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:
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!
Your mom probably wanted you to look confident and proud but the bottom line is, good posture is good for your health and is now recognized as an important factor in aging well. “We all heard it when we were growing up – ‘stand up straight’, ‘you’re slouching’.
When your back is not properly aligned, your body’s center of gravity shifts, putting more stress and load on your muscles, joints, and ligaments. Poor posture is a major cause of neck, back and joint pain. When you slouch, your internal organs may be compressed affecting bodily functions like digestion and even your ability to breathe clearly.
Poor posture can be traced to many activities from sitting in front of a computer for hours, carrying heavy pocketbooks or briefcases on one shoulder all the time, wearing high heals, laying on a couch unsupported or sleeping improperly and exercising in poor form just to name a few. The muscles tire and the body shifts position, causing some muscle groups to become tight, stretched, and weak.
We are creatures of habit. When we have an injury, our body will move differently to avoid pain. Over time, the body will adapt. Our body will create new habits. The brain adapts and adopts new muscles and joint positions even in the absence of continued pain. We believe we are standing straight because our brain is being told by our senses that we are balanced, even though the mirror shows we are not.
To achieve the best posture when standing, the body should maintain a straight vertical alignment from the top of the head, through the center of the body, and down to the feet. Take a minute and go in front of a mirror in your house and check to see if one shoulder is higher than another, one hip is higher than another, if your shoulders are rotated forward. From the side, look for an imaginary straight line from the ear, shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle. When sitting, the spine and head should remain upright, while maintaining the three natural curves in the back. Also check these points on your children. The earlier the spine is checked for imbalances, the easier they are to correct.
Here are some tips to help you reduce the risk of poor posture as you sit in the office:
- Take frequent breaks – about every 30 minutes.
- If you cannot get up, stretch your arms and legs as much as possible.
- Sit in an office chair with a comfortable height to maintain good posture and provide adequate support for your back.
- Keep desk items – phone, calendar, appointment book – within comfortable reach.
- Women: avoid wearing high heels. They change the center of gravity and put extra stress on the back”(1)
Chiropractors refer to posture as the “window to the spine.” And, since your spine protects the master control system of the body (your nervous system), you need to pay attention to your posture on a daily basis.
Spinal shifts, vertebral misalignments and structural instability can lead to arthritic changes. They can also cause other health and/or functional problems as well. For example, did you know:
* Thoracic spine arthritis/spurs indicate accompanying coronary arteriosclerosis 85% of the time. Bone spurs and arthritic changes in the thoracic spine can mimic angina pectoris.(2)
* Upper Thoracic Spine – Children under chiropractic care showed a 96.5% non-occurrence rate of asthma, whereas children under medical care showed a 95% non-occurrence rate of asthma. The authors concluded that the immune systems of children under chiropractic care are better able to cope with allergens which may cause asthmatic conditions.(3)
* Mid Thoracic Spine – Using radiography, Burchett examined sixty-one hospital patients and found that in 88% of patients with gallbladder disease there was lipping (arthritis) from T7-T10; spinal osteophytes (T9-T11) were found in 82% of those with stomach disease. Many sufferers of pancreatic dis-ease had segments T5-T7 involved and 31% of patients with duodenal disease had osteophytes at T9-L2.(4)
* Lower Thoracic Spine – Subluxations (vertebral misalignments) of the T6 – T10 vertebrae can cause gall bladder symptoms.(5)
Every aspect of our lives affects posture: nutrition, stress, exercise, mental development, and body fat. Posture is one of the most overlooked keys to better health. “Research studies show the truth in what mothers have always known: standing up tall improves our health.” May is the perfect time to celebrate a renewed commitment to health, longevity, and new habits.
Every year in honor of National Correct Posture month in May, Dr. Russell Brokstein, chiropractor and owner of Hometown Family Wellness Center in Freehold, NJ, offers professional posture assessments. Dr. Brokstein will be examining the spines of children and adults using state of the art computerized spinal assessments. These exams help prevent unnecessary muscle imbalance, structural instability, scoliosis and other health conditions related to poor posture. We’ve been helping people of all ages in Freehold and the surrounding towns of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts Neck, Jackson, Morganville and other towns in Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey.
To secure a complimentary Posture and Full Spinal Examination, call 732-780-0044 or go to www.ChiropractorFreehold.com for more information about Dr. Brokstein and Hometown Family Wellness Center.
1. By Marianne Favro for NBC11 News
2. J.A.O.A. 1983, 82, 93-94
3. van Breda WM; van Breda JM. A Comparative Study Of The Health Status Of The Health Status Of Children Raised Under The Health Care Models Of Chiropractic And Allopathic Medicine. J Chiro Res 1989; 5:101-3
4. Burchett GD J of the American Osteopathic Association 1968; 67(6): 675.
5. Grail McGinley, Newsday, Melville, NY
More and more people are suffering with Fibromyalgia. To the medical community it’s a very unknown disorder and none of their expensive testing can diagnose it. On top of that, they are prescribing analgesics, antidepressants, and more recently anti-seizure medications which have major side effects. In many instances, patients are told there is nothing wrong with them, but this is a very real condition!!!
In the following video, Dr. Russell Brokstein talks more about Fibromyalgia and provides hope for many Fibromyalgia sufferers! Chiropractic is an answer!
A lack of exercise results in numerous health problems, starting from seemingly harmless weight gain to cardiovascular diseases and a much higher chance of suffering a stroke. Research has concluded that as many people die because of the effects of lack of exercise as the number that die from smoking.
This is why chiropractic exercises are strongly recommended to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle and avoid all complications that can lead up to a stroke.
The following problems can occur due to lack of exercise:
Obesity is one of the major effects of a lack of exercise. Various health problems can surface due to obesity such as diabetes, breathing issues, high blood pressure and a far greater risk of suffering a heart attack.
Besides the physical effects, many psychological effects also accompany obese people. Low self-esteem that leads to depression can be a devastating experience.
It is no doubt that obesity can result from genetic factors, but a lack of exercise is usually a major reason.
2. High Blood Pressure
Being overweight can lead to hypertension. The blood vessels clog up which restricts blood flow. Hypertension exposes a person to various other risks, such as heart attack, kidney failure and many other ailments. A hypertensive individual is more likely to develop diabetes.
3. Decline in Brain Function
Exercise helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain, while lack of exercise does the opposite. A brain that is deprived of blood cannot function normally as it would otherwise. The brain can also physically shrink due to the lack of blood supply – a research states that this ‘shrinkage’ can be avoided and mental abilities can be enhanced by regular exercise.
4. Reduction in Strength of Bones and Muscles
A sedentary lifestyle can weaken the bones and muscles, thus exposing an individual to a greater chance of injury as well as diseases such as arthritis. Lack of exercise can make a person more prone to fractures in case of a fall along with knee-joint and hip problems later on.
5. Increased Chances of Developing Cancer
Research was carried over several years and the results show an increased chance of cancer from a lack of exercise. Also, people who were physically fit when they developed cancer had a far greater chance of survival than those who had led a sedentary lifestyle.
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