How To Choose Chiropractic Care in Portland, Maine

July 27, 2015

How to choose Chiropractic Care in Portland, Maine   Choosing Chiropractic Care in Portland, Maine can be a confusing task. Why? Because there are so many chiropractic doctors to choose from. This information should help you make an informed choice.   When searching for any type of healthcare provider finding a comfortable rapport and “good fit” is what we are all looking for. Having confidence in the doctor and staff, having a nice exchange of personal energy, and knowing that they will be most likely to get you the results you need are all critical factors.  Nobody wants to see a doctor that they don’t “Jive with”.   Reviews and results.   Reviews and results speak volumes for a doctor’s office.  With google reviews, Yelp and a handful of other sites that have credible reviews and critics, these sites are generally pretty reliable ways to help you find the chiropractor you are looking for.  Chiropractic care is very “hands on” and you want to find someone who others also feel comfortable with.   Technology and Diagnostics.   Technology and in house diagnostics are important tools to objectively monitor progress for all chiropractic patients.  Surface EMG (sEMG) which measures muscle tone,...

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Type of Back Pain

July 23, 2015

Type of Back Pain – How it Feels. Different types of back pain often indicate very different problems. A simple example is dull, achy, diffuse pain, sharp pin pointed pain and electrical shooting pain. Dull, achy, diffuse pain is often, but not always, a pain in the muscle that can be caused by strain, skeletal misalignment, nerve damage or overuse. Sharp pin pointed pain is the type of back pain that often leads back to a joint problem or acute trauma. Electrical shooting pain, like in the case of sciatica down the back of the leg, is often neurological and can be caused by a number of different underlying issues. Self diagnosis is a bad idea. So is Dr. Google. If you are experiencing back pain, you should be evaluated by a chiropractor first. If they cannot help, they will send you to someone who can. Back pain is one of the leading cause of temporary and long term disability. Most importantly, it ruins plans, aspirations, hopes, goals and routines.  It prevents you from holding your kids and making a...

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Child Seem Disconnected? – Autism in Maine

July 20, 2015

Does your Child Seem Disconnected?   Parents know their children, even if the child has only been around for a few months. Many parents report that their child does seem disconnected in a way that is atypical. Does your child’s gaze roam away from your eyes? It doesn’t take a doctor to recognize that something is off, in fact, the parent is often the best judge of what is normal.   A child that appears disconnected very likely, almost certainly, has neurological imbalances that need to be evaluated.  Stress in utero, labor and delivery stress, can lead to brain development that is not balanced from side to side.   There are tests that can be done at various stages of childhood development that let a chiropractor know whether or not your child has been wired normally.  If the tests reveal that the child is neurologically disconnected, there are steps that may be taken to re-wire your child that have proven effective clinical practice.   **Time is of the essence** The younger your child is when the work on your child starts, the greater the likelihood the results will be optimal.  Younger children have greater neuroplasticity, meaning their brain will...

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Nerve Communication Breakdown and nerve pain

July 9, 2015

Your nervous system is a communication loop.   Your brain is the central processor of your body. It interprets your environment and creates action in your body based on it’s processing of internal and external information.   Your nerves are a two way street. They communicate from your brain to your body parts and from your body parts back to the brain. Constantly evaluating and responding to your environment. Abnormal responses and interpretation of what is going on in your world may occur when vertebral subluxation is present. Vertebral subluxation is a misalignment of the spine caused by physical, mental or chemical stress that leads to interference in nerve communication and ultimately dysfunction, nerve pain and even dis-ease.   Don’t let your spine get on your...

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Arthritis In The Musician. The Show Stopper.

June 1, 2015

Arthritis in the musician can be a show stopper.   Headlines Read: Alex Lifeson’s Arthritis Could Bring an End to Rush’s Touring!   Degenerative change in the joints of the hands, shoulders, elbows, wrists and even hips and knees can be the nail in the musicians’ coffin. Common sense, professional help and an action plan for preventing debilitating change can make a world of difference to your career or your hobby.   Zone 1: The first zone of arthritis in the musician, and the one with often the most limiting damage is the wrists and hands. Repetition of playing fine movements coupled with the need to use our hands in day to day life translates into high risk of injury and degeneration. Rigid, inflexible, inflamed, painful joints of the hand and wrist can be disastrous.     What happens with degeneration in the hands? Our bodies are under constant strain and breakdown. Physical stress and inflammation leads to pain and restricted motion. “In smaller joints, such as at the fingers, hard bony enlargements, called Heberden’s nodes (on the distal interphalangeal joints) and/or Bouchard’s nodes (on the proximal interphalangeal joints), may form, and though they are not necessarily painful, they do...

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Is That Your Hip Or Your Sacroiliac Joint?

May 13, 2015

Your Hip Is Different Than Your Sacroiliac Joint.   8 out of 10 patients that come to me with hip pain put their fingers their sacroiliac joint (SI joint) when asked to point to the pain. There is a big difference in a hip problem and an SI joint problem. The prognosis, common underlying causes, treatment – very different. If you have hip pain you may want to see a different doctor than you would with an SI joint issue. So what’s the difference between the two?   Your hip is on the side of the upper part of your leg.   If you have hip pain you should be evaluated by your orthopedist, physical therapist or chiropractor.  Arthritis, bursitis, labrum tears, Iliotibial band syndrome are all common hip diagnoses that need special treatment.  Hip pain may be caused by underlying issues that may lead to serious issues later in life and should not be ignored.   Your sacroiliac joints are located underneath the dimples of your low back as illustrated below.   SI joint pain is deep, achy and burning.  This pain can be really uncomfortable and is often exacerbated by standing and sitting for long periods of...

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How To Schedule An Appointment With A Chiropractor. (207) 774-6251

May 3, 2015

How To Schedule An Appointment With A Chiropractor in Portland, Maine.   1. Find the Chiropractor who will understand you, empower you, help you feel better and be the best you can be.   2. Call the office and tell the person on the other end of the line that you’d like a new patient appointment. Fill out the new patient paperwork online.   3. Go to your initial appointment with the chiropractor and get help.   This message has been brought to you by Dr. Lou.  Working on simple solutions to your problems, day in and day out.  ...

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Why Chiropractic with Dr. Lou is different. Portland, Maine

Why Chiropractic with Dr. Lou is different. Here are a few of the reasons Portland, Maine is blessed with great healthcare and proximity to Boston if Portland doesn’t have what you need. Among Portland’s fantastic providers are a wealth of chiropractors to choose from. Among the chiropractors of Portland, Dr. Lou is one that stands out as unique among all. Trained and licensed like all the others, competent like all the others, sometimes the training and common knowledge is less important than the person with whom you are entrusting your health. If you want a great adjustment, Dr. Lou can provide you with a great adjustment. Experience adjusting people matters. Tactile sensibility matters. Dr. Lou views chiropractic as an art that is blended with science. FACT: Dr. Lou was the first chiropractor to adjust someone at Palace de Pena in Sintra Portugal. Here’s the video.   Chiropractic with Dr. Lou is different because he specializes in two distinctly groups of people. He specializes in children, perinatal issues in moms and musicians and performing artists. Dr. Lou has the most experience with professional musicians of any chiropractor in Maine and he has the pictures to prove it.   Chiropractic with Dr. Lou...

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Dr. Lou’s 2015 Weight Loss Challenge Winner Announced!

April 4, 2015

Dr. Lou’s 2015 Weight Loss Challenge And the winner is…….   It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the winner of Dr. Lou’s 2015 Weight Loss Challenge! This year’s champion, winning both the greatest percentage of body weight lost and the greatest transformation is…   Rich Bateman of Windham, Maine who lost 42 pounds and lost 16% of his starting body weight. His hard work and commitment over the past 3 months has been inspiring to say the least.  His check ins at the gym at all hours of the day, frequently twice a day, were unmatched.  His focus and unwavering determination while also owning and operating a very busy business, Minuteman Press in South Portland, was equally inspiring to watch. There is no doubt that Rich will continue on his path and reach his goal of being under 200 lbs in the next couple months.  GO RICH!   The following participants also made the top ten in Dr. Lou’s 2015 Weight Loss Challenge:   James Durgin – 12% lost     Peter Dow – 11% lost   Gail Curtis – 11% lost   Ed Oakes – 11% lost   Paula Storey – 10% lost...

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Drugged For Normal – The Medical Matrix

March 8, 2015

Drugged For Normal – The Medical Matrix   Our bodies are designed for perfect function.  Indeed, there are genetic failures of this system due to what many blame as environmental factors, which is certainly a huge part of the problem.  We’ve been conditioned however to view health function as illness.   Inflammation   Vomiting   Diarrhea   Fear & Anxiety   High Blood Pressure   Pain   Insomnia   You see, all of these (and many other) responses to the environment are normal.  A recent article in the New York Times  highlights the state of managing women’s feelings, emotions and normal responses to the world, with medication.  Used to divert thousands of years of genetic and evolutionary programming to protect women, these medications are being prescribed and taken without thought of the implications.   If a woman is sleepless at night and her days are filled with anxiety because her partner is behaving suspiciously, denying that feeling, alters her ability to “trust her instinct”.  If you take painkillers for your injured back and then feel better, allowing you to shovel more, you override your body’s warning signal and often create more damage.   Sometimes things we don’t like are here...

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