Orthopedic acupuncture

Orthopedic Acupuncture Denver

Welcome to Orthopedic Acupuncture in Denver at Uptown Acupuncture, where modern techniques blend seamlessly with ancient healing wisdom to address musculoskeletal concerns with precision and care. Our practice specializes in the art of orthopedic acupuncture, offering tailored treatments designed to alleviate pain, restore mobility, and promote overall wellness.


What is Orthopedic Acupuncture?

Orthopedic acupuncture is a specialized form of acupuncture that focuses on treating musculoskeletal conditions. It combines traditional acupuncture techniques with modern orthopedic assessments and

treatments to provide a comprehensive approach to pain management and injury treatment.


Traditional Art of Healing

Discover orthopedic acupuncture, a therapeutic modality renowned for its precise needle insertion at strategic points to effectively alleviate pain and foster innate healing responses within the musculoskeletal system. Our practice utilizes ancient practices along side modern techniques, offering tailored orthopedic acupuncture solutions optimized for addressing a spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions.

Specialized Treatment Methods

Embodied within orthopedic acupuncture is a fusion of traditional acupuncture methodologies, meticulously tailored to prioritize pain alleviation, restoration of mobility, and holistic musculoskeletal well-being. Our approach extends beyond conventional practices, integrating specialized orthopedic testing alongside techniques such as dry needling and electro- acupuncture. With a foundation rooted in anatomical understanding and the nuanced complexities of muscular and neural dysfunction, our treatments are extremely effective in addressing orthopedic concerns.


Methods Used in Orthopedic Acupuncture


Acupuncture Needles

Orthopedic acupuncture for musculoskeletal injuries involves the precise insertion of needles into specific points along the body’s meridians, stimulating the nervous system to release endorphins, reduce inflammation, and promote circulation. This holistic approach addresses pain, promotes tissue repair, and restores optimal function.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy utilizes suction cups placed on the skin to create negative pressure, drawing blood flow to the affected area, relieving muscle tension, and promoting tissue healing. This technique stimulates circulation, reduces inflammation, and releases fascial restrictions.


“Electro-acupuncture employs precise low- frequency electrical stimulation modulating pain perception, enhancing blood circulation, and facilitating tissue regeneration. The controlled muscle twitch response induced by electro- acupuncture aids in resetting muscle function, ensuring optimal firing patterns and promoting comprehensive recovery.

Dry Needling

Dry needling involves the insertion of fine needles into trigger points or tight bands within muscles, aiming to release tension, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain. By targeting specific areas of muscular dysfunction, dry needling stimulates local healing responses and facilitates neuromuscular balance.

Manual Muscle testing

Manual muscle testing is a diagnostic technique used to assess the strength and function of individual muscles or muscle groups by applying resistance while the patient contracts specific muscles. It helps identify weaknesses, imbalances, or dysfunction within the musculoskeletal system.

Orthopedic Testing

Orthopedic testing entails a comprehensive approach that integrates precise diagnosis, targeted interventions, and rehabilitative strategies tailored to individual needs. By addressing the underlying anatomical and functional imbalances, orthopedic tests allow us to pinpoint the root cause of disfunction.

Postural Analysis

Postural analysis involves a systematic assessment of an individual’s body alignment, identifying any deviations or imbalances that may contribute to pain or dysfunction. By pinpointing areas of weakness or misalignment, it allows us to tailor our treatment to restore proper balance and function to the body.

Infrared Therapy

Infrared light works by penetrating deep into the tissues, promoting vasodilation and increasing blood circulation to an affected area. This heightened circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients while aiding in the removal of metabolic waste products, increasing tissue repair and relieving pain associated with the injury.


Benefits of Orthopedic Acupuncture

  1. Pain Relief
    Orthopedic acupuncture effectively alleviates acute and chronic pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions by stimulating the release of endorphins and modulating pain signals.
  2. Improved Mobility
    By targeting specific points related to muscle tension and joint mobility, orthopedic acupuncture helps restore flexibility and range of motion
  3. Drug-Free Healing
    Orthopedic acupuncture offers a natural and holistic approach to treating orthopedic issues. In many cases is can alleviate the need for medications, injections and surgery.
  4. Faster Recovery
    By promoting the body’s natural healing mechanisms, orthopedic acupuncture enhances blood circulation and facilitates tissue regeneration, thereby expediting recovery from injuries or chronic conditions
  5. A Comprehensive Approach
    Orthopedic acupuncture takes a comprehensive approach to pain management and injury treatment. It combines traditional acupuncture techniques with modern orthopedic assessments and techniques to provide a holistic approach to pain management and injury treatment.


Conditions Commonly Treated with Orthopedic Acupuncture

  • Headache
  • Low Back Pain
  • Concussion
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders)
  • Chostochondritis
  • Dizziness
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Stroke Recovery
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Neck Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Herniated Discs
  • Wrist Injuries
  • Radiculopathy
  • Tendon/Ligament Injuries
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Knee Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Throchanteric Bursitis
  • Joint Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Patellar Femoral Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ankle Pain

These are just a few examples, as orthopedic acupuncture can be tailored to address a wide range of specific musculoskeletal issues based on individual needs and diagnoses.


What to Expect During an Orthopedic Acupuncture Session


Initial Consultation

We initiate our process by conducting a comprehensive evaluation of your presenting concerns, covering your medical history to gain insight into the nature of your condition. Following this, we undertake a systematic review of your overall health to identify any potential contributing factors. Subsequently, we employ a series of specialized orthopedic tests and manual muscle assessments to precisely pinpoint the underlying issues affecting your musculoskeletal health. Armed with this diagnostic clarity, we collaboratively craft a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs, ensuring optimal outcomes in the shortest possible timeframe.

Treatment Process

Following our evaluation, we will engage in a detailed discussion to outline the treatment plan and expectations thoroughly. This ensures comprehensive communication and fosters maximum comfort throughout the session. Your treatment regimen will be thoughtfully crafted, integrating a blend of modalities tailored to your unique needs to optimize efficacy. Recognizing that individual responses vary, our approach is personalized to deliver the most favorable outcomes for your specific condition. The overall experience should be comfortable and many times very relaxing for the patient. We do not think treatment should be painful to accomplish our goals. The goal is always to have you leaving in less pain and better function than when you came into the office.


Why Choose Uptown Acupuncture

Since its establishment in 2001, Uptown Acupuncture, LLC has remained a distinguished provider of orthopedic acupuncture services in Denver. Michael Lay, L.Ac.,NBAO, C.SMA boasts certification by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics since 2000, complemented by an advanced certification from the American Acupuncture Academy in Los Angeles specializing in Acupuncture Orthopedics. With extensive expertise in sports acupuncture and countless hours dedicated to orthopedic continuing education, Michael also been invited as a teaching assistant in San Diego’s sports certification program.


Throughout his long career, Michael Lay has collaborated closely with elite athletes across various disciplines, offering his expertise at esteemed training facilities, sporting establishments, and medical offices throughout the region. Renowned for his collaborative approach, Michael maintains strong professional alliances with doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, and bodyworkers in the community, ensuring comprehensive care and access to additional resources when necessary. With an unwavering commitment to his patients’ well-being, Michael discerningly refers individuals to specialized care when warranted, consistently prioritizing their best interests above all else.