Acupuncture for Pain
With our natural, proven, and effective treatments for pain we can significantly reduce your symptoms without drugs or surgery. Our Denver acupuncture clinic utilizes both ancient and modern techniques to help you achieve your optimal level of health.
Contact us today to see what we can do to get you back to 100%.
Conditions We Treat
How We Achieve Our Results
Acupuncture works by stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, with fine, solid needles. The result of this stimulation has been shown to: cause the body to release pain relieving endorphins, increase circulation, reduce inflammation, etc. Often times significant pain relief and stress reduction can be found after the first treatment. Acupuncture is great for both acute and chronic conditions.
Also known as Low Level Light/Laser Therapy (LLLT), photobiomodulation has been shown to have effective results for numerous conditions as shown in thousands of studies. We utilize LLLT for its effectiveness and its relationship to the more traditional Chinese medicine counterpart, moxibustion. Both moxibustion and LLLT have been shown to reduce pain, improve circulation, resolve digestive conditions, and more.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
At The Subtle Point clinic we try and advise all of our patients to modify their lifestyle or diet if needed to help alleviate the symptoms of certain conditions. The advice that we give is simple, and there will never be any complicated diet plans involved. The lifestyle advice that we give is also simple and can include: incorporating short meditation sessions to your routine, working out, spending more time outdoors, etc.
Herbs & Supplements
For thousands of years Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have relied on herbal medicine to treat illness, alleviate pain, and to prolong health. It has been said that the greatest treasure that TCM has to offer is in the herbal formulas. These formulas were created in such a way that you will receive an effective dose of the main herb while the “helper” herbs in the formula mitigate any potential side effects.
Things to expect from our treatments
Acupuncture and photobiomodulation have been shown to quickly and effectively reduce stress.
We do all we can within a single treatment to alleviate the symptoms of your chief complaint
We integrate our medicine into your current health regimen to optimize your health.
With every treatment you will leave feeling better and the results will begin to stack up after your first session.
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Great experience. I do the 90 minute acupuncture and cupping combo. I usually go in with moderate to severe back pain and leave pain free. Mike does a great job explaining things...
- Emily L.
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Wonderful experience! Mike was amazing and truly cares about your health and healing. He offered lots of time to ask questions and discuss my issues. He also offered great sugges...
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Michael is very knowledgeable..I'm a very hardworking Hair Stylist and since he has been treating my aching back I feel 20years Younger and so much out of pain.
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Initial Acupuncture Treatment
The initial exam and treatment lasts approximately 60 minutes. During this visit we will go through your health history, conduct a physical exam consisting of tongue and pulse diagnosis, and examination of any and all areas of pain or discomfort. After the exam we will move into the treatment phase. The initial treatment is meant to address your presenting symptoms, promote relaxation, and lower your stress. Follow-up treatments are aimed to address the underlying root of your problem.
30 Minute Acupuncture
Our half hour acupuncture will be tailored to your specific area of complaint to work at the root of the problem. Because of the short duration of these treatments, cupping and tuina can not be incorporated.
60 Minute Acupuncture
During your hour long follow-up we will tailor your acupuncture treatment to your specific area of complaint. We will work on treating the root of the complaint as well as any accompanying symptoms. These sessions can also include the following modalities: cupping, tuina, herbal or supplement recommendations, diet tips, photobiomodulation, electrical stimulation, or lifestyle advice.
Initial Cupping Treatment
The initial exam and treatment lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. During this visit we will go discuss any areas of discomfort that you want to address, and examine any and all areas of pain or discomfort. After the exam we will move into the treatment phase. During the treatment phase we will first use massage tools to loosen up tissues and promote more circulation to the area, then we will move on to cupping. For our cupping treatments we use both stationary and functional (moving) cupping techniques along with photobiomodulation to enhance our treatments.
30 Minute Cupping Treatment
Half hour cupping treatments are recommended for patients that want one or two areas of their body to be addressed. These sessions will start with a quick warm up with massage tools, and photobiomodulation.
60 Minute Cupping Treatment
Our hour cupping treatments are recommended for patients that want to have multiple problem areas of their body to be addressed. These treatments can include a longer warm up phase with massage tools, and photobiomodulation.
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Michael Sugiura is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado and a Diplomate of Traditional Chinese Medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He grew up in Denver and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Colorado State University. Later, after hating the cubicle life, he earned a Master's degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does acupuncture Hurt?
Acupuncture uses needles that are significantly smaller than any syringe that a doctor would normally use. The sensation has been said to be comparable to a bug bite or a pinch, but often most people do not feel anything at all. Certain points are very tender to needle, and we try to avoid these points unless they are absolutely necessary. If you are sensitive to the needles we will adjust your treatment accordingly so that we can help you achieve your health goals in alignment with your comfort.
How Many treatments does it take?
The number of treatments that it takes to treat any given condition is based on a great number of factors. Some of these factors can include: how long you have had said condition, age, dietary and lifestyle factors, willingness to perform self care at home, etc. It would also be safe to say that this medicine isn’t magic and no condition will be fully resolved after one treatment. However with that being said, many patients often leave the office with less pain than they started with and feeling more relaxed.
How long is each treatment?
At The Subtle Point, we offer a variety of services that can run from 5 minutes to as long as an hour. Initial appointments, however, are one hour long. During that appointment we will go over your health intake form, go over the estimated amount of treatments that will get you to your optimal health, go over the treatment methods that will be utilized, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice, and more.
Do i need to disrobe for my treatment?
For the most part, no you don’t. I typically try and utilize points below the elbows and knees, sometimes around the belly, and sometimes on the back. Because of this I highly recommend that you come in wearing loose, comfortable clothing to allow easy access to these areas.
How can I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment you can call, send us an email, or book online by clicking on the “Book Now” button in the upper right portion of the screen.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check, and credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover).
Do you accept insurance?
At this time I am not accepting insurance, but I can give you an invoice/superbill to give to your insurance company for reimbursement.
3600 South Beeler Street Suite 150 Denver, CO 80237
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment please click the link below or call (720) 285-6251
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11am - 8pm Saturday: 10am - 7pm