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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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Can Dry Needling Help Reduce Chronic Pain? 

Unfortunately, many people suffer from chronic pain, be it from sports injuries, car accidents or just general wear and tear. We wake up with the weight of the world on our shoulders, and we can feel it. The right knee gives out whenever it gets cold from an injury in childhood. Our bodies are fragile. We just learn to deal with it. Limp into work for a long shift on our feet, turn our full body around to talk to someone because it hurts our neck too much to move our head, or moan at our desk because of the searing pain shooting up our spine. But perhaps, we shouldn’t have to live like this? Dry needling may be the solution to reducing chronic pain. 

Can Dry Needling Help Reduce Chronic Pain? 

It is a physical therapist’s job and goal to help bring people in pain back to feeling “normal.” They are well trained in our bodies’ anatomy to facilitate us in our journey to recovery.  Dry needling is a well documented and researched method that physical therapists have found that can often alleviate some of the daily bodily agonies so that people may return to their daily lives.

But what IS dry needling and can it help you?

Dry needling (also known as Intramuscular Manual Therapy) is a practice where they insert a thin filiform “dry” needle, or one with no medication, into the trigger point muscle to reduce the pressure of the toxins that often build up in our systems. Dry needling can also be combined with mild electrical stimulation, if appropriate. The pain is similar to any other needle stick – a small pinch then hopefully relief. Light bleeding and bruising in the injection area are common side effects, but usually subside in a few days.

Unlike acupuncture, which just hits the surface of your skin at certain pressure points to realign your “energy,” dry needling stimulates the underlying myofascial points of your muscles – the ones that are often painful to the touch. However, many of them are found much deeper in our skeletal system so they cannot always be treated with manual. massage therapies. A thin needle (or needles, depending on the severity) is injected into your trigger area or the place on your body where your pain is rooted.

Each session lasts an average of 30 minutes. You should wear loose fitting clothing so that you are comfortable while the physical therapist can still access your areas of concern. Many with minor ailments have found relief within 24-48 hours of their first session.  Repeated sessions have proven to bring a renewed range of motion and dexterity to those who have been struggling for a length of time.

Who is dry needling for?

The people who may benefit from this treatment range from those with common neck pain to those with severe spinal injury. Anyone with pain or dysfunction in the joints and/or musculoskeletal system can easily get relief from this simple, yet effective procedure.

A brief consultation with Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center (212-213-3480 or will help you decide if dry needling is right for you.

Physical Therapy for Pregnancy Pain


Pregnancy puts your body through innumerable changes, and it is extremely normal to experience various aches and pains. Lower back, pelvic, and hip pain are especially common during the third trimester, as the weight of the baby combines with pregnancy hormones to loosen your ligaments and shift your center of gravity.

Physical Therapy for Pregnancy Pain

Pregnancy can also lead to nerve compression problems, tendinitis, circulatory issues, abdominal pain, foot and ankle pain, morning sickness, and more. Fortunately, physical therapy is an excellent way to manage your physical discomfort and remain active throughout your pregnancy. Here is what you should know. 

Safe Treatments During Pregnancy

Tell your physical therapist that you are pregnant, as certain treatments should never be used during pregnancy. For the most part, though, physical therapy is considered safe and effective throughout a normal, healthy pregnancy. Check with your obstetrician before you begin in case there are any specific restrictions based on your unique pregnancy.

Stabilization exercises for the core and pelvic floor muscles are at the heart of pregnancy physical therapy. These muscles help to stabilize your lower back and pelvis during movement, and strengthening them can dramatically reduce pregnancy pain. We may recommend that you wear an SI (sacroiliac) belt to provide additional stabilization as your baby grows, especially if your muscles are very weak or you are carrying multiples. In addition, we will create a customized treatment plan based on any other pregnancy symptoms you have.

Post-Pregnancy Treatments

Having a baby leaves the core and pelvic floor muscles weak. We can help you get back your strength and range of motion with a targeted physical therapy program. With a combination of in-office and at-home treatments, you can heal faster and get back into shape sooner than would otherwise be possible. Some women simply want to stop feeling achy, some want their pre-baby body back, and some want to return to intense athletic training as quickly as they can. We will design a customized plan that meets your needs and goals.

The stronger your body is during pregnancy, the more quickly and easily you will heal after giving birth. You will also experience a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy that allows you to continue to enjoy your regular activities. While some aches and pains are normal, there is no reason for pregnancy pain to stop you in your tracks.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are ready for the latest physical therapy treatments for your pain or injury, contact Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center today at (212) 213-3480 to learn how we can help.

Everything You Need to Know About Suspension Therapy

Suspension therapy is a relatively new physical therapy treatment, especially in the United States. Redcord’s suspension therapy system was introduced in the 1980s in Norway and has slowly made its way to the United States. At the time of this writing, Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center is the only physical therapy practice in New York City to offer it. We’ve compiled everything you need to know about suspension therapy based on the questions and comments we’ve received from clients.

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Can Physical Therapy Help Alleviate Carpal Tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is surprisingly common, affecting 1 in 20 Americans. The carpal tunnel is an area in the wrist that contains a variety of tendons and nerves that affect the hand and fingers. Excessive, ongoing pressure on this area of the wrist from computer use or hobbies can lead to numbness, tingling, pain, and restricted range of motion. Physical therapy can alleviate carpal tunnel in its early stages, and can help you recover from the surgery that may be needed for advanced carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Physical Therapy Apps & Tools for Patients

The in-person relationship between you and your physical therapist is absolutely vital to your healing. Only in person can your physical therapist perform manual therapy, visually monitor your progress, and utilize complementary techniques such as massage. However, homework is also a crucial part of your therapy, typically in the form of prescribed at-home exercises. While technology cannot replace in-person physical therapy, it can be an important tool. Here are some popular mobile apps that, with your physical therapist’s approval, can complement your weekly sessions. Continue reading “Physical Therapy Apps & Tools for Patients”