Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica and Your Maine summer.

August 8, 2019

Don't let pain ruin your Maine summer. Call Dr. Lou. (207) SPINAL 1

The Top 7 Reasons People Call Our Office For Help During A Maine Summer. When you live in Maine, and summers last for only a couple months, the last thing you want to do is miss it. Most people we know don’t leave the state between June and September, in an effort to make the most of our warm weather months. Pain and disability prevent us from doing the things that we  love. Golf, swimming, sewing, gaming, biking, running, sailing…all compromised. For many the worst thing is not being able to play with their kids and spend time with friends and family. Whatever you love to do in the summer, if you can’t do it, it’s a real bummer. If the average lifespan is 78 years of age and you miss 1-3 Maine summers because of back pain, that’s a huge loss. That’s over 4% of your summers spent hurting! If, like many Mainers, you have guests visiting, and they have disabling pain issues, that may ruin your Maine summer too! Disability by association. Having neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, headache, migraine or sciatica will ruing your summer in any combination. As the truth about medications...

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Dr. Lou’s Marinara Mondays! Healthcare that feeds your family – All in one office!

August 5, 2019

Dr. Lou's Marinara Mondays! You may call it different, we call it cool & delicious.

Your wish is our command. Since starting his cooking channel on Youtube, Dr. Lou has been getting requests for an opportunity to taste some of his food. Dr. Lou is on a quest to make “Maine’s BEST Marinara.” Every Monday in August will be “Dr. Lou’s Marinara Monday.” Marinara Monday will extend into the rest of the week until all of the marinara has been given away. Any active practice member, or new patients to the office, will be eligible to win a 750ml bottle of Dr. Lou’s Marinara Sauce. Do you really want a chiropractor who cooks? Many doctors have hobbys. Sailing, collecting watches, hunting, travel. Everyone spends time doing things they love, outside of the work they do. But do they share it with...

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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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What would happen if your spine fell out?

May 20, 2019

What will you do if your spine falls out? What exactly does that mean?

Say what? When your spine falls out, life will be very unpleasant. Can you imagine, your spine falls out, eliminating protection of the spinal cord and spinal nerves at the same time your ability to stand upright is over? No more posture, no more flexibility, no more nerve control of everything from movement to digestion of your food. On an “unpleasant scale”, this is a 10 out of 10. The good news is your spine can’t “fall out.” The bad news is, it can degenerate, become fixated and immobilized, it can force you to hunch over after the pain of wear and tear sets it. Sound terrible? It is. We see it everyday. People come in with terrible pain and immobility, health issues and complaints. Their issues seemingly came out of nowhere, but that’s only because they didn’t feel them materializing. These are predictable problems from neglecting the spine. Forget the pain for a moment and consider the disability. Unable to work, unable to make dinner, unable to play with kids, grandkids, earn a living and care for your family. Unable to enjoy your retirement. This is not intended to scare you, it’s intended to warn you. Much like...

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If you miss this health opportunity today, you will NEVER have the chance for it again.

April 20, 2019

Nothing would make us happier than to help you live life to its fullest. Nobody lives forever, but some people live like rock stars.

If you miss this health opportunity today, you will NEVER have the chance for it again. In recent years the average American lifespan has been somewhere in the neighborhood of 78 years. That’s 28,470 days. When you do the math, it’s easy to calculate roughly how much time you have left if you are lucky. Now, we’re all the product of all of our lives decisions. “We are the sum of our parts.” You will never get this day back, you will never have the opportunity to start something good on this day, ever again. Late is always better than never, but early is much better than late. People who are struggling, suffering, hurting, not sleeping, depressed, frustrated, sick all the time, they, you, won’t get these days back. The opportunity fo today is not coming back. You will never again have the opportunity to call a chiropractor TODAY. There is a saying in Chinese, “Talk doesn’t cook the rice.” YOU have to TAKE ACTION, for things to happen. Thinking about it is only “potential energy.” Science has shown us that getting adjusted by a chiropractor impacts far more than just your back. Your brain, your nervous system, your spinal healthy,...

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Find the best pillow, without breaking the bank!

April 3, 2019

Get the best pillow without breaking the bank! It's the pillow & sleep position that matter, not the cost of the pillow!

WHAT’S THE BEST PILLOW TYPE FOR YOUR SLEEP POSITION THAT WON’T COST $100+?   The cost of the best pillow does not necessarily equate to a more supportive or better functioning pillow. More money doesn’t mean better. IF you sleep on your stomach, a thin pillow will be the best pillow. But you should know, this is the worst sleep position for your neck, head and shoulders. Stomach sleeping wrinkles your face, twists your neck and spine, puts pressure on spinal nerves and often leads to headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain and even numbness in the arms. IF you are a side sleeper, a big square pillow that spans the distance from the bed to your ear, with your neck remaining straight, is the way too go! These pillows are expected to hold your head in a straight, neutral position when you are on your side in a fetal position. If you head is propped too far up or sinks down too far, the pillow is not what is best for your side sleeping position. The Best Option! IF you sleep on your back, a size appropriate contour pillow, memory foam or not, will support your neck and promote...

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4 Things To Do When Your Chiropractor Retires.

Is your chiropractor retiring? These four steps will get you to the help you need!

When your chiropractor retires, 4 easy steps will find you a new one. Chiropractors are more than doctors, they almost feel like family. When they retire, people are left with not knowing where to go. At first they feel irreplaceable, which they are, but if you look around carefully, you can usually find a chiropractor that you love to carry on the legacy of your retired chiropractor’s work! Here’s what you need to do to find the next chiropractic office that is the best fit for you: Get a recommendation from your retiring chiropractor. They know you well, they may know the best office for you! Take a tour of potential offices that you like the looks of. Call the office and kick the tires. Meet the staff and check out how they operate. Meet the doctor before you make an appointment. It’s important that you are able too make an informed decision regarding who you will entrust with your health. Meet them, question them, then judge them. Choose the doctor that resonates with you. Read reviews. Online reviews speak volumes. Real people, local people who have insight into your potential choice. Read them and listen to them, see...

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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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Three causes of vertigo that may all respond to eating fish heads.

January 30, 2019

When your ENT has no answers or solutions for you, and you're still suffering with vertigo, CALL DR. LOU. Learn more about the neurology of chiropractic and how vertigo may be helped! (207) SPINAL 1

When you have vertigo and your ENT doesn’t know what to do, call Dr. Lou. Vertigo is a feeling of being off balance. It also ruins lives. If you have been unable to get relief, there may still be hope. The most common causes of vertigo are related to the inner ear. In Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, little crystals in the ear called canaliths move abnormally or get stuck in the canal of the ear and send erratic messages to the brain. The result is a disturbance of balance. With Meniere’s Disease, another cause of vertigo, this inner ear disorder is caused by a change in pressure of the fluid in the inner ear, leading to nerve communication interference, which leads to symptoms. This can cause vertigo and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Vestibular neuritis, also known as labyrinthitis, is most commonly related to a viral infection. The inflammation that results from the infection aggravates nerves in the ear that are important in controlling your brain’s sense of balance. Like with all problems, proper diagnosis is critical as the causes of vertigo go beyond these three “most common.” As you have seen, the three most common causes involve obstruction...

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Chronic Pain Solutions 5: Side effects are really just (less common) effects.

Technically speaking, aren't side effects really just effects? Some effects are less common than others, but they are still effects.

Side effects are not side effects. They are (less common) effects.  IF you’ve read the previous posts about chronic pain, you know that chiropractic is concerned with brain and nerve science, that the body heals itself, this healing is controlled by the brain, interference in the nerves called subluxation is bad, and correction of the interference in that system allows for the body to heal itself at maximum capacity. Side effects are a lie. They are a manipulation of words to make it sound like less likely effects of drugs don’t matter. They only “don’t matter” if you don’t have them. Side effects are effects. They are common with drugs and surgery, and while those are necessary at times, for chronic pain, they don’t often correct the cause in a way that sets you up for success. Research published in a number of medical journals has shown that chiropractic adjustments affect your brain function. Your prefrontal cortex, responsible for mood, emotions, mental organization, anxiety, stress, personality, environmental processing of people and situations, and a host of other functions are all often positively affected by chiropractic. In 2016, research was published in The Journal of Integrative Neuroscience that showed how chiropractic adjustments...

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