November 2017 Health Newsletter

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December 10, 2017

Dear Friends,

I'd like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to every patient who has crossed our threshold since we first opened our doors in Garfield on November 30, 1979.

Dr. Ray Nicastro and I named our business Garfield Family Chiropractic Center and it really was a family operation! Ray and I had been married only a few months before. My dad and his dad helped us put up sheetrock in the adjusting rooms; my mom had helped me to get a business plan and financing through the SBA; a few years later, our son Christopher was born and he came to work with us for nearly a year! After Ray's untimely death, I took over his part of the practice and found great support from all the patients. My Aunt Cathy came in to run the office at that time and stayed with me for about 7 years! Chris and I were so blessed to form a new family with my husband of 24 years John, and his beautiful daughter Valerie. A year after that, I moved the office to Hackensack to be closer to our home. In the following years, Valerie came to work as a massage therapist for some time and my niece Bernadette worked the Saturday hours at the front desk for years, as well! I am grateful that many of my staff members over the years have come to be like family to me and to the patients, too! Some of those earlier patients are now bringing me their grandchildren to be adjusted...I've even had several families with 4 generations under care at one time! It has always been about  Family Chiropractic to me!

Thank you for the confidence you have shown in me...for sending me your loved ones, your friends and acquaintances to care for! Thank you for the opportunity to serve humankind ( and the occasional canine or feline) in the best way I know how! My fervent wish is to continue to serve my current and future patients with compassion, skill and love for years to come!

Office Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 -1 and 3 -6 and Saturdays 9 - 1.During the month of December we will have a few extra days off to spend with family, but we will be in most days. Call 201-525-0707 to make an appointment with Joan, Jolanta or Debi at a convenient time.

All the best and we'll see you soon!

Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.

 

If this is the first time your are receiving our Health Newsletter,  we wish you a very warm Welcome! For those of you that have been on our list for awhile, thanks for making the effort to learn how to get well and how to stay well. Call 201-525-0707 for an appointment, consultation or more information about our office or the services we offer in the office and out.

If you have a church, temple, civic or social group that needs a speaker or a fundraising program, I am available for health and wellness topics by myself or with Loren Gelberg-Goff through Being Well Within. Call the office at 201-525-0707 to speak to me about the several outstanding programs available. For more about workshops and seminars, call 201-489-6720 or 201-525-0707 for more information.

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Current Articles

» Affordable Care Act Enrollment Until 12-15-2017
» Bergen's TOP Chiropractor 2017
» Chronic Back Pain Could Be Made Worse by Spouse Hostility
» Young and Hypertense: Do You Know if You Have High Blood Pressure?
» For People on Medicare
» Did you know we have this available?
» Rate us on Social Media

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Until 12-15-2017

There is still time to enroll in a healthcare plan through the Affordable Care Act and subsidies are still available for those who qualify. Click for more information .

There are options to fit a lot of needs and many plans have Chiropractic coverage. Don't let the confusion in the news deter you from finding out your own best options! Visit healthcare.gov/ for more information!

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

 

 

Author: Dr. Mania
Source: healthcare.gov/
Copyright: Dr. Mania 2017


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Bergen's TOP Chiropractor 2017

We are honored to announce that Dr. Carmel-Ann Mania has been chosen for inclusion in the third annual "201 Magazine" Bergen's TOP Chiropractors Award 2017! This is the third year that she has been so honored, starting with the initial class of 2015.

Professional Research Services of Troy, Michigan administered a county wide, peer reviewed survey asking Chiropractic physicians to recommend up to 3 colleagues. After vetting the licensure and educational information with the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the highest vote getters were awarded inclusion in the class of honorees.

Says Dr. Mania, "To have been recognized by my colleagues, means so much to me! It is really meaningful to be respected by those who live by the same principles of Health and Service! I'm grateful for this acknowledgement".

 

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: 201 Magazine
Copyright: Dr. Mania 2017


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Chronic Back Pain Could Be Made Worse by Spouse Hostility
According to a recent study, lower back pain may be heightened if a spouse is unsupportive or critical of their partner. Published in August, the report involved observing 71 couples during a 10-minute discussion. The researchers were looking to see how a spouseís perspective could influence a patientís ability to deal with pain when they were suffering from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or a degenerative disc. After the discussion, the patients suffering from chronic back pain were asked to do a 10-minute activity which involved stretching, bending, reclining, walking, standing, and sitting, while their partner watched on. The research team measured the levels of hostility and criticism from the spouse along with how much criticism was perceived by the patient. They also monitored the patientsí depressive symptoms, pain behaviors, and pain intensity.

How Negativity Can Intensify Chronic Back Pain
It was intended for the initial 10-minute discussion to create conflict, but the amount of hostility or criticism given wasnít manipulated. The researchers were successful in creating this conflict, with all patients reporting significant increases in their feelings of sadness, anger, and anxiety. Throughout the activity, the patients who experienced greater pain and were more likely to observe greater criticism from their spouses have been found to have higher depression scores.†

Combatting Chronic Back Pain†
Speaking about the study, John Burns who was their lead researcher suggested that until now, most studies have focused on how adequate social support can positively influence someone with chronic pain. However, this study has demonstrated how negative communication from a spouse can have a harmful effect on pain patients, with these negative responses often creating a vicious cycle. Spouse criticism can cause pain among patients as expressed by straining, groaning, and grimacing up to three hours later. This can also lead to further spouse criticism up to three hours later. When someone is experiencing back pain, itís very easy to criticize, dismiss them, or even act in a hostile manner toward them. However, when a patient is enduring pain, the best type of support is to help them lead the best life they can despite their pain. For back pain sufferers, this may also include getting the help of a chiropractor. As studies suggest, this noninvasive treatment is effective at relieving this type of pain. If youíve got chronic back pain, donít suffer in silence. Seek the professional advice and care of your local chiropractor.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pain 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Young and Hypertense: Do You Know if You Have High Blood Pressure?
If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 39, there is a good chance you have high blood pressure and may not know it. Research findings in eight national health surveys conducted between 1999 and 2014 suggest that only half of the 6.7 million young adults between the ages of 18 and 39 who actually have high blood pressure or hypertension received treatment for it.

Most High Blood Pressure Goes Undiagnosed

Approximately 75 million adults in the US, which is roughly 32% of the population, have high blood pressure.† While awareness of and treatment for hypertension and high blood pressure has improved in recent years, a significant number of people still go undiagnosed and untreated every year. And a large percentage of those people are men under the age of 39. Over 86% of women with high blood pressure have been diagnosed and sought treatment, compared with 44% of young men. High blood pressure and hypertension are the leading cause of stroke and heart attack, and contribute to one in 4 deaths every year in the US alone. High blood pressure can be caused by many factors, including obesity, smoking, stress, and genetics. In many cases the risk factors can be reduced or eliminated and the condition can be controlled.† However, failure to seek medical opinion and treatment can have serious consequences.

Reducing Stress With Chiropractic Care May Reduce Blood Pressure
Studies conducted at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Womenís Hospital in Boston, MA show that individuals who have shown elevated blood pressure in adolescence and early adulthood are at greater risk for heart attacks later in life. Researches suggest that preventing high blood pressure in the first place by exercising, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco is one of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of hypertension or high blood pressure.† If medication I required to control the condition, patients tend to get better results when they are young. Chiropractic care can also help alleviate or eliminate sources of stress caused by chronic pain, which can contribute to an overall reduction in blood pressure. If you have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease in your family, or think you may be suffering from the condition, you are encouraged to seek a medical evaluation and treatment.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Hypertension, online August 28, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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For People on Medicare

New Medicare Cards Will Be Issued Soon

You may have heard that every Medicare recipient will be receiving a new Medicare card with a new Medicare number in the next few months. The new card will replace the one you currently have and will no longer use your Social Security number as an indentifier. This will offer greater protection to patients from identity theft and privacy issues. When you receive this new card, please come in so we can put the new information into your file for insurance claim submissons. The change will take place in 2018 on a rolling basis, so I cannot tell you exactly when it will occur for you or your loved one. However, there will be notices from the Center for Medicare Services to let you know about the changes.

As a side note, the new enrollment period begins soon for Medicare recipients. If you are looking into changing to an "Advantage" plan, be aware that not all of them have out of network benefits or allow you to see the doctor of your choice. Some plans do not have Chiropractic services. We do have some patients who get Advantage plans for the gym benefits or other benefits, but pay cash when coming into our office because they do not have Chiropractic benefits. We ask them to only pay the low Medicare rate, instead of the usual and customary rate, but it is an out of pocket cost. Ask your insurance representative to be clear about what is and is not covered under their plan.

Regular Medicare has a small deductible (about $150) per year and a co-pay after that is satisified (usually around $9 per office visit). Examinations, modalities like ultrasound or muscle stim, and extremity adjustments are not payable by Medicare under their policy provisions. We will always work with you to provide appropriate care and to handle your insurance quickly and efficiently. Please feel free to ask us if there is anything you don't understand about your coverage.

Author: Dr. Mania
Source: CMS and Dr. Mania
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2017


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Did you know we have this available?

Patients and the public know that Dr. Carmel-Ann Mania has been offering Chiropractic  care in Hackensack for over 20 years...but did you know that other services are being offered at her Summit Avenue office? For instance, Dr. Mania has been practicing gentle Chiropractic techniques that are appropriate for small children, for elderly patients and for disc problems. She is very experienced in adjusting other parts of the body like shoulders, ankles, feet, elbows, wrists and knees. Since 2001, Dr. Carmel-Ann has practiced Cranial Sacral Therapy for patients that have suffered trauma, headaches, stressful experiences, concussions or other injuries. She can scan you for custom orthotics to support your spinal balance and the kinetic chain (gait). We care for women through out pregnancy and the post-partum recovery. She completed a Chiropractic Family Primary Care certification. Dr. Mania can care for you after a car accident, write a prescription for x-rays, CT scans or MRIs; send you for PT if needed; order an appropriate brace, support or sleeping pillow for your specific needs; recommend at home excercises for your specific situation; sign for your handicapped placard application or renewal. She can even work with your Veterinarin to adjust your dog or cat! And, if she can't help you, she'll help you find someone who will.

In addition to these services by Dr. Mania,  if it is appropriate to refer you for nutrition services, we are fortunate to have Jane McNeil, CN, CH consulting with patients in our office. Jane has a practice  in Brielle, New Jersey but also travels to doctors' offices on certain days for their patients' convenience. Jane can work with people looking to change to a healthier lifestyle, control weight, recover from serious illness, balance hormonal system or alleviate stress. Her next scheduled day here will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Call us at 201-525-0707 to make an appointment or get more information.

We have always had the privilege  of sharing our office space with Christine Gibbons, LAc.  Christine  has many years of experience offering acupuncture services to patients for sports injuries, headaches, hormonal imbalances, arthritis, pain, muscle spasms, weight balance  and smoking cessation and other problems. For some time now, Christine has office  hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and some Fridays. We can usually coordinate acupuncture and Chiropractic appointments in Thursdays for the convenience of mutual patients.  Call Christine directly at 201-487-0036 for more information or an appointment.

Dr. Mania works with you to find all the pieces to complete your Optimum Health Puzzle! Call us at 202-525-0707 for a consultation or treatment appointment!

 

 

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, DC
Source: Carmel-Ann Mania, DC
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, DC 2017


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Rate us on Social Media

Are you the type of person that posts on social media a couple of times a day? The one who tells your friends about the new bagel shop you found, or the best place for brunch? Do you share those great things that "just happened"?

So, then, how do you tell someone where to go to get gentle, experienced, compassionate Chiropractic care? How do you help someone find a way to great health, overcome ignorance or fear? How can you support our wellness practice? Why not rate us on Yelp and Google? I'd like to leave it to those of you who are web-savvy to help other needy people find the way to our office and to live a healthier life. There are buttons on our website Drmania.com to rate us from your phone or online.

The website is very mobile friendly and office hours, phone and directions are easy to find. Email me with suggestions for the site. Do you or a friend have a question about what Chiropractic can do for you? Check out the DrMania.com website and give us a call...I'll gladly arrange a few minutes to answer a question about a problem. Thanks for your support!

Author: Dr. Mania
Source: self
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2017


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