The flu, swine flu, H1N1, vaccinations..the list goes on and on and it’s taking over the news and other media forms the past couple of months. Freehold Chiropractor, Dr. Russell Brokstein, educates the community and surrounding towns of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell and Jackson, NJ about what the shots contain, many health risks and that there are healthier alternatives. Many people don’t know the importance of chiropractic and how it can actually boost the immune system and allows the body to function optimally. Dr. Brokstein of Hometown Family Wellness Center discusses these topics in the following video:
Sciatica is very painful medical condition in which the patient experiences extreme pain and tingling sensations in his back, hip, legs and thighs. The pain is caused as a result of pressure exerted on the nerves, either due to any inflammation in the vertebra or the narrowing of the spinal canal. Piriformis syndrome, lumber spinal stenosis and spinal disc herniation are common causes of sciatica pain in individuals. Chiropractic treatment is highly effective for relieving the patients of the painful condition.
Why Is Prompt Identification And Treatment Important?
It is very important for patients to recognize the symptoms and seek professional medical assistance for their sciatica condition. The doctor takes prompt prescribed tests to identify the cause of the sciatica pain in order to focus his attention on the specific treatment required for the condition.
If a patient does not seek medical assistance for his sciatica problem, it may result in exaggerating his condition with the period of time. A number of possible problems can arise for the patient besides the continuous pain in the back and the hip region.
Permanent Nerve Damage
Patients who do not seek prompt medical help for their sciatica run a high risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage. In case of a permanent damage to the sciatica nerve, the patient will experience excruciating pain in the back and legs, which will not be alleviated to a satisfactory level, even with the use of pain relieving medication.
The different treatment methods like water and physical therapy become extremely painful for the patient because of his severe nerve damage.
Paralysis in the Affected Limb
The patient experiences a loss of feeling in the affected limb, which in some cases also leads to difficulty in movement, and ultimately paralysis. The affected leg becomes devoid of all sensation and movement, hampering the patient already troubled with the excruciating pain.
Loss of Bladder Control
Patients who do not get medical treatment for their sciatica problem can experience a loss of control in their bladder and bowels. This adds to the problems already faced by the patient while dealing with his sciatica condition.
A pressurized sciatica nerve causes severe pain, tingling and numbing sensations in the legs and thighs, and cramps along with fever. Patients should seek prompt medical assistance for the correct identification and treatment of sciatica before the condition becomes incurable. Chiropractic treatment is considered as very effective for the treatment of sciatica pain in individuals.
Image used under Creative Commons Licensing: Leg pain by The Clear Communication People
From the day a child is born, he or she is subjected to many stressors that can affect their health. Traditional medicine quickly prescribes drugs to kids which can compromise their health long term and have many side effects. How would you like a more healthy, natural way of having a healthy kid? Lets go over 11 Reasons why chiropractic is for children in keeping them healthy:
1) Chiropractic Boosts Your Immune System
Research shows the positive effects of chiropractic adjustments for the immune system. Children are around many bacteria and viruses that can make them sick. The stronger the immune system the healthier they will be at fighting illness.
In one study, production of interleukin-2 -induced immunoglobulin G and immunoglobulin M was significantly increased in cultures from subjects treated with spinal manipulation. In other studies, inflammation factors are reduced after chiropractic adjustments.
2) Chiropractic Helps Ear Infections
Misalignments of the vertebra in the neck put pressure on the nerves that regulate the ears but also on the Eustachian tubes that help drain the ears. When the tubes are blocked, fluid builds up. Bacteria thrive in fluid. By removing the pressure, the tubes can naturally drain and remove the environment that the bacteria grow in. Medical intervention includes anit-biotics that temporarily kill bacteria but it’s very common for the infections to come back because the fluid is still there. A vicious cycle of multiple rounds of anti-biotics are prescribed. Then eventually the doctors perform surgery to insert tubes to help drain the ears. Both these procedures have major side effects of resistance to anti-biotics, decreased immune systems, digestive problems and even hearing loss. Chiropractic is for children to remove the pressure naturally with gentle adjustments to the vertebra that are causing the problem.
Our Freehold chiropractor has helped dozens of children relieve ear infections naturally! Watch one of our patients tell their story:
3) Chiropractic and Asthma Relief
Asthma and other respiratory conditions are experienced by more kids every year. Studies are showing that chiropractic can help by removing the interference and allowing the lungs to function better. One study of 36 children rated their quality of life substantially higher and their asthma severity substantially lower after 3 months of adjustments.
Our chiropractor in Freehold, Dr. Russell Brokstein, suffered with bronchial conditions from age 14 to 24. During college years he would fight bronchitis every 6 to 8 weeks. Doctors prescribed multiple inhalers, none of which provided any relief. As a competitive soccer player it would become difficult, especially during colder weather, upon exertion. At the age of 24, Dr. Russell started getting adjusted and hasn’t had one bought of the condition.
He also has a brother-in-law who suffered from severe asthma from the time he was born until 2 years old. The medical doctors told his parents he would be in and out of the hospitals the rest of his life. Fortunately they are big proponents of chiropractic and were going for monthly maintenance care. Their chiropractor suggested bringing in their son and at that point he no longer suffered from asthma.
4) Chiropractic Relieves Colic
Colic is a condition where there are repeated bouts of excessive crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy. This can be rather frustrating for parents. A 2012 study of 104 infants with colic found that the parents reported a significant decrease in crying when treated with chiropractic.
5) Chiropractic Relief of Nocturnal Enuresis
This condition of bedwetting is difficult for children of any age. A recent study of 33 consecutive patients found a 66.6% resolution of nocturnal enurisis who were under chiropractic care for a year.
6) Chiropractic Improves Posture
Stress and injuries to the spine cause loss of flexibility, mobility and stability. Posture affects and moderates every physiological function from breathing to nervous system. Chiropractic along with exercise can improve natural, healthy posture which improves function of the spine.
7) Chiropractic and ADHD
Rates of ADHD are skyrocketing and there are many guesses at the cause. Many studies are showing the benefits of chiropractic treatment of children with ADHD and attention problems. The ICPA has shared many of these studies which you can access: click here
8) Chiropractic Reduces Stress
Yes, even children experience stress. Stress can be from the birthing process when doctors pull on the babies head and neck, stress from school, sports, using technology like cell phones and even chemicals in food. Stress increases cortisol levels which can interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease… The list goes on and on. It can also increase risk for depression, mental illness, and lower life expectancy.
A Japanese study found there are immediate positive effects on stress and cortisol levels following chiropractic care. These patients also had reduced pain levels and improved quality of life. Chiropractic is for children to help reduce stress!
9) Chiropractic Encourages Brain and Nerve Development
A baby’s nervous system controls all functions of the body from circulation, breathing, digestions, muscle movement and coordination, thinking, sensation and even playing. Interference to the nerve system can seriously reduce function. Chiropractic stimulates a child’s brain and nerve impulses creating a balance of health and well-being.
10) Chiropractic Is SAFE
Everybody knows how dangerous drugs and surgery is, yet more and more kids are pushed that way. Why would you subject your children to all those risks that just mask the symptoms and cause side effects?
Chiropractic is safe for everybody including children! Don’t you deserve a healthier child? Don’t you want your child to be optimally healthy without drugs or surgery?
A 2012 study in the JMPT examined chiropractic care of children from birth to adolescence. No serious side effects were seen in children in the 20,000 pediatric visits analyzed.
11) Birth is Traumatic to all Babies
Many adults go to a chiropractor when they hurt their back or neck. Birth is traumatic to the baby’s head and neck. In most instances the doctor is pulling on the baby causing misalignments of the cervical spine. This trauma can lead to many health conditions and in some cases SIDS. Dr. Christopher Kent wrote an article supporting chiropractic is for children: Subluxation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
It just makes sense to have a baby adjusted at birth. A 2013 study in the Journal of Attention Disorders found a higher incidence of ADHD symptoms in babies injured at birth.
Most people think chiropractic is for neck and back pain. Even though it is highly successful for musculoskeletal conditions there is much more to chiropractic. There is more research now than ever that regular chiropractic care is the best option at helping you and your family be healthy! Chiropractic is more about health, wellness and having an optimally functioning body. When you understand that your body is controlled by your nervous system and any interference will affect the functions of the entire body, you will understand that the only thing that removes the interference will help make you healthier naturally, without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic helps remove the interference! Chiropractic at birth can prevent long term consequences.
Studies are showing what millions of parents know: chiropractic is for children and family health! Are you ready to experience why all these other families go to a chiropractor for health and wellness?
Back pain is suffered by over 80% of the population so many ask should I get chiropractic or physical therapy for back pain? Medical doctors usually refer patients to the physical therapists but current research shows chiropractic provides better results.
Research has been showing for years the effectiveness of chiropractic in treating low back pain. It’s important that studies also compare the different types of treatments in outcomes and cost containment. So what does research show best chiropractic or physical therapy for back pain? A new study: Amount of health care and self-care following a randomized clinical trial comparing flexion-distraction with exercise program for chronic low back pain in Chiropractic and Osteopathy Journal reveals that chronic low back pain including patients with radiculopathy and sciatica did statistically better using flexion distraction chiropractic techniques than the physical therapy patients. Read the full study click here.
The long term benefits of the treatments were also compared by looking at the number of follow up visits required after either chiropractic or physical therapy in the year post treatment. The study examines how much care a patient went for after the initial study period. This helps determine the consumption and costs of health care. If a patient needs more care and visits, it increases the medical expenditures.
In the study of 191 patients, 107 were under chiropractic care while the remaining 84 were receiving physical therapy. Treatment consisted of 2 to 4 visits per week for a month. Each patient was followed up for the year after treatment. If patients were seeking more care it was known they had increased pain and or disability.
It was found that Physical therapy subjects had significantly more health care visits than those receiving chiropractic treatment in the year following care. 38% of chiropractic patients versus 54% of physical therapy patients sought care for their back pain in the follow period. The number of visits to a health care provider were less for the chiropractic group also. These patients averaged just 2.2 visits compared to 6 visits for the physical therapy group. Researches stated this is a significant finding in the number of visits between the chiropractic and physical therapy patients.
So with results like this what would you choose? Chiropractic or Physical Therapy for Back pain? It is concluded that Flexion distraction chiropractic manipulation was found more effective in reducing pain for 1 year when compared to physical therapy.
In our Freehold Chiropractic office we use flexion distraction chiropractic technique to help our back pain patients get the best results in treatment. It is our goal to get you better as quickly as possible with techniques backed by research.
Every day I hear patients explain to me that they have pain and they don’t know how it happened. Many medical doctors explain to their patients that they have arthritis that has formed in their spine and other joints. The patient is concerned with how it got there, but most doctors say it’s part of aging.
As a chiropractor in Freehold, NJ, it is important for the public to be educated on how this happens. Seeing people from all over Monmouth County, NJ in the towns of Marlboro, Howell, Colts Neck, Jackson, Morganville, Freehold and Manalapan, NJ, they always ask: Is it from the stress of their work? From playing golf for 20 years? Sitting at desks in school for years on end slouching? Or maybe the car accident many years ago?
The answer is.. it is more likely to be from the accumulative affects of all of these stresses to the body. From the time you are born, the medical doctors pulls and twists your neck and shoulders to deliver you. Then as an infant you start to learn how to walk… how many times do you think you fell? Do you have brothers or sisters? If so, did you wrestle or trip each other as a joke? As you get older you sit in classrooms with bad postures or carry backpacks that are too heavy for the spine. Did you play any sports and take a hard fall or tackle? Think of the trauma of just a little fender bender. Do you carry a pocket book or briefcase on a daily basis? Have you ever missed that last step or curb?
I think you get the point that every little thing builds up in your body, causing the joints to misalign. So, the real question with arthritis and spinal degeneration is not what you did, but what you haven’t done! Joints wear down faster when they are not aligned properly… they are stuck and not moving well. That’s why it is important to be under chiropractic care to get the joints aligned properly and keep them moving.
A great analogy to consider is your car: As you drive your car, your wheels become misaligned especially if you hit a pothole or a curb while parking. If you keep driving with them misaligned, the car starts to pull to one side, the tires wear out unevenly, and other parts of the car start to break down. You don’t keep driving like that if you want your car to last long enough. Also, every 3 months or 3500 miles or so we are informed to take the car in for maintenance, oil, lube and filter. Neglecting your car for this maintenance, you will build up expenses to fix things and the car won’t last as long as you want, your fuel efficiency decreases, you will have to keep replacing tires, etc.
Some research shows that arthritis starts to form after a joint is misaligned for as little as 2 weeks. Just like a cavity in the teeth, if it isn’t caught early enough it will progressively get worse. You know that waiting to fix these things costs a lot more money than if you had just prevented it from happening.
Blaming the activities in your life for arthritis is like blaming the sidewalk for scuffing your shoes. Everything wears down naturally as we use them, including your spine. If you focus more on prevention with regular maintenance chiropractic care, you can help slow down arthritis and other forms of wear and tear. Most people get this concept when it comes to their teeth: their teeth don’t hurt, but they get their teeth examined one to 2 times a year and cleaned, brush their teeth daily and floss to prevent decay. If you didn’t do this, teeth would decay as part of normal aging too! But it can be prevented with proper care.
Well your spine is a dynamic system that protects the most important system of your body.. your nervous system! Your nervous system controls all functions of your body. Many activities, stress and nutritional choices affect your spine and nervous system! Your teeth can always be replaced, but your spine and nervous system CANNOT!
In our office we take a different approach to your health than any other health professional in the area! As a chiropractor, we make sure your spine is aligned and properly balanced so your nervous system functions optimally. On top of that, Dr. Brokstein, DC also analyzes your body for stress, adrenal function and the toxicity of your body. We are the ONLY doctor in Monmouth County, NJ to have state of the art FDA cleared biofeedback to analyze your body for over 160,000 sensitivities and stressors. We educate our patients on healthy eating, weight loss and exercise. Prevention NOW is more cost affective and helps avoid harmful drugs that at best just cover up symptoms and surgery. Don’t wait and get your spine and health checked today!