True Health… You Can't Feel It!

True health cannot be felt.  I was just in my gym today and saw a local “Sports Medicine” doctor advertising he will make you feel better so you will play better.  In my mind I started to think how absurd this is and I need to take a little time to explain.

Many medically oriented doctors just concentrate on symptoms.  By masking or hiding your symptoms with medications, you have a false sense that your condition is better.  The underlying disease or instability is still present.  Cortisone shots actually make things worse.  If you go out and do your normal activities, recreational, sports or work while on these drugs,  you can cause some serious damage.  The mechanics of the joint, tendons and ligaments are still compromised and are therefore more prone to injury.  Some of these treatments actually weaken the structures too.  The pain is meant to be a signal to you that something is wrong, but if these doctors cover up the pain, you cannot tell that you are causing more damage that can be permanent.  You might play better at first because he covered up your symptoms and you can’t feel the pain, but in the long term you will not be playing better or feeling better!

Now we’re going to take this a step further to entire health and wellness.  People think they have true health because they don’t have pain or “feel ok”.  There are many conditions you might not have symptoms until

Symptoms are not how to base your health

Symptoms are not how to base your true health

it is too late.  Just think of going to the dentist to get your teeth checked and the doctor tells you he found a cavity.  You aren’t going to tell the doctor that there is nothing wrong because there is no pain.  You want the doctor to correct it so it doesn’t deteriorate.

You can be walking around with high blood pressure, clogged arteries, digestive issues, cataracts, other growing illnesses, including cancer but not know it because you don’t feel it… YET!  Pain and symptoms are not a guide to tell you if you have true health.  Pain and symptoms are usually the last thing to show up with an illness.

The most important thing most people don’t feel is what is called a subluxation.  This is when a spinal bone, or vertebrae, moves out of place putting pressure on your nerves and interferes with the functioning of your body.  Every single organ, gland and cell of your body is controlled by the functioning of your nervous system.  Imagine a subluxation cutting off the life force to any of your vital organs.  Can your heart function at 100% if the nerve that goes to it is compressed by 10%?  Do you think you have true health if the nerve going to your lungs is compressed 20%?  The answer is a resounding NO!

Wouldn’t you want your body to be able to function as close to 100% by removing the subluxations?  Doesn’t it make sense that true function brings true health?  Chiropractors are the only health professionals that are trained to detect and correct subluxations to bring optimal function and true health to you.

Just because you don’t feel it doesn’t mean you are healthy!  Are you ready to experience true health?  Contact Freehold Chiropractor Dr. Russell Brokstein at Hometown Family Wellness Center at 732-780-0044.

Freehold Chiropractor Explains When Chiropractic Care Should Begin

When do you start going to the dentist?  Do you wait until you have pain or until your teeth start to decay?  Do you just want the dentist to shoot a cavity with Novocaine or do you want him to fix the decaying tooth?

When do you start going to the eye doctor?  Do you wait until your eyes deteriorate?  Do you wait until you have glaucoma and cataracts or do you do preventative measures?

How about your car?  Do you wait until it breaks down or do you bring it in for periodic maintenance?  How about an oil, lube and filter?

The biggest and most important question is when should you start to go to the chiropractor?

The saying “there is no time like the present,” is very true when applied to preventative health care.  Many people incorporate that with the other disciplines, but we neglect the most important system of the body:  The Nervous System.

It is this system that the chiropractor helps you with, and it is the nervous system that controls all functions of your body.  The power that goes from the brain to the rest of the body allows it to heal itself and be healthy.  Your heart beats, your lungs breath, your stomach digests in conjunction with the intestines, your eyes can see, your ears can hear, your muscles can contract, you can move all without having to think about it.

This nervous system is so important that we have the spinal bones protecting it.  Unfortunately the daily stresses that occur from the time of birth and throughout life cause VERTEBRAL SUBLUXATIONS:  the bones move out of place, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and interfering with the functions of our body.

The first subluxations develop during the birth process as the medical doctor pulls and twists on the baby’s neck and if uncorrected at this early stage, will only add further neurological stress to the growth and the adaptive demands of a new life.  Children need chiropractic care.  They receive the best care and the most profound results for ear infections and colds, respiratory conditions, digestive issues, and so much more.

Subluxations continue to occur as children learn to walk they fall several times, they sit in classes with poor posture, carry heavy books and backpacks, play sports, play fight and wrestle, numerous accidents and falls from a bike, then auto accidents and other injuries as we get older through teenage and adult years, and general stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise can all add to the subluxations.  Regular chiropractic exams and adjustments allow for you and your children to have nervous systems that are functioning optimally.

The majority of  society reaches for medicine when “sick,” but the fact is the relief is from masking symptoms with a pill or injection, while the causes were never fully corrected.  These medications then lead to many other side effects.  Everybody seeks Relief, but why not find the cause and correct it.  The earlier you and your family are monitored and corrected for subluxations, the more optimally healthy you will be without drugs and or surgery.  The longer you wait to get your spine checked, the bones start to degenerate and the joints become more arthritic…  Your growing family and neighbors need chiropractic care.

There is no age, size, gender, color or financial limit for who deserves excellent health!  You were born with  health and deserve it throughout life!  It is Natural To Be Healthy! An optimally functioning nervous system is necessary to maintain and preserve your health.  EVERYBODY needs chiropractic care!

If you are ready to have an optimally functioning nervous system to be healthy naturally without drugs and surgery, contact our office to get you and your family back to health!  Dr. Russell Brokstein has been helping patients in Freehold and the surrounding towns of Marlboro, Howell, Colts Neck, Jackson, Morganville and Manalapan, NJ as well as other communities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey.  Find out more about our office by going to

Research Shows ADHD Improves With Chiropractic Care – Freehold NJ Chiropractor

As a chiropractor in Freehold, NJ, I am constantly reviewing current research to educate my patients and the surrounding communities of the benefits of chiropractic care.   Recently I came across a study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics which provides new evidence linking vertebral subluxation with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The study discusses a case of a patient who was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by a general practitioner and was treated with chiropractic care.  Specifically, it seems that cervical kyphosis may be tied with the disorder.

The patient was “a 5-year-old diagnosed with ADHD and treated by a pediatrician unsuccessfully with methylphenidate (Ritalin®), Adderall and Haldol for 3 years.”

“After 27 chiropractic visits, the child’s pediatrician stated that the child no longer exhibited symptoms of ADHD.  The changes in structure and function may be related to the correction of cervical kyphosis.”

“The patient received 35 chiropractic treatments during the course of 8 weeks. A change from a 12° C2-7 kyphosis to a 32° C2-7 lordosis was observed after treatment.  During chiropractic care, the child’s facial tics resolved and his behavior vastly improved.”

Too many children today are suffering with ADD or ADHD and parents do not know where to turn.  Chiropractic has a very high success rate in helping these children and best of all, it’s a drug-free approach, so there are no side effects and the kids can many times get back to enjoying a normal, playful, lifestyle they are meant to have.

If you have a child suffering with ADD/ADHD or know somebody who has a child with this condition, please share this information.  I have been helping patients in Freehold and the surrounding communities in Monmouth County, New Jersey for the past 13 years.  There is nothing like seeing the positive changes in children suffering with ADHD when they begin chiropractic care.

For more information on Hometown Family Wellness Center and Dr. Russell Brokstein, check out our website and blog:

Reference:  JMPT – October 2004;27:e14.

Freehold Chiropractor Educates Your Posture is Important to Maintain Your Health!

My name is Dr. Russell Brokstein, chiropractor and owner of Hometown Family Wellness Center in Freehold, NJ and today I am continuing the blog on Be Health Naturally without Drugs or Surgery.

The previous posts talked about sleep, stress reduction and dietary recommendations.  You can read the other blogs by clicking:  Chiropractor Freehold Blog

Today we are going to discuss your posture.  Your spine is the central support structure of your body.  Your spine carries the neurological lifeline from your brain to all the other parts of your body.  Your health really depends on the flow of energy through an unrestricted nervous system.  When your spine suffers, your overall health can suffer too.  When you respect your spine by taking good care of it, your spine will serve you well by offering its strength and flexibility for a long time to come.

When your posture and spinal alignment are off, it can also lead to pain, back pain, neck pain, headaches and migraines, numbness and tingling, stress, fibromyalgia, sciatica, arthritis, herniations and disc degeneration.

Here are my two top recommendations for taking care of your spine:

  1. Be ergonomically correct when you sit at a desk, stand, bend or reach. “Ergonomically correct” is a fancy term for body posture that doesn’t cause stress to your body.

For example, which three of these postures do you think would be ergonomically correct:

    1. Sitting with your legs crossed at the knees.
    2. Sitting with your legs crossed at the ankles.
    3. Bending straight over to pick up a box with knees locked for support.
    4. Bending over to pick up a box with knees bent.
    5. Standing in a crowd with your weight centered on one leg for a long time.
    6. Standing in a crowd with your weight centered over both feet with your shoulder, back and head centered over your spine.

The answer is 2. 4 and 6.

Ask me to check out your posture. I’ll be looking at you from the side to see if the center of your ear, the center of your neck, shoulder, hips, knees and ankle all form a straight line.  If they don’t, then we need to work more on your posture.

Here’s how I remember how to stand correctly while lifting something heavy or just standing for long periods of time:  I think to myself, “Brace yourself!”  What I mean by this is that if I’m reaching down into the crib to pick up a baby, I must get ready for the act of lifting by bracing myself.  I brace myself by bending at the knees and keeping the weight as close to my body as I can.  The farther the baby is from my body, the more I’m at risk of injury.

Reaching for things far away from you is not a good habit if you want a strong spine.  Instead of reaching out to push or pull something, get as close to the item as you can, then lift it after bracing yourself.

If you have to stand on your feet for a long period of time, don’t get in the habit of putting most of your weight over one foot or on one leg.  Brace yourself by spreading your feet about shoulder distance apart, then stand solidly. You’ll feel better and look more confident as well.

Which of these are ergonomically correct?

a.       Loading up grocery bags in your arms, then trying to open your door with a key while holding all those grocery bags

b.      Sitting at a desk with the computer keyboard more than a foot away from the edge of the desk

c.       Looking at your computer screen that is 2-1/2 feet away by moving your head forward

d.      Sitting hunched in a chair or recliner

e.       Looking down at your computer screen or TV

f.        Doing dishes at the sink on top of a small rug or carpet strip

The answer here is f.  Standing on a carpet decreases stress on the spine more than standing on a hard floor.  That’s why a lot of the multimillion-dollar companies that set up booths at trade shows have carpeting in their booth on the floor.  They want to make you feel more comfortable and reduce the stress on your body that you’ve been feeling by walking for long periods of time.  It also helps their staff at the booth.

2. While I’m treating you, it’s important to NOT do any excessive lifting (over 15-20 lbs.) during the first 4-6 weeks of treatment.  In some cases, vacuuming and other household chores like laundry may be limited as well.  Ask me for specific instructions for your individual case.

So, now that we covered posture, next time we will be discussing your joints and nutritional support, so stay tuned.

Until then, have a chiropractor check your spine, as we are the ONLY health professionals properly trained to analyze, detect and correct subluxations which are misalignments of the vertebra that put pressure on the nerves and spinal cord and will decrease your over health and function.  Give your body the chance to be healthy naturally without drugs and surgery!

Freehold Chiropractor Helps Relieve Stress Induced Symptoms without Drugs or Surgery

Many people “surge” their way to sickness and illness due to overwhelming stress.

Think of your body like a house with a circuit breaker system.  If you overload a circuit with too much “stress” by having too many appliances plugged in, it will blow.  Now, if the circuit was going to your kitchen and the refrigerator wasn’t working, the food would spoil.  How would you resolve the problem?  Would you just remove the spoiled food and put new fresh food in it?  We all know that wouldn’t work as that new food would spoil too unless you reset the circuit that goes to the kitchen so the refrigerator works properly.

Going one step further, even if you reset the circuit, if you don’t address the stressors tripping that circuit (overloading it with too many appliances running at the same time), the circuit will keep tripping.

Well, the same thing happens in your body if you surge your nervous system with too much stress.  Imagine your nervous system as the circuit breaker system for your body.  If you add multiple stresses to your body and nervous system, your body gets overloaded, you “blow a circuit” and destroy your health.  Chiropractors call this a subluxation.  Each circuit in our body controls different organs, muscles, tissues and functions of the body.  If too much stress builds up and you get a subluxation affecting a “circuit”, you can experience many symptoms ranging from pain, aches, headaches to more serious problems including digestive problems, frequent colds to even high blood pressure (Journal of Human Hypertension 22,1 G Bakris, MD et al).

Stress occurs in many variations.  There is physical stress or trauma which could be from an accident, carrying a pocketbook on one shoulder all the time, typing or using a mouse at a computer all day, slouching, etc.  Then there is chemical stress which could be from smoking, eating poor quality foods, taking medications or other pills, pollution, drinking caffeine and other poor quality fluids, the list goes on and on.  Finally there is emotional stress… do you know anybody not suffering from this?

So these physical, chemical and emotional stresses build up in your body and cause circuits to trip, which we call subluxations.  This will greatly affect your overall health and wellness, leading to many symptoms and illnesses.  They didn’t occur from lack of drugs or surgery.

So, how can you avoid the dangers of stress?

Well, we all know it’s impossible to avoid all stress from your  life, but you can stay ahead of the negative effects that accumulate over time by having regular chiropractic care.  Just like an electrician would  come to your house if you had problems with outlets and circuits, a chiropractor is the only specialized health professional that skillfully checks your nervous system for overloaded circuits in your body and turns them back on so you won’t experience an interruption in your state of health and wellness.  When it comes to basic, preventative care, nothing beats keeping your circuits on with chiropractic adjustments.

In our office we not only address the subluxations, but we also address the stressors that keep overloading the body.  We are 1 of 4 offices in NJ that utilize the only FDA cleared biofeedback device that will analyze your body for over 160,000 stressors that your body could be sensitive too.  It is scientifically proven that internal and external stressors contribute to many symptoms and illnesses including:  headaches or migraines, digestive problems like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or acid reflux, skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, allergies, food sensitivities, pain, weakened immune systems, fibromyalgia, depression, ADD, ADHD, autism, sleep disorders, anxiety, arthritis, weight loss and gain… just to name a few.

It is also known that your adrenal glands help regulate stress.  When the adrenal glands aren’t working, you might have a condition called adrenal fatigue or adrenal failure.  Consumption of coffee and other caffeine products as well as refined carbohydrates like pasta, rice and bread will result in adrenal dysfunction.  Some common symptoms of this condition are heart conditions, digestive problems, weight problems, immune problems, arthritis, diabetes, allergies, PMS, menopause, libido issues, lack of sleep, lack of energy and so much more.

Finally, everything we eat, breath and drink have chemicals in it that are toxic to our body.  This stress causes your body to be toxic and your overall health declines.  The more toxic  your body is the more acidic it is resulting in more short circuiting of your body.

At Hometown Family Wellness Center, located in Freehold NJ, Dr. Russell Brokstein, DC analyzes you for the different levels of physical, chemical and emotional stresses that cause the short circuiting of your body.  Where most chiropractors only address the short circuit or subluxation, Dr. Brokstein addresses the causes of the short circuits.  We have been helping patients from Freehold and other surrounding towns in Monmouth County, NJ of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts Neck, Morganville, Jackson for 10 years and many patients have found our 4 pronged drugless, non-sugrical approach different than any doctor they have gone to which  has gotten patients to drive from as far as NYC and Philadelphia.

If you would like to finally gain optimal health and wellness without drugs or surgery so you can once again enjoy your normal daily activities, make sure you call for your complimentary consultation.

Freehold Chiropractor Shares How to Be Your Best… The Chiropractic Story!

YES, Chiropractic is the BEST treatment for back pain, neck pain, headaches, disc problems, arthritis and other acute and chronic pain conditions. HUNDREDS of published studies from all around the world have undeniably proven Chiropractic’s SAFETY, EFFECTIVENESS, and COST EFFECTIVENESS. But this is just a small, even insignificant part

The BIG IDEA of the Chiropractic story is Chiropractic’s natural ability to HELP YOUR BODY AND MIND TO EXPRESS THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND FUNCTION AT THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST! ALLOWING YOU to be YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST! Sound confusing? Its Not! In fact, it is so simple that a 3rd Grader could explain it to you.  Your brain makes EVERY DECISION about how your body functions.
There are NO exceptions!
Using the spinal cord, spinal nerves and all the nerves of the body, the brain’s LIFE ENABLING messages travel to EVERY organ, EVERY tissue and EVERY cell, thereby running and controlling EVERY system of the body. Thereby controlling heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, breathing, elimination, immunity, etc., etc.
When this happens with NO INTERFERENCE, when your posture and body structure are properly aligned, your body performs at its BEST!


However, when alignment is off, even slightly off, NERVE INTERFERENCE CAN EXIST. In Chiropractic we call this a
SUBLUXATION, which causes the body to function less than at its best. And UNTIL THE SUBLUXATION IS CORRECTED, UNTIL THE SUBLUXATION IS CORRECTED, the body can NEVER, will NEVER, be its best,
And making it MUCH MORE SUSCEPTIBLE to ALL sickness, disease and symptoms.

So you see, TRUE HEALTH is ONLY POSSIBLE with an optimally functioning nervous system.

If you are ready to be YOUR BEST, contact a local chiropractor!  I am more than happy to help the communities of Freehold, Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts Neck, Millstone, Jackson, NJ and other surrounding areas obtain optimal health

I want to thank Author – Dr. Henri Rosenblum, Chiropractor