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Diet and Natural Remedies for Headache and Migraine Sufferers is shared by Freehold NJ Chiropractor

If you suffer with headaches, migraines and other types of inflammation, you hopefully have been following our headache and migraine blog series.

You can go to our blog to read the previous posts:  Hometown Family Wellness Center blog or you can start by reading:  The Life of Headache and Migraine Sufferers Changed by Chiropractor in Freehold NJ – Part I.

Today we are going to discuss dietary recommendations and natural remedies that can help you with your headaches, migraines and inflammation.

Diets that help reduce inflammation

A diet that is high in antioxidants from fruits, vegetables and foods known for their anti-inflammatory properties help control inflammation.  By incorporating these foods in your diet, you will most likely notice the frequency and intensity of your headaches decrease.

Fruits: apples, acerola berries, fresh pineapple, guavas, grapefruit and rhubarb, kiwi fruit, lemons, limes, oranges, kumquats, black currants, blueberries, raspberries, mulberries and strawberries, papaya, cherries, and tomatoes

Vegetables: spinach, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, cabbage, bok choy, onion, leeks, garlic, green onions, broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, brussel sprouts, greens

Herbs & Spices: basil, oregano, mint, cloves, turmeric, cayenne peppers, chili peppers, parsley, rosemary

Fish and Meats: Cod, halibut, salmon, snapper, bass, whitefish, herring, trout, sardines, grass-fed beef, pork, naturally-raised (not on grain) chicken and turkey.

Whole Grains: brown rice, whole wheat, buckwheat, barley, rye, millet, spelt

Fats: extra virgin olive oil, avocado, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts

Natural Remedies that Help Decrease

Headache and/or Inflammation

1.     Ginger contains over 500 different compounds, many of them which are anti-inflammatory in nature.  Try a 500 mg capsule when you feel a headache coming on, or about one third of a teaspoon. C ook with ginger regularly.  One simple recipe is to braise beef or chicken strips with broccoli and one-half cup diced or sliced ginger.  Use pineapple juice as a sweetener in this dish.

2.     Omega-3 fats:  The average American has eaten too many omega-6 fats in their diet over the last 20 years that has resulted in a widespread omega-3 fat deficiency.  Omega-3 fats prevent inflammation in the body. The tie in to a headache is that inflammation can lead to a headache.  Make sure you have omega-3 fats in your diet by adding two to four capsules of 500 mg EPA with DHA daily.

3.     Antioxidant Vitamins:  Did you know that increasing your vitamin C intake could reduce inflammation in the body by 45%?  That’s what researchers reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in March of 2006.  A level of 2000 mg is a good start to decreasing inflam-mation in the body that may be related to headache.  You can always increase it later.

Make sure, also, that you get at least 400 IU vitamin E in your supplements daily. Vitamin E is responsible for reducing inflammation of the muscles, which may occur in the neck and cause headache.

4. Magnesium:  This vital mineral has been found in deficiency levels in those who have migraines.  It’s an essential mineral for contraction of the blood vessels.  Adding 300-400 mg magnesium per day is probably safe, however, without a hair analysis test to see where all your mineral levels are, you’re taking shots in the dark.

5. Feverfew:  This herb has been used traditionally for treating headaches. Use as directed on the label.

6. Germanium has been used to oxygenate the system and provides pain relief in many different situations.  When using it, take it on an empty stomach, and never at the same time with any prescription medications. 200 to 300 mg may prove extremely helpful.

Now are YOU Ready to Eliminate YOUR Headaches?

Remember that you must decrease all the reasons for having a headache in the first place, not just use a supplement as a remedy.  Address the 12 health and dietary habits discussed in the beginning of this blog series and use the supplements to fill in the gap.  The dietary habits start in Part II of our blog which you can ready by clicking:  Freehold NJ Chiropractor Changing the Lives of Headache and Migraine Sufferers – Part II

If  you are ready to living a headache-free life, contact our office in Freehold, NJ by calling 732-780-0044 and ask for Dr. Russell Brokstein’s headache elimination evaluation!  By taking an overall health and wellness approach including chiropractic, diet, addressing habits and stress reduction, we have been helping many headache sufferers in Monmouth County, NJ for the past 13 years.

Freehold NJ Chiropractor Provides Natural Relief to Headaches and Migraines Patients

Headache and migraine patients do not have to suffer with their headaches.  There is natural relief to headaches!  Unfortunately the medical route provides medications that give temporary relief and in many times sedates the patient so

How to get Natural relief to headaches!

How to get Natural relief to headaches!

much they can’t function properly.  Our approach is to find the cause of patient’s headaches, address the cause without drugs, and get the patient back to enjoying their normal daily activities as quickly as possible.  Many patients in Freehold, Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts neck, Jackson and other surrounding areas in Monmouth County NJ have found our multiple natural approach to health refreshing.

If you have missed our previous headache blog posts with some home recommendations, check out our website blogs:  Hometown Family Wellness Center.

Continuing our list of habits and dietary causes of headaches:

If I’ve said it once.. I will say it a thousand times, DEHYDRATION causes headaches, but many other health problems that occur!

Your body uses water to dissolve EVERYTHING except fats and fat-soluble vitamins.  When you don’t have water, you can’t dissolve toxins and get them out of the body.

Your blood has a high percentage of water. When your water levels are only 5% lower, your efficiency suffers by 30%.  Aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water.  For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need a minimum of 75 oz. water per day.  That’s equivalent to a little over nine 8-oz glasses water.  If you drink three in the morning when you wake up, you only have six more to go for the rest of the day.  That’s easy!  But if you’re like many people who drink coffee, the caffeine dehydrates your body!  Some research states one cup of coffee negates 4 to 8 glasses of water.

Believe it or not malnutrition is a cause of headaches.  Vitamin and mineral deficiencies cause headaches.  I’m not going to go through every one of the vitamins and mineral deficiencies that do this because you’ll rush out and try to buy them.  The problem with that thinking is that it doesn’t work. You must have balanced nutrition, a balanced amount of vitamins and minerals to make nutrients work.  A good vitamin/mineral supplement plan is important.

Many people know stress is a huge contributor to headaches.  I understand that you may be experiencing a very difficult time in your life; during difficult times, there’s a lot of stress.  For every problem, there’s a solution. Some of the top ways to beat stress are:

a.  Exercise!  When you exercise, you purposefully stress your body, teaching it how to overcome this stress.  That’s why you feel so good after exercising!

b.  Let all your frustrations be dissolved by taking a walk in the mountains or by visiting a lake or river. Go somewhere peaceful; the energy of that place will be transferred to you.

c.  Play an instrument or listen to music or sing.

d.  Some people find praying helps.

e.  Jump up and down on a rebounder and yell at the top of your lungs!  With three or four screams, you’ll notice the stress is gone.

f.  Add an extra B vitamin to your diet: pantothenic acid.  This B vitamin, which is vitamin B5, helps support the adrenal glands and makes a big difference in stress levels in three days.  Take 500 mg.

g.  Laugh belly laughs!

Finally.. so many of the foods you and many other people eat are processed.  Processed foods cause headaches by causing inflammation; the more inflammation, the more frequent you’ll have headaches.  The way that processed foods cause inflammation is by the chemicals in them called advanced glycation endproducts, or AGEs.  These AGEs are worse than free radicals, causing mini explosive reactions inside the body’s organs that lead to aging, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and inflammation.

Once you commit to not eating processed foods, your life actually becomes simpler and you end up saving money on the grocery bill.  Your lunch and dinner meals are similar: protein food (meat), grain, vegetable, and fruit for dessert.  The simpler they are, the easier they are to prepare. For example, one meal could be chicken breast, brown rice, green beans with almonds, applesauce, and beverage.

While you’re cutting out processed foods, you’ll also start to notice that you aren’t aging fast anymore. Your waistline is returning without trying. You have more energy and more concentrated brain power. And you can get natural relief to headaches !

If you would like to finally find the causes of your headaches, migraines or other type of headache, contact our office for your natural headache relief consultation so you can once again enjoy your family, friends and daily activities.  Call 732-780-0044!

Chiropractor in Freehold NJ Provides Hope to People Suffering with Headaches and Migraines

So many people suffer unnecessarily with headaches of many types, including migraines.  I have been treating headache patients for the past 13 years and unfortunately most people are pushed onto so many medications that if they are lucky, the meds cover the symptoms temporarily.  There is a huge problem though:  the medications all have side effects, usually do not give you your life back and doesn’t actually correct the cause of the problem.

My name is Dr. Russell Brokstein and as owner of Hometown Family Wellness Center in Freehold, NJ, I feel it is so important for people to be educated on many health problems, including headaches.  For this reason I started a series of blogs about headaches for home care recommendations to take back control of your life.

In our last post, we went further into habits and diet that are commonly linked to headaches.  You can read this post by clicking here:  Headache and Migraine Sufferers Have Hope with Freehold Chiropractor.

There are many other factors that contribute to headaches and migraines.  So, lets start to discuss these:

Food allergies can cause a headache or migraine and they will trigger the headache quickly.  If you’re allergic to a food, whether it’s yeast, milk, peanuts, wheat, or sugar, it’s possible that you will have a headache after eating that food.  In children suffering from migraines and epilepsy, eliminating offending foods will result in a reduction of seizures.

Food allergies are more  complicated because food essentially stays in the body for four days so you could be reacting to a food eaten four days ago!

Food allergies can easily be tested, simply by sending a blood sample to the clinical lab for ELISA testing.  Now it’s possible to test for allergies to 99 different foods by ordering a test kit online. Google “Meridian Valley Clinical Laboratory, Kent, WA” for the ELISA test and order one if you think there’s a possibility you may be allergic to foods.  The laboratory will send out your kit, which you’ll take to a local lab that draws blood.  The hospital outpatient lab may even draw the blood for you. T hen you’ll send the blood to Meridian Valley Clinical Laboratory and they will send you your results. You can find out for sure if you’re allergic to foods; there’s no point in eliminating foods from the diet if they aren’t causing you headaches.

In our office we have another option that is only offered in around 100 offices in the country.  We provide biofeedback and stress reduction therapy.  Where the blood test previously mentioned can only test for around 100 items, our technology can test for over 50,000 foods, chemicals, stress, emotions, organ and system imbalances.  We have had over an 80% success rate with many stress induced conditions like headaches, allergies, digestive problems, immune problems, skin conditions, anxiety, depression, ADD, ADHD, smoking cessation and weight loss.

Another issue that can cause headaches is faulty elimination.  For a minute, think back to a time when you were constipated.  How did you feel?  Miserable!  I must tell you how important it is to have a bowel movement at least twice daily. If you don’t, you are constipated!

What happens inside the body when you are constipated is not pretty! All that waste matter sitting inside your intestines is rotting!  Forgive me for being so graphic, but I want you to understand this. There is a process in the body called diffusion that happens inside the cells that works like this:  wherever you have a higher concentration of something, it will flow to an area of lower concentration.  When you have a high concentration of wastes in the intestines, they start “polluting” the rest of the organs in your abdomen. This is part of the reason why so many men have prostate problems!

Those wastes in your colon are in such a high concentration that they start “flowing” to other places in the body.  Countless patients have told me over the years that part of the reason why they got headaches was because they were constipated.

So stop carrying around those old meals as a suitcase in your colon and start feeling better. You will clearly have fewer headaches as a result.  Some simple ways to do this:

a.  When you get up in the morning, drink two to three 8-oz glasses of water within five minutes.  This will result in a bowel movement within about 30 minutes.

b.  Obtain slippery elm bark powder from the health food store and mix 1 to 2 tablespoons in 1/3 cup applesauce.  Eat once or twice daily.  This works for diarrhea or constipation and is gentle enough for babies.

c.  Obtain a full body cellular cleanse program.  Colon and liver cleanses only do a small portion of the job.  In our office we use a full body cleanse that removes toxins down at the cellular level of the entire body.  We test your body first for toxicity by measuring the acidity.  The more acidic you are, the more toxic you are.

d.  Start eating celery or carrot sticks with lunch and dinner, or add 1 cup cooked vegetables to every meal.

e.  Add 3 oz. aloe vera juice to every meal.  Our cleanse program includes the most pure form of aloe vera juice.

By now if you are making changes recommended in our  home care blog series, you should be seeing changes in the intensity and frequency of your headaches to start being able to enjoy your family and social life again.

If you would like further information, make sure you watch for the last 2 posts on this topic.  For a full headache elimination consultation, contact our office at 732-780-0044.  We can test for your toxicity and perform the advanced biofeedback analysis to find what stressors your body is reacting to.  You can be headache free without harmful drugs with our approach!

Headache and Migraine Sufferers Have Hope with Freehold Chiropractor

In our previous two blog posts about headaches and migraines, we were discussing the many types of headaches and how they are affecting your life and daily activities, as well as many factors that contribute or cause your headache.

You can view these 2 posts by clicking the links:

1)  The Life of Headache and Migraine Sufferers Changed by Chiropractor in Freehold NJ – Part I

2) Freehold NJ Chiropractor Changing the Lives of Headache and Migraine Sufferers – Part II

Today we are going to continue discussing health and dietary habits that are known to be links to headaches.

A diet containing too much aspartame, nutrasweet and other artificial sweeteners, diet sodas and monosodium glutamate (MSG) can cause headaches.

Researchers have found many chemicals like MSG which are commonly found in Chinese food, are strong triggers for headaches in many people.

Nowadays, many people don’t know MSG is in the foods they are eating as it’s labeled with different words or names.   Now you may see it listed as: hydrolyzed vegetable protein, natural flavorings, sodium caseinate, yeast extract, hydrolyzed yeast, autolyzed yeast, hydolized oat flour, calcium caseinate, hydrolyzed plant protein, hydrolyzed protein.  Protein isolates of any type may contain MSG, even soy protein.  Most processed foods have one of these items listed on the label.   Every fast food chain uses these ingredients in their foods.

You may lose to gain.  What I mean by this is that you may lose your present life in the meal department to gain a headache-free life.  What you gain is learning how to cook and prepare foods from scratch.  You gain the freedom to do things you couldn’t do before and you can do them without restriction.  You gain the affection lost by family members who didn’t understand your headaches.

In a few months, you will have adapted so much to your new diet, that your family and friends will want to come over to see what you’re cooking that tastes so good!  Cooking natural foods is different than what it was like a decade ago. It’s easier to find cookbooks, share recipes, and find near ready-made alternatives at the health food stores and whole food superstores.

Nutrasweet and aspartame are unnatural sugars synthesized in the laboratory. There have been thousands of reports about headaches and even brain tumors linked to aspartame.

The “sugar-free” label really isn’t so sweet after all.  Avoid anything that has a list of chemicals in it!  If you’re truly serious about eliminating your headaches, try one week without any chemicals. That includes diet sodas, which are nothing more than a chemical concoction!  Also, if you are trying to lose weight, these diet sodas actually slow down your metabolism which does the opposite of what you want to do to lose weight.

When you go one week without chemicals, you will be amazed at how different you feel and besides that, you will have a week free from headaches.  Tell me what happens because I will want to write it down so other patients will be motivated.

Next, we need to talk about the 4th cause on our list:  Not eating regular meals thru the day causes low blood sugar, which can contribute to your headaches.

When you don’t eat regular meals, you get energy from stored fats and carbohydrates.  This happens automatically in response to low blood sugar from not eating.  Keep a journal of your diet and look for a pattern of headaches that appear when you don’t eat breakfast, skip lunch or dinner, or go to bed hungry.

The best diet you can eat is one that supplies you with three meals a day and snacks in between each meal.

Low blood sugar can also happen from eating too many carbohydrate foods.

Carbohydrate foods are foods such as breads, pasta, cakes, cookies, candy, muffins, rice, beans, whole grains, tacos and tortillas.  Starchy vegetables such as peas, corn, potatoes, acorn squash, and other winter squashes also contain high levels of carbohydrates.  Milk products are another source.

It’s okay to have carbohydrate foods in your diet, but limit them to a maximum of three or four servings per meal.  Some people must limit them to one or two to become headache-free.  Watching your diet for the number of carbohydrates eaten in any one meal can be a big revelation into why you have headaches.  Too many carbohydrates cause headaches by raising insulin levels that lower blood sugar too fast and also increase inflammation in the body.

Here’s an example of too many carbohydrates in a meal:  Oatmeal with raisins, orange juice, a muffin, and an apple.

You may think that the oatmeal meal is a healthy meal but it contains too many carbohydrates. The headache-free breakfast would be oatmeal with milk and an apple.  You could even add an egg to this new meal.

Another example:  Steak, big baked potato with butter, green beans, peas, corn, salad, and apple pie a la mode.

Versus your headache-free meal:  Steak, 1/3 to 1/2 baked potato with butter, green beans, salad, one-fourth slice of apple pie a la mode.

Finally, low blood sugar from not enough protein in the meal or in the diet can cause headaches.

Many people believe that it’s not a good idea to eat red meat, so they eliminate it from their diet.  Grass-fed red meat is an excellent source of nutrients, including omega-3 fats that prevent headaches!  The problem is that when many people eat less meat, they don’t substitute other protein foods for the red meat. Other protein foods include fish, chicken, turkey, wild meats, eggs, cheese and dairy products.

If you don’t have enough protein in a meal, your body cannot repair itself. Without enough protein in a meal, the composition of that meal is primarily carbohydrates and fat. And we already know what too many carbohydrates in a meal can do:  Cause a Headache!

Make sure you eat some form of protein at every meal.  Even adding one or two eggs for breakfast can change your life and your headaches!   See how good your day goes when you have enough protein! Eat at least three ounces (about the size of a computer mouse) at each meal and you’ll have the minimum amount you need each day.

So, we are halfway thru the list of common causes of headaches.  With our next blog post in this series, we will discuss allergies, faulty elimination, dehydration, malnutrition, stress, and processed foods.

Until next time, I hope you are finding this information helpful.  If you want to find the other causes of your headaches, contact our Freehold, NJ Chiropractic office:  Hometown Family Wellness Center and check out our other health information and blogs at:

Freehold NJ Chiropractor Changing the Lives of Headache and Migraine Sufferers – Part II

Welcome to Part II of our headache and migraine blog special.  As a chiropractor in Freehold, NJ, I have helped many patients who used to suffer with headaches of many types:  cluster headaches, migraines, tension headaches just to name a few.

If you haven’t read the initial part on this series about headaches, you can read it by clicking:  The Life of Headache and Migraine Sufferers Changed by Chiropractor in Freehold, NJ – Part I

Today we are going to continue with more information all headache and migraine sufferers should know about.

There are many health and dietary habits that contribute to headaches.  Some of these habits are surprising to be a cause to those that read them.  I recommend that you first read through each one of these habits and then decide if each habit could be contributing to your headaches in any way.  Now I understand that you won’t know for sure if each one is contributing at the time that you read it the first time, but you’ll probably have an intuitive feeling about it immediately or even an internal revelation as time goes on.  If the habit could possibly be contributing to your headaches because it is your habit, circle it.  One by one, work on eliminating the habits that are circled, noticing your progress. The more habits you can eliminate, the more you are moving towards a headache-free life, life as usual with no headache pain!

1)  Bad sleep habits can contribute to headaches.   If you sleep on your stomach or bunch up your pillow, it can cause your pain.  Your neck becomes twisted for long periods of time as you sleep, putting pressure on the nerves, blood vessels and vertebrae in your cervical (neck) spine. That pressure sends messages to the brain that there’s something that needs to be addressed, and a pain signal is sent to your head. Presto! You have a headache and your neck hurts as well.

To solve this, you need to sleep on your back with a pillow that fully supports your neck. You may also sleep on your side, but check with us at the office about the proper sleeping position that won’t create headaches.  If you bring in your pillow to our office, I’ll check it to see if it’s part of the reason you have headaches.  For example, a pillow that is too thin or too fluffy will contribute to headaches because it doesn’t support the cervical curve in your neck.  The cervical curve is a natural S-shaped curve in your neck.  If the pillow is too flat, that pillow flattens your cervical curve. If the pillow is too fluffy, it exaggerates your cervical curve.

In the past 20 years, chiropractic physicians have used a complete range of cervical pillows to fit the necks of those who are young and old.

2)  If you consume too much caffeine and or chocolate it can cause your headaches.  Scientists don’t know exactly what it is about caffeine that can cause a headache, but they do know that there is a clear connection. The big question is what is too much coffee?  Many people have heard on tv or reading a magazine that coffee is good for headaches, but in actuality the caffeine triggers a headache and keeps them away from a headache-free life.  One has to realize caffeine is an addictive drug, that if it does provide you even with temporary relief of your current headache, the long term consequences of caffeine usage drastically decreases your overall health.  In my professional opinion even just one cup a day is too much coffee!  You can read more about the dangers of drinking coffee and other caffeine products by clicking this link:  Freehold Chiropractor Reveals the Truth about Coffee:  Your Health is at Risk!  Find out what drinking caffeine does to you from dehydration (another cause of headaches), to destroying your adrenal glands which leads to many common health conditions.

If you are drinking too much coffee, it’s important that you decrease your coffee consumption slowly.  DO NOT STOP COFFEE COLD TURKEY!  If you stop drinking coffee cold turkey, you will get a headache and it won’t be just an ordinary headache.  It will be a monstrous headache!

The best way to cut your coffee consumption is to decrease slowly by 1/2 cup a day.

The same principle can be applied to chocolate.  If you eat chocolate every single day three times, decrease it one time a day.  Chocolate contains caffeine and you can develop that monstrous headache from its withdrawal.

So, I hope you are finding this information valuable.  We are only thru 2 of the top 12 contributing factors to headaches and migraines.  In the following parts to this blog series, we will go thru the remaining 10 as well as diets that reduce inflammation, and Natural Headache and Inflammation Remedies.

Until next time, feel free to visit our website: or if you live in Freehold or the neighboring towns of Marlboro, Howell, Jackson, Morganville, Colts Neck or Manalapan, in Monmouth County, NJ contact our office, Hometown Family Wellness Center,  for a complimentary headache evaluation to help you live a headache free life once and for all.

The Life of Headache and Migraine Sufferers Changed by Chiropractor in Freehold NJ – Part I

When you have a headache, nothing seems right. The sooner you feel better, the sooner you can get back to life as usual.

My name is Dr. Russell Brokstein, chiropractor and owner of Hometown Family Wellness Center located in Freehold, New Jersey.  I have been helping headache and migraine sufferers for the past 13 years.  So many people in Monmouth County, NJ as well as all parts of the country needlessly experience headaches.  Fortunately we have been able to help people in Freehold and the neighboring towns of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Jackson, Morganville, Englishtown, Old Bridge and Colts Neck.

Headaches and migraines can be a result of many causes.  Some are serious, some are not serious.   As a chiropractic physician, I do everything to insure that your headache is not the result of serious disease.  I then set up a treatment plan for you that I believe will help us address the root of your headaches once and for all.  My goal for you is for you to be headache-free within six months.  Many patients begin to experience their headache-free life a lot sooner than that and they follow the additional home care recommendations that I provide and will share in future parts to this blog about headaches and migraines.

In the last 10 years, chiropractic physicians, medical doctors, nutritionists and herbalists discovered that many people have headaches because there are some personal habits and diet habits that contribute greatly to causing headaches.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes after a very heated argument, you get a headache? One trigger for headaches is stress.

Have you ever noticed  sometimes after eating a nice dinner with a glass of wine, a headache occurs? You may not have experienced stress during that dinner and everything was going very well when a headache appeared out of the blue that sent you to bed early. Your night was ruined. This type of headache can be caused by diet, and even though every headache sufferer does not get diet-induced headaches, a great majority do. That’s why part of our home care recommendations will be to monitor and alter your diet.

Many different headache diets can be found by searching online and they vary one to another.  Some eliminate monosodium glutamate (MSG), others eliminate aspartame, and others eliminate tyramine.  These diets have ignored some important and basic facts.  What I’ve found is that there are certain dietary principles to follow that will address most of these – the MSG, aspartame, and tyramine simultaneously. Start here, and after you get these mastered, we can go further with individual diets later.

It’s important for every headache sufferer to make a commitment to start noticing the little things in your life that are contributing to your headaches. Today starts your personal journey into a headache-free life.

As a chiropractor and headache specialist,  I will alert you to all types of possible headache triggers that you can control in this series of home care blogs.  It’s important to continue chiropractic treatment and with both of us working together, your headache-free life is right around the corner! Have hope and take action and we will both see results!

Until next time… watch for our series of blogs on The Life of Headache and Migraine Sufferers Changed by Chiropractor in Freehold NJ by going to our website:

Freehold Chiropractor Helps those Suffering the Frustrating Path of Fibromyalgia – Part III

My name is Dr. Russell Brokstein and as a chiropractor in Freehold, NJ, I have helped many Fibromyalgia sufferers over the years.  The first question I am always asked is:  “Will I have Fibromyalgia for the rest of my life?

You’ll be glad to know that fibromyalgia is seen as a temporary condition, although some people may have had its symptoms for several years. Many people have overcome fibromyalgia and you can, too. Others have been able to reverse the symptoms and remain careful about what they do, preventing the symptoms from returning.

The second question I usually get is:  “What is the cause of Fibromyalgia?”

Fibromyalgia is a disease that has multiple causes.  Completed research studies on fibromyalgia patients have brought about several theories.

The first is that there has been an injury to the neck or upper spine, which triggers fibromyalgia by affecting the central nervous system. Another is that psychological stress is the cause. It’s even possible that disturbed sleep patterns for long periods of time can trigger the disorder. If your true cause is any of these, we can start making a difference in small increments right now, today!

Physicians don’t have a method of determining what is YOUR true cause of fibromyalgia, so we’re waiting for technology to come up with some valid tests. In the meantime, we already have solutions for injury to the neck or upper spine: chiropractic and healing the body from within. We already have solutions for reducing psychological stress. And we already have solutions for disturbed sleep patterns. Some of these solutions are in this blog series. All you have to do is embrace them! Get going on using them and your body will get going with the healing!

Some patients wonder why they have Fibromyalgia if they don’t fit into the above categories of having a neck injury, psychological stress or disturbed sleep patterns.

It’s possible that you may have had an injury that you don’t recall because you were too young. It’s possible that there are other causes for the disorder as well.

Some researchers blame bacteria or viruses for triggering fibromyalgia while others state that metabolic or hormonal changes, especially in thyroid hormone are the cause.

Others believe that changes or abnormalities in the sympathetic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that helps us deal with extreme stress and survival situations are behind the real cause of fibromyalgia. No one really knows for sure.

There are some studies that show that fibromyalgia sufferers are more sensitive to pain signals in the brain. This causes higher levels of neutrotransmitters that are created in the brain. With higher levels of neurotransmitters, the least little trigger to the pain receptors such as a touch of the forearm can cause pain.

Is All This Worth My Time and Effort?

So the big question is then:  If Fibromyalgia has so many causes and a patient doesn’t know what caused their case, will the diet, exercise and sleep recommendations work for you?

The answer is a resounding YES!  By receiving chiropractic treatments, you will be addressing the causes that have to do with the nervous system. This directly and indirectly affects the metabolic pathways and the hormonal pathways. Chiropractic manipulations create harmony inside the body through the physiology and that harmony decreases stress and helps you sleep better. The diet recommendations will help your nervous system function better, decrease stress, provide the nutrients your body needs for every cell to work properly and assist the body in healing.  Certain vitamins, nutrients and herbs can promote healing and also decrease infections.  When you provide everything the body needs, that’s when the body’s innate intelligence takes over and starts the healing process.

The exercise recommendations are simple and prevent exacerbations of fibromyalgia. That word “exacerbation” is a big word meaning setbacks that can last a while. You probably have already had times where you’re doing well with very few symptoms and then suddenly for a few days or a few weeks, you go through a difficult time with lots of symptoms. That’s an exacerbation. We want to prevent those exacerbations.

So, if you are ready to take back control of your life and health from Fibromyalgia, look for our next blog post that will start with diet recommendations for Fibromyalgia patients.  Share this information with anybody you know that suffers with Fibromyalgia or has the symptoms of this condition.  We have been helping people in Monmouth County, New Jersey for 13 years.  Fibromyalgia has become a thing of the past for our patients in Freehold and neighboring towns of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Morganville and Colts Neck.  I hope to be able to help you from the frustrating suffering.

Check out the previous post in this series:  The Frustrating Road of Fibromyalgia Sufferers Finally Helped By Freehold Chiropractor – Part II

Until next time…To your Health!

PS. Feel free to pick up our other Fibromyalgia report by clicking:  The Little Known Secret to Fibromyalgia Relief