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November 2017 Health Newsletter

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» Bergen's TOP Chiropractor 2017
» Upcoming Special Event
» For People on Medicare
» Did you know we have this available?
» Got a question for the Doctor?
» Rate us on Social Media
» Chronic Back Pain Could Be Made Worse by Spouse Hostility
» Young and Hypertense: Do You Know if You Have High Blood Pressure?

Bergen's TOP Chiropractor 2017

We are honored to announce that Dr. Carmel-Ann Mania has been chosen for inclusion in the third annual "201 Magazine" Bergen's TOP Chiropractors Award 2017! This is the third year that she has been so honored, starting with the initial class of 2015.

Professional Research Services of Troy, Michigan administered a county wide, peer reviewed survey asking Chiropractic physicians to recommend up to 3 colleagues. After vetting the licensure and educational information with the Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the highest vote getters were awarded inclusion in the class of honorees.

Says Dr. Mania, "To have been recognized by my colleagues, means so much to me! It is really meaningful to be respected by those who live by the same principles of Health and Service! I'm grateful for this acknowledgement".


Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Source: 201 Magazine
Copyright: Dr. Mania 2017

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Upcoming Special Event

Avoiding Holiday Stress Seminar

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Mania's Office

344 Summit Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601


A free, fun, informative presentation by Nutritionist Jane McNeil, CN, CH.

Everyone has their own approach to the Holiday season. Some people revel in it, some people dread it! Most of us experience a little bit of both. But, in any case, the change of seasons, shorter days and many commitments take a clear toll on our bodies that a bit of preparation will alleviate. How many times have YOU come through the holidays without getting sick? Would you like to have a full season without wearing out your immune system? Attend the "Avoiding Holiday Stress Seminar" and get ahead of the game! Light refreshments will be provided. Register by phone (201-525-0707) or email ( or in-person. Don't let this be YOU!







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

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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 $150) 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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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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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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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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Chronic Back Pain Could Be Made Worse by Spouse Hostility
According to a recent study, lower back pain may be heightened if a spouse is unsupportive or critical of their partner. Published in August, the report involved observing 71 couples during a 10-minute discussion. The researchers were looking to see how a spouseís perspective could influence a patientís ability to deal with pain when they were suffering from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or a degenerative disc. After the discussion, the patients suffering from chronic back pain were asked to do a 10-minute activity which involved stretching, bending, reclining, walking, standing, and sitting, while their partner watched on. The research team measured the levels of hostility and criticism from the spouse along with how much criticism was perceived by the patient. They also monitored the patientsí depressive symptoms, pain behaviors, and pain intensity.

How Negativity Can Intensify Chronic Back Pain
It was intended for the initial 10-minute discussion to create conflict, but the amount of hostility or criticism given wasnít manipulated. The researchers were successful in creating this conflict, with all patients reporting significant increases in their feelings of sadness, anger, and anxiety. Throughout the activity, the patients who experienced greater pain and were more likely to observe greater criticism from their spouses have been found to have higher depression scores.†

Combatting Chronic Back Pain†
Speaking about the study, John Burns who was their lead researcher suggested that until now, most studies have focused on how adequate social support can positively influence someone with chronic pain. However, this study has demonstrated how negative communication from a spouse can have a harmful effect on pain patients, with these negative responses often creating a vicious cycle. Spouse criticism can cause pain among patients as expressed by straining, groaning, and grimacing up to three hours later. This can also lead to further spouse criticism up to three hours later. When someone is experiencing back pain, itís very easy to criticize, dismiss them, or even act in a hostile manner toward them. However, when a patient is enduring pain, the best type of support is to help them lead the best life they can despite their pain. For back pain sufferers, this may also include getting the help of a chiropractor. As studies suggest, this noninvasive treatment is effective at relieving this type of pain. If youíve got chronic back pain, donít suffer in silence. Seek the professional advice and care of your local chiropractor.

Source: Pain 2017.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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Young and Hypertense: Do You Know if You Have High Blood Pressure?
If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 39, there is a good chance you have high blood pressure and may not know it. Research findings in eight national health surveys conducted between 1999 and 2014 suggest that only half of the 6.7 million young adults between the ages of 18 and 39 who actually have high blood pressure or hypertension received treatment for it.

Most High Blood Pressure Goes Undiagnosed

Approximately 75 million adults in the US, which is roughly 32% of the population, have high blood pressure.† While awareness of and treatment for hypertension and high blood pressure has improved in recent years, a significant number of people still go undiagnosed and untreated every year. And a large percentage of those people are men under the age of 39. Over 86% of women with high blood pressure have been diagnosed and sought treatment, compared with 44% of young men. High blood pressure and hypertension are the leading cause of stroke and heart attack, and contribute to one in 4 deaths every year in the US alone. High blood pressure can be caused by many factors, including obesity, smoking, stress, and genetics. In many cases the risk factors can be reduced or eliminated and the condition can be controlled.† However, failure to seek medical opinion and treatment can have serious consequences.

Reducing Stress With Chiropractic Care May Reduce Blood Pressure
Studies conducted at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Womenís Hospital in Boston, MA show that individuals who have shown elevated blood pressure in adolescence and early adulthood are at greater risk for heart attacks later in life. Researches suggest that preventing high blood pressure in the first place by exercising, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco is one of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of hypertension or high blood pressure.† If medication I required to control the condition, patients tend to get better results when they are young. Chiropractic care can also help alleviate or eliminate sources of stress caused by chronic pain, which can contribute to an overall reduction in blood pressure. If you have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease in your family, or think you may be suffering from the condition, you are encouraged to seek a medical evaluation and treatment.

Source: Hypertension, online August 28, 2017.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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