Home stretching is an important part of all treatment plans. Dr. Russell Brokstein shows basic stretching in this part 1 of 2 for reducing neck, shoulder and upper back pain, stress and tension. Doing home stretching can also be used in prevention of future injuries from occurring.
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!
My name is Dr. Russell Brokstein, chiropractor and wellness consultant in Freehold, NJ at Hometown Family Wellness Center. Weight problems and Obesity have become an epidemic problem in the United States. Dieting has failed over and over and people need an answer as to why it’s so difficult to drop the pounds. No matter how much people change their diets and incorporate exercise, it seems to be a lost battle jumping from Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, LA Weight Loss and the numerous other diet programs.
Several years ago I was fortunate to meet a husband and wife doctors in Toms River, NJ who introduced me to a solution to the problem. Upon listening to their presentation, it made total sense: everything we eat, breath and drink has chemicals and toxins in them. We consume these toxins and the result is heavier people. Not only is this going to affect the person consuming these chemicals, but if a mother is pregnant, the chemicals pass right to the developing fetus.
Today I was reading a great article in NaturalNews.com: Numerous Chemicals Linked to Difficult Losing Weight. It not only talks about the problems with these chemicals causing more fat cells and increased size of the fat cells, but how the chemicals alter hormonal balance. Your body uses body fat to try and help protect the different organs, tissues and cells. The fat surrounds the toxins and the more toxins in your body, usually the more body fat is stored! This is the cause of being overweight and obese.
The chemicals aren’t only in the foods by the way they are processed, but the pollution in the air we breath, the water we drink and bathe in, the pesticides used in farming and runoff into the water, pharmaceuticals, plastics we store drinks and foods in, even wall paper, handbags, air fresheners, hygiene products, laundry detergents and so much more are filled with chemicals that we are exposed to.
Obesity isn’t only a health problem, but it’s a social problem as kids and adults are ridiculed at being overweight, social life is affected, and it’s hard to be as active as one would like. Many avoid being in social settings.
So, the solution is simple: release the chemicals and toxins from the body and balance out the hormones and you will start to see natural and healthy weight loss! This process is called a detoxification program. When you remove the chemicals from the body, you eliminate the affects they are having on your body and the body doesn’t need to store the body fat! Being you are truly getting to the cause of the weight gain, you don’t get the rebound weight gain one gets with failed dieting programs.
Colleagues of mine introduced me to the ultimate in full body and cleansing program. To find out more and start your weight loss and health transformation contact me.
We have been helping patients in Freehold, NJ and the surrounding towns of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts Neck, Jackson, Morganville and other Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey Communities for the past 10 years. If you would finally like to gain your health and body back, contact our office for your New New New Your Body Transformation consultation. Find out more about our office at www.ChiropractorFreehold.com
As a doctor of chiropractic in Freehold, NJ, I always ask: Ever wonder what keeps your heart beating or lungs breathing normally while you sleep, or knows the precise amount of insulin to produce when you eat a slice of pie? How about the process of building and repairing after an accident or injury? Do you think it’s the doctor’s cast that heals a broken bone, or the band-aid that mends the wound? Think again…
Today, I received my weekly healthy tip from Principle 33 and I have to share what it explains: Chiropractors acknowledge the fact that the same intelligent Power that animates the universe outside you, animates the universe INSIDE you. This Power maintains your very existence 24/7. It grew you from two cells into a thriving human being and produces health throughout your entire life, when not interfered with. BJ Palmer, the developer of Chiropractic once asked… “have you more faith in a knife or a spoonful of medicine than in the power that animates the living world?” Every chiropractic patient must answer honestly if they truly want to get the most out of their care.
The next time you run to your medicine cabinet to grab something for your ailments, stop and take a long look in the mirror first. If you ever doubted who the greatest physician in the world is, he or she is staring right back at you.
As I educate and help patients in Freehold, NJ and the surrounding towns of Marlboro, Manalapan, Howell, Colts Neck, Jackson, Morganville and Englishtown in Monmouth County, New Jersey, more people are opening up to help their body be more healthy naturally without drugs or surgery. They are seeing when you take care of your body, it allows the body to be the natural physician it really is.
Do you know chiropractic is more than just pain relief? It is great many people get natural relief of pain when going to the chiropractor without risks of medications or surgery. BUT… many people are missing out on the true impact of what chiropractic is all about: HEALTH and WELLNESS!
Your entire body functions because of your nervous system. Your brain sends messages down the spinal cord and out through all the nerves to control every muscle, organ and tissue in the body. You can move your joints and muscles because messages pass through your nerves. You can feel sensations because messages go up to your brain. Your heart beats, lungs breathe, stomachs digest all without you having to think as messages go from the brain to these organs and back to the brain.
Chiropractic is about restoring your nervous system so it functions optimally allowing your body to be healthy and active. Chiropractic is REAL Health and Prevention!
Every day you subject your body to stress that causes the spinal bones to move out of place putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. What stress? Think of the accumulation of traumas: from when you learned how to walk how many times did you fall, sitting at desks at schools and carrying heavy books for years, poor postures, playing sports, sleeping in bad positions or even car accidents (just a small 3 MPH bumper hit causes whiplash!) Even poor nutrition, being overweight and chemical toxicity can cause the spine to misalign. The chiropractic adjustments realign the vertebra to remove interference from the nervous system so your body is optimally functioning.
Check out the research that shows chiropractic can help you improve your health naturally!
1 – Chiropractic Improves Immune Function
Studies show that chiropractic patients have a 200% stronger immune response than people who don’t receive chiropractic care, and a 400% stronger immune response than people with cancer or serious diseases. Read the full article: Chiropractic Boosts Immunity
Another study from 2010 found there is a boost in blood serum levels of some important antibodies in patients that get adjusted. These antibodies help fight off infection and disease. A strong immune system improves your health.
2 – Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation
A 2010 study in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine shows short term chiropractic treatment of chronic low back pain sufferers can help reduce inflammation naturally.
3 – Chiropractic Can Help Hypertension
High blood pressure is suffered by approximately 30% of adults. The Journal of Human Hypertension did a 2007 study of patients with hypertension. During the 8 week study, half of the patients received upper cervical adjustments while the other half received fake adjustments. There were marked and sustained reductions in high blood pressure equivalent to the use of 2 drug combination therapy commonly used. 85% of the patients that received the adjustment treatment showed improvement after just one adjustment. Even better this improvement is without the harmful side effects of the medications usually prescribed for high blood pressure.
Good Morning America even did a feature segment on the positive affects of chiropractic on hypertension. This is a subject more people have to be made aware of!
4 – Chiropractic Helps Stress Reduction
A small study in 2011 done by Japanese scientists was to examine the effects of chiropractic on the autonomic nervous system. Your brain shows altered activity when under stress. This affects pain processing and reactions to stress. Cortisol levels also increase when stress, which can cause weight gain, increased allergies, diabetes, joint problems, decreased immune responses and sleep problems.
PET scans and blood tests showed that those patients that got adjusted showed improvement in brain activity in areas associated with pain processing and stress reactions. Corstisol levels also significantly reduced indicating decreased stress. Added bonus was lower pain scores and improved quality of life reported by the chiropractic patients. You improve your health by reducing stress.
5 – Chiropractic Improves Balance
As we get older, we are more likely to have serious injuries from falls due to loss of balance. One of the many roles of your spine and nervous system is balance. Nerves in your body relay information for balance to your brain. If there is pressure on these nerves there can be dizziness and a loss of balance.
A 2009 study showed patients who get adjusted had a reduction in dizziness, balance and neck pain. Another study in 2015 provides evidence that adjusting the neck improves balance which can help prevent falls and injuries.
A small study from 2009 found that people who received chiropractic adjustments had reduced dizziness and improved balance. A 2015 review of the literature suggests that chiropractic care might be an effective, natural way to help prevent falls in elderly patients.
6 – Chiropractic Provides Relief of Colic
From October 2007 to November 2009, 104 infants suffering with colic were split into 3 treatment groups at a chiropractic clinic in the UK. Findings showed chiropractic adjustments provided relief of colic. Reducing crying helps a baby sleep better and improve their health.
7 – Chiropractic Relieves Asthma and Bronchial Conditions
A 2013 preliminary study reported an improvement in moderate COPD following a course of chiropractic treatment for 4 weeks. Another study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reviewed research which shows there is benefits of manual therapy for childhood respiratory disease like asthma. Health relies heavily on lung capacity.
Our Freehold chiropractor, Dr. Russell Brokstein, suffered with a bronchial condition for 10 years. As a competitive soccer player it made it difficult at times to breathe while playing. Medical doctors prescribed one inhaler after another with no relief. Upon entering chiropractic college at the age of 24, Dr. Brokstein started to get adjusted. Since that time he has not had one incident of a bronchial attack. This is not uncommon as your nervous system has control of all functions including your lungs. By removing pressure to the nerves that control lung function, it is possible to get natural relief of asthma-like conditions.
8 – Chiropractic Benefits Wellness Programs
Some chiropractors implement wellness programs to include diet, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and one-on-one coaching. Patients that participate in a chiropractic 18 weeks wellness program show improvements in weight loss, heart rate, blood pressure, strength, body-mass index, and forced vital capacity.
9 – Chiropractic Reduces Missed Work Days and Disability
Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed days at work. This costs not only the companies money, but the employee too if they are missing work. Research shows that chiropractic patients have fewer disability incidents than those under conventional care. Those who aren’t under chiropractic care are twice as likely to miss work. Access to chiropractic care is important to decrease disability claims and lost productivity.