Acupuncture for Pain

With our natural, proven, and effective acupuncture and cupping 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 pain relief.


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The Science Behind Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique that has been used for centuries to alleviate pain and promote overall well-being. By targeting specific acupoints on the body, practitioners are able to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes and reduce pain. Both manual acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA) have been shown to be effective in managing pain through various mechanisms, including the modulation of neurotransmitters and inflammatory factors.

How acupuncture works to relieve pain

This study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine investigated published research about how acupuncture works for pain relief and here are their key findings.

  • Inhibition of glial cell activation in the spinal cord, reducing inflammation and pain: Glial cells are support cells in the nervous system. When they become overactive, they can cause inflammation and contribute to pain. Acupuncture and electroacupuncture can help calm these cells down, reducing inflammation and pain.

  • Modulation of multiple transmitters and modulators in the brain, such as endogenous opioids, serotonin, and dopamine: These are chemicals in the brain that help transmit signals and modulate various processes, including pain. Acupuncture can influence these chemicals to help reduce pain levels.

  • Activation of acupoints, which sends signals to the spinal cord and brain to regulate neurotransmitters and inflammatory factors: Acupoints are specific spots on the body that can be stimulated during acupuncture. When activated, they send signals to the spinal cord and brain that can help regulate pain-related processes.

  • Involvement of mast cells, blood flow, and nerve fibers in acupuncture’s analgesic effect: Mast cells are immune cells that play a role in inflammation, while blood flow and nerve fibers are important for transporting nutrients and signals throughout the body. Acupuncture can affect these components to help relieve pain.

  • Modulation of microglial activity and astrocyte activation by EA (electro acupuncture) treatment: Microglial cells and astrocytes are types of glial cells in the nervous system. Electroacupuncture can help regulate their activity, which in turn helps manage pain.

  • Suppression of p38MAPK and ERK activity by EA, leading to the inhibition of microglial activation: p38MAPK and ERK are signaling pathways in cells. By suppressing their activity through electroacupuncture, the overactivation of microglial cells can be reduced, which helps alleviate pain.

  • Inhibition of COX2 expression and blockade of the C-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling pathway by EA treatment: COX2 is an enzyme involved in inflammation and pain, while the C-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling pathway is another cellular communication route. Electroacupuncture can inhibit these pathways to help control pain.

  • Involvement of the adenosine A1 receptor in EA’s antinociceptive effects: The adenosine A1 receptor is a protein on cell surfaces that can help reduce pain when activated. Electroacupuncture can stimulate this receptor, contributing to pain relief.

  • Altered functional connectivity and neuronal activity in key brain regions involved in pain modulation by EA treatment: Electroacupuncture can influence how different parts of the brain communicate with each other and how neurons (brain cells) behave, ultimately affecting how the brain processes pain.

  • Modulation of glutamate activity and the GABAergic system by EA: Glutamate and GABA are neurotransmitters involved in excitatory and inhibitory processes in the brain, respectively. Electroacupuncture can affect their activity to help balance and control pain.

  • Involvement of acetylcholine (ACTH) receptors and orexin A (OXA) in EA’s cumulative analgesic effect: Acetylcholine receptors and orexin A are involved in various processes related to pain perception. Electroacupuncture can interact with these components, contributing to its overall pain-relieving effects.

The effectiveness of wet-cupping for nonspecific low back pain in Iran: A randomized controlled trial

This study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine aimed to determine the efficacy of wet-cupping therapy for treating persistent nonspecific low back pain. Wet-cupping therapy is an ancient medical technique that involves applying a glass cup to the skin, creating a partial vacuum inside the cup, and inducing bloodletting through superficial incisions in the skin. The study was a randomized controlled trial with two parallel groups, one receiving wet-cupping treatment and the other receiving usual care.

Participants were 98 patients aged 17-68 years with nonspecific low back pain. The experimental group underwent three wet-cupping treatments at three-day intervals, while the control group received usual care from their general practitioner. The outcomes were assessed at baseline and three months after the intervention, focusing on pain intensity (McGill Present Pain Index), pain-related disability (Oswestry Pain Disability Index), and medication use (Medication Quantification Scale).

Results showed that wet-cupping therapy was associated with significant improvements in pain intensity, pain-related disability, and medication use at the three-month follow-up compared to the control group. After controlling for age, gender, and duration of lower back pain, the differences remained significant. The study concluded that traditional wet-cupping therapy was safe and acceptable for patients with nonspecific low back pain and more effective in reducing pain than usual care at a three-month follow-up.

The medical perspective of cupping therapy: Effects and mechanisms of action

This research review analyzed 64 studies on cupping therapy and was published in The Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, aimed to understand cupping therapy’s mechanisms of action and therapeutic effects.

Their key findings:

  • Cupping therapy may have neural, hematological, and immunological effects, with possible mechanisms of action including metabolic hypothesis, vasodilatation, edema and toxin elimination, and immune system modulation.
  • Cupping therapy has been reported to induce comfort, relaxation, pain control, increased blood circulation, removal of toxins and waste, and immune system modulation. It may be effective in treating certain conditions such as herpes zoster, acne, facial paralysis, cervical spondylosis, musculoskeletal pain, and low back pain, among others.
  • Six main hypotheses (pain-gate theory, release of nitrous oxide theory, blood detoxification theory, activation of immune system theory, diffuse noxious inhibitory controls, and reflex zone theory) have been proposed to explain the mechanism of pain reduction by cupping therapy.
    • Pain-Gate Theory (PGT) explains how pain signals are transmitted and processed in the brain. Large nerve fiber activity (touch, pressure, vibration) inhibits transmission cell activity, reducing pain sensation. Cupping stimulates pain receptors, increasing impulse frequency and closing the “pain gates,” which leads to pain reduction.
    • Diffuse Noxious Inhibitory Controls (DNICs) suggest that pain can inhibit pain, with one strong, spatially remote noxious stimulus reducing the perception of another pain. Cupping may cause local skin and capillary vessel damage, creating a nociceptive stimulus that activates DNICs and reduces pain through a “pain inhibits pain” mechanism.
    • Reflex Zone Theory (RZT) proposes that treating areas segmentally related to a nerve can alleviate pain in the corresponding region, as one part of the body can be linked to another through nerve, muscle, and chemical pathways. Cupping therapy applied to areas segmentally related to a nerve can improve blood circulation and blood supply to the skin and internal organs, potentially alleviating pain in the corresponding region.
    • Release of Nitrous Oxide Theory (RNOT) Nitric Oxide (NO) is a signaling gas molecule that plays a crucial role in several physiological functions, such as blood pressure regulation, immune responses, and neurotransmission. The release of nitric oxide theory suggests that cupping therapy could cause the release of NO from endothelial cells, inducing beneficial biological change. Cupping dilates topical capillaries and increases dermal blood flow, which has been proven by numerous studies. Higher activity of myeloperoxidase, lower activity of superoxide dismutase, and higher levels of malondialdehyde and nitric oxide were found in cupping blood compared to venous blood
    • Activation of Immune System Theory (AIST)Cupping therapy has been shown to have various immunological effects, including regulating immunoglobulins and hemoglobin. It is likely to affect the immune system via three pathways:
        • Irritating the immune system by creating an artificial local inflammation.
        • Activating the complementary system.
        • Increasing the level of immune products such as interferon and tumor necrotizing factor
        • Cupping therapy was found to improve immunologic functions in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease during stable stage.
        • Cupping therapy reduced laboratory markers of rheumatoid arthritis activity and modulated the immune cellular conditions.
        • A study showed that cupping can upregulate oxyhemoglobin and deoxyhemoglobin, which play a role in immune function
    • Blood Detoxification Theory (BDT)The blood detoxification theory addresses the removal of toxic substances from the affected area where the cups are applied. According to this theory, cupping therapy is responsible for several hematological adjustments, including a decrease in uric acid, HDL, LDL, and molecular structure and function of hemoglobin
        • Cupping can affect the molecular structure and function of human hemoglobin and reduce the side effects of diabetes on Hb molecule.
        • A study found that removing heavy metals such as aluminum, mercury, silver, and lead, which were significantly higher in cupping blood compared to venous blood, would support the detoxification mechanisms of action
Acupuncture for Migraines With and Without Aura: Randomized Control Trial

This randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, aimed to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in patients with migraine. The study involved 302 patients who were divided into three groups: acupuncture, sham acupuncture, and waiting list control. The primary outcome measure was the difference in headache days of moderate or severe intensity between the 4 weeks before and weeks 9 to 12 after randomization.

The results showed that both acupuncture and sham acupuncture groups experienced a reduction in the number of days with moderate or severe headaches compared to the waiting list group. However, there was no significant difference between the acupuncture and sham acupuncture groups. The proportion of responders (reduction in headache days by at least 50%) was 51% in the acupuncture group, 53% in the sham acupuncture group, and 15% in the waiting list group. The study concluded that acupuncture was not more effective than sham acupuncture in reducing migraine headaches, although both interventions were more effective than a waiting list control.

Note on sham acupuncture in this study

In the sham acupuncture group, the number of sessions, their length, and how often they occurred were the same as in the traditional acupuncture group. In each session, at least 5 out of 10 pre-selected non-acupuncture points were used for the treatment, with needles placed on both sides of the body (totaling at least 10 needles). The needles were inserted only slightly into the skin, and manual stimulation of the needles was avoided.

What the results mean in regard to sham acupuncture:

In regard to the study findings with sham acupuncture being just as effective as traditional acupuncture, it means that an acupuncturist can choose the “incorrect” points or miss the traditional points and get significant relief for patients with migraines.

Acupuncture for Trigeminal Neuralgia - Research Analysis

This study published in Acupuncture in Medicne, aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in managing trigeminal neuralgia, a severe facial pain condition, in comparison to the first-line drug treatment (carbamazepine) and a common surgery (microvascular decompression). The research analyzed data related to efficacy, side effects, and cost from medical databases.

The results showed that acupuncture was not significantly more effective than the control group, but it had the highest effectiveness (86.5%) compared to surgery (79.3%) and drug treatment (71.7%). Acupuncture also had fewer side effects (22.7%) than surgery (25.3%) and drug treatment (88.8%).

Regarding costs, acupuncture was found to be the least expensive option. After five years, acupuncture’s cost was approximately $1005 (converted from £750), compared to $2020 for carbamazepine (converted from £1507.73) and $6543 for surgery (converted from £4878.42). Acupuncture was also found to be the least stressful treatment for patients, with a score of 53 points on the Social Readjustment Rating Scale, while surgery scored 153 points and drug treatment scored 217 points.

In conclusion, acupuncture appears to be more effective, safer, and less expensive than drug therapy or surgery for treating trigeminal neuralgia. The study suggests further research to explore these findings and the availability of acupuncture in healthcare systems like the UK’s National Health Service.

Assessment of a traditional acupuncture therapy for chronic neck pain: A pilot randomised controlled study

This study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine investigated the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture for chronic neck pain in a two-arm, randomized, sham-controlled, single-blinded clinical trial. Participants with neck pain, stiffness, and symptoms lasting for six months or more were included. The intervention consisted of six 30-minute treatments over three weeks. The study group received traditional acupuncture, while the control group received placebo acupuncture. Primary outcome measures were the Northwick Park Neck Pain Questionnaire (NPQ) for neck disability and a visual analog scale (VAS) for pain intensity, with the SF-36 questionnaire as a secondary outcome for quality of life assessment.

A total of 190 participants were recruited, with 178 completing the intervention and follow-up assessment. Physician assessments revealed significantly better healing, effectiveness, and improvement rates in the study group compared to the control group. Questionnaire assessments (NPQ, VAS, and SF-36) demonstrated that the study group experienced greater pain relief and improved quality of life after the intervention and at the 3-month follow-up. Adverse events during treatment were generally short-lived and manageable. Both patient-reported outcomes (PRO) and clinical-reported outcomes (CRO) were used to measure effectiveness, indicating that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for chronic neck pain.

Acupuncture for primary dysmenorrhoea (Period pains): a systematic review

This study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology aimed to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating primary dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) by reviewing randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Researchers searched 19 electronic databases for relevant RCTs up until July 2008, with no language restrictions. The review included all RCTs that compared acupuncture with control groups, but excluded studies focusing on moxibustion or body acupressure.

Out of 27 RCTs that were systematically reviewed, only nine clearly described their randomization methods and none mentioned allocation concealment methods. The results showed that acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in pain when compared to pharmacological treatment or herbal medicine. Three studies reported reduced pain within groups from baseline.

The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture treatment on sciatica: A systematic review and meta-analysis

This study published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine aimed to compare acupuncture and analgesics (pain-relieving drugs) in terms of effectiveness, safety, and durability for treating sciatica, a condition resulting from damage to the sciatic nerve in the lower back or buttock region. The review followed the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and searched four databases.

The results from 28 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with 2,707 participants showed that the acupuncture group had a significantly higher total effective rate (TER) than the analgesic group. Additionally, the acupuncture group had a significantly lower visual analog scale (VAS) score, which measures pain intensity, and a higher pain threshold, meaning they were better able to tolerate pain. The acupuncture group also had fewer adverse effects (AEs) and lower relapse rates compared to the analgesic group.

In conclusion, acupuncture was found to be more effective and safe compared to analgesics for treating sciatica. However, more rigorous studies are needed to further validate these findings.

Acupuncture for Tooth Pain

This study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies aimed to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing acute dental pain. The main outcome measure was pain intensity, measured using the Visual Analog Scale (VAS). Participants were divided into three groups based on the number of acupuncture points used for treatment.

120 patients participated in the study, with ages ranging from 18 to 71 years. Acupuncture significantly decreased pain intensity (from a mean baseline of 6.558 to 0.963 after intervention). The study found that the LI4 acupuncture point had the most significant analgesic effect, followed by CV23 and ST44.

The study concluded that acupuncture reduced pain intensity in 72.5% of patients with acute dental pain, with the LI4 point showing the most significant analgesic effect. Most patients (99.17%) would recommend acupuncture for dental pain relief. The study suggests that acupuncture could be a useful supplementary technique for pain control in patients with acute dental pain, but further research is needed to better understand its effects.

The Benefits of Acupuncture for Pain

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Reduces the intensity and frequency of pain

Acupuncture and cupping can help reduce the intensity and duration of pain by focusing on certain points and locations that are associated with many different types of pain.

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Natural and drug-free pain relief

Acupuncture and cupping provide a non-pharmacological alternative to pharmaceutical drugs and their potential adverse effects for the majority of pain disorders.

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Long-term relief

Acupuncture gives long-term relief from most pain disorders, according to many individuals and research studies, minimizing the need for ongoing treatments or drugs.

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Relieves stress and tension

Acupuncture and cupping also have the added benefit of reducing stress and improving sleep. Patients who get ample rest can heal faster and have more mental clarity throughout the day.

How we Achieve 0ur Results

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Personalized Care

The Subtle Point recognizes that each person’s pain is unique. We provide tailored care that meets your needs and goals. To give long-term relief and better wellness, our acupuncture and cupping treatments address both your pain and tension, as well as addressing any other health issues you may be experiencing.

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Patient Support

Having a solid support network is crucial during your health journey. Throughout your treatment, our dedicated team is available to assist, answer questions, and address your concerns. We provide a friendly and supportive environment in which to alleviate your pains and other health concerns.

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Dietary Advice

When it comes to managing pain, we realize that certain patients may be suffering from food-related triggers or nutrient deficiencies. To address your pains, we will strive to help you to eliminate any food triggers and recommend nutrient dense meals as well as pre and probiotic foods.

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Lifestyle Modifications

We know that lifestyle factors can influence pain alleviation. We help our patients identify and change lifestyle choices that may be exacerbating their pain. Mindfulness exercises, deep breathing, a consistent sleep schedule, improving posture, and moderate physical activity may be suggested.

Free Consultations

At The Subtle Point, we understand that trying something new, especially when it comes to your health, can be a big decision. That’s why we’re pleased to offer free consultations at our Denver clinic for new clients interested in exploring the benefits of acupuncture and our other services.

During your free consultation, you can expect:

  • A welcoming and judgment-free environment: We believe in providing a safe and supportive space for you to explore your options and make informed decisions about your health and well-being.
  • One-on-one discussion: Our experienced practitioners will sit down with you to discuss your health concerns, answer any questions you may have, and help you determine if acupuncture is the right fit for your needs.
  • Personalized treatment plan: If you decide to move forward with treatment, we’ll work together to create a customized plan tailored to your specific goals and concerns.

Taking the first step towards better health has never been easier or more accessible. Schedule your free consultation today by calling us at (720)285-6251 or booking online. Discover how The Subtle Point can help you unlock your body’s natural healing potential and guide you on your path to wellness.

What to Expect from Your First Acupuncture Treatment for Pain

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Comprehensive Health Assessment

Our skilled practitioners will discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and concerns during your initial consultation to determine your health goals. In most circumstances, your practitioner will palpate the regions of pain to determine needle and cupping placement. Based on the findings of this evaluation, they will make a diagnosis and suggest a specific treatment plan.

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Acupuncture and Electrostimulation

During your acupuncture session, you’ll lie back comfortably on a treatment table as the practitioner inserts thin, sterilized needles into specific points on your body to relieve pain. The needles may create a tiny pinch as they are inserted, but the operation is normally painless. We will leave you to relax for 20-30 minutes after the needles have been inserted.

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Cupping and Tuina Massage

Depending on how much time is left at the end of your session we will try and use cupping and tuina massage techniques to relax your muscles and for additional pain relief. Cupping involves applying suction cups to the skin, which creates a vacuum effect, promoting increased blood flow and relaxation of tight muscles.

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Aftercare and Follow-up Treatments

Following your treatment, your practitioner will assign you lifestyle, dietary, and at-home care homework. They will also discuss the frequency of follow-up appointments based on your needs. The frequency of your follow-up meetings will be determined by your needs, treatment goals, and reaction to the treatment.

Some of our Patient Testimonials

"Michael is a true healthcare practitioner! His research went above and beyond, and his dedication to treating the whole person as well as the etiology of the presentation was paramount! He even did research to help my son, who at the time, was a peripheral patient but I digress... I went to Michael with the hope of simple pain mitigation. After months of consistent acupuncture, herbal and light therapy, as well as supplements to address deficiencies, I have gone from relatively hopeless to incredibly hopeful, as the pain is almost gone. Michael addresses the root cause of the issue, and for me, helped to create an environment that was tolerable until true health was achieved. You are not going to get this kind of dedication and in depth research for your individual health issue from many practitioners... especially those who are hamstrung to disease management. Like I said before, Michael's work is true healthcare!"

– Erin VanGilder

“I went to Mike for my intro session today and I’m so glad I did! His treatment options are integrated and I can honestly say I feel better right now than I have in a while. I highly recommend that if you are thinking of trying something like acupuncture you should definitely go here! Plus he literally spent so much time helping me and listening. He even sent me my requested recommendations for a few things right away like he said afterwards! I look forward to my journey to health through this proven modality(s)!"

– Christin Daniels

“Mike is amazing! He reduced my chronic migraines to almost none. He is very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I highly recommend!"

– Kelsey Briding

I highly recommend The Subtle Point as Mike, the acupuncturist, is very professional and is an extremely knowledgeable treatment provider. I could not be happier with my treatments from acupuncture to dry needling and even fire cupping; it all left me feeling amazing. Every issue I had was addressed with care. I really like his office as it is a very relaxing environment. I recommend The Subtle Point to everyone I know.


I highly recommend Subtle Point, I was in a lot of pain from my flight over to Denver. They took good care of me and were incredibly welcoming. I'd give them 10 stars!

-Alekx Guzman

I highly recommend The Subtle Point and acupuncturist Mike! The pricing is very fair, the environment is elegant yet welcoming-a very relaxing atmosphere and a great escape from the bustle of the city-and Mike is a warm and extremely knowledgeable treatment provider happy to tailor your experience to your desires. I would definitely suggest trying out the fire cupping: it felt amazing! I will return to The Subtle Point!

-Blake Guffey

Mike is an incredibly intelligent and skilled healer. The acupuncture treatments have helped decrease my pain so much. He listens and takes the time to really address your issue. Thankful for this place!

-Kira Rio

I got my neck cranked pretty hard in jiu jitsu a couple months ago and had some pretty bad nerve issues/pain around the neck and shoulder. I decided to visit Mike at The Subtle Point to give acupuncture a try to see if it might help. After a few sessions I started to feel way better and actually started to heal. I also got some cupping done which helped with some muscle soreness as well. It was amazingly relaxing and after a few sessions the pain was gone. Not sure why I waited this long in life to try it, definitely helped the healing process for me and Mike was great to work with.

-Duane Kibbee

Mike is experienced and knowledgeable of accupuncture practice. His prices are affordable and he is professional but very welcoming and friendly. This has to be one of the best accupuncturist that I have seen. Anyone in the colorado area should definitely stop by at subtle points. It is definitely a great experience and life changing. He specializes in all area but mostly with chronic pain, anxiety and stress. Look no further this will be one of your favorite places to go to.

-Eva Garay

I had cupping and acupuncture, AMAZING! Can’t wait for my next treatment. Mike is nice and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.


Left feeling amazing and pain free, great facility!


Thank you Dr. Sugiura! Great treatment + Clean Clinic (Cool lemon tree btw). Went back to work right after without the muscle pain so that was a huge difference. Right place right time for that discount. Thanks again for the advice and will definitely follow-up during my weight training. I won't be lifting that way again hahaha no more Boulder lifting for a while!


Great place. Highly recommend it! He is very professional, knows what he is doing, and charges a very fair price. My back and leg feel great!


Mike was great! Cupping helped loosen all the tension in my back. Great first experience for my bf as well. Thank you!


Awesome experience .....knowledgeable clean and thorough process.


He took the time to hear what I needed. Explained everything he did before he did it. Felt comfortable! Excited for my next appointment!


Great treatment, very professional and kind! Definitely would go back


Mike was great! You can really tell he cares about what he does and wants to help people feel better. He has great bed side manor and explains everything he does in detail along with recommending supplements. Definitely will be coming back!


Excellent highly recommend I’m going back as Often as possible!


I cannot recommend this place enough! I was always hesitant to try acupuncture because I didn't if it would help my back pain or not. I am so glad I had my first experience at Subtle Point with Micheal. It was easy to get scheduled. Mike took his time and made me feel very comfortable. He is very knowledgeable and alleviated my pain. I can't wait to go back!


Mike did a great job! I suffer from chronic pain and I didn’t know I could feel such relief. I left completely relaxed and shocked at how low my pain level was. He explained everything he was doing and made the session very comfortable. Basically he’s just good at what he does and I would recommend him to anyone.

-Alice Wonder

Mike is a great professional. He explained every step of the process. The clinic is very clean and well equipped. I'll definitely be back.


Mike is very professional and knowledgeable. He did acupuncture for my hernia and it is much smaller now. He also suggested some herbs to improve digestion. I also had some main in my arm and it's gone after gua sha treatment. Me and my wife (she did some treatments as well) both feel much better.

-Gora C

I’ve always been super tight in my lower back, after just my first cupping session I could feel the major difference from before the session. I will definitely be making this a regular appointment.


Dr. Michael was fantastic, he was extremely professional and detailed. He was interested in my pain issues and did a great job of getting me on the mend! I will definitely be back!

-Terrell Jones

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Our Prices


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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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.


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