Pain In The Back Of The Neck.

December 9, 2015

Pain In The Back Of The Neck (and head).   I have pain in the back of the neck that goes into my head. What does this mean? Pain in the back of the neck is a common problem. It can be caused by trauma, like a fall or car accident. It can also be caused by bad posture, which is also a type of physical trauma.   Pain in the back of the neck can be caused by mental or emotional stress. Stress, anxiety, fear and anger often lead to physical tension, inflammation and spasm of muscle. These physical changes from mental stress often lead to pain which causes more tension and stress, leading to more tension and stress. It’s a horrible vicious cycle, which when present for months or years, can become a serious chronic problem.   When this pain in the back of the neck leads to pain and tension into the head, you are beginning to experience tension headaches. Tension headaches can be very painful and often present in the forehead, back of head and behind the eyes. They are sometimes even the trigger for migraine headaches. Migraine headaches are often disabling.   Tension headaches...

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Chiropractic Treatment Of Sciatica – No Drugs. No Surgery.

October 26, 2015

Chiropractic Treatment Of Sciatica Sciatica Help Without Surgery   Chiropractic treatment of sciatica has long been a go to method of gaining relief of the dreaded low back and leg pain.   Sciatica is caused by irritation by the spine of the nerves that form the sciatic nerve. Inflammation compression, direct bony compression, disc herniation and other causes must be identified precisely in order to apply the proper treatment by any doctor. Chiropractors are no exception. Watch Christopher’s story about sciatica.   If and only if, it appears safe to treat the causative misalignment, disc bulge or inflammation, the back pain chiropractor will “adjust” the spine into optimal position to remove interference in the nerves thereby restoring function and decreasing pain to the sciatic nerve. Sometimes the cause of the sciatica requires surgery. If this is the case, your chiropractors in Portland, Maine will be able to tell you this.   **Some cases of sciatica are not sciatica at all but rather what’s called “piriformis syndrome”. Performs syndrome is an inflammation and tension in the piriformis muscle that leads to sciatic nerve compression in the muscles of the butt. It feels like sciatica, it acts like sciatica, but ultimately it is much...

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Hip Pain Solutions in Portland Maine – Chiropractors And Hip Pain (207) 774-6251

October 19, 2015

Resolution of Hip Pain With An Understanding of Anatomy and Physiology Resolution of hip pain is very dependent on a level of competence in anatomy and physiology. Sounds simple but the sacro-iliac joint is often mistaken for the hip, leading to all kinds of confusion and poor results.   What does a Portland chiropractor do for your hip pain? The first thing a chiropractor for hip pain does is identify if it is hip pain or sacro-iliac joint (SIJ) pain.  (follow the link to a video!)   If the pain is actual hip pain, the chiropractor will evaluate the patient to determine which adjustment will help the hip problem resolve with the greatest ease. If no adjustment will help, the chiropractor will likely send the patient to another doctor or physical therapist who may be able to help. Ellie had hip pain before a half marathon, watch her testimonial!   Acupuncture is also extremely effective for reducing pain in the hip joint.   If the pain is coming from the Sacro-iliac joint, the chiropractor will evaluate the joint for subluxation, or misalignment that causes interference to the nerve leading to dysfunction and even pain. If subluxation is identified, gentle adjustments to...

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10 Top requirements in a family Chiropractic clinic | Portland, Maine

October 12, 2015

Family Chiropractic Clinic “Must Haves”. There are several things a family chiropractic clinic should have to be truly family oriented in Portland, Maine. Below is that list.   1. Coffee and Tea for all adults and parents.   2. Snacks for kids. If a child has to wait, they should not go hungry.   3. Changing table. A family chiropractic clinic without a changing table is neglecting a very important segment of the family population. Everyone needs to feel clean.   4. Pregnancy adjusting table. Pregnancy chiropractic requires some special tools to best accommodate moms. It’s a comfort and safety issue.   5. Kids Room. A chiropractor for kids who doesn’t have a kids room, is generally someone who doesn’t specialize in pediatric chiropractic. If you don’t specialize in kids, how can you be a family chiropractor? A kids room may even double as a breast feeding room if moms are more comfortable with privacy. Our office has an open breastfeeding policy where moms choose where they want to feed their children and their wishes override all others.   6. Paperwork from home. Any pregnancy chiropractor worth their weight in diapers will help moms by having online paperwork that is easily...

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Sports Injury Chiropractor

September 22, 2015

The Best Sports Injury Chiropractor In Portland, Maine Treats Fewer Injured Players Than Healthy Ones.   Wouldn’t you agree that the best cardiologist prevents heart disease instead of giving pills to treat heart disease? Isn’t the best golfer not the one who can get out of a sand trap easiest, but rather, never end up there in the first place?   The best sports injury chiropractor is the one who helps athletes be as strong and healthy as possible and PREVENTS injury. They are able to reduce risk, improve agility and stability, strength and speed.   The best sports injury chiropractor is the one who teaches the athlete how to reduce risk of injury. They understand specific movements of different sports as well as the risks associated with playing.  Based on this knowledge, the sports injury chiropractor is able to create a plan of action designed to minimize low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica pain, headache pain. These pains lead to less time on the field, court, mats or otherwise.  Nothing is worse than being injured and on the side line.  A sports injury chiropractor clinic should not try to replace the orthopedists office, in fact, they should work...

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Chiropractics – Drop the “S”, spell better and find your Chiropractor!

September 15, 2015

 Chiropractics is spelled wrong, it’s Chiropractic!   If you are searching for a chiropractor by googling “chiropractics“, you will find one but you’ll be misspelling the word. I wan to make sure that you are spelling words related to chiropractic, correctly.  Chiropractic is a word derived from Greek. The basic meaning is “to do (practice) by hand”. If your Portland, Maine chiropractor doesn’t correct your spelling, he or she is doing you an intellectual disservice.  Finding a local chiropractor is easy. Finding a local chiropractor who has the best interest of your grammar and spelling in mind is priceless. Holistic chiropractors and holistic chiropractic care are important members of your healthcare team.  ...

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Chiropracter In Portland, Maine | Dr. Lou Jacobs, Chiropractor

September 8, 2015

Things You Must Know About Google Searching For A Chiropracter. (Part 1)   If you are searching for a chiropracter, you will have much better luck searching for a chiropractor.  You see, chiropractor is spelled with an “or” not “er”.  Searching on google with the wrong spelling will likely get you some results but your search will be much better if the spelling is right.  ...

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What does a pediatric chiropractor in Portland, Maine do?

August 31, 2015

When To Call A Pediatric Chiropractor.   Pediatric chiropractic treatment has been around for a long time.  Chiropractors have been evaluating and gently adjusting children since the turn of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the formation of the ICPA however that the profession had an organization representing the welfare of mothers and children.  “The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA, Inc) is the profession’s oldest, largest and most sought out chiropractic pediatric association. The ICPA was founded by Larry Webster, D.C. in 1986. His vision and passion in working with children had a major impact in redirecting the profession to care for more children.” The key to finding a great and highly qualified pediatric chiropractor is to look for one trained by the ICPA. A fully trained ICPA doctor and local chiropractor is going to be most qualified to work with you and your children.   A pediatric chiropractor evaluates your child as gently as a medical pediatrician but without the needles.  A thorough evaluation of a child’s nervous system, spinal and pelvic alignment, reflexes, muscle tone, head shape, sensory processing and a host of other, primarily nerve based, tests will be done if indicated. The exam is gentle, involves no...

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Why Do People Seek Chiropractic Treatment? | Portland, Maine

August 12, 2015

When Is Chiropractic Treatment Recommended?   Chiropractic has been around since 1895. With advancements in research and the ability to zero in on objective markers of function of the nervous system and spine, stronger recommendations may be made for chiropractic care.   There are typically two reasons that people seek chiropractic treatment.  The first reason is for pain and it’s impact on things that are important, like family, work and the like. Big stuff. These people typically have pain in the neck, shoulders, head, pelvis, hips, legs, sciatica or are looking for a back pain chiropractor. Sometimes there have been injuries that are obvious, other times the problem seeming arose out of nowhere.  Either way, it’s gotten to a point where it is worrisome or disruptive and it needs to go away without the use of drugs or surgery.  Recent reports on over the counter pain killers like ibuprofin have shown that there is an increased chance of stroke or heart attack in those who use NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) on a regular basis. Reports have also shown that women using NSAIDS for pain, whether it’s headaches or low back pain, may have anywhere from 25%-75% reduction in...

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Find Your Back Pain Chiropractor | (207) 774-6251

August 3, 2015

Back Pain Chiropractor   You want to find the best back pain chiropractor.  It has been said that chiropractic is an art, science and philosophy.  If you want a back pain chiropractor that is top shelf, you are going to want to find someone who is strong in the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic.   The science of chiropractic involves the function of the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) the skeletal system and muscular system.  How well or how poorly these systems work together and their effect on your body chemistry and physiology is what a great chiropractor will be concerned with. If optimal function is achieved in these systems, back pain should cease.   The philosophy of chiropractic involves the idea that your body has within it the capacity to heal itself unless interference in your nerve system reduces the capacity of your brain to communicate healing and control to an injured, dysfunctional or damaged area. If you cut your finger, your body heals it, not the band-aid. The idea that your body can transform your lunch into energy, new skin and blood to heal the area that you cut is amazing! That power, uninterrupted is a...

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