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 and adaptability during this challenging time, all with extreme caution that you should be confident in. Science is real and we will base our actions and care, as always, based on fact and science as we know it.
What does this mean for you and your family at our office?
If you or anyone in your family is sick, we will ask that you reschedule your appointments for 2 weeks from now.
Our office will be kept hyper-sanitized. All adjusting areas will be cleaned between patients and patient visits will be spread out to minimize unnecessary proximity to others. We will not have you check in on the computer, you will be asked to verbally communicate all “reports” of how you are doing. We have plenty of sanitizing agents for the months to come.
You will be encouraged to use private rooms, when available, for waiting and being adjusted. We have three private rooms available in addition to the regular adjusting area. Please request a room.
Because we care for a lot of pregnant moms and children, we will have a room reserved for moms and kids (only) to both wait and receive treatment. In addition to taking every precaution we can, we want moms, dads, and kids to feel safe coming to us for their care. Private room separation is another way to significantly mitigate risk, even in what will be a very controlled environment.
We will be checking temperatures of patients with a “no contact” infrared thermometer upon entering the building and stopping at the front desk.
We will not be shaking hands.
At your request, staff will wear face masks if it eases your stress.
We will be turning up the heat and opening windows, when possible, for added ventilation.
Our staff is not sick at this time but no symptomatic staff will be coming to work until cleared.
Our office is always professionally cleaned by the great people at Hernandez Cleaning, who will continue to disinfect and thoroughly clean our office on a regular basis.
YES! There is Good News!
Challenges are the seeds of great new ideas. For the past 3 months, we have been working on ways to serve you in the event of snowstorms that could keep you from your care. Much like a snow day, our patients may be faced with having to stay home because of COVID-19. Our snow day preparation is perfect for keeping you strong in the face of COVID-19.
The following is a list of opportunities to “stay on top of things” without leaving your house:
One-on-one Video conferencing with Dr. Lou from the comfort and safety of your living room.
Reports from tests after your first exam or re-exams may be delivered online with live video. (covered by insurance in most cases)
Exercises may also be delivered with live instruction with Dr. Lou or Karen via video conference. (covered by insurance in most cases.)
When “time” is the biggest obstacle for getting healthy, and with the prospect of a lot of “free time” for those who will not be working as much over the next many weeks, there may never be another time as convenient to get in shape! Dr. Lou is offering a discounted rate for his weight loss, nutrition and fitness coaching. Dr. Lou has been coaching patients privately for years. It can be done over the phone or through video chat and is billable over the phone at the COVID-19 (2020) discounted rate.
The Chirovan. Dr. Lou’s mobile chiropractic office is ready for house calls. If you and your family want to maintain care, but from the safety of your home, Dr. Lou can come to you. Availability may be limited, but this is a great option for getting adjusted or acupuncture or both, at home or in the chirovan.
Immunity and supplements. Research has shown that a strong microbiome (bacterial presence) and “gut health” are critical to immunity. Some sources say over 70% of your immune system is in your gut. PROBIOTICS have been shown to promote immune system function and gut health. Dr. Lou takes ultra flora immune booster from Metagenics “targeted probiotic support for healthy nasal, sinus and respiratory function. Be sure to visit drlou.metagenics.com for all of your immune assistance supplement needs. Metagenics has a great line of products for your children too. Order online, receive it at your doorstep! Never leave the house! Visit the link above and choose the “immune health and function” link for a wide array of products to give you an immunity edge!
Regular tips, suggestions, and sharing of what we think could make your life safer, easier, and more informed at this time. Tune in to our Facebook page, YouTube channel, and other sources of direct communication.
Marinara Motherlode! We are having a drawing at the end of April, for a dozen jars of “Dr. Lou’s Marinara.” 12 meals worth of super healthy, vitamin & garlic packed marinara sauce. We also maintain a healthy supply of Marinara at the office for new patients, current patients and those who do good deeds for others. For information on how to be entered to win a pantry plumping supply of marinara in a time of food scarcity, call or email us! (207) SPINAL 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids out of school?
Dr. Lou has a chalkboard, anatomical models and a computer. He also has a history of teaching. As his schedule allows, if there is interest, he will be offering online classes in anatomy and health for kids. Which will likely include helping your kids burn off some energy through interactive exercise with Dr. Lou. These classes will be a community service” NO FEE.
Salutogenesis is the promotion of health. While chiropractic is not a treatment for COVID-19 or any other disease, it does promote healthy adaptation to your environment through improved nervous system and body chemistry changes after an adjustment. Chiropractors are wellness and prevention experts who have a broad education in supplementation, stress management, nutrition, and the human body.
Focusing on being strong and healthy will reduce some of the need to worry about getting sick. Stress makes us more vulnerable to illness and slow recovery. Healthy immune system supplementation as mentioned above is a great promoter of salutogenesis as well.
Strength In Community.
If you need help let us know! We want to be in contact and keep our community strong through this. We know some of us will have a loss of income and we have a new fee structure for maintenance adjustments. Our maintenance, proactive care adjustment fee through Chirohealth USA (CHUSA) was recently reduced to $20 per visit. Cost should never be an obstacle to getting any kind of care we need. We are putting our money where our mouth is, and if you qualify for maintenance care, you will be able to take advantage of our new, maintenance adjustment fee.
Directly From Dr. Lou
Hi everyone. In the days, weeks, and months to come, you can count on timely, well researched, well-prepared information on all aspects of health in Maine. Communication and clarity of mind and action are very important and I encourage you to contact me with questions, worries and concerns, ideas and the like. Below is all of our public contact information and links to online points of contact.
With Love, Respect & Best Wishes,
March 15, 2020
We serve our community in good times and bad.
Lou Jacobs, DC, CACCP
Board Certified in Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic
Jacobs Chiropractic Acupuncture, P.A.
Perinatal & Pediatric Chiropractic of Maine, P.A.
“When you think “chiropractor,” think “Dr. Lou.”
138 St. John Street
Portland, Maine 04102
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