Sports Medicine Acupuncture®

Sports Medicine Acupuncture is a synergistic blend of the ancient wisdom and methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), modern sports medicine science and assessment, and specialized treatment techniques. It is a comprehensive and intelligent approach to treating pain, sports injuries, work injuries, and postural imbalances, as well as promote enhanced athletic performance and improve range of motion.

Lindsay Long, L.Ac., C.SMA is currently one of only two acupuncturists certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture in Colorado as well as one of only two SMA certified acupuncturists in Minnesota. Gina Fabiano, L.Ac., in Minnesota has also completed a considerable amount of the sports medicine acupuncture program as well as trained with Whitfield Reaves at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. (link to (link to

Using orthopedic and manual muscle testing sports acupuncturists can ascertain the exact location of pain, muscle imbalance, or soft tissue lesion and use specialized acupuncture points to correct overactive or inhibited muscle fibers. The acupuncturist uses motor point needling techniques to “reset” the affected muscle spindle fibers. This teaches the body to maintain balance between its opposing muscle groups, maintain the muscles strength and tone, as well as open the nervous system circuit to maintain optimal functioning and range of motion. When these techniques are performed correctly by a licensed acupuncturist with this highly specialized training, results are immediate, which provides a quick return to activity and peak level of performance for the patient. Follow up treatments may be necessary to maintain optimal body functioning and for lasting results.

Sports acupuncturists may also use soft tissue release and mobilizations, postural assessment, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretches, and exercises to correct postural imbalances to quickly get you back in the game pain free, maintain optimal results, and prevent future injuries.

Lindsay Long, L.Ac., C.SMA has also had training in performance enhancing acupuncture techniques that can be beneficial for runners, cyclists, swimmers, and many other competitive athletes. Through years of research and work with Olympic Athletes, Whitfield Reaves has perfected these techniques that give athletes a competitive edge by enhancing endurance, power, and speed. These techniques vary from person to person and need to be tested prior to your big event or competition. (link to

If you would like more information on how sports and performance enhancing acupuncture techniques can benefit your race, game or team contact us at 303-552-8722 or email

Sports acupuncture techniques have a wide range of applicability. Acupuncture can be very beneficial for the following disorders: