April 2019 Health Newsletter

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April 10, 2019

Dear Friends,

April showers bring May flowers....remember that from school? April showers also bring tree pollens, grass and plant pollens; maybe even mold from the leaky gutters. How about itchy eyes and sinus congestion and some coughing or sneezing? Ahhh, Spring is here at last and we are so glad! But what are we going to do about the allergens' effect on our bodies?

Practical advice includes:

  • Stay indoors early mornings and twilight  or on windy days when the irritants fly around the most.
  • Wash hands and faces frequently to keep irritants from sensitive areas
  • Refrain from laying on the bed or couch with outer clothing that may be covered in pollens.
  • Use a Neti pot or saline spray to wash away irritants from the nose and sinuses. Think about using a homeopathic eye drop (no steroids or anti-histamines) to soothe eyes.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep mucus membranes hydrated.
  • And, most importantly, make an appointment to see Dr. Mania for a Chiropractic adjustment! Adjustments help to calm your overworked immune system, balance the nervous system and lower inflammation. We can help drain the sinuses, get your lymphatic system flowing and relieve the sore muscles from coughing and sneezing! Don't suffer unnecessarily...check in for a check up and get a jump on Spring!

 Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 -1 and 3 -6 and Saturdays 9 - 1. Call 201-525 -0707 to make an apointment with Joan, Jolanta or Debi at a convenient time.

All the best and we'll see you soon!

Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.

 

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Current Articles

» Thrive with Chiropractic
» Don't let your feet let you down
» Rate us on Social Media
» Live in a High-Income Country? Dont Expect the Highest Life Expectancy
» Young and Overweight? Your Heart May Suffer
» ADHD May Be on the Rise in U.S. Children

Thrive with Chiropractic

The typical understanding of Chiropractic care is that chiropractors help stiff necks and sore backs. And, though that is true, it is a very limited understanding of what Chiropractic is about. We know that the body is a self-healing and self-regulating organism. If it wasn't self-regulating, we would have to decide when to breathe, when to blink, when should our heart beat, which muscles contract and which release and when. Doing any one of these things consciously would take all our time and effort. And yet, all of these functions and many, many more, are simultaneously happening all the time without any thought process from us!

Human beings survive some of the most varied conditions of weather, nutrition, physical condition and stress, often with great success and resilience. Why is that? It's not just good luck! I can assure you that the body is a marvel of mechanics, physiology and vitality working together to perform and function and adapt in an everchanging environment. But, we need more than food, water and air to thrive. Thriving means more than just surviving...more than just getting by. To thrive means to have the fullness of life expression; body, mind and spirit working together in service to ourselves and others with purpose!

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, helping my patients to enhance their ability to achieve a fuller life expression by optimizing their health, relieving their pain and eliminating excess stress is my purpose and my privilege. That's my body, mind and spirit working together with a purpose so we can each have the fullness of life expression!

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: D. D. Palmer
Copyright: Dr. Mania 2019


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Don't let your feet let you down

Do you notice fatigue, soreness or pain in you feet or legs? Are you experiencing pain or tiredness in the lower back? Do you notice these more than you used to after exercising or a long workday? Did you know that your feet are unique structures that support is a dynamic way both weight bearing and motion functions of the rest of the body? There are 3 arches in the feet that act to support our� legs, hips, back and neck in what is called the "kinetic chain". When we are balanced from the feet up, then the body can overcome even quite significant differences in leg length, knee, issues, hip, back and neck pain, as well as foot problems. And, that pain in your feet might be coming from an instability in the spine that can be helped by spinal pelvic stabilizing orthotics for your feet!

I want to make you aware that as a service to our patients, we offer digital foot scanning free of charge to patients and their families. Insurance may pay all or part of the cost of custom spinal pelvic stabilizing orthotics, and we work with patients whose plans do not cover to help them afford to get the care they need. Please call the office (201-525-0707) to schedule a free digital exam with your next office visit and find out if custom stabilizing orthotics are likely to help you!

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: Foot Levelers, Inc.
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2019


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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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Live in a High-Income Country? Dont Expect the Highest Life Expectancy

Two new studies are revealing some startling facts about recent life expectancies in high-income countries like the U.S.: They're declining, but for surprising reasons. The first of the studies examined life expectancy trends among 18 countries with high income. Overwhelmingly, most of them experienced simultaneous declines in 2015 for the first time in decades. In the U.S., drug overdoses due to the opioid epidemic are to blame for a large number of young adult deaths. In other high-income countries, a harsh flu was mostly behind declining life expectancies during the 2014-2015 season. Most were able to rebound their rates during 2015-2016, but the U.K. and the U.S. were not among them. Meanwhile, a second study adds that the opioid epidemic is just the beginning deaths from alcohol abuse and suicide are also on the rise in the U.S., not to mention death during middle age due to diseases of the organs, including the heart, digestive system, and lungs. The second study also suggests that lower life expectancies may have psychological and socioeconomic origins. In short, what causes people in low socioeconomic groups to make bad health choices like smoking, abusing alcohol, and eating unhealthy foods? The German researchers behind the study, from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, suggest that stress from income inequality, social exclusion, and more can be the starting point.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The BMJ, online August 22, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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Young and Overweight? Your Heart May Suffer

Young adults who are overweight are at high risk for high blood pressure and damage to the heart, just like older adults. According to a study from the U.K.'s University of Bristol, the correlation between a high BMI (body mass index) and cardiovascular issues applies to young people, too. To come to their conclusions, researchers studied data collected from over 3,000 young people born during the '90s, who were 17 years old when the study took place. Researchers also looked at the cardiovascular scans of 400 high-risk, 21-year-old adults. The 17-year-olds' average BMI was in the so-called "healthy" range. The average blood pressure of the group was also in the range considered "healthy" (under 130 mmHg for a systolic reading and under 80 mmHg for a diastolic reading). In general, young adults who had higher BMIs in the study also had a better chance of developing high blood pressure. They additionally found that having a high BMI correlates to a higher left ventricular mass index (meaning the left ventricle of the heart is enlarged). This means that the young adults who weighed more correspondingly had more blood pumping through their bodies every minute. Over time, this may lead to a variety of heart issues, including a thickened heart muscle and high blood pressure. According to a Harvard Medical School researcher, this may be because those at a higher weight have bodies with higher metabolic demands. They may also have more inflammation due to their increased amount of fat cells.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Circulation, online July 30, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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ADHD May Be on the Rise in U.S. Children

According to a new study published in JAMA Network Open, diagnoses of children with ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) have increased significantly since 1997. Researchers found that the diagnosis rate for children with ADHD increased from 6.1% in 1997 to 10.2% in 2016. However, according to Dr. Wei Bao, there could be lots of reasons for this dramatic rise. For example, doctors are much better at diagnosing ADHD than they were 20 years ago. Dr. Bao also said that more people today are aware of the condition and its symptoms, which can lead to more kids getting screened and subsequently diagnosed. Bao and his fellows are researchers at the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. They came to their conclusions by reviewing the National Health Interview Survey over 20 years. In particular, they honed in on answers to one question: Whether survey-takers' children had ever been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD (attention-deficit disorder). For scope, the most recent iteration of the survey from 2015-2016 collected data on over 18,000 children from age 4-17. Of that number, nearly 2,000 received an ADHD diagnosis. Though the research results are startling, experts advise parents and doctors to take the increase in children with ADHD with a grain of salt. This is because ADHD is commonly misdiagnosed.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Network Open, online August 31, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2019


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