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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Childhood Stress and Chiropractic

June 19, 2014

Childhood Stress Can Permanently Affect Your DNA. A recent study done at Tulane University School of Medicine has shown that mental stress during childhood leads to permanent change to telomeres. Telomeres are the part of your DNA responsible for protecting chromosomes from sticking together and being damaged leading to early cell death. The work has been published in the journal Pediatrics. Damaged or shortened telomeres have been associated with higher risks for heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline and mental illness, among others.   How do people process stress?   The answer is: Your brain.   How does your brain communicate with the rest of your body down to a cellular, even genetic level?   The answer is: Your nerve system.   Does a poorly communicating nervous system deal with childhood stress properly?   Answer: NO.   Do Subluxations of the spine impact the nerve system in a negative way that compromises communication?   Answer: YES, by definition, subluxations or misalignments of the spine that cause nerve communication breakdown from the brain to the body. This negatively impacts the way the brain interprets the environment and how it then controls, regulates and heals your body.   Does chiropractic improve brain-nerve-body-cell...

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Chiropractor for Kids

May 28, 2014

Questions asked of a chiropractor for kids.   A former patient recently called and wanted to ask about chiropractic for her 9 month old baby.  She had a lot of really legitimate questions and I want to share some of them with you.  Asking questions is the best way to know if an office is right for you or a loved one.   –  Do you work with children and if not who can you send us to? I happen to work with children and have for 12 years.  I am also trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.  Any Chiropractor for kids should complete the entire certification course by the ICPA.  Portland, Maine and surrounding areas have very few fully trained pediatric chiropractors.   – What is the exam like? The majority of the exam is performed in the hands of the parent or lying on a blanket.  There is as much observing as there is palpating (touching) the baby.  The doctor examines the baby’s reflexes, symmetry in the body and head, the joints and movement of the child.   – What are you looking for? We are looking for subluxation of the spine and asymmetries within the neuromusculoskeletal system....

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Doula Tea – Portland, Maine – Birthroots

May 5, 2014

Birth Roots “Doula Tea”   On Sunday, May 18, 2014, Dr. Lou will be speaking at Birth roots “Doula Tea”.  A clear mind and focused vision of a wonderful birth is supported by having a great plan for being in the best shape possible for labor and delivery.  Dr. Lou will supplying information and discussion regarding setting the stage for the best labor and delivery possible.   Dr. Lou is a Portland, Maine chiropractor completing his advanced certification in Pediatric and Perinatal chiropractic through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) .  Dr. Lou is also the monthly host of “Dr. Lou’s Art, Science and Human body Workshops For Kids”,  a science based art project/craft workshop that is on the second Saturday of every month from 9am – 11am.  For more information call (207) 774-6251....

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Pediatric Chiropractic In Maine

April 10, 2014

Pediatric Chiropractic In Maine More and more parents are turning to natural alternatives to medicine and drugs when it comes to their children’s health.  Portland, Maine has become an east coast hub for great food, great outdoors, great music and great healthcare. Parents looking for more than a damage control, child medicating approach to caring for their children will be happy to learn that vitalistic healthcare is alive and well in Portland, Maine.   While there are currently less than a dozen chiropractic specialists in Portland, Maine, there are a few criteria that you can look for that may help you decide which office to choose.   Does the chiropractor have children themselves?   Has the chiropractor completed training with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association?   Does the chiropractor have a long history of treating children and how many do they see each week?   Do they have an environment that is low stress for parents and children?   Does their staff have experience with children?   Does the doctor have reasonable cash rates for wellness visits?   Does the doctor moonlight as a balloon animal sculptor, do magic tricks and donate time, money and balloon skills to charitable...

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Chiropractic Question In Portland, Maine

March 12, 2014

Chiropractic Question In Portland, Maine A mothers question about her son.   I was recently asked a question about chiropractic that I thought was worthy of sharing.  A mother of three asked me what the best time to bring her 2 year old son for an evaluation would be.  We’ve known each other a while so I told her the truth.   “Two years ago” I said.   She laughed and said that she thought that I was going to say that.  I asked her why she asked me if she already knew the answer.  She responded that she wanted to hear it from me and said that the answer makes sense.  I asked her why.  She said two words.  Birth Trauma.   Birth trauma, whether it’s from a vaginal birth or c-section can be rather significant.  It is often a baby’s first real exposure to physical stress that can lead to spinal misalignment, nerve compression and decreased nerve control and development.   Needless to say, kids don’t often complain about back and neck pain.  A child’s exam is not about pain, it is about function and preventing issues in the future by identifying underlying predispositions now.   It...

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Pregnant Moms! Time To Go Shoe Shopping!

February 27, 2014

Pregnant Moms! Go Shoe Shopping! The moment I hear that an existing patient in my Portland office is pregnant, or that a new patient is pregnant, we have the “shopping talk”.  There are few times in one’s life when weight gain and structural change occur as rapidly as when one is pregnant.   Tell your partner or spouse that pregnant moms need to shop for shoes.  It’s my first recommendation after learning of their pregnancy.  They need supportive shoes that provide the three primary arches of the foot with enough support that the structural and weigh changes don’t cause those arches to fall.  If shoes are not an option then a rigid shoe insert like those made by “Superfeet” or Birkenstock are ideal.  Superfeet are available at our Portland office but along with Birkenstock inserts are also available at Lamey Wellehan in Falmouth or Scarborough.  Arch support needs to be acquired early in the pregnancy and professional advice is recommended with regard to the extent of the support needed.     Rapid weight gain of any kind leads to unfamiliar strain on the feet.  Arches will tend to fall.  Arches falling and feet spreading during pregnancy is part of...

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