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Dry Needling: Your Solution for Pain

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Denver Dry Needling at Uptown Acupuncture | Denver, CO

Uptown Acupuncture, LLC is your first stop for dry needling in and near the Denver area. With thousands of hours of education in dry needling we are the go to for your dry needling needs. Unlock the benefits of advanced precision dry needling with Denver’s trusted expert—where your journey to wellness begins.

What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a treatment method that uses tiny acupuncture needles to target certain areas of the body, aiming to reduce pain and muscle stiffness, and improve movement. The needles are inserted into or near “trigger points,” which are sensitive knots in muscles. This stimulation triggers muscle contractions or twitches, aiding in pain relief and increasing flexibility. Dry needling often complements a broader pain management approach that may involve other acupuncture techniques, exercises, stretching, massage, and other therapies.

Our Approach to Dry Needling

Established in 2001, Uptown Acupuncture has been a pioneer in providing dry needling services in downtown Denver. Referred to historically as ‘trigger point’ needling, this intricate technique necessitates a high level of proficiency, reserved for those extensively trained in its application. Dry needling serves as an exceptional therapy and proves invaluable under numerous conditions. However, it is not universally applicable; certain situations warrant alternative interventions for muscle treatment. At Uptown Acupuncture, we ensure that each patient receives a personalized approach. Rather than indiscriminately targeting every trigger point, we employ a variety of needling techniques and modalities, each carefully selected to optimize the therapeutic impact on the muscle and surrounding tissues. Our commitment to safety and individualized care distinguishes us as a leader in the field.

Why choose Uptown Acupuncture

“Welcome to Uptown Acupuncture, LLC, where our practitioner, Michael Lay, L.Ac., NBAO, C.SMA, has been mastering the art of dry needling in Denver since 2001. Specializing in orthopedic and sports acupuncture, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and thousands of hours of hands-on experience, honed over three years of rigorous training for his acupuncture degree. Michael is one of the most experienced practitioners of dry needling in the state of Colorado. Having the highest level certifications in orthopedic acupuncture “trigger point needling”, and sports acupuncture “motor point needling”, you can rest assured he has your safety and best health outcomes at the forefront.

Dry needling, traditionally known as ‘trigger point’ needling, is a precise practice that demands comprehensive training in technique, depth, insertion, contraindications, and sterile procedures. In Colorado, unlike many other states, practitioners of varying educational backgrounds may offer dry needling services. However, acupuncturists like Michael possess the most extensive training, ensuring thousands of hours of practice before administering treatments to the public. Moreover, Michael’s additional certifications in orthopedic and sports acupuncture provide him with specialized expertise in trigger point and motor point needling, far surpassing what just general acupuncture training provides. Michael Lay, L.Ac., NBAO, C.SMA has some of the most training in the state.

We encourage you to inquire about the qualifications of any healthcare provider offering dry needling. Ask about their training duration, the institution from which they graduated, and their experience with complications. These inquiries are crucial for your safety and peace of mind. At Uptown Acupuncture, we are dedicated to transparency and excellence in patient care, setting the standard for skilled and responsible dry needling practice.

Benefits of Dry Needling

Decreases Muscle Tightness

Dry needling successfully reduces muscle tightness, promoting increased flexibility and mobility. It accomplishes this by specifically targeting and relaxing overloaded muscles.

Improves Range of Motion

Dry needling often leads to quick improvements in how you move, making everyday actions and sports performance feel easier moving through your range of motion.

Increases Blood Flow

By increasing circulation within the muscle tissue, which aids in healing and reduces soreness, dry needling helps muscles heal more quickly.

Assists in Tissue Repair

Dry needling can encourage tissue repair locally by bringing much needed circulation and nutrients to the specific target area.

Reduces Pain

By targeting trigger points and motor points, dry needling can alleviate both local and referred pain, causing an overall drop in the overall pain by releasing the muscle.

Reduces Inflammation

By encouraging deep circulation and promotion of healing, dry needling can facilitate inflammation reduction in the local area and surrounding tissues.

Conditions Treated with Dry Needling

Muscle Strains & Sprains

Helps speed recovery of injured or overused muscles.

Joint Issues

Helps increase function and alleviate pain of affected joints.

Repetitive Injuries

Many repetitive injures such as carpal tunnel or shin splints can be improved with dry needling.


Helps to reduce inflammation of the tendons and ligaments by speeding healing and reducing pain.

Back/Neck/Disc Pain

Helps alleviate muscle pain locally causing back or neck pain and can work on addressing the pain due to a disc injury.

Post Traumatic Injuries

It aides in healing injuries from sports or accidents getting you feeling better more quickly.

Who can benefit from Dry Needling?

Dry needling can be beneficial for a wide range of individuals and ages, especially these:

  • Muscular Pain Sufferers: Highly effective for individuals experiencing muscular discomfort due to repetitive use or injury.
  • Athletes: Utilized by sports professionals to expedite recovery from muscular strains and enhance athletic performance.
  • Chronic Pain Sufferers: Offers relief for those enduring persistent musculoskeletal pain when other modalities have been insufficient.
  • Post-Surgical Patients: Assists those in post-operative recovery by mitigating pain and fostering improved mobility.
  • Office Workers: Beneficial for those with posture-related muscular pain resulting from extended periods of sedentary work.
  • Older Adults: Aids in managing musculoskeletal pain associated with aging, improving quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry needling is a technique commonly used by acupuncturists specializing in orthopedic and sports medicine, involves the insertion and manipulation of needles to stimulate muscle twitches, particularly at trigger and tender points. This method, deeply rooted in traditional acupuncture schools, targets musculoskeletal pain and is just one facet of a broader therapeutic approach.

Is dry needling painful?

Dry needling is a nuanced technique that can bring about a range of sensations. Typically, you might feel a dull ache at the needle’s site, which is normal and shouldn’t be sharply painful. It’s common to have some soreness post-session, but this usually subsides quickly, leaving you feeling better than before.

How soon will I feel better after dry needling?

Every patient’s journey to recovery is unique, with varying injuries and levels of severity. While immediate improvement may not always be possible, the objective is to ensure patients can feel a difference quickly.

What is the difference between electro-acupuncture and dry needling?

Electro-acupuncture is a fusion of traditional acupuncture and modern technology, employing needles and electrical stimulation to enhance therapeutic effects, particularly beneficial for chronic and acute pain management.

Why is dry needling illegal in some states and countries?

Dry needling, when performed by a licensed acupuncturist, is legal and widely accepted. Regulation varies by region to ensure it is performed by qualified practitioners. Always verify the credentials of the practitioner for a safe and effective treatment experience.