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We'll be at SAYREVILLE DAY this Saturday 9/15!

We'll be at SAYREVILLE DAY this Saturday 9/15!

Hello Mana Physical Therapy followers. We will be at Sayreville Day this Saturday at Kennedy Park from 12-4pm. There will be lots of food, entertainment, and rides for the kids!

 Posted From Sayreville Recreation on Facebook

Posted From Sayreville Recreation on Facebook

Come to see us at our table and grab some swag! We will have t-shirts, water bottles, and more that you can WIN with a spin on the prize wheel.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

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Reduce Knee Pain Naturally with Acupuncture

Reduce Knee Pain Naturally with Acupuncture

Our knees take a lot of abuse. Impact from running, jogging, sports and jumping can all cause knee pain. Our knees are our shock absorbers. Sports in our youth can strain or injure tendons or the delicate meniscus, arthritis as we age causes them to ache and swell.  Even with an injury, you don’t need to be in pain. Acupuncture is a natural pain free way to relieve your knee pain. 

If you suffer from knee pain, you know how frustrating daily life can be. Just getting out of bed can be a painful experience and you tend to avoid activities that cause you pain. Even a simple walk is no longer so simple. You may think you’re doomed to always have knees that ache or swell, but that is not the case. 

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Acupuncture is effective for relieving pain for the following reasons:

Acupuncture increases blood flow to the injured area. Blood brings healing properties such as platelets and red blood cells which lead to faster recovery. When that increase in blood flow leaves it pulls out toxins and fluid buildup which in turn decreases inflammation. When there is less inflammation and swelling there is less pressure and pain. 

Acupuncture releases endorphins and serotonin as natural pain medication. If your read the last post Acupuncture; Getting to thePointthen you already know that your natural pain killers can be stronger than morphine. You get natural pain relief without the harsh unwanted side effects of medication.

Acupuncture reduces trigger points in the muscles around the knee. When muscles get tight, they get sore, achy and result in decreased movement in an area. Acupuncture releases these trigger points without the need to inject medication. This makes for a natural approach to relieve tight muscles and trigger points. 

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Studies have shown the effectiveness of acupuncture to relieve pain for various causes of knee pain such as arthritis, “runner’s knee”, strains and sprains. Acupuncture also relieves pain while waiting for surgical intervention and can occasionally make surgery unnecessary.  If you’re suffering from knee pain, stiffness or swelling you need acupuncture for relief.

Call Mana Physical Therapy at 732-390-8100 to schedule your acupuncture consultation with Courtney today.

Acupuncture; Getting to the point.

Acupuncture; Getting to the point.

What is Acupuncture?

When most people think of acupuncture they think of some mystical ancient medicine but may not know what it is or how it works. Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely fine filament needles into specific points along the body. These points follow 12 main meridians that run from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. Meridians are named for the different organs in your body such as the heart and spleen. Acupuncture needles are solid, sterile, single time use needles that are about as fine as a strand of hair. They are so fine that 40 acupuncture needles will fit into a standard hypodermic needle. Most individuals are pleasantly surprised that acupuncture is not painful and they feel calm and relaxed during treatment. Acupuncture is a full body treatment that is used to balance your body and each treatment is custom tailored specifically to you and what you are coming in for. Acupuncture is used to treat both acute and chronic pain, gastrointestinal complaints, anxiety, depression, fertility, vertigo and much more.  

 

 

So that covers what acupuncture is but how does it actually work?


You will often hear acupuncturists talk about “Qi” as being the body’s energy and say Qi needs to flow smoothly or it results in pain and disease, but what is Qi really? Qi being translated to mean energy might be a mistranslation or at least an incomplete one. Qi in the body likely refers to your body’s nerves. They are electrical after all and acupuncture points have been found to have dense areas of nerves. These nerves are able to relay information back to the brain to release chemicals such as endorphins, serotonin and more. Endorphins are your feel good chemicals and can block pain. Some are even stronger than morphine. Serotonin is a natural mood stabilizer that reduces depression and anxiety and is also found in the digestive system to control bowel movements. From these two chemicals alone, we can already start to treat painful conditions, depression, anxiety and gastrointestinal upset. Acupuncture needles are inserted into appropriate points to trigger the release of these chemicals and in this way we are able to teach your body how to self-regulate again. Acupuncture uses your own body to heal itself. Schedule an appointment at Mana Physical Therapy with COURTNEY, our licensed Acupuncturist, to learn more about what acupuncture can do for you.

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Why Our Desk Jobs Are The Worst Thing For Us

Why Our Desk Jobs Are The Worst Thing For Us

Why Our Desk Jobs Are The Worst Thing For Us

Most of us out there have been told to sit up straight, don’t slouch.  But not many of us have been told “Don’t sit for so long, get up, move around”, unless of course you’ve been to the clinic and seen me!  

Work-related and more specifically desk-job related musculoskeletal problems are one of the leading causes for work leave/sick days.  So why is this and what can we do about it?  

Sitting for prolonged periods can start to decrease the mobility in our hips and low back.  Sitting keeps our hip flexors shortened (those are the muscles at the front of our hips/legs) which limits the amount of hip extension we are able to achieve (hip extension is bringing the leg backward past the body).  In walking we require 15-30degs of hip extension, if you are unable to achieve the required amount of movement then the back tends to compensate.  This leads to low back pain and even sciatica. Even further, the detriments of sitting are not limited to those who lead a sedentary lifestyle, runners can experience chronic ankle (achilles) or heel/foot pain from decreased hip mobility as a result of prolonged sitting.  

The thing about sitting for 8 hours a day is that no one can maintain proper posture for that long.  People will tend to sacral sit, or slouch/recline in the chair which then switches off our core muscles, further contributing to back and hip issues.  Or people try to overcorrect their posture and sit with a posture that is too erect with an increased arch in their low back. These individuals may also be trying to find stability while sitting by using their bony anatomy for support rather than their muscles.  This again can lead to increased lower back pain and discomfort.  But sitting all day does not only affect our lower backs and hips, it can have a significant impact on our neck and shoulders.  We often sit with a rounded shoulder and forward head posture or slumping.  This weakens the deep stabilizers of the neck and our postural support at the muscles surrounding our shoulders leading to neck pain, shoulder pain and even headaches. 

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So with all this what can we do to fix it?

FIRST: GET UP! Not just at lunch time or the end of the day, get out of your chair frequently and just stand or take a lap around the office.  If you are on the phone a lot, take some calls standing. The more often you extend your hips throughout the day the better off you’ll be.  

SECOND: Look at your desk setup.  Make sure your computer is at eye level.  If you use a laptop, see if you can have a laptop stand and a separate keyboard so that the screen can be at eye level.  Make sure your feet are planted firmly on the ground when you’re sitting and the mouse/keyboard are comfortably within reach.  

THIRD: Sit with a neutral spine.  You want to find the midway point between both increased arch in the back and increased rounding of the back and try to maintain your sitting posture there.  Now this may not be something you are familiar with.  So give us a call!  

If you have are having any aches and pains while working or even after work, give us a call immediately.  Some problems resolve in a few days on their own, but some do not and rather than wait for your problem to become chronic give us a call at Mana Physical Therapy.  We can evaluate your posture, mobility and even give you some pointers on desk setup!

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Join Us at "Ready, Set, Summer!", Saturday June 23rd

Join Us at "Ready, Set, Summer!", Saturday June 23rd

We will be kicking off the summer on the first Saturday of the season! Join us at the Brunswick Square Mall for an afternoon filled with treats, music, and kid-friendly activities. Come stop by to say hello and stay for the fun!

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