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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Dr. Lou’s List Of Top Choking Hazards For Babies. Eliminate them.

August 16, 2017

Dr. Lou Jacobs is a board certified perinatal and pediatric chiropractor in Portland, Maine. He has been working with moms and children for over 15 years. Reduce choking hazards.

Avoid disaster by removing access to these top choking hazards for babies. The last thing any parent wants to be faced with is a child who’s life is being threatened. Choking is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for infants. Every responsible parent should lower the risk of injury or death by removing hazardous items and feeding their children lower risk foods. Being prepared to help a choking infant by following the instructions as written by the National Safety Council:   Support the infant face down by holding the head in one hand with the torso on your forearm against your thigh Give up to five back slaps between the shoulder blades with the heel of your other hand If the object is not expelled, roll the infant face up, supporting the back of the infant’s head with your hand Place two fingers on the breastbone just below the nipple line Give five chest thrusts about one per second about 1 ½ inches deep Continue cycles of five back slaps and five chest thrusts until the object is expelled or the infant becomes unresponsive If the infant becomes unresponsive or is found unresponsive, begin CPR The items...

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Colic Solution: Baby Bowen Technique

April 25, 2017

Colic? If your baby has colic, Dr. Lou has a potential solution. The Baby Bowen Technique is regularly used at Perinatal and Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine for colic relief. Call Dr. Lou at (207) 774-6251 for immediate attention!

Is your baby suffering from Colic? The exact cause of colic is still considered unknown, probably due to multiple factors contributing to the problem. Most sources suggest the following may be involved: Diaphragmatic tension Nerve irritation Abdominal tension Gas Reflux & Indigestion Back spasm The Baby Bowen Technique has been used safely and effectively for years by healthcare professionals and parents around the world. “Baby Bowen” addresses the issues listed above in a way that is tolerated by infants easily. It is quick and often results in immediate resolution of infantile colic. Below is a tutorial on how it is performed. If you are not comfortable performing this technique on your own, or if it doesn’t seem to be working, you should call us and we can help. The technique is extremely gentle. It is extremely efficient (takes only 3-5 minutes). Everyone feels better when your baby feels better! Dr. Lou is a perinatal and pediatric chiropractic specialist in Portland, Maine. He has used “baby bowen” for years and has an incredible success rate. For more information and videos, visit us on YOUTUBE. We also encourage you to have a look at our GOOGLE REVIEWS. ...

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Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) – A Portland, Maine, chiropractic case study.

March 1, 2017

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) in a young boy. Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome is a disorder that can affect people of any age. According to the CVS Association, it was discovered in in 1882 by Dr. S. Gee. CVS is distinguished by recurrent bouts of nausea, vomiting and lethargy. Vomiting can last for hours or days and then things return to normal until the next episode. Making it difficult to diagnose is the confusion with a viral bug or flu, or some  kind of food poisoning. Frequency and duration of unstoppable vomiting though are curious signs and should absolutely warrant a trip to the doctor. What does chiropractic have to do with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome? Well, CVS is, if nothing else, an issue of poor regulation and control over the upper digestive tract. All people have brains that control the regulation and function of the body. If there is interference in communication from the brain to the body (upper GI tract), then the upper GI tract won’t work properly. Interference in communication often happens in the following ways: Physical trauma leading to misaligned vertebrae or cranial position on the spine. In infants this can stem from a traumatic birth or sleep position. Mental...

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Painful Parenting is no fun. Can’t lift your kids? Call Dr. Lou.

December 6, 2016

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Parenting In Pain Hurts Everyone. We’ve all had moments where back pain, headache, neck pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, sciatica pain or some other ache has prevented us from the Saturday morning LEGO party on the living room floor. Maybe you can’t pick up your kid because of one of the aforementioned pains. If you can’t play with your kids, odds are, you are thinking “I’m too young for this.”     There are many causes of headaches, joint pain, sciatica, muscle pain, stiffness and the like. They all fall under the “Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal” umbrella, which is the chiropractors domain. Why not go to your PCP? Maybe you should. Recognize though that when all you have is a hammer, all you will see is a nail. IF you are looking for non-surgical, drug free solutions to painful parenting problems that are preventing you from playing with or holding your kids, chiropractic may be your answer. It’s proven safe and effective. In fact, chiropractic is statistically safer than driving to Shaws for popsicles.     Here’s a story about a painful parenting incident at LL BEAN on December 2, 2016.  ...

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Portland, Maine’s Rock Doc Likes To Share The Music | Portland, Maine

November 17, 2016

Maine’s Rock Doc Chiropractor – Dr. Lou Who is your chiropractor?     Dr. Lou loves to spread the music. As a “rock doc” in Portland, Maine and Bucharest, Romania, Dr. Lou has worked with dozens of music’s greats. Grammy winners, Oscar winners and a bunch of really great musicians and performers call on Dr. Lou to keep them in the game. He does the same for his local patients from all walks of life. In addition to specializing in musicians health, he also works with athletes, families, pregnant moms and children.   Dr. Lou always seems to have an extra ticket. Watch his Facebook page for an opportunity to accompany him to a show. “Like” Jacobs Chiropractic Acupuncture or Dr. Lou on Facebook and keep you eyes open for free tickets to local shows. If you see one available, email Dr. Lou at drj@drloujacobs.com and if the ticket is still available, you’ll be hearing from him.      ...

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Baby Carriers and Hip Dysplasia – What you don’t know could hurt your baby.

June 8, 2016

Baby Carriers and Hip Dysplasia. In less than 300 words we will show you the good and the bad. What to do and what not to do. What to buy and what not to buy.   Do not put your child in a carrier that let’s their legs hang down in such a way that the carrier drives up into their hip joints.   The mom below has it right! Prevent hip dysplasia from a baby carrier by buying one under the supervision of a professional. For information beyond the basics, visit hipdysplasia.org....

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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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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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Why Should Children Receive Chiropractic Adjustments?

August 24, 2014

Why Should Children Receive Chiropractic Adjustments?   When was the last time you watched a child over the age of one?  Kids fall a lot.  They bump, bruise and crash as they are learning to stand, walk, run and ride.  Each bump is an opportunity to misalign bones of the spine that may result in harmful pressure on nerves.  These spinal lesions called “subluxations” decrease the quality of nerve control that supplies the body with control, regulation and healing messages.  Messages that are interfered with, lead to dis-regulation of body systems which may negatively impact the growth and development of the child.  Removing interference improves function.  In fact, removing interference to anything, improves function.     Spinal adjustments to remove subluxation in children are much different than those adults.  Extremely light touch to the spine in the presence of the parent is the standard.  While there are no guarantees that the child will develop perfectly, one thing is certain.  A child with less nerve interference will function better than that same child would function with interference.  Giving our children the best opportunity to develop into the best version of themselves is one of the greatest gifts we can share...

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