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Sports Acupuncture

Uptown Acupuncture is the premier sports acupuncture practice in Denver, Colorado. Michael Lay, L.Ac., NBAO, C.SMA. at Uptown Acupuncture in Denver, offers sports acupuncture, a comprehensive and holistic healing modality designed specifically for athletes like you. As an athlete, you subject your body to rigorous training and intense competition. These demanding activities can often result in injuries, muscle soreness, and other physical ailments that can significantly impact your performance. Our sports acupuncture treatments not only facilitate faster recovery from injuries but also provide proactive injury prevention strategies, enabling you to optimize your overall physical and mental well-being.


What Is Sports Acupuncture?

Sports acupuncture is a specialized and cutting-edge approach to injury recovery and performance enhancement for athletes. Our evidence-based approach, combined with personalized treatment plans, ensures optimal results and improved overall athletic performance. Unlike traditional acupuncture, it also incorporates principles of western medicine and anatomy to provide targeted treatments. Uptown Acupuncture offers a comprehensive range of techniques such as acupuncture, dry needling, electro-acupuncture, cupping, scraping, infrared therapy, manual muscle testing, postural assessment, and massage therapy. Sports acupuncture addresses the root cause of injuries and helps athletes get back in the game faster.


Sports Acupuncture Techniques

At Uptown Acupuncture in Denver we offer the following techniques, as well as many others, to customize your individual treatment plan, getting you the most effective treatment for your needs.

  • Electro-Acupuncture
    Electro-Acupuncture is a specialized technique that helps to stimulate the muscles, promoting proper contraction and increasing deep blood flow.
  • Dry Needling
    Dry needling is a specialized technique that involves needling the muscles to trigger a small “twitch” response, which helps release tension and promote healing.
  • Traditional Acupuncture
    Traditional acupuncture is rooted in ancient Chinese medicine. It involves the precise insertion of fine needles at specific acupoints to stimulate the body’s natural healing response and provide relief from pain and discomfort.
  • Cupping Therapy
    Cupping therapy involves the placement of cups on the skin to create suction. This suction promotes increased blood flow, moves lymph fluid, and aids in the recovery process.
  • Postural Assessment
    This involves conducting a comprehensive analysis of the body’s structures to identify any muscular imbalances that may be affecting the overall alignment and function of the body.
  • Manual Muscle Testing
    Manual muscle testing is a diagnostic technique that involves evaluating the strength and function of specific muscles to identify any underlying imbalances or dysfunctions that may contribute to an injury or condition.

Benefits of Sports Acupuncture

  1. Effective Pain Management
    Stimulating the body’s natural pain-relieving mechanisms, acupuncture provides effective pain relief and reduces inflammation, potentially reducing the need for pain medications.
  2. Enhanced Performance
    Acupuncture can optimize muscle function, nerve conduction and mental wellness, leading to improved athletic performance.
  3. Accelerated Healing
    Acupuncture can help to speed up the recovery process by promoting circulation and reducing inflammation, enabling athletes to resume training and competition more swiftly.
  4. Injury Prevention
    By improving range of motion, flexibility, and overall physical wellness, sports acupuncture can help prevent injuries from occurring in the first place..
  5. Facilitate Relaxation
    Acupuncture stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest and relaxation. This can help to reduce stress and tension in the body, helping athletes stay calm and focused under pressure.
  6. Non-Invasive
    Acupuncture is a non-invasive treatment that does not involve the use of drugs or surgery. This makes it a safe and effective option for athletes who want to avoid the risks and side effects associated with other treatments.

Common Sports Injuries Treated with Acupuncture

  • Strains & Sprains
    Acupuncture can effectively treat muscle strains and ligament sprains, accelerating the healing process.
  • Joint Pain
    It’s beneficial for addressing joint pain caused by sports-related wear and tear.
  • Tendonitis
    Helps in the management of tendonitis and other overuse injuries common in sports activities.
  • Back & Neck Pain
    Effective for alleviating back and neck pain resulting from sports activities.

Who can benefit from Sports Acupuncture?

Sports acupuncture offers valuable benefits to a wide range of individuals, from elite professional athletes to collegiate athletes and even weekend warriors. Whether you aspire to reach the pinnacle of your sport or simply want to stay active and pursue your passion, sports acupuncture can provide you with an added advantage to keep you performing at your best.

Each acupuncture treatment is meticulously customized to meet the unique needs of every individual. What works effectively for one person may not be the optimal approach for another. That’s why a comprehensive assessment is conducted during the initial visit and subsequent appointments, allowing the practitioner to determine the most suitable treatment plan tailored specifically to you.


Why choose Uptown Acupuncture?

At Uptown Acupuncture, Michael Lay, L.Ac. stands out as a leader in sports acupuncture in the state. In the United States, two reputable certifications for sports acupuncture are available:

  1. The Certification in Sports Medicine Acupuncture (C.SMA) by Matt Callison in San Diego, CA. This comprehensive 270-hour course focuses specifically on sports acupuncture. Michael is one of only 4 acupuncturists in the state who have this designation. In addition, Michael also travels to San Diego to assist Matt Callison in training other acupuncturists working to receive this certification.
  2. The Sports Acupuncture Apprenticeship Program under Whitfield Reeves, a rigorous 6-month program that emphasizes sports injury prevention and treatment. Michael has worked closely with Whitfield Reeves since 2004.

Michael is the only one in the state that holds both of these certifications and is also board certified by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics. Additionally, Michael Lay, L.Ac. has received advanced training in orthopedic acupuncture from the American Acupuncture Academy in Los Angeles.

Since 2001 Michael as treated athletes of all shapes and sizes. Working with athletes from the NFL,NHL, MLB, and olympic teams, to the weekend warrior, to the grandparent recovering from surgery, to the grade school child who sustained an injury he has truly worked with a large variety of people. Michael welcomes the opportunity to see what he can do for you.