Freehold NJ Chiropractor Reviews How Stress Affects Your Health and Body

Do you experience stress?  Do you know how stress affects your body?  Do you know stress comes in multiple forms:  physical or trauma, chemical and mental?

Stress is listed by the American Medical Association as the leading basic cause of more than 60% of all illness and disease.  It is known to be the cause of many illnesses and symptoms ranging from high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, anxiety, ADD or ADHD, digestive problems like Chron’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux, immune deficiency, allergies, headaches, musculoskeletal disorders, fibromyalgia, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, breathing problems and much more.

Stress can also lead to many addictions like smoking and alcohol and even lead to suicide.

Many people reach for different medications to fight many of these conditions and symptoms that result from stress.  Unfortunately most don’t realize the drugs are just covering up the symptoms and resulting in other symptoms due to side effects.  This is a vicious cycle currently used by most medical doctors in treating their patients.

Chiropractic takes a natural approach at addressing the cause of all of these conditions:  STRESS!

The nervous system coordinates all functions of the body and when under stress, the body has a difficult time regulating the organs, tissues and cells of the body.  The best method of correcting the problem is addressing the nervous system to bring it back to balance.  This is what chiropractic does for you!

Chiropractors work with your nervous system because it is like a circuit breaker system through which the spinal cord and nerves send their messages.  Messages from the brain go to all parts of your body via the spinal cord and at every level of your spine between the vertebra,  nerves go to their destination either a muscle, organ or other tissue of the body.  If the messages from the brain are uninterrupted, the body can handle stress more easily and function optimally to bring you natural health and wellness.  But due to the different daily stresses we experience from birth til death, the spinal bones that protect the nervous system can move out of place therefore interfering with the nerve messages and causing dysfunction, disease and symptoms.

Chiropractors detect and correct the misalignments (subluxations) of the spine by adjusting the vertebra to remove the nerve irritation which helps release muscular tension, increase circulation and improve function of the body.

Everybody experiences stress!  You have to learn to manage stress including exercise, proper nutrition, do activities you enjoy, meditate, get adequate sleep and most importantly get your spine checked and adjusted by a chiropractor.  Don’t wait for symptoms like headaches, digestive problems, daily aches and pains, high blood pressure, weight gain or other issues to show up as the symptoms are the last sign to show up.  Prevention and maintenance with chiropractic care helps keep stress at bay and your body functioning optimally to maintain your health and wellness so you can enjoy your family and normal daily activities.

In our Freehold NJ office, Hometown Family Wellness Center, we take a multi-pronged natural approach to reducing your stress and improving your health naturally.  Freehold NJ Chiropractor reviews stress with state of the art technology we will measure how your nervous system is functioning, what sensitivities you are experiencing due to stressors, and analyze how your adrenal glands are functioning.  Your adrenal glads are also called the stress glands as they regulate the 4 main hormones that help the body deal with stress.

To find out more information about our practice go to  Call our office at 732-780-0044 to have your spine and nervous system checked.

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.

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Reference:  JMPT – October 2004;27:e14.

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.

Chiropractor in Freehold NJ Educates the Dangers of Treating and Basing Health on Symptoms

In our country we are taught we are healthy unless we are sick, have pain, or other symptoms.  Treating our body in this manor is dangerous as many conditions lie silent until it’s too late.

As a chiropractor, I find it is my responsibility to educate my community about many health topics and concerns like this.  My office, Hometown Family Wellness Center,  is located in Freehold, NJ and I help people of all ages in Monmouth County NJ.

I recently read an article called, “Stop Playing Whack-a-Symptom” put together by Principle 33.  The analogy used makes such sense:  “The object of the carnival game Whack-a-mole is to use a rubber mallet to hit as many critters as possible when they pop up in random succession.  Trouble is, as you hit one mole, three more pop up and disappear before you can nail them all.  Whack-a-mole is a perfect metaphor for how patients get medicated today.  Unfortunately in this game you end up on a ton of different drugs, for a bunch of different problems, with no actual improvement in  your health.”

In our country, the average American is on 12 drugs. (Generation Rx, 2004)

With senior citizens the numbers were 19.6 in 1992 and went up to 28.5 in 2000 and projected to be around 38.5 in 2010 statistics.  (

Despite the US being the number one country in consumption of drugs, we rank 37th amongst the world’s industrial countries when it comes to health.  More interestingly in that list, the countries that use less drugs are more healthy, and vice versa, the ones that rely on drug treatment are the least healthy.

Chiropractors don’t rely on symptoms to determine your health.  We analyze your body for subluxations and correct them to allow your body to health and function under it’s own innate powers.  Innate has more healing ability than all the drugs and surgeries utilized in hospitals throughout the world.  If only more people would listen and learn from Chiropractic, health care costs would be diminished drastically and you would be able to live a longer more healthy life to enjoy everything that lies ahead.  Unfortunately Big Pharma and the medical community don’t want you to know about this or to believe it.  They want you to treat symptoms with their drugs, that at best give temporary relief and just mask the symptoms.  But even better for them, it causes side effects that presents as more symptoms, so you think you are sick and need more of their drugs.  This is a vicious cycle and proven failed way of health care… or what it really is, sick care system.

If you maintain an optimally, clear functioning nervous system, eat right, exercise, get sufficient sleep and improve mental clarity you won’t have to worry about the failing “whack-a-symptom” game.  This is how we work in our office to optimize your health.  So if you are ready to have vibrant health once again and live in Freehold or surrounding towns of Marlboro, Howell, Colts Neck, Morganville, Jackson or Manalapan, NJ, contact our office or find a chiropractor near you that teaches this concept of health and wellness.