September 2020 Health Newsletter

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August 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

Today we commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting the right to vote to all women in the United States. There were states and counties where women already had the right to vote (including in New Jersey), but it was a milestone for our country and a step towards equality that had been long sought. 

As we have seen in these last few months, the right to vote, the right to access to healthcare and the ability to live in a civilized society have been front and center in our lives. As a Chiropractic physician with over 40 years in the field, I know how important it is for people to speak up...after all, even Chiropractic was only accepted once its proponents, the patients, made it plain that legality, licensing and availabilty were necessary for their health. Our patients came forward for decades to demand that Chiropractic be available without fear of their doctors being arrested. Chiropractors demanded that we have state licensing and insurance parity. And, our patients backed us up with their legislators in their offices and at the ballot box, as well as with the insurance companies and employers!

There's power in numbers, but those numbers must be counted. I am urging all of you to check your voting registration status. Register to vote if you haven't already. Search the platforms and vote in person, by mail, early at the county drop boxes or Board of Elections. (Every New Jersey county has at least 5 drop boxes.) Vote early, avoid the crowds, socially distance, volunteer to work the polls. Be heard!  You've got the power!

Per the NJ State regulations, we will continue to practice masking, social distancing, appointment management and constant cleaning in the office. Everyone is asked to wear a mask or face covering while in the office except during treatment in the facedown position. We will continue to ask a few CoViD19 related questions and take thermal temperature readings every time you come in for treatment. The tables are sanitized between every patient visit. If you are sick, please call us before keeping your appointment, so we can assess whether you should come in or stay home. We are doing everything we can to keep you and your family safe and healthy by diligently practicing these guidelines. 

Office hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and  Friday by appointment and Saturdays 9 - 1 by appointment. Call 201-525-0707 to make an appointment with me.

All the best and see you soon,

Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.


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Current Articles

» Office Precautions During COVID-19
» New Insurance Network Affiliations
» Rate us on Social Media
» Chiropractic and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
» Meditation and Exercise May Reduce Cold Symptoms
» Beat Insomnia With More Exercise

Office Precautions During COVID-19

Dear Patients,

Regarding CoViD19 guidelines we are taking these precautions. Regular cleaning of adjusting tables with an antibacterial and viruscidal soluton after every patient. There isplenty of soap and water in the washroom and hand sanitizer available in every room, hallway and reception area. Staff and the doctor wear masks at all times. We practice frequent appropriate hand washing, glove wearing and social distancing. We make appointments and will place patients in the adjusting rooms as soon as possible to avoid too many people in a space. We wipe down pens and clipboards with alcohol or a viruscide.

There are no longer any toys in the play area. We are recommending that children who are getting adjusted come into the room with their parents, rather than waiting in the reception area so as to limit their exposure to other patients. We will ask to take your temperature before you are treated.

If you have been exposed to a co-worker or family member with COVID-19, we ask that you stay home. Call your medical physician and be tested AS SOON AS you notice any symptoms! We will ask:

-- Have you had a fever?

-- Are you coughing?

-- Have you had any trouble breathing?

-- Is anyone ill at home?

We are monitoring our health as well and will do every thing we can to make your experience here as safe, comfortable and stress free as we can.We are a community dedicated to healthy living and we care about each and every one of you.

Dr. Carmel-Ann Mania and Staff

Author: Dr Mania
Source: Dr. Mania

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New Insurance Network Affiliations

We have been in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield /Horizon for a good number of years.  Through some effort, patience and paperwork, we have been accepted both as an Omnia Tier 1 provider and into the Hackensack Meridian Health Partner "Inner Circle". For people with Omnia plans, that means there is a lower deductible and co-pay in our office than before... often much lower. And, the "Inner Circle" designation means that any of the Hackensack Meridian Health employees are able to use in-network benefits at great savings in out of pocket costs.

In, addition, we are (and have been) in network with Medicare, and numerous Medicare Advantage plans through AARP, United Healthcare, Oxford and Aetna. There are some exceptions, but we can check for you. Optum Health policies require frequent paperwork and pre-certification, but we are also in that network.

First MCO has added us to their Worker's Compensation panel of providers, as has MedRisk. So, if you are injured at work and your WC insurance is administered by these companies, you can be treated in our office for your injuries. Check with your human resources department and report any incidents immediately to make sure that you are covered.

The reason that we are willing to go through the paperwork is to offer a better level of quality Chiropractic care to our patients! Times are tough, money is tight. Even though coverage is better than years ago, patients are still at risk from those who would deny them the care families need to stay healthy or regain health. We want to lower stress levels and help you take care of yourself, your family and friends as efficiently and effectively as possible!

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

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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

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Chiropractic and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) affects more than 3 million people annually and occurs when there is compression of the median nerve where the nerve runs through the carpal bones of the wrist. The result is numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the hand. A review of CTS studies that include joint mobilization indicates, according to researchers, "…joint mobilization was associated with positive clinical effects for persons with CTS." Joint mobilization of the wrist is nothing more than introducing safe, controlled force to the carpal bones of the wrist in order to reduce pressure to the median nerve, break adhesions and improve blood flow. Doctors of chiropractic are trained and fully skilled in the art of joint mobilization, which is commonly called "adjustments." If you are suffering from CTS, or similar soft tissue ailment, we encourage you to consider chiropractic care today.

Source: JMPT Online, August 26, 2020.

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Meditation and Exercise May Reduce Cold Symptoms

A small study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison indicates that meditation and exercise significantly reduced the number of days people missed work due to colds or flu. The results need to be confirmed, but could add another tool to the prevention options available for the respiratory illnesses. Currently there is no vaccine for the common cold, and flu vaccines are only effective 60-70% of the time. The only other preventative measures available for the illnesses are hand washing and to avoid contact with infected persons. While the common cold and most strains of the flu are considered mild by doctors, the estimated costs of them to society run into billions of dollars annually. Working from a thesis that exercise and meditation could prevent illness, Dr. Bruce Barrett and his colleagues randomly assigned 149 patients into three groups; one group participated in an eight week exercise training, one group participated in an eight week meditation training and the third participated as a control and received no special instructions. After the training periods were completed, the researchers tracked illness incidents in the groups through cold and flu season. Of the 50 people in the control group, 40 got sick as opposed to 27 in the meditation group and 26 in the exercise group. Furthermore, the exercise and meditation groups reported feeling sick for an average of only five days, while the control group felt ill for nine. The exercise and meditation groups also missed less work. The researchers speculate that exercise helped strengthen the immune systems of test subjects, while meditation left subjects better prepared to cope with the effects of illness. Dr. Barrett stated however, that the findings were preliminary and needed more study.

Source: Ann Fam Med. July/August 2012. Vol. 10, No. 4.

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Beat Insomnia With More Exercise

For the nearly half of Americans who experience occasional insomnia, and the 22 percent who suffer from the condition nightly, a new survey by the non-profit National Sleep Foundation suggests the key to restful sleep is vigorous exercise. The survey of 1,000 people, conducted by phone and over the internet, indicates that people who exercise regularly have less problems getting to sleep and enjoy a better quality of sleep than those who do not. More than 75 percent of the respondents who reported themselves as working out regularly reported sleeping well, as compared to just over half of the people who reported not exercising at all. Interestingly, both groups reported getting the same amount of sleep; an average of just under seven hours a night during the work week. However, respondents who were physically active reported falling asleep more quickly, experiencing less sleeping problems and needing less sleep to function during the day. The sedentary people reported problems falling asleep at night, staying asleep, keeping awake during the day, taking more naps and exhibiting more symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that causes breathing problems while sleeping. The experts concluded that even ten minutes of exercise a day could have a significant impact on the duration and quality of sleep.

Source: National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America® poll. March 4, 2013.

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