World Acupuncture Oriental Medicine Day

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Since 2002 October 24th has been recognized as World Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine day.

The day is designed to increase public awareness of the presence and benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is an opportunity to recognize the growing role that traditional Asian medicine plays in our global health care system.

It is estimated that 36% of U.S. adults have used some form of complementary and alternative medicine. This is according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

Among the most common practices are acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbal medicine, tai chi and qi gong.

The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine conducted a study and found that approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option.

With increased exposure it is our hope that more people will experience the value of these complimentary modalities and recognize that options other than pain medication exist to treat pain.


Inner Gate Acupuncture's 2nd Location Celebrates its One Year Anniversary!

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Since opening, Inner Gate Acupuncture Halsey has grown into a multi-disciplinary clinic. While we continue to specialize in Acupuncture and Sports Medicine Acupuncture, we have also added Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine, as well as Massage Therapy services to the Halsey Clinic in order to better serve our patients.

Patients can easily schedule their appointments back to back in order to receive a Chiropractic adjustment, Massage and/or Acupuncture treatment in a single visit to our clinic. We hope to accommodate our patients' busy schedules, and provide one location for you to get all the care you need.

Easy off-street parking in our lot from Halsey St., an assortment of tea when you arrive and a friendly front desk staff is available to welcome you and help answer any questions you may have.

In appreciation to all of our patients, we invite you to join us Monday, September 30th through Saturday, October 5th!

During this week, we will be providing opportunities for you to help us celebrate with us:

  • You can schedule a FREE 15-minute massage with our new Massage Therapist Bob Perna in order to experience his myofascial bodywork that focuses on injury/pain resolution before scheduling a full 60-minute massage! Call 971-279-2294 now to schedule!

  • Pick up one our Naturopath Doctor's FREE Recipes, courtesy of Dr Heather Krebsbach, and learn more about her "3 for 30 Food Program."

  • Enjoy a delicious, freshly brewed Chinese Herbal Wellness Tea that we will be serving in the clinic all week!

  • We will be handing out FREE Inner Gate Acupuncture Mugs

  • Refer A Friend to either our Chiropractor, Dr. Jerrod Puckett, or our Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Heather Krebsbach, and get entered to WIN a FREE Massage

We look forward to seeing you soon or call us today and schedule an appointment!    
Our phone number is: 971-279-2294 
 

4 Reasons Your Neck is Sore All of the Time

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According to Harvard Medical Health, approximately 7 out of 10 people experience neck pain at some point in their lives. Below is a list of common day-to-day activities that may be causing your neck pain, and how we can help address your pain.

 

Text-neck Posture

  • We’ve all heard of text-neck, and there’s a good chance you’re looking down at your phone while reading this. This posture is described as having your back slumped, shoulders rounded and your head forward and looking down. Text-neck posture compresses the joints, ligaments and muscles in the front portion of your neck, while over-elongating those same structures in the back of your neck, creating an imbalance that leads to tension, pain and weakness.

 

Old Injuries

  • Injuries from the past aren’t always resolved when we think they are and can lead to weak muscles, restricted movement and long lasting, chronic pain. For example, 93% of individuals involved in a car accident report neck pain 6 months after their initial injury.

 

Chest breathing

  • Did you know that the average human takes at least 23,000 breaths a day? When we excessively chest breathe throughout the day, overuse of what are called “accessory breathing muscles” in the neck can happen. This can lead to excessive tension and irritation building in the neck, ribs and upper back over time.

 

Stress

  • Stress, anxiety and low moral support can be co-contributors for neck pain, stiffness and achiness. The tension we hold in our neck from stress can build and lead to other complications such as the upper back pain or headaches.

 

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Thankfully there are therapeutic solutions to these common causes of neck pain:

  • Chiropractic mobilization

  • Acupuncture

  • Manual therapy

  • Targeted strengthening exercises

  • Mindfulness

 

Use a combination of these conservative techniques to tackle your chronic neck pain and prevent future problems.

If you or someone you know is suffering from neck pain in Portland

Call our office today at 971-279-2294 to get scheduled.

 

Condition of the Month: Sciatica

What is sciatica?

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 Sciatica is an umbrella term often used to describe pain along the lower back, in the buttocks or into the leg which occurs in up to 40% of the population. The type of pain can be variable; including sharp, dull, aching, throbbing, tingling, numbness or burning pain. The sciatic nerve originates from the lower lumbar and upper sacral spinal nerve roots, which combine to become the largest nerve, by diameter, in the body. It is common for this large nerve to become compressed or irritated, especially as it exits the spinal column or as it runs through the gluteal musculature.

 What are some common causes of Sciatica?

·      Joint restrictions in the spine

·      Tight, weak and/or irritated low back and gluteal musculature

·      Repetitive or overuse injuries to the lower back or hips

·      New or old traumatic injuries

·      Piriformis syndrome

·      Pregnancy

·      Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or disc herniations

 

What are the best treatments?

 The following techniques are often used to help address sciatic pain, as they help restore motion to the spine, reduce inflammation and increase strength:

·      Chiropractic manipulation

·      Soft tissue manual therapy

·      Acupuncture

·      Therapeutic exercises and stretches

·      Nutrition

 

The combination of conservative techniques can be very successful in reducing sciatica symptoms and preventing future injuries from reoccurring.

If you or someone you know is suffering from sciatica, we can help! 

Call Inner Gate Acupuncture today at 971-279-2294 or 503-284-6996 to get scheduled.

Common Conditions Treated by our Chiropractor

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Chiropractic medicine is used to treat many conditions. Our chiropractor, Dr. Jerrod Puckett, has advanced training to work with athletes for sports medicine related injuries. Here are three of the most common complaints that we see in our Portland chiropractic clinic.

Low Back Pain:

Low back pain is probably the most common complaint in the chiropractic clinic. Low back pain can be caused by muscle tension, joint dysfunction, herniated discs or any number of other issues. Our great chiropractic care can carefully differentiate the cause of your pain and treat in the most effective way for best results.

Headaches:

Headaches vary from mild tension headaches to debilitating migraines. All of these types of headaches can have a significant impact on our quality of life, making work and family life difficult. Our Portland chiropractor can help relieve the pain by carefully restoring proper alignment to the neck and spine. With a gentle adjustment and proper maintenance your headaches may become a thing of the past.

Shoulder Pain:

Shoulder pain is another common complaint that we see here in Portland. While acupuncture can often address many of the muscle and tendon issues of the shoulder it’s important to remember that shoulder pain can be referred pain from spinal misalignments or actual misalignment of the shoulder. Our Portland chiropractor will help you relieve both the pain and any range of motion issues that are present.

Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions!

Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294


Can Acupuncture Heal Damaged Ligaments?

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Ligaments are strong connective tissue bands that connect bone to bones. They are similar to tendons which connect muscles to bones. Ligaments are found between most bones of the body and function to limit movement between bones. Ligament damage often occurs during injuries. Once damaged they cause destabilization of joints and are often slow to heal.

What is a Torn Ligament?

Torn ligaments occur when joints are stressed beyond their normal range of motion. This happens when we twist quickly or change direction abruptly.

A ligament stretched beyond its capacity will begin to tear. The degree of tearing can be minimal to completely torn depending on the force. Ligament injuries are graded based on their severity.

The 3 Grades of Ligament Injury are:

  • Grade I - mild ligament tear

Grade I sprains often heal within a few weeks. The strength of the ligament will recover fully after six to eight weeks. It is important to rest to avoid reinjury while healing.

Treatment with acupuncture helps improve circulation to the ligament supplying important nutrients for recovery and providing natural pain relief.

  • Grade II - moderate ligament tear

Grade II sprains are more significant. There may be more swelling and bruising with these injuries. These injuries rest and stabilization of the joint.

After a grade II injury return to activity is more carefully monitored and requires recovery of coordination and joint stability. This can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks depending on the injury.

Acupuncture treatment improves circulation to the ligament aiding healing. Acupuncture also improves proprioception to the muscles involved in stabilizing and moving the affected joint. This is an important part of complete recovery.

  • Grade III - complete ligament tear

Grade III sprain is a significant injury. This is a complete tearing of the ligament and will often require surgical intervention for a complete recovery

Acupuncture helps improve recovery time by increasing circulation to the joint, stimulating the muscles involved and by relieving pain and reducing the dependence of pain medications which have been shown to slow recovery.

Call Today!

Ankeny Clinic 503-284-6996

Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294


Bob Perna LMT joins Inner Gate Acupuncture

Bob Perna LMT

Bob Perna LMT

A lifelong athlete, and a coach for the past decade, Bob has a passion for fitness, movement, and educating his clients. He has a certification in personal training and uses this to provide holistic treatment plans for clients seeking to improve mobility and create sustainable movement

Bob’s primary focus is therapeutic massage. He combines deep tissue, myofascial and sports massage techniques to help alleviate pain and restore joint mobility. His style is methodical and intentional; he loves to help clients discover the roots of their pain and movement dysfunctions, and provide them with comprehensive self-care plans to create lasting benefits.


Outside of massage and personal training, Bob has a deep passion for the sport of lacrosse, having played and coached players of all ages for the past ten years. He is a US Lacrosse certified coach and coaches’ trainer, and teaches clinics locally and nationally. When not in the massage studio or on the lacrosse field, he enjoys reading books on the body and spirituality while cuddled up with his pug, Dutch.

Massage therapy is a hands-on therapy that promotes health and well-being through the use of pressure and movement on the body and muscles.

He is available on Tuesdays and Fridays at our NE Halsey clinic.

Call Today to schedule

NE Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294



September Massage Special With Bob Perna LMT

Schedule a 60-minute massage with Bob for just $55!

September 1st through the end of September

Bob Perna LMT

Bob Perna LMT

Bob graduated from the National Massage Therapy Institute in 2009 and recently completed his B.S. in Exercise Science from Syracuse University in 2018.

Bob’s primary focus is therapeutic massage. He combines deep tissue, myofascial and sports massage techniques to help alleviate pain and restore joint mobility. His style is methodical and intentional; he loves to help clients discover the roots of their pain and movement dysfunctions, and provide them with comprehensive self-care plans to create lasting benefits.



Call today for your 60-minute massage with Bob Perna LMT

He is available on Tuesdays and Fridays at our NE Halsey clinic.

Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294




5 Common Injuries of Cycling and How Acupuncture Can Help

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Cycling is a popular way to stay in shape, commute, lose weight and maintain cardio health. Portland is one of America’s best biking cities supported by one of the country’s largest cycling communities.

While cycling helps maintains overall health the posture and muscle strain associated with cycling leads to some common injuries which can be easily addressed with acupuncture and chiropractic care.

Knee pain

  • Knee pain is one of the most common overuse injuries associated with cycling. This injury often occurs due to poor positioning on the bike. Seats that are too high or too low can contribute to knee strain. Imbalance in the quad and hamstrings muscles can also contribute to strain and tendonitis.

  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic care help balance the quad muscle group and relieve pain and tendonitis in the knee.

Lower Back Pain

  • The forward leaning posture associated with cycling can lead directly to low back pain. Long periods of time in this position lead to fatigue of the back erector muscles and aching pain.

  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic work by relieving the tight muscles, improving spine posture and activating core muscles to help reduce the back pain.

Achilles Tendonitis

  • Achilles tendonitis occurs as a result of repetitive strain and overuse. Tension in the calf muscles, improper foot wear and overuse can cause the Achilles tendon to become sore and swollen. If left untreated tendonitis can lead to thickening and scarring of the tendon.

  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic care work to lengthen the tight calf muscles. Treatment of the Achilles increases local blood circulation and speeds the recovery of the swollen tissue while relieving pain.

Muscle Tightness

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  • Calves and hamstrings are the most common muscles to become shortened and ache as a result of cycling. The pain is often felt when off the cycle, while sitting or even while in bed.

  • Proper stretching, foam rolling and strengthening of the opposing muscle groups is important for avoiding more serious injuries.

  • Our acupuncturists and chiropractor are trained in sports medicine techniques to teach proper care. Acupuncture and chiropractic help restore proper muscle length and posture to reduce pain.

Neck Pain

  • The posture associated with cycling leads directly to neck pain. Pain at the posterior neck is caused by muscles that shorten to hold the neck up. While having a more upright bike reduces neck strain it as reduces power.

  • Proper stretching and strengthening can help reduce pain, while acupuncture and chiropractic care relieve muscles and restore muscle balance.

Call us today to enjoy cycling without pain.

Ankeny Clinic 503-284-6996

Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294

Exercise, but why?

I think we all know that we should exercise, but why?

Exercise offers us a number of health benefits from stress reduction to prevention of chronic illness.

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Benefits of Exercise:

  • Helps to manage and decrease weight

  • Lower blood pressure and insulin levels

  • Prevent low bone density and bone fractures

  • Supports a healthy heart and cardiovascular system

  • Heightens mood and energy levels

  • Improves sleep and can even increase libido

There is no absolute exercise prescription that works for everyone, the basic guideline is to find a number of exercises that you enjoy, some of the benefits of stress management may not apply if you are dreading the workout. 

To get more specific, a combination of cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise and strength training exercises will cover the basis of general health. The Mayo Clinic recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise per week. Along with 2 days of full body weight training per week. Always discuss any additions of exercise with your Naturopathic doctor prior to starting a new exercise regimen. 

Great Cardio Exercises:

  • Speed walking or walking hills

  • Rowing

  • Biking

  • Dancing

  • Jump roping

  • Trampoline Jumping

  • HIIT training: high intensity interval training


Strength Training:

  • Lifting weights

  • Yoga

  • Barre 3

  • Resistance Bands


In order to see a change, you need to make a change.

If you are looking to make a change in your health, and you have been doing the same form of exercise over the past year, it’s time for a change. 

Our bodies have an impressive way of adapting and exercise is no different. So, sometimes we need to shake things up a little. To spark your metabolism, you may need to increase the number of minutes you exercise each day or alter the intensity. Variety is key! A certain type of workout called HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training creates the variability needed to invoke a change to the metabolic system. Don’t let the name scare you, the intensity can be altered to your fitness level and can increase as your fitness level grows. It’s good to work with a trainer to first implement this type of program.

Often the most difficult part of creating a new exercise regime is scheduling it in and holding yourself accountable. Consider letting Dr. Heather Krebsbach guide you along the path to creating an entire lifestyle plan to keep your body changing and feeling better.