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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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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Bell’s Palsy – One Reason You May Not Want To “Wait And See What Happens.”

May 14, 2019

Bell's palsy seems to benefit from acupuncture. Rather than sitting around to see what happens, take action today and try to speed up results. Call Dr. Lou at (207) 774-6251

Do you find “waiting to see what happens” to be as frustrating as most people do? Tired of waiting around, doing nothing, to see when your Bell’s palsy gets better? Do you want to be proactive? Bell’s palsy is a type of facial paralysis that impacts one side of the face and leaves it looking droopy. It makes it hard to close the eye on the affected side, makes it hard to drink from a cup, and it may dramatically impact one’s appearance. It often looks like the affected person has had a stroke. It is not a stroke though, it is caused by damage to the “facial nerve.” Acupuncture has been reported by many patients to have seemingly sped up the process of healing and improving function. Acupuncture may stimulate the facial and other nerves, as well as muscles, leading to a speedier gain of control over ones facial tone and movements. Despite being fairly rare at 200,000 cases a year in the U.S., Dr. Lou has worked with people with bell’s palsy dozens and dozens of times. The majority of the time, people notice a more rapid improvement than they were otherwise getting. The question is, are...

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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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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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