At the Clinic

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:

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.

Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions!

Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294


Can Acupuncture Heal Damaged Ligaments?

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Ligaments are strong connective tissue bands that connect bone to bones. They are similar to tendons which connect muscles to bones. Ligaments are found between most bones of the body and function to limit movement between bones. Ligament damage often occurs during injuries. Once damaged they cause destabilization of joints and are often slow to heal.

What is a Torn Ligament?

Torn ligaments occur when joints are stressed beyond their normal range of motion. This happens when we twist quickly or change direction abruptly.

A ligament stretched beyond its capacity will begin to tear. The degree of tearing can be minimal to completely torn depending on the force. Ligament injuries are graded based on their severity.

The 3 Grades of Ligament Injury are:

  • Grade I - mild ligament tear

Grade I sprains often heal within a few weeks. The strength of the ligament will recover fully after six to eight weeks. It is important to rest to avoid reinjury while healing.

Treatment with acupuncture helps improve circulation to the ligament supplying important nutrients for recovery and providing natural pain relief.

  • Grade II - moderate ligament tear

Grade II sprains are more significant. There may be more swelling and bruising with these injuries. These injuries rest and stabilization of the joint.

After a grade II injury return to activity is more carefully monitored and requires recovery of coordination and joint stability. This can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks depending on the injury.

Acupuncture treatment improves circulation to the ligament aiding healing. Acupuncture also improves proprioception to the muscles involved in stabilizing and moving the affected joint. This is an important part of complete recovery.

  • Grade III - complete ligament tear

Grade III sprain is a significant injury. This is a complete tearing of the ligament and will often require surgical intervention for a complete recovery

Acupuncture helps improve recovery time by increasing circulation to the joint, stimulating the muscles involved and by relieving pain and reducing the dependence of pain medications which have been shown to slow recovery.

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Bob Perna LMT joins Inner Gate Acupuncture

Bob Perna LMT

Bob Perna LMT

A lifelong athlete, and a coach for the past decade, Bob has a passion for fitness, movement, and educating his clients. He has a certification in personal training and uses this to provide holistic treatment plans for clients seeking to improve mobility and create sustainable movement

Bob’s primary focus is therapeutic massage. He combines deep tissue, myofascial and sports massage techniques to help alleviate pain and restore joint mobility. His style is methodical and intentional; he loves to help clients discover the roots of their pain and movement dysfunctions, and provide them with comprehensive self-care plans to create lasting benefits.


Outside of massage and personal training, Bob has a deep passion for the sport of lacrosse, having played and coached players of all ages for the past ten years. He is a US Lacrosse certified coach and coaches’ trainer, and teaches clinics locally and nationally. When not in the massage studio or on the lacrosse field, he enjoys reading books on the body and spirituality while cuddled up with his pug, Dutch.

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.

He is available on Tuesdays and Fridays at our NE Halsey clinic.

Call Today to schedule

NE Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294



September Massage Special With Bob Perna LMT

Schedule a 60-minute massage with Bob for just $55!

September 1st through the end of September

Bob Perna LMT

Bob Perna LMT

Bob graduated from the National Massage Therapy Institute in 2009 and recently completed his B.S. in Exercise Science from Syracuse University in 2018.

Bob’s primary focus is therapeutic massage. He combines deep tissue, myofascial and sports massage techniques to help alleviate pain and restore joint mobility. His style is methodical and intentional; he loves to help clients discover the roots of their pain and movement dysfunctions, and provide them with comprehensive self-care plans to create lasting benefits.



Call today for your 60-minute massage with Bob Perna LMT

He is available on Tuesdays and Fridays at our NE Halsey clinic.

Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294




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.

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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.