Lifetime of ADHD medications for your kids? Try this secret “alternative.”

July 24, 2019

Creative ideas for helping your kids not need a lifetime of ADHD medications.

Are you concerned about your child being on ADHD medication for the rest of their life? Is your child taking medication for ADD or ADHD and you don’t want them on the drugs? Does your child have medically diagnosed ADD or ADHD? Did you know that the part of the brain that regulates emotion, insight, empathy, intuition, communication and body language is affected by chiropractic care? It’s called the Prefrontal Cortex. Kids with ADD and ADHD respond well to chiropractic care. NOT for back pain, instead, their brain responds to chiropractic adjustments! It’s like a brain “re-boot” much like when you reboot your computer to make it run smoother.     Experts Say ADHD Is A Lifelong Condition.  We often complain about “having” to do things for the rest of our lives. Working out, brushing our teeth, paying taxes. What if your child starts a medication and it changes their brain chemistry to the extent that they can’t chemically come off of the medication later in life. This often happens with anti anxiety medications, anti depressants, and other medications started at an early age. The NIH says “in general, we haven’t really found any adverse effect of long-term use.” In general? Haven’t...

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Worried about your child’s future with ADD, ADHD, SPD, or ASD?

June 19, 2019

Follow the link to access the e-report and a sensory processing disorder questionnaire for you to fill out and have reviewed by Dr. Lou for free.

CREATING A SAFER, MORE CERTAIN FUTURE FOR YOUR CHILD WITH ADD, ADHD, AUTISM OR SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER. The number one concern among parents with child who has processing disorders, is their future. What will happen when they, the parents, are gone. Will the child be able to care for themselves? How much will need to have been saved for their care? Who will take care of them? How will they manage in their current state, but as an adult? It is these fears that drive parents to do everything they can to help their children reconnect, adapt and thrive, even if only a little bit. Sometimes the little bit is the difference between independence, relative independence or none at all. If you, the parent, can’t sleep at night because of worry for your child’s future, but you feel like you have tried everything, it may be time to look at the science from a different perspective.  CLICK HERE TO SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT! I would like to think, based on conversations with parents, that even a 1-5% improvement in a child’s function would make the child’s life dramatically better, and the parent’s worry decrease a bit. It’s hard enough...

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Healthier Teachers = Healthier Communities. Teachers Deserve More.

February 20, 2019

Teachers, Moms and Children are our top priority. (207) 774-6251

Teachers Deserve More.   While many say that a child’s greatest (or worst) education is at home, teachers mean the world to our families and our children. Despite fatigue, stress, wear, tear and premature aging, they relentlessly do their best to educate our children. It’s fair to say they do a great job, but when their health suffers, so does the community at large. My wife is a teacher. My father taught for over 40 years. My mother was a teacher. I was and am lucky enough to have teachers at home and at school. Not all kids are so lucky. The health of our children’s teachers directly impacts our homes and our communities. They deserve more. The four most important things in life are on the other side of this link. If you are a teacher, you are on vacation this week. Even though many of you are catching up on school work, it’s still a  rest from bending over, looking downward and hunching over students. Hopefully, you have a break from grading papers, the stress of children’s issues, a break from over concerned parents and juggling your own life at home with your life at school. Do you...

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How Should I Teach My Child To Protect Themselves From Bullying?

January 23, 2019

Nothing is more upsetting than seeing your child's spirit broken by a bully who has likely been victim to the same type of abuse that they are dealing your child. KIDPOWER Maine is holding events on January 27 and February 3 in Portland, Maine. Call (207) 774-6251 for more information.

Worried about your child’s safety and wellbeing but don’t know where to turn? Bullies are in our lives from childhood to adulthood, and how we learn to deal with them impacts our lives more than theirs. Childhood bullying trauma can destroy an entire life. Empowering your children through education and peaceful strategies for controlling situations and escaping potentially harmful ones is at the core of success. Nothing is more upsetting than seeing your child’s spirit broken by kids who are likely victims of the same bullying, harassment and abuse that they themselves are delivering. KIDPOWER International and KIDPOWER Maine are hosting 2 upcoming events in Portland, Maine. Course facilitator, Bo Jespersen is trained to teach your child strategies of avoidance, empowerment, peaceful diffusion of difficult situations, and other techniques to avoid threatening, dangerous and otherwise unpleasant people. He empowers your children to stop bullying safely. The two upcoming workshops are each 1 hour long. The cost is $10/family.  This is not a “drop off” event, parents need to stay to help their children and to learn the techniques to help their kids remember and practice them after the workshop. The video below demonstrates some of what is taught in...

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Does Back Pain During Pregnancy Lead To A C-Section?

January 16, 2019

Back pain during pregnancy may be a precursor to c-section.

Reduce your potential risk of an emergency c-section. Pain is your body’s way of alerting you of a problem. Some problems make labor and delivery even more difficult, which in turn leads to “fetal distress” at which point the doctor will order a c-section so that your baby is not “damaged.” Pelvis and low back pain, like all other warning signs, have causes. Some of these causes lead to dystocia, or difficult labor and delivery.  “Dystocia” or abnormal progress in labor is a common problem that is being looked at more closely as the incidence of C-Sections at some hospitals in the United States approaches 100%. Dystocia is also loosely defined as failure to progress during labor, lack of progressive cervical dilation or lack of fetal descent.  Before we look at the three most common causes of dystocia, lear about CPD and “abnormal progress”, both of which are common reasons that doctors give for the need for c-section. In many circles, CPD and “abnormal progress” are not legitimate reasons to have a c-section, ultimately it’s the parents’ call. Cephalopelvic distortion (CPD) is often blamed for dystocia and the need for a c-cection. CPD is a situation where the baby’s...

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Up at 2 a.m. for your kids? Supermoms sometimes often at night.

January 7, 2019

We have experience helping parents sleep no expense to your child. (207) 774-6251

2 a.m. mom’s know who they are. ARE YOU A “2 a.m. MOM?” A 2 a.m. mom is one who is up at 2 a.m. because of a child. If you are reading this, you are a great parent. You may be up worrying or you may be up because the child is up and needs you. Either way, at some point during the night, your stress is heightened and your worry soars. Your mind races, longs for answers, you want to sleep but your child is more important than rest. If nothing else is certain about Sensory processing disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the rest of the growing neurological disorders in children, one thing is for sure. They have strong and undeniable neurological components. The question is, what is the rest of the equation? What caused the nervous system to change? In an article published in the journal “Frontiers In Integrative Neuroscience,” in 2009, findings point to a host of potential contributors to Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and children with both ASD and SPD. Many studies have shown that there may multiple causes, making the hunt for a single cause, all that more elusive. Many of...

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Help for your ADD or ADHD child.

December 26, 2018

Dr. Lou helps kids and families affected by ADHD and ADD. Call Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine at 207 553-7776 for help today.

Chiropractic may help your ADHD child. Have you been told that your child has ADD or ADHD? We help children with ADHD. Here’s how. There is growing medical evidence that chiropractic adjustments directly impact the parts of the brain related to mood, social interactions, attention, focus, self regulation, organization of thoughts, cause and effect, and a number of other functions and processes that are not considered normal in children with ADHD, even Autism Spectrum Disorders. Parents, here’s the science behind it. In 2016, in the journal Annals of Neuroscience, a study was published showing that the part of the nervous system that is disrupted in kids with ADHD is quantifiably dysfunctional. This is the autonomic nervous system. “The autonomic nervous system plays a vital role in attention, self regulation, emotional stability and social affiliation, which are affected in ADHD. The prefrontal cortex, which is vital for attention, motor control, emotional regulation and higher order autonomic control, is hypo (less) functional in ADHD.”  (Link to the research) Also in 2016, in the journal Neural Plasticity, research was published on the effect of chiropractic adjustments and the the effect on sensory motor integration in the prefrontal cortex. The results showed a direct...

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Pigeon Toe Kids

November 21, 2018

"Pigeon toe" in your child is often caused by sacrum and pelvis misalignment. Have them examined by a pediatric chiropractor for sacroiliac joint subluxation!

Are you spending a fortune on orthotics for your pigeon toed child, without results? Is your kid “Pigeon Toed”? Have you spent a fortune on custom orthotics for their feet? Expensive shoes? Are you concerned about their sports performance? Their speed? How about the health of their feet, ankles and knees? Kids with toes pointing in and even knocked knees, may have a problem in the pelvis. Subluxation, or misalignment of the sacrum and pelvis will lead to hip rotation, knocked knees and pigeon toes. Specialists who focus on the feet, may neglect the sacrum and pelvis. Evidence has long shown there is a connection between the pelvis, spine, hips, knees and feet. If you have tried to help your child’s feet and despite expensive orthotics, no results….find a board certified pediatric chiropractor who is a specialist in the correction of sacro-iliac subluxation in kids. They can change the trajectory of your child’s future, while saving you a fortune on shoes, braces, inserts, and doctors appointments. Implications of pigeon toe… There are many potential issues if a child’s gate cycle and stance are affected by inward turned feet. Foot and ankle problems, abnormal shoe wear, knee problems, hip problems, even...

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Your Kids Are On Vacation, Is your health on Vacation?

April 18, 2018

School Vacation doesn't mean a vacation from taking care of your health...or does it?

Life keeps coming, even during school vacation. The most important thing to your children, is your health. So often, even in the absence of travel, people take breaks from healthy activity because their kids are on vacation. Everyone understands that time is more of an issue if you are used to them being in school from 8-3, but is this an excuse of “average” or one that can be overridden with action, and by doing so, you become a 1% action taker with no chance of failure. Health is somewhat binary, you either do healthy things or you don’t. Yes, sometimes taking a week off is  acceptable if you have excellent momentum and are far too overwhelmed by your kids being home from school vacation. That said though, what is preventing you from taking your kids on a walk, taking them to your chiropractic visit, or taking them shopping for healthy food? Kids learn by watching us. If we “let things go” because we are on vacation, our kids will likely do the same. If we don’t make time for that which is most important, our health, our kids will learn that from us as well. It’s arguably MOST...

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Explaining Chiropractic To Children.

March 21, 2018

How To Explain Chiropractic to kids. Lou Jacobs, DC, CACCP, Perinatal and Pediatric board certified chiropractor. Portland, Maine. (207) 774-6251

How should you explain chiropractic to children? Explaining chiropractic to children is much easier than you’d expect. You just have to know the right questions to ask and the right terminology to use. Don’t let your knowledge of what you think chiropractic is, get in the way of explaining it to your kids. Always tell the truth. You don’t need to tell your kids that the chiropractor is a doctor. Just call them the chiropractor. Kids associate needles, injections, bad tastes, medication, gagging on tongue depressors, cold stethoscopes, and a bunch of other things that medical doctors do, with “going to the doctor”. Chiropractors do none of these things. In fact, the chiropractic exam with a pediatric chiropractic specialist is often fun and feels good. Don’t talk to kids about scoliosis. The idea of “curves in the spine” may conjure up images of The Hunchback of Notre Dame or an otherwise scary looking person. 8 times out of ten, even parents don’t fully understand scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis and other spinal curves. ASK THIS: Do you know what controls your entire body? The brain controls your body. Can you wiggle your toes and take a deep breath? What controls that? That’s right,...

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