Acupuncture

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

Massage Therapy at Inner Gate Acupuncture

Massage Therapy at Inner Gate Acupuncture

FEEL BETTER TODAY!

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All massages at Inner Gate Acupuncture are given in a warm and private treatment room. Your therapist will discuss your health concerns and goals with you before your session. They will leave you to privately dress down to your comfort level. When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet. Your therapist will knock before re-entering.

Make sure to communicate with your therapist throughout the massage.   If you are cold, want deeper or lighter pressure or don’t want a certain area of your body touched let the therapist know. You can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.

Drink plenty of water on the day of your massage. This will reduce soreness and lightheadedness that can happen after a massage. Try to give yourself plenty of time for your treatment, so you can relax more deeply.  

At the end of the massage, the therapist will leave the room so you can dress in private. Take your time getting off the table and getting dressed. It’s a good idea to have a glass of water in the waiting room before you head off.  



Back Pain, Disc Health, and Dehydration

How does dehydration affect low back pain?

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The discs in your spine are fibrous bundles with soft liquid centers. The discs are nearly 75% water. The outer ring is more fibrous and tough while the inner ring, also known as the nucleus pulposus, is mostly water. During a normal day, due to pressure, water is slowly released from the spinal discs.  By the end of the day you may be up to a half an inch shorter than when you woke up in the morning. During the night, while the pressure on the discs is low, your spinal discs will rehydrate and expand. 

Your discs attempt to stay hydrated during the day. However, the pressure of your body, lack of movement and poor water intake all limit their ability to maintain hydration.  In order to support your discs in their effort to stay hydrated it’s important to maintain good water intake throughout the day. 

When you’re dehydrated your discs are unable to maintain properly hydration. Without hydration they shrink and cannot support and protect your spine. The soft pulp in the center of the discs absorb the downward pressure of your body and the impacts of everyday movement. When they are shrunken more stress is put on the bones of the spine which causes swelling, pain, and contribute to bulgingdiscs.

8   signs of dehydration:

·     Thirst
·     Dark Urine
·     Bad Breath
·     Fatigue
·     Muscle Cramps
·     Blurry Vision/Dry Eyes
·     Dizziness
·     Headaches

Basic Hydration Goals

·    A daily goal of ½ ounce per pound of body weight is generally accepted as a good baseline for hydration. 

·    A 200-pound person should consume 100 ounces of water per day to stay hydrated. 

·    If you increase exercise and other activities this number may need to be adjusted upwards!

7 Ways To Stay Healthy This Fall

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Here are 7 ideas to naturally reduce your risk of infection from colds and flus.

  • Receive Acupuncture Treatments:

    Acupuncture is both calming to the nervous system and stimulating to the immune system. This allows the body to deeply rest and relax. Combining acupuncture points for relaxation with points known to improve immune function and promote white blood cells counts is a great way to stay healthy this fall and winter. Come visit us at Inner Gate Acupuncture here in lovely Portland.

  • Avoid Touching your Face: 

    Although this may sound easy, generally people touch their faces 2-4 times a minute. That's almost 2000 times per day!

  • Keep your Love Life Healthy:

    Research done at Wilkes University found that having sex once or twice a week is linked to higher levels of immunoglobulin A.  An important antibody, which protects us from bacteria.

  • Get Lots of Sleep:

    Making sure that you get enough rest helps your recovery time and can also prevent illness. During sleep your immune system releases important chemicals that help prevent infection.

  • Keep your mind calm:

    Stress and anxiety can greatly diminish your immune system’s ability to protect your body.  Meditation is a great way to boost the immune system.

  • Wash your Hands Regularly: 

    You don’t need special anti-bacterial soap but you do have to take the time to wash your hands after touching lots of surfaces, before eating, and after being exposed to sick people.

  • Exercise:

    Sweating and the build up heat in your body associated with exercise have been shown to improve your immune system’s responsiveness.

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.

What is Shoulder Impingement?

What is Shoulder Impingement?

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This common injury occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff become overused and injured.  The subsequent pain and swelling reduces the shoulder mobility leading to impingement. The tendons of the rotator cuff slide between the clavicle and the humerous in the shoulder joint. When the tendons are inflamed or damaged this slide is no longer smooth and the friction causes pain and compression of the tendon leading to pain.  

HOW DOES SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT OCCUR? 

While the rotator cuff muscles are involved in moving the arm, they are also essential to stabilizing the top of the humerous in the joint socket during activity. If these muscles become weak the humerous can drift out and put the tendons in a compromised position. Imbalance between the strength of the chest and the strength of the upper back can also lead to the shoulder being poorly aligned in the joint socket. This again leads to extra wear and tear on the tendon.  

HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT? 

At Inner Gate Acupuncture your acupuncturist will perform a full evaluation of your body and of the shoulder joint.  Properly identifying the main causes of the shoulder impingement, we determine the best course of treatment. Treatment focuses on calming the inflamed tissue, creating space for proper tendon glide and rebalancing the shoulder, back and chest muscles.  Acupuncture can relieve shortened muscle, active weak muscles and relieve inflammation locally. Manual therapy, cupping and tuina massage are often also used to deepen and improved the treatment.