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Erik Isaacman L.Ac. is SMAC's Sports Medicine Practitioner of the Month

Erik Isaacman L.Ac.

Erik Isaacman L.Ac.

Inner Gate Acupuncture is excited to announce that Erik Isaacman was honored this June as the Sports Medicine practitioner of the month through the Sports Medicine Acupuncture group.

Having completed the Sports Medicine training in 2015 Erik continues to utilize and deepen his skills. He works as a teachers assistant for the foundational sports medicine courses and recently attended a 5 day cadaver lab to deepen his anatomy knowledge.

The Sports medicine training is the highest level sports medicine training designed specifically for acupuncturists. The course is a year long doctorate level training for established acupuncturist to deepen their skills.

Click here to read more about Erik Isaacman L.Ac.

Understanding Bio-Identical Hormone Treatment

Bio-Identical hormone therapy (BHRT) is used by skilled naturopathic physicians to treat peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms or other hormone imbalances. Bio-identical hormones are typically derived from plant extracts, such as soybeans or Mexican wild yam, extracted and formulated to resemble the hormones naturally produced in the female body. This differs from conventional hormone therapies, which are derived from the estrogen of pregnant horses and progesterone that is synthetically made. 

Bio-Identical hormones treat:

  • Insomnia

  • Hot flashes 

  • Anxiety

  • Low energy

  • Low libido

  • Cognitive difficulties

 

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Dr. Heather Krebsbach ND has successfully used BHRT for over 10 years here in Portland. She combines a careful understanding of your lab work with other components of your lifestyle that may be affecting your health. Understanding factors such as stress, adrenal fatigue, thyroid status and digestive health helps her create a full diagnosis and treatment plan. 

There are many options for administration of the hormones once the best path forward is determined. Patches, creams, gels, suppositories or sublingual troches are all options based on what fits with your lifestyle. Dr. Krebsbach monitors hormone levels throughout the treatment to insure you’re getting the safest and most effective hormone treatment possible. 

Benefits of HRT

  • Improves brain/cognitive function

  • Relieves hot flashes

  • Decreases vaginal pain and irritation 

  • Slows aging skin

  • Increases libido and “sex life” 

  • Improves bone strength

  • Decreases incontinence and frequent urinary tract infections

  • Decreases Coronary Artery Disease (in women under 60)

 Menopause and peri-menopause can be difficult transitions. There are many questions to answer and treatment options to consider. If you’re considering bio-identical therapy make an appointment with Dr. Heather Krebsbach at our NE Portland location today!

How Chiropractic Benefits Athletes

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Active athletes put extra strain and pressure on their bodies. Whether they compete professionally, play with friends or run long miles by themselves all athlete’s bodies need extra support.  Depending on which sport they do, how hard they train, and their age each will require different types of support to keep performing optimally. Many athletes look to nutrition, improved training techniques, and better equipment as ways to improve and stay healthy.  Many athletes employ natural medicine techniques like chiropractic, massage and acupuncture to stay healthy and optimize their performance

Enhanced Performance

Regular care from our sports medicine clinicians can improve overall performance.  By balancing muscles, leveling pelvises, reducing inflammation and keeping the spine properly aligned our team helps athletes minimize their risk of injury and less injury time means more playing time. 

With improved muscle balance, stability, flexibility and range of motion athletes will experience improved performance. For athletes that play through longer seasons or play year-round, the improvement will be noticed as other competitors show signs of fatigue or become prone to injuries. Staying strong throughout the season provides a great advantage.

Improved Injury Recovery

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Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game, and recovering from injuries quickly and completely is important. Here in Portland our team of acupuncturists and our chiropractor have all done advanced training in sports injuries. Chiropractic care helps athletes recover from injuries the same way it helps auto accident victims recover from injuries. Spinal adjustments align your vertebrae so that your tendons and muscles heal correctly. Acupuncture helps reduce pain, improve blood circulation and promotes tissue healing.  

How Chiropractic Helps

Dr. Jerrod Puckett’s treatments are designed to relieve pressure on nerves in the spinal column. He has a Masters of Science in Sports Medicine, which gives him the knowledge and tools to improve healing and athletic performance. When the spinal vertebrae are out of proper alignment the nerve impulses sent from the brain to the muscles will be impaired. This leads directly to impaired performance and possibly injury. The same is true from sensory impulses traveling from the body back to the brain. Proper body mechanics leads directly to improved performance and reduced risk of injury. 

Call today to make an appointment with Jerrod Puckett DC to take your game to the next level!

Chiropractic Care Improves Joint Range of motion.

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Maintaining healthy range motion is an important part of a healthy life style. When we’re young moment is typically very easy and free. But as we age we often lose range of motion and flexibility. Sometimes our lifestyles don’t require certain moments and the ability to use these movements lessens. What were once simple movements become more challenging, and we are prone to tightness and injury. Dr. Jerrod Puckett DC use his chiropractic skills to help patients with range of motion issues on a daily basis.

Daily Activities Require Healthy Range of Motion

Normal daily activities such as brushing your hair, washing yourself or looking over your shoulder while driving all require good joint range of motion. It is important that our joints move freely in order to complete basic daily activities. Ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders and necks all need to be mobilized regularly to maintain our health and to allow us to continue functioning normally. When things are working well we don’t notice our joints. However, if we have an injury or a degenerative condition in any one of these joints, we’ll often feel it daily and it may limit us from performing some normal daily activities.

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The Spine is Essential to Healthy Movement

The spine is one of the primary areas of treatment for chiropractic doctors. Here at Inner gate in Portland Dr. Puckett uses spinal manipulation to restore normal range of motion in the spine. If our spinal range of motion is unhealthy it will affect many areas of our lives. Unhealthy spines contribute to many conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, sciatica, and chronic ankle sprains.  Having our spine in proper alignment is essential for pain free living and healthy movement. Seeing an experienced chiropractor is a great way to maintain spinal health.

Chiropractic Medicine

Dr. Jerrod Puckett uses his knowledge of sports medicine, movement theory and his chiropractic skills to assess and treat many conditions. He can work wonders when it comes to increasing range of motion in the spine and other areas of our bodies. If you’re interested in restoring lost range of motion, decreasing pain and determining if some chronic condition that hinders your life can be treated with chiropractic medicine come in for an appointment with Dr. Puckett.

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Dr. Puckett often gives specific stretches or exercises to strengthen supporting muscles and lengthen tendons and ligaments in the affected areas. These exercises support the chiropractic adjustments and help you return to normal activities without any pain or restriction.

At Inner Gate our team is here to help answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us today.

Dr. Puckett accepts these insurances:
BCBS, ASHN, Providence, Auto Accidents First Choice Health, MODA, Health Net, and Workmans compensation.

May Moon

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In ancient times the moon was an important way people kept track of seasonal changes and important events. People associated the moon with the natural phenomena that occurred throughout the year. 

In our time the solar calendar has become far more important and the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar is typically used only for certain religious festivals. This year the May full moon will occur on the 18thof May. 

This May moon was traditionally associated with the large blooms of wildflowers found throughout the northern hemisphere. Traditional names for the May moon include references to blooming flowers from a variety of peoples. Native American, Angle-Saxon, and Germanic names all associate the moon with the varied blooms. 

In the Pacific Northwest wildflowers are abundant throughout the spring. On hikes here we can see, larkspurs, columbine, Indian paintbrush, twin flower, trillium and many more.  The blooms are also varied in their timing due to the steep slopes and elevation changes found throughout our landscape. 

May is a great time to explore the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. If you’re new to hiking check out this site which offers beautiful hikes for all levels of hikers!

https://matadornetwork.com/life/13-of-the-most-mind-blowing-hikes-around-portland/

Get out there and explore. If your knees, ankles, feet or backs need any care before or after your hikes come in for some great acupuncture, chiropractic or massage. And if spring and summer pollens from wildflowers and grasses are aggravating your allergies, acupuncture can help treat allergy symptoms!

Optimize Your Thyroid Function

Heather Krebsbach ND

Heather Krebsbach ND

Dr. Heather Krebsbach is a naturopathic physician seeing patients at Inner Gate Acupuncture’s Halsey street location. She has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Portland Since 2006. She specializes in bio identical hormones and endocrine health. In this post she offers her insights on understanding and optimizing thyroid health.

The thyroid is a little butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck responsible for metabolism and other essential bodily functions.

The Thyroid Controls:

  • Digestive function

  • Heart rate

  • Mood

  • Muscle control

  • Menstruation

  • Body temperature

  • And much more!

The body relies on the thyroid to be balanced and secrete appropriate amounts of its hormones. When the thyroid is not in balance, there can either be too much or too little thyroid hormone being secreted, therefore causing hyper or hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of too much thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, is less common then the latter and diagnosis is typically much easier to determine due to the severity of the symptoms. Compared to hypothyroidism, which can create low-grade symptoms or mimic other illnesses.

Common Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:

  • Heart racing or palpitations

  • Weight loss

  • Insomnia

  • Diarrhea


Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue

  • Hair loss

  • Weight gain

  • Constipation

  • Cold body temperature

  • Menstrual irregularity

  • Foggy thinking


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Treatment Options:

Treatment considerations for hyperthyroidism are very different from treatments for hypothyroid, it is important to be properly diagnosed for the right treatment focus. When we think about optimizing the thyroid function, we are usually talking about improving a sluggish or hypo-thyroid.

Certain nutrients, such as Selenium, Zinc, Iodine, Vitamins C, A, E and D are needed to help the thyroid function properly and to convert thyroid hormones to active forms that the body can use.


The Thyroid Loves these Foods:

  • Brazil nuts: high in Selenium

  • Pumpkin seeds: rich in Zinc

  • Green leafy veggies (spinach, collard greens and kale): have a bounty of Vitamin C, A and E

  • Fish and Seaweed: contains iodine


Consuming a diet with a bounty of veggies, nuts and seeds along with protein and a small amount of whole grains can be helpful to keep the thyroid functioning optimally.

Dr Krebsbach assesses thyroid function through blood tests as well as symptoms to determine the appropriate thyroid treatment. If lab results are out of normal ranges, medication in addition to diet and supplements may be needed to help support the thyroid and all the body’s essential functions.

Karen Lotts LMT has joined Inner Gate Acupuncture 

For the entire month of April, treat yourself or a loved one to a 1 hour massage with Karen for just $55! 

 

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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. 

Born and raised in the Midwest, Karen graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005 with a B.A. in journalism and German.  In 2011 she moved to Ashland, Oregon where she attended the Ashland Institute of Massage, graduating in 2013. 

Karen specializes in neck and shoulder, low back, and gluteal work. She has experience with myofascial release, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), and deep tissue. She works slowly with intention and incorporates light stretching and emotional ease into her sessions. She has experience assisting clients in healing from auto and work accidents, strains from repetitive use, and postural imbalances. 

Karen will be providing medical massage. Medical massage is somewhat different than spa massage. Medical massage focuses on resolving specific muscular and structural problems, while spa massage focuses only on relaxation. Range of motion limitations, muscle spasms, neck, shoulder and back pain are all problems addressed with medical massage.  
 
At Inner Gate Acupuncture we work with you so that you can experience improved health and wellness. We are excited to add Karen to our growing team.
 

Call today for your April massage with Karen Lotts LMT

She is available at our NE Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294

Introducing Dr. Heather Krebsbach Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist

Dr. Krebsbach is a family practice Naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist practicing in Portland, Oregon at Inner Gate Acupuncture.

She specializes in bio-identical hormones, thyroid care, digestive health, and autoimmune conditions.

A love for medicine and cultivation of Eastern healing systems

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Dr. Krebsbach's love for medicine and Eastern healing systems developed during a six-month undergraduate sabbatical in India. These studies sparked a desire to search for the root causes of illness and implement treatments focusing on the whole person. She began learning how our health relates to the environment around us. She returned inspired to deepen her understanding of natural medicine.

Nationally board-certified specializing in women’s health

After college,Dr. Krebsbach moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend the National University of Natural Medicine. Throughout the six-year Naturopathic and Chinese medicine program, she mentored with doctors specializing in cancer care, women’s health, HIV, and endocrinology. Once Dr. Krebsbach graduated and became nationally board certified, she completed a two-year Residency program specializing in adjunct cancer care. 

As a Naturopathic doctor, she has over ten years of clinical experience treating people of all ages and has developed a family-based practice. She cherishes treating whole families, their friends and communities.

An educator, investigator, and perpetual student

Dr. Heather Krebsbach prides herself in being an educator, investigator, and perpetual student.  She inspires her patients to heal themselves with the foundations of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. She encourages her patients to feel empowered by their health choices and strives to help her patients eliminate the obstacles to wellness. 

Dr. Krebsbach commonly treats:

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Menstrual Irregularities and PMS

  • Infertility and Pregnancy Support

  • PCOS, Uterine Fibroids

  • Hot Flashes and other Menopause Symptoms

  • Hypothyroidism and Autoimmune Disorders

  • Allergies, Asthma and Skin Issues

  • High Cholesterol and Diabetes

  • Weight-Loss or Weight-Gain

  • Anxiety, Depression, ADD/ADHD

  • Migraines

  • Fatigue and Insomnia

  • Adjunct Cancer Care

  • Acute and Chronic Pain 

Call our Halsey Clinic 
To schedule your appointment today
971-279-2294

Casey McGuire Promoted to Clinic Director at Inner Gate Halsey!

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Casey Mcguire Promoted!

Inner Gate is excited to announce the promotion of Casey McGuire to Clinic Director of our new location at 6230 NE Halsey. Along with his promotion, he will be moving full-time to the Halsey clinic in Portland and seeing patients Monday through Friday starting November 1st.

Casey has been a vital member of the Inner Gate team for over 10 years and has been dedicated to his patients while supporting the growth of the Ankeny clinic. He is committed to helping people live pain free lives using acupuncture, tuina massage, and herbal medicine to achieve results. His practice includes everyone from athletes to office workers. 
 
You can schedule with Casey or any of our wonderful practitioners by calling the Halsey clinic today at 971-279-2294.

Herbal Remedies for Abdominal Pain

Herbal Remedies for Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain, bloating gas and heartburn are conditions that affect many of us.  In fact, according to a Merck corporation survey, 7% of us suffer from abdominal pain on a daily basis!  Abdominal pain is caused by many complicated issues that require careful diagnosis and treatment for lasting relief. 

Many of us aren't satisfied with the therapeutic options provided by western medicine.  More and more unwanted side effects are being discovered by patients taking these medications long term.  For example, proton pump inhibitors like Priolsec and Prevacid have been linked to pernicious anemia, kidney disease and kidney failure. 

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offer non-pharmaceutical options for people with chronic digestive disorders. At Inner Gate Acupuncture the clinicians take a careful health history, including a detailed description of your symptoms and their progression over time.  They combine this with an analysis of current diet to determine the best herbal remedies and diet changes for specific abdominal complaints.  

Below are effective herbal formulas used for abdominal pain.  Although the names may seem strange they simply reflect the Chinese names for the herbs in the formula.  These are five of the many commonly used formulas of Chinese herbal medicine for abdominal pain. 

Liu jun zi tang:  This formula is warming and aids with distention and pain in the abdomen.
Shu gan wan: This formula is moving and aids with bloating and pain. 
Shen ling bai zhu wan:  When there is heaviness and a sluggish digestion with loose stools this formula is helpful. 
Gui pi wan:  This formula nourishes and helps when patients are fatigued and feel weakness. 
Xiao yao wan: Stress can play a major role in digestion causing abdominal pain. This formula helps when stress is causative. 
Bao he wan:  This simple formula is designed to be taken when over eating leads to stomach pain.  Everyone should have this on hand for after Thanksgiving!

Remember these are medicines and although they are not prescriptions they should only be taken after being prescribed by a Chinese medicine practitioner.  We supply only high quality herbs and have the training to choose the correct formula for you.  

 

Movember

The stated goal of The Movember Foundation is “To change the face of men’s health.” In order to achieve this goal the foundation hosts a variety of events and fundraisers. The most popular and well know event is the movember mustache growing. 
 
During the month of November men are encouraged to manage small fundraising campaigns while growing a mustache throughout the month.  The event has grown greatly since it began in Australia in 1999. 
 
With the addition of high profile athletes and celebrities the event has generated over 175 million dollars worldwide for men's health issues.  Even Snoop Dogg released a limited edition Movember t-shirt and donated 20% of the proceeds to the Movember foundation. 
 
Prostate health and cancer prevention have been a main focus of the Movember Foundation since it began.  Because many aging men face issues regarding prostate health it is important to encourage these men to seek help when they first begin to experience symptoms. These symptoms include burning or painful urination, difficulty starting or stopping urination, frequent urination, blood in the urine, or loss of bladder control.  

Other major issues that the foundation is focused on include mental health, testicular cancer, suicide and major depression.  

If you happen to notice a bit more facial hair around the clinic this November please know that we are trying to change the face of men's health.  
 
CLICK HERE to learn more about Movember

The Movember Foundation