Chiropractic

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.

Chiropractic Care Now Available!

Jerrod Puckett DC

Jerrod Puckett DC

Inner Gate Acupuncture is excited to announce we have expanded our services with the addition of Dr. Jerrod Puckett. Acupuncture and chiropractic together are a great way to increase benefits to patients, reduce pain and speed injury recovery.

A native Oregonian, Dr. Puckett graduated from Portland State University and then went on to receive his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree along with a Master of Science in Sports Medicine from the University of Western States.  


How He Treats

Dr. Puckett has experience treating all types of injuries. He carefully tailors his treatments to each patient’s injuries and needs. His passion is promoting wellness through injury prevention, health maintenance, and patient education.  He also dedicates himself to finding chiropractic solutions to target your unique needs.

What He Treats

  • Automobile Accidents

  • Sports Injuries

  • Workplace Injuries

  • Repetitive Motion Injuries

  • Poor Posture

  • Herniated Discs

  • Sciatica

Techniques Used

  • Chiropractic manipulation

  • Manual therapy

  • Kinesio taping

  • Therapeutic exercises

Dr. Puckett is an avid long distance runner. When not in the clinic, Dr. Puckett enjoys his time running the trails of Portland, exploring the Pacific Northwest, reading and spending time with his family and dog.

Call Today To Schedule Your Appointment
Jerrod is Available at Inner Gate's
NE Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294

Why You Should Avoid Knee Surgery

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Knee replacement surgeries have skyrocketed in popularity and frequency in the United States. However, new research presented in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology is suggesting that fewer than half of the knee surgeries performed were deemed appropriate, meaning that the risks outweighed the risks.

Even more alarmingly is the fact that more people are having the surgery at a younger age. Knee replacements are only good for 10-15 years after which they will need to be replaced. Younger patients lead more active lives which further reduces the lifetime of knee replacements.

The majority of the knee replacements are being done to treat the condition known as osteoarthritis. The article clearly states that patients are being pushed towards surgery rather than being offered less invasive techniques. Not only do the other treatment options control knee pain and extend the life of the knee, but they also minimize the risk and financial burden of the surgery.

There are many non-surgical options available for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. These include supplementation, proper nutrition, movement therapies, strength building, and acupuncture.

At Inner Gate Acupuncture we have studied the anatomy and physiology of the knee to understand how the forces of several different muscle groups are displaced across the knee joint. We work on helping you balance these muscle groups to help best support your knee.

Acupuncture directly at the knee joint is an effective tool for helping control the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) support the use of acupuncture for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

If you or someone you know is considering a total knee replacement surgery make sure they know the risks and benefits associated with the surgery. We encourage you to fully explore non-surgical treatment options first and extend the life of your knee before considering replacement surgery.

We would be happy to spend 10 minutes on the phone discussing your case and helping you best understand your non-surgical options.