What kind of damage can flat feet cause? Pronation and Pain in Portland, Maine

September 19, 2023

If your feet and ankles roll inward (pronate), you could be headed over the cliff. Foot pronation, especially overpronation, can lead to various risks and complications. Overpronation occurs when the arches of the foot collapse excessively inward during the gait cycle, and even when standing still. While some degree of pronation is common, pronation can cause problems. Here is a partial list of the risks associated with foot pronation. They are common enough, that if you are experiencing any of them, you should have your feet and ankles assessed by a professional. You may only be a new pair of shoes away from relief of symptoms and less stress on your body. Foot Pain: Pronation can lead to pain in the feet, especially around the arches and heels. Plantar Fasciitis: Pronation can strain the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. This can result in plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, arch pain, and difficulty walking. Sometimes plantar fasciitis will lead to cramping in the bottoms of the feet. Achilles Tendonitis: The excessive rolling of the foot can also put added stress on the Achilles tendon, potentially causing inflammation and pain....

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Barefoot Shoes vs. Arch Support Shoes: Choosing the Right Footwear for You

September 14, 2023

The debate over barefoot shoes vs. arch support shoes is a sweaty one. When it comes to choosing footwear, the options seem endless. One common debate revolves around barefoot shoes and shoes with arch support. These two types of footwear cater to different needs, expectations, and preferences. In this post, we’ll explore the cases made for each and help you decide which might be the right fit for you. Barefoot Shoes: Embrace Natural Movement Barefoot shoes, as the name suggests, aim to replicate the sensation of walking or running barefoot. Here’s why they might be a great choice: Natural Movement: Barefoot shoes are designed with minimal cushioning and no arch support. This design encourages your feet to move more naturally, allowing your muscles to work as they were intended to. Improved Balance and Posture: By mimicking the natural gait of barefoot walking, these shoes may enhance your balance and posture. They encourage a more stable and aligned foot placement if your consciousness overrides any abnormal biomechanics, potentially reducing the risk of certain foot and joint problems. If the biomechanics and integrity of your feet is excellent, which for most is not the case, then you may reap the benefit...

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What Is Causing My Severe Back Spams? Dr. Lou – Portland, Maine

August 15, 2023

Maine Back Spasm

What is causing my muscle spasms? You will find a list of more common causes of severe muscle spasms below. It is important to rule them out from least consuming to most, unless your symptoms are very extreme. For example, starting with electrolyte replenishment and ending with a trip to the neurologist. Leg Cramps and Muscle Spasms are different, but often confused as the same thing. If you are experiencing cramps (Charley Horses), watch the video below.   Muscle spasms occur for various reasons and can range from mild discomfort to more severe cases that lead to immobility. Some of the potential causes of muscle spasms that could lead to immobility include: Dehydration and Electrolyte Imbalance: Lack of proper hydration and imbalances in essential electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium can lead to muscle cramps and spasms. Severe imbalances can result in more intense and prolonged spasms that may affect movement. Great options for electrolyte replenishment are products like G2 and other gatorade products, and coconut water. Eating more vegetables is always a great idea. Water alone will not provide you with the electrolytes you need.  Overuse or Fatigue: Excessive physical activity, especially if muscles are not conditioned...

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Are those lumpy finger joints Heberden’s Nodes?

July 25, 2023

Are those lumpy finger joints Heberden's Nodes? Call Dr. Lou at (207) SPINAL 1

Guitarists often find themselves with arthritis in the fingers. If you’ve seen Keith Richard’s fingers in the past few years, you’ve probably noticed the arthritis. He can still play, and you should be able to as well. There are action steps that you can take to ease the arthritic destruction, pain, and restriction of what are called Heberden’s Nodes. Heberden’s nodes are bony swellings that can develop at the distal interphalangeal joints (DIP) of the fingers. They are often associated with osteoarthritis. While there is no cure for Heberden’s nodes, the following management strategies can help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life: Pain management: Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), suggested by your primary care doctor, may help reduce pain and inflammation. Always follow the recommended dosage and consult a Medical Doctor if you need a formal recommendation or have any concerns. Topical treatments: Some topical creams and gels containing capsaicin, CBD, THC or NSAIDs can be applied to the affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. Discuss these options with your doctor to ensure they are appropriate for your situation. Heat and cold therapy: Applying warm compresses or using paraffin wax baths can...

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Hip Pain in Guitar Players

June 30, 2023

Hip Pain in Guitar Players Playing the guitar is generally a pretty safe activity to be passionate about, but the repetitive motions involved can lead to various musculoskeletal issues. While most people associate guitar playing with hand and wrist pain, it’s important not to overlook the potential for hip pain. The hip joints play crucial roles in maintaining balance and supporting the body while sitting or standing during long practice sessions or performances. In this blog post, we will explore the causes, prevention, and treatment of hip pain in guitar players. Causes of Hip Pain Poor Posture: Slouching or leaning excessively while playing the guitar can strain the hip joints and surrounding muscles, leading to pain and discomfort. Extended Sitting: Long periods of sitting, which is common during practice sessions or performances, can contribute to hip stiffness and pain. Muscle Imbalances: Imbalances in the muscles surrounding the hips, such as tight hip flexors and weak gluteal muscles, can cause hip pain. Imbalances like these can stem from the way that you stand and sit asymmetrically while playing, or while not playing. Overuse and Repetitive Motion: Repeatedly performing, even practicing,  can put strain on the hip joints over time. Prevention...

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What is the chance you will die because of an adjustment?

May 26, 2023

Read This List Of Chiropractic Dangers! The following is a list of the 20 most common accident-related causes of death in the United States. It’s important to note that the ranking and specific causes can vary depending on different years and data sources. The list below provides a general overview: (Source: ChatGPT) Motor Vehicle Accidents: Including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. Drug Overdose: Involving both prescription and illicit drugs. Falls: Particularly among older adults. Accidental Poisoning: Including unintentional drug poisoning and exposure to harmful substances. Drowning: Involving both natural bodies of water and swimming pools. Fires and Burns: Including residential fires and workplace incidents. Firearms: Accidental shootings and unintentional firearm injuries. Suffocation: Often related to choking or unintentional strangulation. Pedestrian Accidents: Involving pedestrians being struck by vehicles. Bicycle Accidents: Involving cyclists being struck by vehicles. Medical Errors: Mistakes made in healthcare settings. Workplace Accidents: Including falls, machinery accidents, and exposure to hazardous substances. Accidental Poisoning by Carbon Monoxide: Often due to faulty heating systems or generators. Accidental Injuries in Construction: Falls, machinery accidents, and structural failures. Accidental Falls from Heights: Particularly in construction and industrial settings. Accidental Injuries from Machinery: Including industrial accidents and equipment malfunctions. Accidental Electrocutions: Due...

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Y-Strap Chiropractor – Portland, Maine

May 14, 2023

What is the Y-Strap? The chiropractic Y-strap is a device used by some chiropractors during spinal adjustments to relieve tension in the neck and upper back. It consists of a padded strap that is placed around the patient’s head, with a handle at the end for the chiropractor to pull on. During treatment, the chiropractor will typically ask the patient to lie on their back while they hold the Y-strap handle and gently pull upwards. This action is thought to help decompress the spinal joints and stretch the neck muscles, which may provide relief from pain or discomfort. It is important to note that the use of the Y-strap is controversial within the chiropractic community, with some practitioners advocating for its use and others cautioning against it. Patients should consult with their chiropractic provider to determine if the Y-strap is an appropriate treatment option for their specific condition. Why is the Y-Strap Controversial? The y-strap is controversial because of how it “appears”. YouTube popularity of y-strap videos is very high, and these videos are extremely lucrative for those who post them. Many times, the videos do not show the back story, the evaluation, or the explanation for care, which...

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What is causing my back pain? Causes & Solutions!

May 13, 2023

Who should you see first, the chiropractor or massage therapist?

Don’t spend the weekend in bed! Back pain can be pretty scary when it it strikes you hard. Incredibly painful, sometimes immobilizing, and often elusive with regard to the cause, it also affects as many as 80% of Americans during their lifetime. I’ve spent the past 21 years specializing in the diagnosis and resolution of back pain, back dysfunction, back and spinal rehab, neurological disorders, and poor human function and healing. Back pain is a prevalent condition that can be caused by various factors. Some of the most common causes of back pain include: Muscle or ligament strain: Poor posture, overuse, or sudden movements can strain or sprain muscles and ligaments in the back, leading to back pain and discomfort. Herniated or bulging discs: The discs that cushion the vertebrae can rupture or bulge, putting pressure on nerves and causing pain. Arthritis: Inflammation in the joints of the spine can cause back pain and stiffness. Osteoporosis: The bones in the spine can weaken and become more susceptible to fractures, leading to pain. Spinal stenosis: The spinal canal narrows, causing compression of the nerves and leading to pain and numbness. Scoliosis: Abnormal curvature of the spine can cause back pain...

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Dysautonomia. Maybe it’s causing your internal “chaos”

May 1, 2023

Have you heard the term “Dysautonomia”? If you are feeling completely out of sorts, maybe you have IBS, heart palpitations, and fatigue? Maybe it’s high blood pressure, brain fog, and hot flashes? Read below and see if these facts about dysautonomia sound or feel familiar. Here is a list of 11 interesting facts about dysautonomia: Dysautonomia (autonomic dysregulation) is a medical condition that affects the autonomic nervous system, which controls many of the body’s automatic functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation. Because chiropractors have a direct impact on the autonomic nervous system with their adjustments of the spine, they believe that information on dysautonomia will be helpful to you. Dysautonomia is a broad term that encompasses several different types of autonomic dysfunction, including postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), neurocardiogenic syncope, and pure autonomic failure. Dysautonomia can affect people of all ages, but it is most commonly diagnosed in young women. Symptoms of dysautonomia can vary widely depending on the type and severity of the condition, but they may include lightheadedness, fainting, rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, and difficulty regulating body temperature. Dysautonomia is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed, as its symptoms can...

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4 reasons why a doctor who listens is critical to your health!

April 24, 2023

Dr. Lou has two ears and only one mouth, for a reason. Having a doctor who listens and takes the time to understand your concerns and questions is crucial for your health and wellbeing. Here are some reasons why: Accurate diagnosis: A doctor who listens to your symptoms and takes the time to understand your medical history is more likely to make an accurate diagnosis. Rushing through appointments can lead to missed or misdiagnosed conditions. Effective treatment: By taking the time to listen to your concerns, a doctor can develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. This can improve the effectiveness of treatment and reduce the risk of side effects. Better communication: When a doctor takes the time to listen, it fosters better communication between you and your healthcare provider. This can lead to increased trust, better compliance with treatment plans, and improved health outcomes. Patient satisfaction: Patients who feel that their doctor is listening to them and taking their concerns seriously are more satisfied with their healthcare experience. This can lead to increased patient retention and positive word-of-mouth referrals. To boil it all down, having a doctor who listens and does not rush, is essential for accurate...

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