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 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.

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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.


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. 

Eight Easy Ways Seniors Can Develop and Maintain Healthy Habits

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Photo Credit Pexels

When it comes to developing healthy habits, it can often feel overwhelming. However, living a healthy lifestyle can make your life much easier and enjoyable, especially during your golden years. Seniors who exercise spend 25 percent less time being injured than those who don’t, so it’s incredibly useful and important to exercise regularly. Here are a few methods to help you improve your physical and mental health in a long-lasting way. 

Start Small with Healthy Habits

After New Year’s, many people set resolutions that they eventually give up on after a month. This can be in part to trying to do too much all at once. Instead, focus on starting small. Try to change one habit instead. For example, if you’re hoping to change your diet, start doing one thing like drinking more water. This can help with skin health and overall energy.

Get to Know Your Medicare Plan

Your Medicare plan is your gateway to helpful resources and tools. Take some time to learn about its benefits, so that you can take full advantage of all that it has to offer. If you need additional coverage, Medicare Advantage has options for you. For example, Medicare Advantage plans through Humana provide supplemental benefits such as the SilverSneakers fitness program, as well as dental and vision coverage.

Create a Healthy Eating Environment

Eating well is about more than just controlling weight. The National Institute on Aging mentions that many older adults suffer from micronutrient or vitamin deficiencies that can be remedied by eating more fruits and vegetables.  

However, you need to eat more fruit and vegetables. It’s all too tempting to give in to the unhealthy snacks when they’re so readily available. Instead, fill your pantry and fridge with healthier snacks and find suitable substitutes, like replacing potato chips with carrot chips.  

Do Exercises You Love Indoors

Making walking part of a healthy daily routine can be extremely beneficial, but finding a way to walk when the weather is too cold or too hot can be difficult. You can still exercise indoors and experience the benefits. Try going for a swim or do some yoga. You can also do some strength training and improve your joint health. There’s always something to do inside. Bad weather doesn’t have to stop you from taking care of yourself.

Take Group Classes

Social isolation affects not only mental health, but it can also have a major impact on physical health. If you’re trying to exercise more regularly, take some group workout classes instead. There are strength training classes, yoga classes, water aerobics, and other classes where you can get active and meet new people. 

Get a Pet

Older adults and pets are a natural pairing, as they can provide tremendous benefits and meaning to each other. After making sure you don’t have allergies, adopt a pet that can keep you company. You’re not just limited to cats or dogs; birds, reptiles, and fish can also make for entertaining and interesting companionship.

Play Fun Brain Games

Keeping your mind sharp is always a healthy thing to do. Games like Sudoku can help to train the brain to focus and strengthen working memory. You can also do crossword puzzles or even read some new books. If you’re really want to try new skills, take a class on something that interests you. Learn to draw realistic faces, start speaking a new language, or try your hand at woodworking. There is always something new to try.

Try Positive Reframing

Having a mindset that focuses on positive aspects of life can be difficult, but doing so can help with aging and overall health. Positive reframing can help you take typically negative situations and help you see the bright side. Instead of focusing on failure, focus on what you can learn. This is vital in helping you create healthy habits, as it can help you start over when you struggle.

Healthy habits are important for all stages of life. Exercising regularly, learning new things, and maintaining social ties are all vital parts of aging well. Start with building these habits one at a time and be patient with yourself. You’ll experience the benefits soon enough and enjoy the confidence that comes with making healthy decisions.

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


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.

Year of the Pig

Boar pig as symbol for year 2019

The year of the Earth Dog has past and we’ve begun the year of the Earth Pig.  The Pig is the last animal of the 12 year Chinese zodiac cycle.  Legend holds that the Yellow emperor held a race for all animals to determine their position in the yearly line up.  The Pig was the last to cross the finish line.

On February 5th we officially began the “Year of the Pig.” Being the last animal in the zodiac is like being the party at the end of the December. The pig year should be an opportunity to switch from the territorial nature of the dog to the generous perspective of the pig.  

The Pig brings new opportunities and perspectives. 

In ancient China the pig was thought of as a symbol of nourishment, generosity and abundance. If you had many pigs you could feed your children and provide for your neighbors and protect your future. They are a lazy animal that does no farm work like the ox or horse. The pig's focus is on enjoyment of life. 

Focusing on joy, art, music, food and pleasure will be a pleasant shift for many of us who have been consumed by current events, news and politics.

Click here to read much more about the pig year!

Acupuncture treatment is a great way to honor yourself and initiate the change to a move balanced and forward looking you. Embrace the ideas of joy and pleasure. All of us at Inner Gate Acupuncture would love to help!