Does Back Pain During Pregnancy Lead To A C-Section?

January 16, 2019

Back pain during pregnancy may be a precursor to c-section.

Reduce your potential risk of an emergency c-section. Pain is your body’s way of alerting you of a problem. Some problems make labor and delivery even more difficult, which in turn leads to “fetal distress” at which point the doctor will order a c-section so that your baby is not “damaged.” Pelvis and low back pain, like all other warning signs, have causes. Some of these causes lead to dystocia, or difficult labor and delivery.  “Dystocia” or abnormal progress in labor is a common problem that is being looked at more closely as the incidence of C-Sections at some hospitals in the United States approaches 100%. Dystocia is also loosely defined as failure to progress during labor, lack of progressive cervical dilation or lack of fetal descent.  Before we look at the three most common causes of dystocia, lear about CPD and “abnormal progress”, both of which are common reasons that doctors give for the need for c-section. In many circles, CPD and “abnormal progress” are not legitimate reasons to have a c-section, ultimately it’s the parents’ call. Cephalopelvic distortion (CPD) is often blamed for dystocia and the need for a c-cection. CPD is a situation where the baby’s...

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Up at 2 a.m. for your kids? Supermoms sometimes often at night.

January 7, 2019

We have experience helping parents sleep again...at no expense to your child. (207) 774-6251

2 a.m. mom’s know who they are. ARE YOU A “2 a.m. MOM?” A 2 a.m. mom is one who is up at 2 a.m. because of a child. If you are reading this, you are a great parent. You may be up worrying or you may be up because the child is up and needs you. Either way, at some point during the night, your stress is heightened and your worry soars. Your mind races, longs for answers, you want to sleep but your child is more important than rest. If nothing else is certain about Sensory processing disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the rest of the growing neurological disorders in children, one thing is for sure. They have strong and undeniable neurological components. The question is, what is the rest of the equation? What caused the nervous system to change? In an article published in the journal “Frontiers In Integrative Neuroscience,” in 2009, findings point to a host of potential contributors to Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) and children with both ASD and SPD. Many studies have shown that there may multiple causes, making the hunt for a single cause, all that more elusive. Many of...

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Colic Solution: Baby Bowen Technique

April 25, 2017

Colic? If your baby has colic, Dr. Lou has a potential solution. The Baby Bowen Technique is regularly used at Perinatal and Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine for colic relief. Call Dr. Lou at (207) 774-6251 for immediate attention!

Is your baby suffering from Colic? The exact cause of colic is still considered unknown, probably due to multiple factors contributing to the problem. Most sources suggest the following may be involved: Diaphragmatic tension Nerve irritation Abdominal tension Gas Reflux & Indigestion Back spasm The Baby Bowen Technique has been used safely and effectively for years by healthcare professionals and parents around the world. “Baby Bowen” addresses the issues listed above in a way that is tolerated by infants easily. It is quick and often results in immediate resolution of infantile colic. Below is a tutorial on how it is performed. If you are not comfortable performing this technique on your own, or if it doesn’t seem to be working, you should call us and we can help. The technique is extremely gentle. It is extremely efficient (takes only 3-5 minutes). Everyone feels better when your baby feels better! Dr. Lou is a perinatal and pediatric chiropractic specialist in Portland, Maine. He has used “baby bowen” for years and has an incredible success rate. For more information and videos, visit us on YOUTUBE. We also encourage you to have a look at our GOOGLE REVIEWS. ...

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Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy

March 10, 2017

Sciatica pain during pregnancy is fairly common. Evaluation and correction of issues leading to sciatic pain is the job of the perinatal chiropractic specialist. Dr. Lou Jacobs, is that specialist and will prioritize your first visit to get you in as soon as possible. For the fastest service, Call Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine at (207) 553-7776 today!

Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy. Immediate help available! The pain down the back of the leg that seems to start in your low back or glutes could be sciatica. During pregnancy the changes in pelvic and low back positioning can lead to pressure on nerves in the low back. The lower lumbar spinal nerves form the sciatic nerve. If your lumbar spine misaligns, if you have a bulging or herniated disc or have pressure of any kind on those nerves, you may feel sciatica pain. Sometimes, sciatica isn’t “real” sciatica. During pregnancy the muscles of your legs and glutes work extra hard. They get tight. If that tension, in the muscle, causes inflammation or pressure enough to compress the sciatic nerve underneath the piriformis muscle, you may have what’s called “piriformis syndrome.” Piriformis syndrome is much less serious than true sciatica pain coming from the low back, and it is often easily managed so that you are no longer suffering with leg and glute pain. Piriformis syndrome can be helped with trigger point therapy, perinatal chiropractic care and perinatal massage.  Stretching and use of a Theracane at home is also very helpful. For a true sciatica, coming from the lumbar spine, perinatal...

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain During Pregnancy.

March 8, 2017

Sacroiliac Joint Pain During Pregnancy Is Common And Correctable. Misalignment is Correctable By A Perinatal Chiropractic Specialist Like Dr. Lou Jacobs of Portland, Maine. Call Now To End The Pain And Improve SI Joint Function For An Easier Labor And Delivery. (207) 774-6251

Sacroiliac Joint Pain During Pregnancy Sacroiliac joint pain (pain over the dimples in your low back), is extremely common during pregnancy. The pain is often achy, burning, sharp and deep feeling. The “SI Joint” as it’s often called is especially vulnerable during pregnancy because it is where the lower half of the body meets the upper half of the body at the sacrum. The joints on both side of the sacrum are large. When misaligned even a tiny bit, they cause great discomfort and significant inflammation. Why? because the area is very “locked in” with ligaments, tendon, connective tissue and muscle. Under normal circumstances the joints do move, but pregnancy puts additional strain on them, often pushing them over the line into the zone of pain and dysfunction. Will anti inflammatory drugs help? They may help with the inflammation, may help with pain, but I rarely encounter pregnant moms that want to take drugs. Additionally, medications don’t address the underlying joint dysfunction, just the pain. This leaves mom in a state of vulnerability where the slightest change in pelvic alignment or step down off a curb could trigger an SIJ meltdown. Going in to labor and delivery in pain is...

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One leg is shorter than the other! What’s that mean? A short leg?!

December 5, 2016

You’ve been told “One leg is shorter than the other.”   Do you have a short leg? When you have a short leg, the discrepancy may be anatomical or may be functional. Either one leads to problems. (Dr. Lou’s video linked here.) Problems like pain, arthritis, immobility, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, foot pain, low back pain. Dysfunction in the joints often leads to nerve dysfunction called vertebral subluxation and this condition leads to reduction in function throughout the body. Often without you even feeling it.   Anatomical leg length discrepancies are due to one leg actually being physically shorter than the other. The bone is short. Functional discrepancies are due to muscle tension, spinal and pelvic subluxation, low back torsion or scoliosis and a number of other causes. When all leg bones are the same length but wear and tear, tension, imbalance and asymmetries are present, these are issues that can be corrected. When a leg bone is anatomically shorter than the other side, heel lifts and shoe modifications will balance things out.   If you’ve been told that you have a leg length difference, you should call our office, be evaluated by an expert and then...

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Perinatal Yoga At Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine – (207) 553-7776 – Portland, Maine

August 10, 2016

Perinatal Yoga With a Twist at Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine           Prenatal Yoga   Pregnancy is one of the three periods in a woman’s life where she experiences major hormonal shifts (menarche, pregnancy and menopause). These are times of enormous change; the body’s chemistry takes over and forces a woman to make physical, emotional and mental readjustments. One of the most important physical adjustments during pregnancy is to tone the muscles; the pelvic floor muscles. Prenatal yoga helps you stay in shape during pregnancy, strengthens your muscles, and improves balance and circulation. In addition, breathing exercises and relaxation will help you connect with your growing baby and prepare you physically and mentally for labor and motherhood.   At Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine we offer small classes for each trimester, focusing on your needs at specific stages of the pregnancy. This calculated timing also encourages you to meet other pregnant women and be part of a community in a safe, positive and supportive environment. By purchasing a 10 week session you will receive an optional perinatal chiropractic examination with Dr Jacobs. At your request, Chantal will work closely with Dr Jacobs to put in place the...

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What does a pediatric chiropractor in Portland, Maine do?

August 31, 2015

When To Call A Pediatric Chiropractor.   Pediatric chiropractic treatment has been around for a long time.  Chiropractors have been evaluating and gently adjusting children since the turn of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the formation of the ICPA however that the profession had an organization representing the welfare of mothers and children.  “The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA, Inc) is the profession’s oldest, largest and most sought out chiropractic pediatric association. The ICPA was founded by Larry Webster, D.C. in 1986. His vision and passion in working with children had a major impact in redirecting the profession to care for more children.” The key to finding a great and highly qualified pediatric chiropractor is to look for one trained by the ICPA. A fully trained ICPA doctor and local chiropractor is going to be most qualified to work with you and your children.   A pediatric chiropractor evaluates your child as gently as a medical pediatrician but without the needles.  A thorough evaluation of a child’s nervous system, spinal and pelvic alignment, reflexes, muscle tone, head shape, sensory processing and a host of other, primarily nerve based, tests will be done if indicated. The exam is gentle, involves no...

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Child Seem Disconnected? – Autism in Maine

July 20, 2015

Does your Child Seem Disconnected?   Parents know their children, even if the child has only been around for a few months. Many parents report that their child does seem disconnected in a way that is atypical. Does your child’s gaze roam away from your eyes? It doesn’t take a doctor to recognize that something is off, in fact, the parent is often the best judge of what is normal.   A child that appears disconnected very likely, almost certainly, has neurological imbalances that need to be evaluated.  Stress in utero, labor and delivery stress, can lead to brain development that is not balanced from side to side.   There are tests that can be done at various stages of childhood development that let a chiropractor know whether or not your child has been wired normally.  If the tests reveal that the child is neurologically disconnected, there are steps that may be taken to re-wire your child that have proven effective clinical practice.   **Time is of the essence** The younger your child is when the work on your child starts, the greater the likelihood the results will be optimal.  Younger children have greater neuroplasticity, meaning their brain will...

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Why Should Children Receive Chiropractic Adjustments?

August 24, 2014

Why Should Children Receive Chiropractic Adjustments?   When was the last time you watched a child over the age of one?  Kids fall a lot.  They bump, bruise and crash as they are learning to stand, walk, run and ride.  Each bump is an opportunity to misalign bones of the spine that may result in harmful pressure on nerves.  These spinal lesions called “subluxations” decrease the quality of nerve control that supplies the body with control, regulation and healing messages.  Messages that are interfered with, lead to dis-regulation of body systems which may negatively impact the growth and development of the child.  Removing interference improves function.  In fact, removing interference to anything, improves function.     Spinal adjustments to remove subluxation in children are much different than those adults.  Extremely light touch to the spine in the presence of the parent is the standard.  While there are no guarantees that the child will develop perfectly, one thing is certain.  A child with less nerve interference will function better than that same child would function with interference.  Giving our children the best opportunity to develop into the best version of themselves is one of the greatest gifts we can share...

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