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April 2015 Health Newsletter


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» Dr. Mania is a "Pioneering" Entrepreneur!
» Fibromyalgia and Vitamin D
» Don't let your feet "Fall" down!
» Chiropractic Adjustments In The Blood
» Good Vibrations
» Chiropractic Profession Unites in Washington, D.C. to Advocate for Patients, Exp

Dr. Mania is a "Pioneering" Entrepreneur!

William Paterson University"s entrepreneurship club Enactus is sponsoring a panel discussion in honor of Women's History Month called Pioneering Women: Entrepreneurship 101 . Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C has been invited to participate as an alumnae panelist. Dr. Mania will discuss her own particular journey to success as a doctor, a healer and a businesswoman. The event will take place on Monday, March 23, 2015 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Student Center Multipurpose Room at William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road Wayne, New Jersey 07470.
 Enactus  is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Its mission is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.


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Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. and www.wpu.edu
Copyright: Dr. Mania 2015


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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.

References

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. http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/BSR/32497.

Author: Michael Melton
Source: ChiroNexus
Copyright: Michael Melton 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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Chiropractic Adjustments In The Blood

Millions of patients have benefited from chiropractic care. Perhaps the most popular with patients are the pain relief benefits offered by chiropractic. A recent study evaluated modifications in blood enzymes before and after a five week stint of twice a week chiropractic spinal adjustments for individuals suffering from nonspecific chronic neck or back pain. After five weeks of the spinal adjustments researchers found a measurable elevation in certain blood enzymes. Specifically, they found significant increases in the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase. Other studies have shown a relationship between pain and these sorts of enzymes. Researchers believe the changes measured in enzymes could be related to the analgesic effective that chiropractic adjustments have on the body.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT February 2015 Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 119–129
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Good Vibrations

Individuals with neck pain and discomfort typically demonstrate difficulty in joint position sense and diminished postural control. This essentially means neck pain sufferers have disturbed neck movements/biomechanics. This can in turn can lead to additional pain, discomfort, arthritis and reduced motion in the neck. A newly conducted study compared the effects of vibration therapy in a group of healthy individuals to those suffering from neck pain. All subjects received short term vibration to the neck muscles at a frequency of 100 Hz. Interestingly, neck pain sufferers experienced an almost opposite effect to the healthy individuals. Those suffering from neck pain experienced an improvement in joint position sense and reduction in dynamic postural sway after vibration therapy. On the other hand, healthy individuals or non neck pain sufferers had a reduction in joint position sense acuity and a nonsignificant increase in postural sway. While the reduced joint position sense in healthy individuals was most likely short term and not harmful, there were clear benefits observed in the neck pain sufferers after receiving vibration therapy.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The Spine Journal. Vol. 15 Iss. 3, March 1, 2015
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2015


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Chiropractic Profession Unites in Washington, D.C. to Advocate for Patients, Exp

Arlington, Va. - Members of the chiropractic profession from across the nation gathered in Washington, D.C. and later met with congressional leaders to stress the importance of chiropractic's role in national health care and Medicare reform. The group convened as part of the  2015 National Chiropractic Leadership Conference (NCLC), taking place Feb. 25 - 28. Nearly 700 chiropractic physicians, students and supporters converged on the nation's capital to hear speeches from government leaders, receive advocacy training and urge elected officials to support pro-chiropractic measures that would benefit patients, expand access to chiropractic services for veterans and active-duty military personnel, and help chiropractic graduates qualify for federal programs that would enable them to practice in underserved areas in exchange for student loan debt relief. Congressional Keynote Speaker, Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, emphasized the importance of having chiropractic physicians fully incorporated into the health care system. "The work that doctors of chiropractic do is a key part of our nation's health and wellness," said Sen. Merkley. "We need to make sure that chiropractic care is accessible and affordable to those who need it." Attendees also heard from U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a member of the Armed Services Committee and a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he flew the E-2C Hawkeye in America's war on drugs before becoming a member of Congress; and U.S. Representative Mark Amodei (R-Nev.), who sits on the powerful Appropriations Committee, the panel that has oversight on all federal spending. ACA President Anthony Hamm, DC, in his opening address to attendees, focused on the need for chiropractic services for veterans. "Our veterans want quality, they want value and they want outcomes. That's what chiropractic delivers. And that's our charge," he said.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org February 26, 2015.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association 2015


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