October 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
» Get 'Active and Adaptive' During National Chiropractic Health Month
» Cardiovascular Health May Begin with Breakfast
» Women: Want to Avoid Heart Failure? Try Walking

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 Drmania.com 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 DrMania.com 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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Get 'Active and Adaptive' During National Chiropractic Health Month

During this October's National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM), the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and chiropractors nationwide are encouraging the public to get "active and adaptive" to maintain their musculoskeletal health and function in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since March, many people have incorporated changes into their daily routines to reduce their potential exposure to the novel coronavirus: avoiding crowded public spaces, working from home, forgoing air travel for long car trips, ordering food and supplies online, and avoiding gyms and health clubs.  Because of this new normal, many are moving less and experiencing musculoskeletal pain.  Polls conducted by ACA confirm that chiropractors are seeing an increase in musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches since the beginning of the pandemic. When asked what they believe is contributing most to these conditions, ACA members cite lack of movement, stress and poor posture as key factors.  During NCHM, chiropractors are encouraging the public to choose healthy ways to adapt to the new normal by getting enough movement during the day, being aware of posture and ways to improve it, getting adequate rest, and managing stress naturally.  Learn more by visiting Hands Down Better and follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #ActiveAdaptive.  "Inactivity has been a growing problem worldwide, even before the pandemic.  While the coronavirus may limit our options, finding ways to incorporate more physical activity, as well as improved posture, throughout the day can benefit our health now and into the future," said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.  National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) is a nationwide observance held each October.  NCHM educates the public about the importance of musculoskeletal health and raises awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, patient-centered and drug-free approach to pain management, health and wellness.

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org, September 9, 2020.


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Cardiovascular Health May Begin with Breakfast

There are several ways to lower the risks of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, blood vessel diseases, and stroke. Although it is important to watch the kind of food that goes into the body, many studies have shown that it may be equally as important to pay attention to the timing of meals. Here are three ways to boost cardiovascular health:
1. Meal Planning. According to a statement released by the American Heart Association, planning the meals and snacks that you have throughout the day can help lower the risks of cardiovascular disease. This is due to the metabolic rates of the body throughout the day.
2. Eating Breakfast Daily. Several studies have found correlations between increased cardiovascular health and people who consume breakfast regularly. There is a much lower risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure associated with those who consume breakfast daily.
3. Lowering Food Consumption in the Evening. At night it is harder for the body to digest and process various foods. Many studies have shown that this may be due to a decreased metabolic rate in the evening. For this reason, lowering the amount of food eaten in the evening can lead to better cardiovascular health.
Using these methods to carefully plan meals and snacks for each day can help reduce the many risk factors surrounding cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and insulin complications such as insulin resistance.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Circulation, online January 30, 2017.


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Women: Want to Avoid Heart Failure? Try Walking

New research suggests that women who exercise regularly, including walking, may lower their risk for heart failure. The study from researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York looked at over 137,000 women aged 50-79, of which over one-third had high blood pressure and other heart disease risk factors such as smoking and diabetes. After a follow-up period of 14 years, researchers found that the women who got some form of physical activity were less likely to suffer from heart failure (11%). Women with the highest levels of physical activity, meanwhile, were the least likely to suffer from heart failure (35%), as compared to women who got no exercise at all. In addition, women who got the most physical activity were the least likely to develop a sub-type of heart failure called reduced ejection fraction (32%) as compared to women who never exercised. 33% of the same group of women were also the least likely to develop another sub-type of heart failure called a preserved ejection fraction. One of the biggest findings from the study, however, is that walking works just as well as other forms of exercise, including more vigorous types. To discover how much exercise the women got, researchers studied answers to a questionnaire about exercise that every participant completed. As it turns out, walking was the most common type of physical activity reported.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JACC: Heart Failure, online September 5, 2018.


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