Leg Cramps, Pain, Sleepless Nights, Startling Pain.

June 12, 2022

Leg Cramps, Pain, Sleepless Nights, Startling Pain. Many years ago someone told me that leg cramps would go away if the person drinks tonic water. That’s right, Tonic Water. I did some research and found little research on the topic. I did find that the amount of quinine in tonic water is minuscule compared to that which is used for malaria treatment. I also learned that while the high doses can be dangerous, there is no danger in the fewer than 83 mg in tonic water. Despite this, some will say that tonic water is dangerous, but it seems epically unlikely that it is more dangerous than driving a car, sleeping under a tree, or walking in the rain. Over the same number of years, I have suggested to patients that they try it for their muscle cramps. There is little to no risk, and if it works, BAM! Done, just like that, and without the risk of lab made drugs prescribed by a doctor who has been told that the quinine in tonic water is dangerous. This is taken from post from Harvard University “Quinine is FDA-approved only for treating malaria and is sold with a warning against...

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Drug Free Pain Relief During Recovery

February 18, 2021

The road to recovery is helped with drug free chiropractic and acupuncture care. For pain relief when drugs are not an option, call Dr. Lou. (207) 774-6251

Drugs, Alcohol, Addiction, Chiropractic and Recovery. Pain Relief without addictive medications. For those in recovery, pain relief is limited. Any medication with potential for addiction is skipped over for what are usually simple over the counter anti inflammatory pain killers like Aleve. Surgery and subsequent medications would be risky for a recovering addict, and it’s simply not an option. Why is chiropractic such an amazing tool for those in recovery? Chiropractors make up the third largest healthcare profession after medicine and dentistry. It is a drug free form of healthcare. The entire focus is on the health and function of the nervous system and it’s relationship with your spine and body. Your body has the potential to heal itself. For patients with headaches, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, neuralgia, disc herniations and a host of other issues that cause pain, chiropractic is an effective form of treatment without the use of drugs or surgery. Additionally, by contributing to better brain and nerve control of your body, chiropractic actually makes you healthier, more adaptable, mentally more clear. While little research has been done on the topic, theoretically, chiropractic care could aid in overcoming addiction. Your health depends on staying...

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Sleep. The Best Position For Musicians.

January 20, 2021

The crime scene sleep position is unacceptable for musicians. Neck pain, low back pain, shoulder pain and restriction result. Sometimes solutions are as simple as the right advice for tools to use at home. Telechiro available on Fridays with Dr. Lou (207) SPINAL 1

Best Sleep Position For Musicians Your sleep position as a musician matters more than you think. How your head and neck are positioned, your arms, shoulders, hands, and wrists. Your low back will also suffer if your sleep position is less than ideal. Stomach Sleeping Stomach sleeping is arguably the worst position. It requires that you turn your head to one side or another. If you sleep 6-8 hours a night, this could mean that your head is turned to one side for a long time. This head position puts a strain on your neck, head, and shoulders, and may lead to headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, and even frozen shoulder. There is no ideal pillow for this position. The position, while it may feel comfortable, is too flawed to be helped by a pillow. Additionally, if you are on your stomach with a leg up, you are sleeping in the “Crime Scene Position.” The Crime Scene Position The crime scene position is halfway between stomach and side sleeping. It looks like a crime scene because it is a crime scene. The one leg up twists your low back and puts pressure on your hips and...

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Bass Guitar Injuries. Prevention and Healing.

December 22, 2020

Bass player injuries can be prevented. They can also be healed without drugs and surgery, at home, without frequent visits to providers. Call Dr. Lou, Maine's "Rock Doc." (207) 774-6251. Telemedicine available.

The Bass Guitar & Injuries Tools to fight arm and hand injuries. You are today, the sum of all your experiences, practices, gigs, accidents, stressors, and jobs. One of the biggest mistakes when working to prevent or resolve playing injuries is sometimes focusing too much on the instrument, it’s balance and position, and not enough on your day to day activities. “Good practices” are not as simple as warming up, taking breaks, and cooling down after play!!!” PRMD’s or “playing-related musculoskeletal disorders” are common among guitarists of all types. In bass players, repetitive stress injuries of the forearm, shoulder, neck, elbow, wrist, and hand are especially common. The length of the neck, string tension, and action, the weight of the guitar, arm and hand position, fingering techniques all make the bass guitar a moderate to high-risk instrument. From Carpal tunnel syndrome, and trigger fingers, to tennis elbow, there are many controllable factors and methods for reducing your risk of injury that you may not be aware of. Thinking beyond warming up, taking breaks, and cooling down after play. Warming up, taking regular and restful breaks, as well as cooling down after playing, much like in an athlete, have great...

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Elbow Pain in Guitar Players – Lateral Epicondylitis.

November 17, 2020

Lateral epicondylitis is common in strummers of string instruments! Dr. Lou is an expert in musician injuries and healing from a non invasive chiropractic perspective. "Telechiro" with Dr. Lou available anywhere in the world.

Lateral Epicondylitis – Guitar Elbow – Tennis Elbow Cause. Solution. Healing Plan Execution. Much like tennis players who put tremendous repetitive strain on their elbows, musicians often suffer from “tennis elbow.” Musicians who play guitar, bass, banjo, ukulele, merlin, lute, or other stringed instruments, push their strumming elbow and connecting ligaments, tendons, and muscles to the limit, often leading to painful inflammation, restriction, and inability to play. If caught early, understood, and strategically addressed, the dysfunction that causes the inflammation and pain can be addressed, getting you back to playing while getting stronger and more resilient. PRMD’s or playing-related musculoskeletal disorders are common in string players of all kinds. They tend to build over a long period of time with repetitive stress, and then, seemingly out of nowhere, a “straw” breaks the camel’s back and you are unable to play comfortably, or at all. If this type of injury gets out of control, injections, medications, and even surgery may be recommended. Most musicians I work with can neither spare the recovery time nor risk their futures as musicians if something goes wrong or gets worse. It’s often a life or death of the music situation. The first thing to...

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Car accidents and Lyme disease. True Story.

July 6, 2020

Your family will thank you for getting healthy and strong!

You are not alone. Sometimes results are just as meaningful to your loved ones as they are to you. Your health impacts the lives of others.  Here is a true story… Car Accidents and Lyme Disease. “I have been bringing my fiancé to this practice for almost two years. I can’t say enough positive things about it. We started coming here together after another driver on the road hit my fiancé’s car at an intersection and caused her many issues. Because of the nature of her injuries along with her underlying condition of having Lyme disease, she was in a great deal of discomfort and almost constant pain. After only a couple of months, Dr. Lou got her back in good shape. A few months later, disaster struck again in nearly the same type of situation with a driver running a red light and striking my fiancé’s vehicle and causing her further injury. We came to Lou again and within a matter of mere months, he got her back to even better shape than she was in before the first accident! Coming to the office for an extended amount of time and so often, the entire staff became like...

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NURSES. The True Heroes Of Healthcare In Maine.

June 19, 2020

All New Patient Maine Nurses receive TWO jars of Dr. Lou's Marinara after completion of their initial exam! We are forever grateful for your service to the community and individuals within our community. Buon Appetito! (207) SPINAL-1

Maine nurses are the superglue of Maine’s healthcare system. I am forever grateful for all that you do. I want to care for you the same way you care for your patients. With love, empathy, experience, strategy, and the attention that you deserve. In 2010 and 2011, I lost my mum to Inflammatory Breast Cancer, then my father to Leukemia. When my parents were hospitalized at the end of their lives, I’ll never, ever, forget the attention, compassion, and professionalism the nurses that cared for them displayed. I value the work that nurses do at the very top of the healthcare food chain. Out of appreciation for Maine nurses, and to honor my mum’s love of cooking, our office will be doubling down on our welcome jar gift of my marinara sauce. All nurses who become new patients between now and July 31, will receive 2 jars of my spicy marinara sauce at their first visit. Twice as much sauce for 100x more stress and hard working conditions they’ve been exposed to the past few months (and always). Nurses are the hearts, minds, and muscles of the hospitals. They deserve our respect and support. They deserve to eat well...

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Driving for UBER or LYFT with back and shoulder pain, headaches.

March 5, 2020

Are you an uber or lyft driver suffering in pain? Try these pain relief and prevention methods!

Uber Driver With Back Pain & Headaches 5 Prevention Strategies And Solutions Dear Dr. Lou, I drive for Uber and Lyft full time, it’s a great job, but my back is killing me and I have recently started having headaches. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks, Andrew T.  Dr. Lou’s Solution Andrew’s problem of back pain and headaches while driving for a living is more common than most people think. Historically truck drivers and cab drivers have had a lot of back and nerve pain, sometimes so severe that it forces a career change. From the standpoint of prevention and self-care, there is a lot that can be done in a short period of time, without causing much disruption to your busy driving schedule. Take regular breaks – Short ones.  Get out of the car, walk and jump around, get back in the car, get back to work. Sitting still for too long is bad. If your car is empty and stopped, get out for 1-2 minutes and move. This is great for prevention and relief. Heat your seat. If you have heated seats, use them! Heat relaxes muscle and your mind and is a good preventive and relief...

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After a fall on the ice or snow?

December 30, 2019

What do Mainers do after a fall on the ice? When you think "chiropractor," think "Dr. Lou."

After a bad fall, do this. The fall may not feel as bad as what it does to your quality of life. Did you hit your head or break a bone? If you think you need the hospital because you’ve hit your head or broken something, seek emergency attention. Concussions, contusions, cracks, fractures and other injuries can be serious. A bad fall on the ice can be just as damaging as a car accident, in some cases more so. Did you pull a muscle? You start to slide and you catch yourself. You don’t hit the ground, but you do strain your back, groin, neck or shoulder. Go inside and put ice on the strain to reduce inflammation. Then switch to heat – as long as it feels comfortable. Light stretching may be helpful too. If the pull is not severe, applying deep pressure to the muscle may help release tension and stimulate healing. Did you land on your tailbone? Get ice on it immediately. Pay close attention to your ability to sit and lie down comfortably. You may need to sit on a special surface or a “Donut Pillow” to help take the pressure off the tailbone. Injuries to the coccyx...

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Why Does Dr. Lou Cook For Patients At his Portland, Maine Chiropractic Office?

August 20, 2019

Dr. Lou, Chiropractor in Portland, Maine. Show us another chiropractor that feeds his patients! Call (207) 774-6251 to find out what's on the menu!

Why Do I Cook For My Patients? ~Dr. Lou I’d say on average, I cook about 15-20 hours a week, mostly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I cook for my family, my friends, people I care about. Food really brings happiness to peoples lives. It’s a great way to continue caring for people on the weekend, after a week of caring for people in the office. My mum used to care for us by preparing food. My mother in-law does the same thing. I do the same thing. After 2 years and 65 cooking videos on Youtube, patients often ask when I am going to “cook for us at the office.” The Truth. I can’t cook at the office, but I do want to share my food with those I care about. I spend nearly 50 hours a week at the office. The community of people who come to us for care are people with whom I could easily spend time with outside of the office. We have a uniquely wonderful group of people coming to us each day. Cool people, creative, friendly and compassionate people. I have patients who bring me eggs, who bring me beer, who bring...

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