The First Visit At The Chiropractor’s Office – What To Expect

November 16, 2018

What to expect at your first chiropractic visit. Dr. Lou Jacobs, Portland, Maine.

What to expect at the first (and second) visit with Dr. Lou The first visit consists of 4 stages: Non invasive, painless diagnostic test of nerve function, muscle function, posture and structural integrity, and structural foundation testing at the level of the feet. Collaborative discussion of your history and issues with Dr. Lou Chiropractic physical exam and neurological-spinal exam. Scheduling the Report of findings.   The second visit consists of two parts: A report of findings at which time Dr. Lou and you will review your test results, your diagnosis, your plan for care, scheduling and insurance information when applicable. Begin your care with your first adjustment. Our staff will do everything that we can to make your experience as smooth and informed as possible. Efficiency, strategy, structure and results all go hand in hand on the first visit and every visit thereafter. Everyone knows what it’s like to be “off” from time to time, nobody likes it, and we make it our mission to get you up to speed as fast as possible. CONNECT. HEAL. CHANGE YOUR...

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Forget The “Meds”! Correct The Problem, Live Pain Free!

July 31, 2018

Screw the meds. Correct the problem, live pain free. Call today for help (207) SPINAL-1 (774-6251) Portland, Maine

THE PAIN IS KILLING YOU! Pain is a sign of an underlying problem. Underlying problems are a sign of stress on your body that, in the presence of a symptom, has become bad enough that your body is breaking down. The pain is a warning sign. Much like the oil light in your car or a smoke alarm, if you don’t deal with the problem, your engine may blow up. Or your back may be irreparably damaged. Or your nerves may be seriously damaged. Or your hip may need surgery. Or your disc herniation may need an operation.   We are so lucky to have a system that alerts us of a problem. If you hear a smoke alarm in your house, you don’t shut your eyes and go back to sleep, do you? If you do, you’re crazy, right? Pain is a smoke alarm in your body. Before your “castle” burns down, get help finding the problem, solving the problem and eliminating the need for your body to feel pain in an effort to warn you of said problem. The job of chiropractic is to find the problem, correct it without drugs or surgery and change the focus...

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9 Ways To Buy yourself time by staying healthy.

July 25, 2018

Investing in your health to buy yourself more time is money well spent. Dr. Lou and his team help you optimize health for more time and better quality time for years to com.

Healthcare is all about time. Time can be measured in quality and quantity. We all want more time and we all want it to be the best possible quality time too. For many, that means being active and doing what you love without pain, discomfort or limitations. When you boil it down, healthcare is all about buying you more time. Comfortable time or length of time…of your life. Life saving interventions and medications buy you both and emergency medicine is a great gift of science, study and technology. What many non medical professionals don’t realize is that most emergencies, didn’t have to be emergencies, they never had to happen. They are the result of lifestyle choices and management of our bodies that led to breakdown. You can buy quality of time and length of time by investing in healthy food, activities and preventive measures like chiropractic, before you have to do damage control with medical intervention. Why chiropractic? Because it’s geared toward prevention of decay of the spine and nervous system. Spinal decay and subluxation lead to pain and disability in 80% of Americans. Nerve compromise leads to great pain, dysfunction and disability too. Chiropractic prevents, manages and corrects...

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Have You Seen It? #Chirovan

May 11, 2018

If you see it, take a picture, share it, hashtag it! #chirovan

Have you seen the CHIROVAN? While chiropractic is one of the largest healthcare professions in the United States, many people still don’t utilize the non invasive, drug free, vitalistic and quality of life improving adjustments at one of the many great chiropractic offices in Maine. With opioid addiction and death on the rise, there’s never been a better time to utilize chiropractic care for neuromusculoskeletal problems as well as improving over all health by correcting vertebral subluxation that leads to decreased brain and nerve control, regulation and healing of the entire body. Your body, in the absence of nerve interference, will function better than with nerve interference. It’s not rocket science, it’s medical science! Even The American College of Physicians is recommending the likes of Chiropractic and Acupuncture before using pain killers like those causing such trouble for so many people (opioids). The CHIROVAN is a reminder to all of our Maine neighbors that there is a better way, a better long term and short term solution as well as one without side effects. Chiropractic has been proven extremely safe since it’s beginning in 1895. The CHIROVAN, when spotted around Maine, should be photographed and shared (#chirovan). By dropping...

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What Are Your Symptoms?

February 21, 2018

What is your symptom and how are you going to deal with it? Need help? Call Dr. Lou at 9207) 774-6251

What Do Your Symptoms Mean? Migraine Whiplash Neck Pain Shoulder Pain Back Pain Hip Pain Headache Sciatica These are the top reasons people call us for help. These diagnoses are symptoms of an underlying problem. Sometimes the root of the underlying problem is something serious, but more often these are symptoms of wear and tear on your body. Chiropractic care may help you resolve these symptoms and the underlying issues that have caused them. We are lucky as humans to have a built in security alarm. Your symptoms always mean that there is something going on, whether serious or not. Pain and dysfunction NEVER happen for no reason. There is always a cause and the effects are the symptoms. Often compared to the oil light in your car, the symptom is the fire alarm, the carbon monoxide alarm, or other warning signal to get out or get help. When you feel one of these pains, you need to decide how you want to deal with it. Let’s use the warning light on your car for this example. Once symptoms appear (oil light), you can choose to put electrical tape over the light and it will no longer bother your eyes, or...

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We had 4 patients today who had a fall on the ice beneath the snow after yesterday’s storm.

February 9, 2018

Don't slip and fall on the ice! It's hiding under the snow! IF you fall, you know who to call: Dr. Lou (207) 774-6251

What Lies Beneath….The Snow. Don’t be fooled! Just because the snow looks soft and fluffy from today’s storm, doesn’t mean there aren’t hazards beneath the surface! Slip and fall accidents leave people injured, missing work, missing family time and falling short in all activities of daily living if the fall is a bad one. Beneath the snow lurk hazards that will ruin your day, week or year if you aren’t careful. Below are a four of the main culprits that are awaiting your arrival! Hazard 1: ICE Ice beneath the snow is easy to slip on. One false move and you’ll be in a world of hurt, may miss work, may not be able to pick up your kids or sit down on your butt. A broken tailbone is the last thing you need. Hazard 2: POTHOLES Twist your ankle, fall on your hip, say hello to urgent care or the ER. Not a fun way to spend a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. Hazard 3: LEGOS Legos are always a stepping hazard. Hazard 4: CAR TRACKS Believe it or not, packed snow under a car tire can be nearly as slippery as ice. Just pay attention. Hazard 5: CRACKS...

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Maine Chiropractor – Accepting New Patients

August 22, 2017

Dr. Lou Jacobs - Maine Chiropractor - Portland, Maine Family Chiropractor. Call today (207) 774-6251.

Our patients tell the story. It’s difficult to know where to go when looking for a Maine chiropractor online. There is no chiropractor directory. You have recommendations from friends or a chiropractor search on google, that’s it. Like with many services, we’re left looking at reviews and trying to get to know a product or service through videos on youtube. If you have cluster headaches, a frozen shoulder, a herniated disc, sciatica, lower back pain, migraine, neck pain or the like, you need help soon and you want the best chiropractor in Maine. Let us help you find the family chiropractic clinic that is best for you. The following video was produced on August 18, 2017. We all know that healthcare of any kind is a very personal thing. You need to find someone you trust, someone who is available for you, a doctor who is well educated and who cares about people. Based on surveys done at our office, these qualities and feelings are harder to find than one might think. The majority of our patients have been dissatisfied with their previous caregiver and state that this is the reason for them finding someone new. “Doctors don’t listen” or...

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Dr. Lou’s Kitchen – The Maine Chiropractor Cooks Too!

August 10, 2017

Dr. Lou's Kitchen - A cooking show with Dr. Lou Jacobs - Maine Chiropractor - Portland, Maine - Call (207) 774-6251.

How does Dr. Lou eat? Here’s an inside look at what happens in his kitchen. Dr. Lou likes the principle spoken of by author Michael Pollan. “If you don’t make it, don’t eat it.” If you aren’t willing to churn the ice cream or bake the pie, you don’t get to eat them. Eating well is critical to your overall health. Dr. Lou wants to help you by showing you how easy it is to “do good” by your family and provide them with exciting, healthy meals. “Dr. Lou’s Kitchen” is a new playlist on Dr. Lou’s youtube channel (Mainechiropractor). High quality, easy to understand cooking lessons will be posted regularly for your enjoyment. This is exactly how Dr. Lou eats. Chiropractic is about optimizing nervous system control and healing and diet affects these in a positive or negative way, depending on what you eat. Maine is over 60% overweight or obese. Obesity in Maine kills more Mainers than anything else.  Eating well is a life saver, eating poorly will kill you. Dr. Lou is not only a Maine chiropractor, he is also a pretty good cook. He’s taught cooking classes for years here in Maine and in Kansas City. The...

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Why Do I Have Back Pain? Wallet Breaking Your Back?

July 25, 2017

Diagnosis, Plan of Action, Correction of the problem. 1 2 3 Chiropractic with Dr. Lou Jacobs. Effective. Efficient. Always Straightforward. Lou Jacobs, DC, CACCP. Call for help today! (207) 774-6251.

Why do I have back pain? The problem. The cause. The solution. “In a field of horses, don’t look for zebras” they told us in school. It’s usually an obvious cause to a common problem if you look closely. And indeed, but for the few odd cases, people and their problems are pretty predictable. In my 15 years of practice the majority of folks who haven’t had a clear cut trauma have suffered because of a long term accumulation of one or many of the  following causes: Mental stress. Too much sitting or standing. Heavy physical labor. Sleep position on the stomach or side with a leg up. Being overweight or obese. Lack of exercise. Repetitive motions over long periods of time. Lots of driving or commuting. Bending over for long periods of time at work (hygienist, dentist). Sitting on a wallet in your back pocket Time + Stress = Problems. Many men keep their wallet in their back pocket for years and then fail to figure out that it’s the cause of their back problems. Imagine a car with 13″ rims on one side and 20″ rims on the other. Or maybe a woman who wears a 5 inch heel on one foot...

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Numbness in your body?

April 24, 2017

Compressed nerves cause numbness. Compressed nerves need help. Dr. Lou Jacobs, chiropractor, can help you right now. Call (207) 774-6251. Jacobs Chiropractic Acupuncture, Portland, Maine.

What Causes Numbness In Our Bodies? Numbness may be caused by a variety of different illnesses or injuries, some of which are serious, others less so. What is the most common cause of numbness? Nerve pressure. Pressure on nerves leads to dysfunction in the nerves and also leads to numbness. Herniated discs, subluxated vertebrae, bone spurs, inflamed tendons and muscles may all cause enough pressure to cause symptoms of numbness. Most commonly nerves are irritated at the exit of the spine or after they exit the holes in the sides of the spine. Sometimes the spinal cord can be compressed by a severely herniated disc or ruptured disc, also leading to numb sensations and more significant symptoms. What is causing your numbness?  It’s not worth trying to guess. You have to be evaluated. Most feelings of being numb are nothing to be overly concerned about, even though it justifies evaluation. That said, occasionally, numbness can be the sign of a very serious, even life threatening situation and emergency medical care may be needed. The Mayo Clinic suggests getting emergency service, even calling 911 if your numbness begins suddenly, follows a recent head injury, or involves an entire arm or leg. They further...

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