Acupuncture

Probiotics and Fish Oils During Pregnancy Linked to Healthier Children

What we know about childhood allergies and eczema:

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  • Approximately one in thirteen kids have food allergies and 40% of these kids have more than one food allergy.

  • Food allergies are caused by the immune system overreacting to these foods, the most common food allergies are to nuts, milk, eggs and wheat.

  • Kids who suffer from allergies commonly also experience eczema.

  • The causes of this immune system link are not fully understood.

  • Ten to twenty percent of infants have eczema and 60% of children may have eczema throughout their life.

Allergies and Eczema are on the rise, how can we prevent them?

The Imperial College of London produced a large scale study of more than 1.5 million people looking at the relationship of diet on the prevalence of allergies and eczema. The study looked at dietary factors like the amount of fruits, vegetables and avoidance of the most common food allergens, they found that these factors do not have a clear effect on allergies and eczema. A healthy diet during pregnancy is obviously important for many other reasons, but it didn’t have a huge impact on the risk of infant or childhood allergies and eczema.

  • What the study did show was that fish oil and probiotics did have a positive effect on decreasing the risk for these ailments.

  • The researchers found that when pregnant women took a daily fish oil capsule from 20 weeks pregnant, and during the first three to four months of breastfeeding, the risk of egg allergy in the child was reduced by 30 per cent.

  • The study also found that taking a daily probiotic supplement from 36-38 weeks pregnant, and during the first three to six months of breastfeeding, reduced the risk of a child developing eczema by 22 per cent.

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Why fish oil and probiotics?

Both of these supplements play a role in dampening immune reactions. Fish oil also has an anti-inflammatory action while probiotics help to restore optimal gut bacteria important for a healthy immune system. Focusing on the digestive system is important because approximately 80% of our immune system comes from our digestive system.

Quality matters!

  • All fish oil and probiotics are not created equal and the dosing may depend on the pregnant mother’s health and risk factors.

  • Work with a qualified naturopathic doctor to determine the appropriate pregnancy plan for you.

Dr. Heather Krebsbach is a naturopathic doctor at Inner Gate Acupuncture. She focuses on fertility, pregnancy and postpartum care. She has guided many women through healthy pregnancies using her deep knowledge of natural medicine and naturopathic medicines.



How to start a meditation practice

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Meditation can be a great addition to just about everyone’s life. Many of us like the idea of meditation but don’t know how to get started.  This is a simple guide to help you start a meditation practice. There are many benefits of meditation and just 5-10 minutes daily can help us achieve these benefits.  

Meditation’s benefits:

  • Mental clarity

  • Increased productivity

  • Possibly slows the aging of the brain

  • Decreased stress

  • Improved sleep

What you will need:

Somewhere to sit quietly and something to sit on. 

·      Chair:
A chair is a great way to start if you’re new to meditation, have knee or back pain. Remember to sit upright. It is often best to move forward on the seat and not rest the back on the chair. Maintain a healthy upright posture. 

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·     Cushion:
For the more committed or experience meditator having a dedicated cushion is a great idea. Remember to maintain and upright posture for the health of your back and ease of breathing. 

·     Bench:
For many benches are the most comfortable option. If the cushion bothers your back or knees or for the taller meditator a bench I a great option It will force you to sit upright preventing the slumping that occurs with cushions and chairs.

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Most of us can use our smart phones for this purpose.  In fact, there are several free apps which will track your meditation time and provide information to inspire us and keep us interested.  Insight timer is a great free app that has guided and un guided meditations of varied lengths.  

How to get started:

Try to begin by sitting for 5-10 minutes. 

Remember to sit with your back straight so you can breathe deeply. 

You’ll probably find is easier to concentrate with your eyes closed but you can keep eyes open if falling asleep is an issue.  

What to do

Get comfortable.

Start your timer.

With eyes closed bring your attention to your breath.This is what meditation is all about! Try to focus your mind completely on the breath as is enters and leaves your nose. 

You can focus on how the air feels as it enters and exists your nose, to how the air feels as you inflate and deflate your lungs or how the sensation of air feels passing over your nose.  Don’t force your breathing. Simply observe your breath without thinking too much about it.

Every time your mind wanders off, which will happen often, as soon as you notice bring it back to the sensation of breath. 

Don’t be frustrated if the mind wanders constantly just return to the awareness of breath every time you notice. 

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Can Acupuncture help? 

Acupuncture can be a great tool for you to reduce stress and anxiety. Combining a meditation practice with acupuncture can improve results and help you learn to relax more deeply. 

If you’re working on building a meditation routine let us know at your next treatment. We can set up your treatment room to maximize your relaxation. 

 

Great Job!!! 

 

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!

5 Ways Acupuncture Promotes Wellness

By Guest Blogger
Laurie Larson

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The practice of acupuncture has been around for 3,000 years as a natural method of healing. Acupuncture uses fine, sterile needles applied to acupuncture points in the body, where pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation can be applied for an enhanced effect. 

According to traditional Chinese medicine, yin and yang are two opposing universal forces present in our bodies, which must be in balance for each of us to be healthy. Acupuncture has been shown in clinical studies to alleviate a number of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems to mental health issues. There is a long  list of diseases, symptoms, and conditions that are shown through case-controlled clinical studies to be effectively managed by acupuncture. 

Clearly there is compelling evidence that acupuncture promotes wellness. The following five benefits of acupuncture demonstrate acupuncture’s efficacy and success at promoting good health and balance in our lives.

1. Reduces Stress

Essentially, acupuncture functions as physical therapy for the nervous system, as it retrains the nervous system and brain to react and behave as desired. Stress can be so detrimental to our health, and a vast number of people suffer from chronic stress that impacts multiple areas of their lives. The philosophy behind acupuncture is that mind and body are inextricably connected, where thoughts and emotions drive physiological responses. Accordingly, stress impacts thoughts and feelings, which in turn impact our emotional health and our physical health.

Acupuncture focuses on heart rate variability, or HRV, in order to help our bodies manage and reduce stress. Decreased HRV leads to tension, anger, anxiety, and depression, whereas healthy HRV is associated with emotional balance, reduced stress, better management of stressful situations, and overall better functioning. HRV in turn positively influences our Central Autonomic Network (CAN), which is related to executive functioning. CAN relates to our working memory ability and gathering and organizing information from the mind and body in order to respond and engage with the present. In short, stress interferes with the body’s flow of energy, causing blockages that acupuncture releases.

2.  Relieves Pain

The practice of relieving pain through acupuncture is an ancient one and now is used in the United States as well. It can be used for low back pain, menstrual cramps, nerve pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and more. It is thought that the use of needles on acupoints relieves pain by releasing endorphins, as well as impacting mood by the release of serotonin. People are in fact starting to choose acupuncture over opioids in the United States, particularly given the opioid crisis. Currently acupuncture is being used particularly for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis pain, and headaches. It is said that acupuncture stimulates the vagus nerve, which may reduce inflammation throughout the body.

3.  Improves Sleep Quality 

Pain can also impact sleep in several ways, where acupuncture addresses both. Acupuncture can even help cure insomnia. Acupuncture is different than medicine or other remedies, as it targets the roots of the problem, helping regulate your body’s physiology, including certain neurotransmitters that may be keeping you awake.  Acupuncture works to restore systematic balance where sleeping health is restored through reduced stress and a sense of calm and wellbeing.

4.  Boosts Your Immune System

Acupuncture helps boost the immune system through influencing and manipulating the energies in your body, where movement of energy and the reduction of blockages is key. If your energy channels are blocked are broken, you are more susceptible to illness like viruses. Acupuncture even is thought to promote the production of T cells in the brain, where the needles are perceived as a threat when they enter the body, which increases your white blood cell count. Essentially, acupuncture stimulates and balances the immune system.

5. Helps Prevent Future Injuries

Acupuncture is an effective method for both treating physical injuries and preventing them. Having started as quick healing for the martial arts, acupuncture is now used by professional sports teams in the United States. Acupuncture treats the deeper muscle tissues through the needles inserted into the skin, where these muscle tissues are the source of injury-related pain. Preventative therapy is used on the back, hips, and legs through making them more flexible and causing less joint stress.

Overall, this non-invasive procedure is truly taking off as a viable alternative medicine in the United States. Its benefits are many and far outweigh any risks involved. Whether you are a young adult or senior, you can successfully integrate acupuncture into your long-term wellness plan.

 

 

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.  



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.  

ACUPUNCTURE AND SHOULDER PAIN

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The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints of the human body.  It’s superior range of motion makes it one of the most complex joints in the body. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most commonly injured joints in the body.  Symptoms of shoulder pain include achiness, dullness of heaviness in the shoulder, weakness of the arm and hand and limited range of motion.  


WHERE DOES MY SHOULDER PAIN COME FROM?

 

Shoulder pain can be caused by direct injury, or gradual irritation. Direct injury occurs often during falls when you try to break you fall with your arm, or falling from a bike onto the shoulder. Gradual irritation and repetitive strain are more common causes of shoulder pain. These occur often in athletes especially those who perform overhead sports like swimming and tennis.  But irritation and pain can occur simply from poor posture, and bad work stations. 

 

WHY IS PROMPT TREATMENT IMPORTANT?

 

Being proactive and getting treatment soon after shoulder pain begins can speed recovery and lessen the likelihood of the condition worsening.  Our staff can rule out major issue and best guide you in how to care for your shoulder at home.  By preventing long term compensation patterns early treatment will keep the problem from affecting other connecting body parts like the neck and low back.  

 

HOW CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP?

 

Acupuncture can reach into the deep muscles of the rotator cuff opening up space for the free movement of tendons and muscles.  In fact, 66% of shoulder problem are estimated to be due to rotator cuff issues.  Using both acupuncture and dry needling techniques your acupuncturists her at Inner Gate Acupuncture can treat the muscles and fascia of the rotator cuff and the shoulder to effectively bring relief to damaged shoulders.  

Jumper's Knee

What is Jumper’s Knee

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Jumper's knee is a condition medically know as patellar tendonitis.  It is an overuse injury that results in pain at the front of the knee just below the knee cap.  Repetitive strain from either running or jumping causes inflammation of the patella tendon. The patella tendon can also be damaged by heavy strain such as hiking in mountains or too many deep squats.  Jumper's knee if left untreated can become a persistent problem leading to degeneration of the tissue around the knee.  

What Causes Jumper's Knee or Patellar Tendinitis?

Patellar tendinopathy or tendonitis is typically caused by over use and strain.  This is a common injury for athletes while training for big runs.  It can often occur after strenuous hikes without proper stretching and conditioning.  Having overly tight quads also contributes to this condition.
 

How Can Acupuncture Help With Jumper's Knee? 

The most important first step is accurate diagnosis. Your acupuncturist will first assess the kneecap and muscles of the leg.  Proper orthopedic testing can rule out other possible causes of knee pain including; meniscus tear, ACL or MCL injury, patellar femoral syndrome, or IT band syndrome.  
 

Once the cause of the pain is isolated a treatment plan will be constructed to directly and uniquely address your knee pain.  The treatment's primary focus involves relaxation of the quadriceps muscles.  These muscles form from the bulk of the patellar tendon as it crosses over the knee cap.  Tension and shortness in this tissue will directly affect the tendon. 

Acupuncture and manual therapy techniques can also be applied directly to the tendon itself.  Increasing blood flow to the patellar tendon will result in quick and complete healing.  We also teach proper stretching of the quadriceps tendon and home strengthening exercises to address the imbalance in the leg and the hip.  

Make an Appointment Now!

If pain in the front of the knee is keeping you from the activities you love give us a call we can get you quickly on the road to recovery and back to the sports and activities you're missing! Appointments available in both NE and SE Portland

 

What Is The Carpal Tunnel?

What is Carpal Tunnel

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Carpal Tunnel syndrome is one of the most common wrist issues treated in our clinic. It is estimated that 1 in 40 people have this condition, with over 8 million people diagnosed with carpal tunnel every year.  Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with carpal tunnel as men. The carpal tunnel is the region of the wrist where the median nerve and the tendons of the finger flexors enter the hand.  The tunnel is formed by dense connective tissue and the carpal bones.  

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
 

Carpal tunnel occurs when the tissues of the carpal tunnel become compressed and put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels passing through the tunnel.  Pain is typically experienced as nerve pain in the the hand, fingers and in the wrist.  Carpal tunnel is often associated with overuse of computer mouses and keyboards.  In fact, any repetitive and sustained activity that causes compression of the wrist can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.  
 

What Are Carpal Tunnel Symptoms?
 

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome typically affect the wrist and the hand.  Nerve pain, numbness, aching or sharp pain are all common symptoms.  Due to the nerve compression there may be burning sensations and muscle weakness.  Accurate diagnosis will determine if your symptoms are due to carpal tunnel syndrome or something else such as wrist tendonitis.  
 

How Does Acupuncture Help Carpal Tunnel Pain?


Your acupuncturist will conduct a complete assessment of your arm, wrist, hand, shoulder and neck. After assessing your range of motion and strength they will perform hands-on orthopedic tests and palpation to differentiate carpal tunnel syndrome from wrist tendonitis or radicular pain coming from the neck.
 

After accurately determining what is causing your pain your acupuncturist will construct a treatment plan designed specifically for your condition.  
 

Treatment will generally include:

  • Hands-on techniques to mobilize the bones of the carpal tunnel and free space for the nerve.

  • Acupuncture through the carpal tunnel to release tight tissue, reduce pain locally and activate weakened and inactive muscles.

  • Advice and help with correct posture and work ergonomics that reduce the recurrence of pain.

  • Strengthening and stretching exercises for home care.

 Visit us at either our NE or SE Portland Location