical treatment. 

Call (212) 213-3480 today schedule an appointment or enquire here about our services. We look forward to helping you accelerate your recovery and reduce your pain.  


Why Physical Therapy is Important

Female Patient Receiving Shoulder Therapy

Physical therapy is an increasingly common type of medical treatment. It is often recommended by a doctor for a variety of reasons, from injury to recovery from surgery. Some patients avoid physical therapy or don’t follow through with it because they don’t understand the importance. Physical therapy can be difficult and sometimes even painful, which is why many patients don’t complete their treatment. Some never even give it a chance, but there are many reasons why physical therapy is important. 

What Does Physical Therapy Do?

Physical therapy involves performing exercises that are specifically designed to build strength, promote proper movement, increase range of motion, and relieve pain. Physical therapists are highly trained and use their skills to develop an exercise regimen that will effectively help patients reach their goals. For example, in the case of shoulder physical therapy, a physical therapist will help a patient through a series of arm movements that will improve the shoulder joint’s feel and function. Exercises may involve equipment, weights, or just bodyweight. 

Benefits of Doing Physical Therapy 

  • Relieve pain. PT can relieve all kinds of pain from chronic back pain to pain resulting from an injury. Living with pain on a daily basis can be debilitating. Pain medication can help, but it is only treating the symptom, not the source of the pain. Taking pain medication on a daily basis for an extended period of time can have detrimental effects. It can also be habit-forming. But PT addresses the source of the pain and helps to relieve it permanently.
  • Increase range of motion. An injury can lead to decreased motion of the injured body part and other parts of the body that may have weakened as a result. Physical therapy after an injury can help the patient to make a full recovery and regain previous abilities.
  • Recover faster after surgery. The after-effects of surgery can be painful. It’s critical to rest following many medical procedures, but being immobile for too long can have negative consequences. Avoiding movement can lead to the weakening of muscles and stiffening of joints. Physical therapy can help patients regain strength, reduce swelling, and recover more quickly.
  • Regain abilities after a stroke. A stroke can sometimes cause brain damage because the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain becomes blocked. The after-effects of a stroke can include weakness and the loss of both large and fine motor skills. Physical therapy can help many patients regain their strength and abilities from walking to self-care.

The Role of the Physical Therapist in Motivation

Physical therapy is also essential because physical therapists help to motivate patients to do the work they need to do to feel better. Going to see a physical therapist who can help the patient through the necessary exercises helps to hold them accountable for their own recovery. Patients who only attend a session or two and then attempt to go it alone are less likely to follow through and get their desired results. Merely repeating the same exercises at home, even doing them daily, may not be enough to result in a full recovery. 

Physical therapy works in stages; as the patient gains strength, the exercises will increase in difficulty to help them progress. A physical therapist can continually change and develop an exercise plan based on the patient’s needs. 

In Need of PT? Try Manhattan Physical Therapy 

Physical therapy can make a huge difference in your recovery and overall health. It can be challenging to come back from an injury or a surgery, but with the help of Manhattan Physical Therapy, you can get your life back and do the things you once loved again. Manhattan PT provides the latest, most up to date therapies to help you make a faster recovery, such as Redcord treatment suspension therapy. Our cutting edge facility and highly trained physical therapists will work hard, side by side with you, to help you get better. 

Call (212) 213-3480 today to request a consultation or contact us. We look forward to helping you reach your goals. 

What is an Independent Physical Therapy Group?

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Not every physical therapy practice is the same. One of the major differences between physical therapists is that some are part of a larger corporate medical group and others are independent. An independent physical therapy group is owned and operated by the physical therapists themselves and their own in-house self-hired support staff.

Independent physical therapy clinics are able to offer distinct advantages over the larger, corporately owned practices.

Benefits of Receiving Treatment From an Independent PT Group

As a patient in need of physical therapy due to an injury, chronic pain, surgery, or some other condition, seeking treatment from an independent physical therapy group has many benefits, such as:

Get treatment sooner.

You will likely find that you can get an appointment much faster at a private PT practice than through a larger medical group. There are less steps along the way to getting a consultation and then starting treatment.

All services are in-house.

An independent PT practice houses all of its operations under one roof in most cases. This means that when you call to make an appointment, you are speaking directly to someone at the office you will be visiting for treatment, not a call center somewhere else entirely. You also pay for your services at the same location where you go for appointments.

Receive individualized treatment.

All physical therapy programs are designed around the patient and their specific needs. However, a corporate PT practice will have more regulations, rules, and limitations in the type of services they are able to offer. A private PT practice can establish their own policies and offer more progressive treatment programs.

Specialized Treatment Programs Offered by Independent Physical Therapy Groups

There are a variety of specialized PT programs that may be offered by an independent physical therapist, including:

Sports Physical Therapy.

Many people seeking physical therapy are athletes who have suffered injuries. Recovering from a serious injury can take months, but with physical therapy there is a higher chance of making a full recovery and returning to your sport sooner and with greater ability than you had before. Independent physical therapy groups that specialize in sports PT can provide the right treatment program to accelerate your recovery.

Peak Performance Physical Therapy.

Related to sports physical therapy, peak performance PT aims to do more than just help you to return to your previous level of ability. Peak performance takes you further and helps you go reach new heights in your athletic ability. You won’t be like you were before you were injured; you will be even better!

Suspension Therapy.

A revolutionary new strategy in physical therapy is suspension therapy. Suspension therapy involves a series of hanging slings that support various parts of the body to suspend you up off the ground or table. Suspension takes the pressure off of some parts of the body so that therapy can focus on a specific part of the body. This new, cutting edge therapy is not available everywhere, but only at certain independent physical therapy clinics.

Pain Management.

A universal goal of physical therapy is pain management. An independent physical therapist that specializes in pain relief can help you manage your pain more effectively. Physical therapy for pain can include:

Manhattan Physical Therapy Operates as an Independent Group in New York, NY

If you’re looking for a physical therapist in New York, NY, Manhattan Physical Therapy is an independent group of therapists offering a range of services from sports therapy to pain management. Manhattan Physical Therapy is a pioneer in suspension therapy, bringing this cutting edge strategy to the greater New York metro area and making it accessible to more patients. 

Call (212) 213-3480 today to schedule a consultation or contact us to request an appointment. We look forward to helping you reach your goals through physical therapy.

10 Characteristics of a Great Physical Therapist

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Are you in search of a physical therapist? Whether you’re recovering from an injury, surgery, or you’re in need of pain management, physical therapy can be life changing, but only when you work with a great physical therapist. But how do you find one? What do you look for? What are the signs of a good physical therapist?

When you’re doing your research, look for these 10 Characteristics of a Great Physical Therapist. When you’ve found one that checks all the boxes, you know you’ve found the right one.

1. Qualified.

Start by looking at qualifications. A physical therapist must have completed a doctor of physical therapy program (DPT), which usually takes 3 years at an accredited educational institution. After the completion of the program they must also pass an exam to gain licensure in the state where they intend to practice. Physical therapists can also earn specializations within the field of PT, such as those in this list of physical therapy certifications.

2. Knowledgeable.

Make sure any physical therapist you consider has a good working knowledge of physical therapy strategies that pertain to your needs. This should be apparent when you meet with a PT to discuss your potential treatment.

3. Experienced.

Find out how many years the physical therapist has been practicing. A good physical therapy practice will most likely have staff with a varying range of experience so that newer PTs can learn from the experience of others. Don’t visit a brand new practice where all the PTs are fresh out of school.

4. Skilled.

With experience comes the skills needed to be a physical therapist. There is a specific skill set that a good physical therapist should start with and develop through experience. PTs need to be strong enough to help their patients, agile and dexterous as well. Physical therapy is a highly physical job that requires someone to be in excellent physical shape. There is also skill required to properly use physical therapy equipment so that it helps the patient without causing any further harm.

5.  Patient.

Physical therapy is challenging, for both the patient and the physical therapist. It requires a gargantuan amount of effort from the patient and it can be painful. A good physical therapist understands this and knows they must exercise patience in every moment of treatment.

6. Positive.

A physical therapist must always have a positive attitude. This can be difficult when the patients they work with do not always mirror the same positive attitude. But staying positive helps the patient to work harder and believe that they can get better and achieve their goals.

7. Encouraging.

A physical therapist’s positive attitude allows them to be encouraging to their patients. While the majority of the effort must come from the patient, encouragement from the physical therapist goes a long way toward helping them make progress. For some patients without a strong support system, encouragement from their physical therapist may be the only encouragement they receive.

8. Effective Communicator.

A good physical therapist is an effective communicator. A PT must be able to explain what the patient needs to do in order to make progress. But they must also be a good listener so that they understand the needs of the patient and the barriers that may be hindering progress. Interpersonal communication in physical therapy is absolutely crucial for effective treatment.

9. Realistic.

Above all, a good physical therapist must be realistic. Physical therapy can help people make miraculous recoveries from injuries and pain, but it doesn’t work like magic. A good physical therapist can help you set realistic goals in small increments that are reachable.

10. Excellent support staff.

A good physical therapist should also have good staff. Qualities of a physical therapist assistant are many of the same qualities listed above. Since you may also come in contact with PT assistants and other staff, you want to find a practice that employs excellent support staff.

Manhattan Physical Therapy Exhibits All 10 of These Characteristics

If you’re looking for a top notch physical therapist, Manhattan Physical Therapy checks all of the above boxes and more. A physical therapy program through Manhattan Physical Therapy can help relieve your pain, expand your range of motion, and improve your overall mobility. Still need more reassurance? Watch these testimonials from satisfied patients. 

Call (212) 213-3480 today to schedule a consultation or contact us. We look forward to guiding you through your physical therapy transformation.