Meet Lindsay Long, L.Ac., C.SMA® (Certified Sports Medicine Acupuncture Specialist), FDN (Functional Dry Needling Certified)
Lindsay Long, L.Ac., C.SMA®, received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports and Health Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. There she conducted research on the effects of exercise versus pharmaceutical drugs on clinical depression and extensively studied athletic training with the head trainer for the University of Missouri Tigers football team. She graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine. Through this program she had the opportunity to provide acupuncture at The Courage Center, The Salvation Army Harbor Lights, Perspectives Family Care Center, and The Aliveness Project. This gave her a wide variety of experience working with patients suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries, various addictions, women’s health issues, and other chronic conditions.
During her training at Northwestern she also learned to integrate the modalities of cupping, moxibustion (the burning of a medicinal herb), tui na (Chinese Medical Massage), gua sha (dermal friction therapy), Chinese Food Therapy, and Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal into her practice. Lindsay is also a practitioner of Chinese Herbology and prescribes herbal formulas that can treat conditions such as acne, infertility, urinary tract infections, menstrual irregularities, eczema, insomnia, and much more.
Lindsay completed a year long certification process in Sports Medicine Acupuncture® at the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston, Massachusetts in 2010. She is currently one of only four acupuncturists in the state of Colorado (and the only one in Boulder County) as well as one of only two acupuncturists in the state of Minnesota certified to provide this advanced training in the treatment of sports injuries using motor point needling techniques, soft tissue mobilization, and rehabilitative exercises. In 2012 and 2013 Lindsay was honored to assist Matt Callison as a teaching assistant to the Sports Medicine Acupuncture® program in Boston.
Lindsay completed a six month Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship with Whitfield Reaves in 2011, one of the innovators in the field of sports acupuncture and performance enhancement, in Boulder, Colorado. In June 2013 Lindsay was honored to take over Whitfield’s sports acupuncture practice in Boulder, Colorado after he had been treating athletes in the area for over 25 years. Lindsay collaborates closely with Whitfield and provides sports acupuncture to a variety of athletes in Colorado including Iron Man athletes, cyclists, marathoners, gymnasts, Crossfitters, runners, as well as weekend warriors. Lindsay currently practices primarily in Boulder, Colorado, but returns to Minnesota twice a year to provide acupuncture at her office in Maple Grove.
When not treating patients Lindsay teaches sports medicine to graduate students at Southwestern Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado and oversees interns that treat the Division IV student athletes at the Dal Ward Athletic Center at the University of Colorado.
Lindsay is also the only acupuncturist to complete the Functional Dry Needling training at Kinetacore® in Brighton, CO. She specializes in sports acupuncture and dry needling for the treatment of musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries such as spinal disc injuries, knee, neck, and hip pain, shoulder injuries, shin splits, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, and muscle tension headaches. Lindsay has worked with professional athletes from all over the country by providing sports acupuncture to NFL players at the Larry Fitzgerald Receiver camp in 2009-2013 and well as in the office in Maple Grove.
Through the accumulation of countless hours of continuing education and training with some of the experts in the field of sports acupuncture Lindsay provides a comprehensive and intelligent approach to treating both professional athletes as well as weekend warriors using sports and performance enhancing acupuncture techniques, postural assessment, soft tissue mobilization, and rehabilitative exercises to get them back in the game pain free.