June 2018 Health Newsletter

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June 10, 2018

Dear Friends,

 Many times during the day I have the opportunity to become aware of something wonderful happening in the everyday lives of my patients! Who is graduating from Pre-K, 8th grade, high school or college? Who has a new grandchild on the way? Who got promoted or is retiring? Who has a wedding coming up -- a Bar Mitzvah -- a big birthday? We are so happy for our patients, friends and family in the happy times!

However, there are also times when my patients might have a sorrow, a worry, or a loss of someone dear. Their friend is ill, a pet passes, a family member gets injured or they lose a job. We grieve along with you in the sadder times, as well. Part of "Family Chiropractic" is the understanding that we are all a little bit of family, so, if we can lend a listening ear, a compassionate heart or make a connection that will help in the rough times, it is our honor to help.You don't have to suffer alone!

First and foremost, let us help you handle everyday stresses, both good and bad, with a great adjustment! Call today...Office Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 -1 and 3 -6 and Saturdays 9 - 1. 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.

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Current Articles

» Dr. Mania Now in Network with many Optum, Oxford and United HealthCare plans!
» Erase Your Backache with Spinal Manipulation
» Hoverboards + Kids = A Trip to the ER?
» Lifting With Knees Is Better For The Back
» For People on Medicare
» Rate us on Social Media

Dr. Mania Now in Network with many Optum, Oxford and United HealthCare plans!

We have just been informed that we are now in network with many Optum, Oxford and United Healthcare Insurance plans. These include:

AARP Medicare Complete Essential (HMO)

AARP Medicare Complete Plans 1, 3 and 4 (HMO)

United HealthCare Group Medicare Advantage (PPO and HMO)

United HealthCare Liberty Choice, Choice Plus and Choice HMO

Core/ Core Essential/ Core Essential HMO/ Core HMO

HeritageSelect EPO / Heritage Plus/ Heritage Select POS and HMO

Navigate/ Navigate Balanced/ Navigate Plus/ Navigate HMO/ Navigate Plus HMO

Nexus ACO/ RP/ OA /OAP

Options PPO/ Options PPO with Harvard Pilgrim

Oxford Freedom and Freedom Choice Plus

Oxford Liberty and Liberty Choice Plus

Passport Connect Choice and Passport Connect Choice Plus (not Options plans)

Select/ Select HMO / Select Plus

There may be other plans that we are in network or out-of-network. We will gladly check your coverage if you are in any United HealthCare, Oxford or Optum plans. Call 201-525-0707 or stop by with your cards during regular business hours and we can take a look for you, your family or friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: Oxford
Copyright: Dr. Mania 2018


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Erase Your Backache with Spinal Manipulation

The next time you hurt your back, don’t reach for the ibuprofen or ask for a prescription painkiller.  A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes you can get on your feet again with the simple, effective, drug-free therapy of spinal manipulation. In chiropractic spinal manipulation therapy, a doctor of chiropractic applies specific forces to your spine to align your vertebrae correctly, thereby improving mobility and reducing pain.  In this study, patients with less than six weeks occurrence of low-back pain used a 100-point scale to rate their pain.  Patients treated with spinal manipulation felt that their pain improved by an average of 10 points. In addition, they moved through their day with less overall pain than people who didn’t receive the therapy.

Ditch the Drugs
Recent guidelines from the American College of Physicians suggest that spinal manipulation and other therapies like acupuncture and massage should be tried before over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or naproxen. And, with their risk of addiction, prescription painkillers are also strongly discouraged. While spinal manipulation is safe and effective, there is no evidence it has any serious adverse effects. Minor side effects, like soreness, are generally transient.

Make a Plan
If you’d like a non-invasive, effective way to manage your back pain, contact a local doctor of chiropractic today! Most offer no-obligation evaluations to determine if you’re a good candidate for safe, natural and effective chiropractic care. A chiropractor can examine you and formulate a treatment plan that includes spinal manipulation to help you return to pain-free living as soon as possible.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA. 2017;317(14):1451-1460. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3086
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018


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Hoverboards + Kids = A Trip to the ER?

What kid doesn’t want a ride on one of the flashy self-balancing hoverboards, zipping along the sidewalk without a care in the world? Unfortunately, a new study shows that these seemingly benign toys have sent a slew of children to the emergency room for various injuries. Among U.S. kids under 18 treated in emergency rooms in 2015-16, a total of 26,854 injuries can be chalked up to hoverboards. Right after the first models were launched, there were reports of boards overheating or catching fire. But rather than burns, the majority of injuries sustained by kids using hoverboards came from falls.  The journal Pediatrics reported that kids most often presented with injured heads, forearms, or wrists, with more than 40 percent of injuries being classified as fractures. Doctors also noted contusions, strains, and sprains. Fortunately, only about three percent of injuries required hospitalization. Dr. Sean Bandzar, an emergency physician at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and lead author of the study notes that most of these injuries could be prevented with protective gear. And, since most hoverboard injuries occurred at home, the study found that parental supervision in combination with helmets, leg, and wrist pads, is the best preventative to hoverboard injuries.  While it’s true that wheeled toys like hoverboards and skateboards definitely carry risk of injury, there is a great benefit to children to getting exercise and improving their coordination.  To provide the safest possible environment for play with these devices, parents should provide proper supervision and make wearing protective gear a non-negotiable house rule.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Pediatrics, online March 26, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018


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Lifting With Knees Is Better For The Back

A new French study suggests that lifting with the knees takes more energy than bending at the waist, but that improper lifting can cause lower back pain. The study, published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, found that heart rates increased when subjects squatted to raise and lower a box. The extra energy demand may be why most people ignore warnings about possible back strain.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, July
Copyright: ChiroPlanet.com 2000


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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 beginning in April 2018 on a rolling basis and continuing for about a year. There will be notices from the Center for Medicare Services to let you know about the changes and to get you your new card.

As a side note, the new policy year has begun for Medicare recipients. If you have changed 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 $185) 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.You will receive an Advanced Beneficiary Notice when you come in which explains these regulations. 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. 2018


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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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