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
"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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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 G
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 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.
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!
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.💛💫💛
Mike did a great job, he was very informative and spoiled me with extra service. For my intro appointment, very nice clean space, good vibe. Plan to schedule more appointments
Michael was great. Very informative and easy to talk to.
Mike was awesome. I had cupping done on my back and had immediate relief. Mike was extremely attentive making sure that every problem I had with my back was addressed. I will definitely come back and recommend to all my friends.
Mike was super nice and professional, he know what he’s doing. I scheduled a session every 2 weeks.
Michael was incredibly attentive and I highly recommend his treatments. He took his time addressing my chief complaint and it certainly was! My back was killing me and I left his office feeling 100% better. I’ll be back for sure.
Michael was super wonderful. I purchased the acupuncture and cupping special. He took his time explaining every technique he uses and made sure that each area I wanted to tackle was handled and targeted with care. The experience was both in depth and very comfortable and I feel like a million bucks afterwards! I highly recommend his services!
Michael was amazing. He was very tentative to my problem area soon as I walked through the door. He keep me engaged in conversation during the cupping season and explained everything that he was doing. Which made me very comfortable. He’s very personable. Last but not least the place was very clean and he made my 1st time a great experience.
Michale was awesome! He was very friendly and professional. He does go in depth to understand what you are really looking for to provide you with best service. I’d highly recommend him!
Micheal is the best. I bought two treatments for me and my boyfriend on our first trip to Colorado!! Micheal is knowledgeable, kind and gentle. He made my first cupping experience super!! and he took away my annoying migraine! Next time in Colorado I will be stopping by again. Thanks Micheal for all your help!!!
I have never done cupping before and this was great! Mike was very professional and thorough in getting my history about what I needed pain/ tightness/ discomfort wise. The office was clean, tidy, and comfortable.
If you go anywhere else you’re wasting your time ~ first time cupping was perfect and educational
I have never done cupping before and this was great.The office was clean and comfortable.
Awesome experience! He really listens to whst you need and takes time to treat your problem areas. I can't wait to go back, this will be the place I go on a regular basis now!
Mike is a miracle worker. I’ve had severe pain in my back for years, and it got to the point I could barely walk. After my initial treatment my pain was near gone. He was very thorough, always making sure I knew what he was doing and what was next. His office was very clean and relaxing. Will definitely be returning and recommend him highly to anyone and everyone. Like
Try Your First Treatment for $50
First time patients can try our services for $50 for a limited time. Whether you are part of the 95% of the population that is new to acupuncture or are a seasoned acupuncture patient, we would like to give you the chance to see why The Subtle Point is highly recommended by everyone that chooses us to make a shift in their health.
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.
When noticeable changes aren’t being made, we will adjust your treatments accordingly.
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.
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