Prevent Hiking Injuries with WD-40!

July 8, 2020

Remember "WD-40" and you can prevent hiking injuries!

Are you a hiking accident waiting to happen? USE WD-40! In his book, “Injuries in Outdoor Recreation” Gary N. Guten, MD discusses causes, understanding, prevention, and treatment of common recreational activity injuries. Maine is a summer wonderland of recreational adventure, and as such, is also a hotbed of injuries. “A sports injury can be a prolonged, frustrating problem. Your first step is to listen to your body and then seek help.” ~Gary Guten, MD This sounds boring unless you have an injury or fear injury. In that case, understanding healing and prevention could save your life. Hiking is wonderful. Maine summers are beautiful and so are our mountains and trails. Most of us are fair-weather hikers and don’t hit the mountains in the winter. This makes us more of the summer warrior type. The majority of the year we are not incorporating hiking into our regimen, which makes us more vulnerable when we jump right in during the spring, summer, or fall. Common injuries of hiking include: Fractured bones Sprained ankles Spinal compression Back pain Shoulder pain or strain Hip pain Sciatica Piriformis syndrome Shin splints Plantar fasciitis, and a host of other combinations of injuries that could really...

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What Is Spinal Degeneration?

July 1, 2020

Spinal Degeneration and arthritis of the spine are the same thing! Waiting to see what happens, makes it worse.

If you could only have one car for your entire life, would you take better care of it? You only have one spine, one brain, one set of nerves. Make them last. What Is Spinal Degeneration? If you have arthritis in your spine, you have spinal degeneration. Spinal degeneration (osteoarthritis) of the discs, joints, and bones of the spine occurs in most people due to stress. Physical stress and chemical stress are most likely to lead to degeneration. Physical stress could be a fall, a sport, a desk job, or sleeping on your stomach. Chemical stress could be a calcium deficiency, drugs, medications, bad diet, or chemical changes brought on by mental stress. What are the stages of spinal degeneration?

Degeneration of the spine occurs in stages. Stage 1-3, with 3 being the worst. The reason there is a grading system is that degeneration predictably gets worse with time and no intervention. Should I fear spinal degeneration? Even with intervention like chiropractic care, or more extreme measures like surgery, it may be that the best one gets, is a slowed process of degeneration. Slow is better than fast when it comes to degeneration of the spine. Once degeneration is severe,...

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Working From Home, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Headaches And COVID-19 In Maine

May 19, 2020

Workstation ergonomics may be even more important at home. With added stressors at home, poor posture + stress = pain and suffering. When you think Maine chiropractor, think Dr. Lou. (207) SPIINAL 1

Working From Home Is WORSE?! “Eight hours on a computer at a makeshift workstation, seated on your favorite couch from college (1991) with a metal baking sheet as a desk, is going to create problems.” ~Dr. Lou The Wall Street Journal, in a May 13 article written by Aaron Zitner, published the following in an article on back pain and working from home. “When the American Chiropractic Association posted a survey on its Facebook page recently, nearly 200 members, or 90% of those who answered, said their patients were experiencing more pain since stay-at-home rules went into effect. The North American Spine Society, an association of physicians, reports that Exercises To Reduce Neck Pain were the second most viewed item in April on its website for patients, up from fifth a year ago.” Read The Article Here. Changing one’s work station is only good if it becomes a more ergonomically sound setup. Many of us prefer a soft couch or comfortable chair to a desk and office chair when working on our computers from home. While it feels good at the time, that’s not always a good gauge for what’s to come. Working from home at a desk all day...

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Easy Immune System Boosting – Protect your family!

May 15, 2020

Metagenics Probiotics for adults and children will help your microbiome and gut health. Scientists have shown that as much as 70-80% of your immune system is housed in a healthy gut. Immunity and adaptability are critical for staying healthy! Order online today and have your probiotics delivered to your door!

Protecting your family from a weak immune system may be easier than you think. Research has suggested that 70-80% of your immune system is housed in your “Gut.” A healthy microbiome is the beginning of better immunity. People have been asking me a lot lately, “Dr. Lou, what do you do to protect your immune system and make it as strong as possible?” I have a simple, valuable routine that has kept me illness free for nearly 2 years, a new record for me. 1. Sleep (get plenty of it). Proper and adequate rest helps your body rejuvenate and recuperate from the stress of the day. 2. Exercise (regularly & consistently). Weight and deconditioning are strong factors of vulnerability to illness and a weak body (system). COVID-19 deaths and illnesses have already been shown to be higher in our overweight populations. 3. Reduce mental stress. Calm down, partake in healthy stress reduction activities like exercise, music, yoga, cooking, or something you know will chill you out, without causing more stress. 4. Probiotic supplementation. Probiotics help boost your gut health and immunity. 5. Other supplementation known to help boost immunity. This is the probiotic I take for immunity: This is...

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April 1, 2020

Stay Positive! Stay Healthy! April 2020 at JCA

IMPORTANT OFFICE UPDATE – March 31, 2020 EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY Hours & Scheduling: Moving forward at JCA we will continue to maintain hours from 9am – 11am. I will continue to be the only present staff member at the office. As of the first of April 2020, I will be allowing only one patient at a time, by special appointment, into the office for their care. We ask that you kindly wait in your car until waved in by me. I will be welcoming you through the front door based on your scheduled appointment order, not in the order that you arrived in the parking lot. Children: If you are bringing your child with you, do not leave them in the car if they are too young to stay there. Bring them in, they can wait for you in a chair. The “Kids room” is closed for the time being, but your children are welcome. If you arrive and see children leaving the office, expect a couple extra minute delay so that I can clean after the children. Precautions: You are asked to wear a mask if you have one, to disinfect your hands and above the wrist prior to...

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Fear of Dying of COVID-19. Turn Fear Into POWER!

March 24, 2020

Turn your fears into a growth opportunity by continuing healthy practices after the Corona Virus Pandemic.

Are you afraid of dying of corona virus? How fear can lead to power and greatness! The fear is real. People are scrambling to preserve their health. They are afraid of getting sick, spreading it, and hurting people. Why are you staying at home? Why are you wearing a mask? Why are you afraid for your children’s future? The mistake we make. Many people have a hard time with death. I do too. It’s understandable, but it requires reflection. We will all die. It could be in a car accident, a stray bullet or a virus. It could happen tomorrow or 50 years from now, we have no idea when our time will come. Why are we more afraid when death seems more likely? It’s no more likely now than later, it’s just sooner. I understand why that is unsettling, anxiety-producing, even immobilizing.  Our real fear is loss of health, pain, loss of life, loss of loved ones. A recent scare. I recently had a health scare that I have made public. I am ok, but I truly believed, as rational or irrational as it may have been, that I was going to die. The only thing that mattered...

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Chiropractic Care During The COVID-19 Crisis

March 23, 2020

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NEW RULES For the mental and physical health of our current patients, I am offering very limited hours  in the upcoming weeks. The threat of corona virus, while very real, is also accompanied by a great deal of mental stress and consequently, physical strain, dysfunction, and discomfort. Mental stress and a sustained fight or flight response negatively affect your immune system and make you more vulnerable to poor health of all kinds. The stress of our current situation, for some, will be worse than the virus itself. Additionally, for those who need to support and care for their families at this time, there is no room for the physical break down of one’s back, neck, shoulders, hips, arms or other body parts, including the mind, needed to be able to care for them. It is our duty to you, your family and our community to keep things going as long as we remain hyper-vigilant and safe with measures to stay virus-free. We are torn between many aspects of doing what is right for the greater good, but we will continue to follow statistics, science, government mandates and local reality to decide what to do on a daily basis. March...

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Chiropractic Care at JCA and COVID-19 in Maine

March 15, 2020

Your resource for proactive care during the 2020 COVID-19 scare. Chiropractic, acupuncture, marinara and live video exercise instruction are not canceled. Open until the government tells us to close. We serve the people in good times and bad.

Dear Patients, families of patients and future patients, Our office is dedicated to health and safety. During this time of heightened precaution, we will be following guidelines set forth by the CDC and local and national government agencies. We are certain that with proper precautionary measures and safe practices in general, your care at this office will need no interruption unless you are experiencing symptoms of illness. Until healthcare facilities like ours, dentist offices, podiatrists, physical therapists, and private medical facilities are forced by the government or CDC to close, our office will remain open to serve in clinically appropriate capacities, both in-person and online. To be clear, our office will remain open only as long as we feel it is safe for our staff and you and your family to drive here, receive care and get home with the most minimal risk of exposure to anything. We understand that there is a great deal of panic, stress, and misinformation right now over this issue. Our goal is not to add to that panic, stress or misinformation, but rather, to let you know that you are safe with us and that our office is here to promote your health...

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Dr. Lou’s story about his EMG.

March 13, 2020

Dr. Lou shares his EMG experience. #empathy

Dr. Lou’s EMG experience. Dr. Lou’s New & Improved Empathy. Recently, in an effort to rule out serious neurological disease, I finally had an appointment today with a neurologist, who performed an exam and EMG on me. For many, the thought of this test makes them stressed, scared, concerned and fearful of the outcome and pain of the test. I was extremely concerned about the results. I now have a new appreciation, understanding and empathy for those who need this, and other tests for serious disease. What does the test consist of? During the test, one or more small needles (also called electrodes) are inserted through the skin into the muscle. The electrical activity picked up by the electrodes is then displayed on a monitor. EMG measures the electrical activity of muscle during rest, slight contraction and forceful contraction. Muscle tissue does not normally produce electrical signals during rest. When an electrode is inserted, a brief period of activity can be seen on the oscilloscope, but after that, no signal should be present. (Source: Depending on the results of conductivity, the doctor may be able to diagnose and/or rule out, certain conditions of the nervous system. When indicated, I...

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What is a Spinal Disc? Dr. Lou Jacobs – Chiropractor Portland Maine

December 30, 2019

Spinal Discs

Discs Are Shock Absorbers. There are 23 discs in the spine. The discs have a rugged outer shell of sorts, the interior is soft and flexible. The discs are similar to the gum we had as kids with the thick liquid center. Discs need hydration. At birth, the disc is 80% water. Over a lifetime, hydration is critical for the health of the discs. When discs are under stress and poorly hydrated, they accumulate damage faster. They degenerate, herniate and debilitate (you). Discs are somewhat rubbery but firm.  When discs compress and lose their height under stress, nerves, joints, and bones become compressed. Blood vessels, lymphatic tissue, ligaments, and tendons become compressed too. You actually lose height over the course of the day, because of compression of the discs. When you sleep at night, your spine DEcompresses. With more spinal stress, there is more compression. More compression leads to more damage. Age is only a partial factor, a young ski jumper may have more spinal damage than a much older swimmer.   What is the difference between a disc bulge and a disc herniation? A disc bulge is a small protrusion of the disc that may begin to take...

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