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September 2017 Health Newsletter

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» Did you know we have this available?
» Rate us on Social Media
» Got a question for the Doctor?
» Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Could Help Your Low Back Pain
» Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight

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, January 23, 2018. 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. Christine has office  hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. 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 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 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 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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Got a question for the Doctor?

Want to know more about what Chiropractic do to help you feel stronger and be healthier? Click on the Conditions tab for research on many problems that particularly respond to Chiropractic care. Maybe you just want to see if there is something to add to your health routine? Call me at 201-525-0707 for a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss one area that is concerning you. Tell Joan, Debi or Jolanta that you want to take me up on my complimentary offer and we will arrange a convenient time to talk.

Did you know that there are excellent exercise videos and articles on Chiropractic and health conditions on our website? Go to the homepage of and click on the Wellness Center tab. Come in for an evaluation and we can get you started on a home stretching program. Step by step instructions and clear photos and videos are available to help you achieve a better level of balance, ease and strength!

Take a few minutes to explore and like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter; rate us on Google or Yelp. We appreciate your support!

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

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Could Help Your Low Back Pain

If you struggle with back pain, you may be surprised to learn that there’s a very popular, nonintrusive practice that could help you realize real relief. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs have grown in popularity lately, but they’ve been in use all over the world for decades. As a mind-based approach to the problem, MBSR can also be used as a complement to other physical methodologies for improving back pain.

What Is MBSR?

MBSR is a mental practice whereby people discipline themselves to only focus on the present moment, not the past or future. It’s an offshoot of mindfulness meditation that shares certain tenets with cognitive behavioral therapy. Practitioners use meditation to practice “staying present” and then incorporate this ability into their everyday lives. This form of treatment usually involves some version of yoga, as well.

Does MBSR Work?

Dennis Anheyer of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and a team of researchers looked at seven previously published studies on MBSR. In total, these studies involved 864 patients. They concluded that participants enjoyed small improvements after MBSR treatments for short periods of time. Some studies even resulted in patients experiencing meaningful improvements to their mobility, though they didn’t necessarily last for the long term. When MBSR was paired with yoga, the results for those with disabilities and other physical limitations were even better than when MBSR was used on its own. Dr. Judith A. Turner from the University of Washington in Seattle has also studied MBSR’s benefits. She points out that, compared to other low back pain treatments (e.g. opioid medication and surgery), MBSR involves minimal risks. It can also teach patients new ways to approach their chronic pain that can help lower its perceived severity. While more research into MBSR may be necessary, there’s certainly no reason not to try it. Countless other people have over the past several decades and, as Dr. Anheyer mentioned, it’s certainly safe. He did add, though, that if you meditate or exercise, you should do so regularly.

Spinal Manipulation Helps Relieve Back Pain

Another way you can definitely experience pain relief in your low back – or any area surrounding your spinal column – is to visit your local chiropractor. Spinal manipulation is proven to work, so, after just a single adjustment from a chiropractor, many experience reduced pain and improved mobility, in many cases even after struggling with chronic pain for years.

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, online April 25, 2017.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight

We all know about the story of the tortoise and the hare and how steady and consistent pacing wins the race.  Well it turns out that applies to long-term weight loss as well. Individuals who lose small amounts of weight over a consistent period of time show more sustained overall weight loss than those who crash diet.

Successful Dieters Lose Consistent Amounts of Weight Weekly

Researchers out of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA examined data on 183 overweight and obese adults who were participating in a weight loss program. The program offered meal replacement and structure for calorie monitoring and exercise. Over the course of the two-year program, the most successful dieters were those who showed a steady, consistent weight loss in the first three months, as opposed to those participants who had more variable weight loss on a week-to-week basis.

According to psychology researchers at Drexel, some participants go into the program trying to lose as much weight as possible right way. However, despite showing big losses one week, they are typically hungry and anxious and unable to sustain the diet program for more than a week or so. Frustrated, they regain some of the weight, get upset and try to lose as much as they can again, creating a cycles of losing and gaining.

Those dieters who set more modest goals typically were able to sustain their calorie and exercise goals over a prolonged period of time, leading to greater weight loss and improved health.

Consistent Behavior May Be the Key to Success

The study further showed that participants who were emotional eaters, binge eaters, or preoccupied with food at the beginning of the program tended to have greater weight loss variability and generally lost less weight overall. This suggests that effectively losing weight may have more to do with steady consistent behavior than changing one’s relationship with food.

While sometimes the best you can do is get back on track, it may be better in the long run to set modest, attainable goals rather than try to completely change beliefs and ideologies in the pursuit of improved health.

Source: Obesity. September 2017. Volume 25, Issue 9, Pages 1461–1640.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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