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January 2015 Health Newsletter

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» Fibromyalgia and Vitamin D
» Got a Health Savings Account?
» Don't let your feet "Fall" down!
» Women's Wednesdays
» Chiropractic Pain Relief Seen On MRI
» “BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse
» Insurance Provider Paying Members To Be Healthy

Fibromyalgia and Vitamin D

Fibromyalgia and Low Vitamin D Levels

Fibromyalgia and vitamin DFibromyalgia patients are at risk of vitamin D deficiency according to a new study from Ireland. In the study, 36% of fibromyalgia patients had deficient levels of vitamin D and 62% had insufficient levels. That meant only 15% of patients were getting adequate levels of the vitamin.

The patients were mostly middle-aged women. Researchers pointed out that the women’s vitamin D levels may have been affected by the fact they live in seldom-sunny Ireland. When it is sunny, patients may still choose to stay indoors because of their disability and pain.

Low vitamin D levels can increase the risk of cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, cancer, and more. Vitamin D helps the body maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. It also allows the body to absorb calcium to strengthen the bones.

Previous research has investigated the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and musculoskeletal pain with conflicting results. In some studies, fibromyalgia patients had low levels of the vitamin but in others their levels were no different than control participants.  In one study vitamin D supplementation appeared to have no specific clinical benefits for fibromyalgia patients.

Still, there does appear to be link between vitamin D deficiency and muscle pain. While more research is needed to understand this link, vitamin D supplements could benefit the overall health of fibromyalgia patients.

Consult with your doctor to learn which vitamins are right for you.


Jan A, et al. “Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels in patients with fibromyalgia” BSR 2012; Abstract 231.

Walsh, Nancy. Medpage Today. Vitamin D May be Help in Fibromyalgia. May 3, 2012. Accessed May 10, 2012.

Author: Michael Melton
Source: ChiroNexus
Copyright: Michael Melton 2014

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Got a Health Savings Account?

 Are there funds in your health savings account (HSA) that you will lose come January 1st? Have you been waiting for that new sleeping pillow, lumbar support or orthotics for your feet? Why should you let those funds roll back into the boss' pocket when they could help you hold your adjustments better, watch the game more comfortably or go out on the town with your loved ones? Come in for a free foot scan and report; order a pillow for yourself or your spouse; or relax with a Cranial Sacral Therapy session to handle the season's stresses! My staff and I can help you get the most out of your Health Savings account while giving you a leg up on a healthy Holiday Season!

Been out picking up mums and pumpkins and loads of apples ...I'll bet you are feeling a little bit of fall in your body, too! Come in for your Autumn Tune-Up.  Call the office at 201-525-0707 and my "wonderFall" staff will set you up at a convenient day and time!  We will help you keep from "Falling" out of Balance!

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Copyright: Dr. Mania 2014

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Don't let your feet "Fall" down!

Do you notice fatigue, soreness or pain in you feet or legs? Are you experiencing pain or tiredness in the lower back? 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 fee 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. 2014

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Women's Wednesdays

Women's Wednesdays with Dr. Mania

Dr.Carmel-Ann Mania will be joining the 

     Women's Wednesday

        Panel discussion on Women's Health

 October 22, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 "Senior Source" at Riverside Square Mall

 100 Riverside Square, Suite 310

  Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.

                                                            Co-panelists will include:

     Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW  Jyoti Mathews, MD  Linda Mitchell, LMT

Learn from experts in the field of Women's Health how to get better, to stay better and to be better at every age and every stage! Unique information, lively discussion and down-to-earth advice on the issues that matter to every woman! This evening of empowerment is for women of all ages from the teens to the 100's, so don't be left out...

Contact for more information and to register for this  exciting and informative night! This event is free but registration is preferred.

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Copyright: Dr. Mania 2014

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Chiropractic Pain Relief Seen On MRI

What if back pain relief could be immediately experienced from a simple, safe and natural procedure being applied to your back. Well say hello to chiropractic! According to researchers, they’ve been able to view changes in the areas of the brain that process and modulate pain using an MRI immediately following chiropractic spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization. In this recent study, researchers induced low back pain in a group of participants, then provided three forms of care: spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization and therapeutic touch. During this period, participants underwent functional MRI studies to measure changes in regions of the brain dealing with the experience of pain. Researchers concluded that chiropractic spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization and therapeutic touch all offered an immediate effect on the pain processing and modulating areas within the brain and that these changes could be why so many patients experience immediate pain relief or pain reduction after chiropractic care.

Source: JMPT. Vol 37, Issue 9, Nov-Dec 2014.
Copyright: LLC 2015

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“BPA-Free” Plastics Potentially Worse

If you’ve purchased plastic related drinking containers you’ve surely noticed many products touting their "BPA-free" status. BPA or bisphenol-A is a chemical used to harden plastic and has received much bad press over the recent years due to studies linking it to brain and behavior issues in children and infants, altered hormone levels, obesity and cancer, to name a few. Unfortunately, new research from Canada shows the replacement being used for BPA, BPS or bisphenol-S, has now also become a cause for concern. Researchers from the University of Calgary have now found BPS to cause changes in the brain development of zebra fish embryos at extremely low doses. Authors of the study state their findings are directly relevant to humans, especially for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.

Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jan 12, 2015.
Copyright: LLC 2015

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Insurance Provider Paying Members To Be Healthy

Ring in the new year with some increased physical activity and your health insurance company just may reward you! New York and New Jersey health plan provider Oscar Health Insurance will pay its members up to $240 per year in gift cards from simply walking. Members who sign up for their walking program consisting of wearable watches that communicate with tracking software can walk their way to rewards. Since increased walking is associated with positive health benefits and healthy people cost insurance companies far less to insure, it seems like a win-win for members and the insurance provider.

Source: Reuters. December 9, 2014.
Copyright: LLC 2015

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