Foothills Acupuncture

The place for Lakewood, CO acupuncture and holistic care

  • At Foothills Acupuncture, we offer you a variety of different Chinese medical modalities to help resolve your medical issues.

  • A treatment will include one or more of the following methods that are listed below.

  • To find more information on what treatments are offered, click on Services

  • To schedule an appointment, please use the following link.



Acupuncture is health practice where hair thin needles are inserted into the skin at specific points on the body.  According to Chinese medical theory, these points will influence the body by helping to restore the body's natural physiological balance. Acupuncture can help to correct a number of ailments such as pain, anxiety, stress, depression, headaches, migraines, digestive problems, insomnia, fatigue, etc., and can easily assimilate into your current medical, or fitness regime. When done by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture has a low amount of associated side effects, no addictive qualities, and can allow you to go back to work/play with out a decrease in mental cognition or physical performance.    


Chinese herbal treatment

Chinese herbal treatments are an excellent option to help address your personal health needs. In most cases they can easily integrate into your current acupuncture or western medical plans, or can work great as a stand alone treatment to bring your body back to balance.  Like acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine can treat a number of different ailments, form pain to digestive problems, and when administered properly, there are low risks of side effects and no addictive qualities to contend with.  



Cupping is a process where glass cups are "stuck" to the skin of the body by causing a vacuum in the cup. The cups then can remain in place or moved around the body using an oil medium and a specific sliding technique.  This therapy helps to pull out "deep stagnations" that are hindering the natural physiological processes of the body.  By removing these blockages, the body can be restored to its natural physiological  balance.  During cupping therapy, the cups will often leave a mark that looks like a bruise, however, there is very little to no discomfort associated with these marks.  This is often a popular therapy used by athletes and people that suffer from repetitive motion injuries, as well as those looking to benefit from the relaxing release that cupping can bring.   

Cupping/Lakewood Pain Relief

Tui Na ("twee naw")

Tui Na, which literally translates from Chinese as "push, grasp", is a Chinese medicinal massage technique that is rooted in Chinese medical theory. Tui Na uses massage techniques that are similar to current massage practices, however, it differs by incorporating Chinese medical theory to further enhance the treatment and obtain deeper medical benefits.  Often this massage is used in conjunction, or in liu of traditional acupuncture needling, and is typically done with the patient fully clothed, or covered with a sheet.  Tui Na is an excellent therapy to incorporate if the patient is young, or if the patient has a high aversion to needles. 


Gua Sha ("Gwah Shah")

Gua Sha is a Chinese medicinal technique where the practitioner uses a blunt edged object, such as Chinese soup spoon, or a flat, blunt edged gua sha tool, to "scrape" the skin in order to help the body release built up stagnation. The practitioner will also use a soothing oil to prevent any chaffing or scratching to the skin in the treated area.  This is an excellent technique used to help release stiff and painful muscles, reduce fevers, and help extract deeper stagnation that is hindering the body's natural physiological balance.  Even though the technique will leave the appearance of a bruise in the area that was treated, there is little discomfort associated with the treated area.    


Battlefield acupuncture

Battlefield acupuncture is a form of auricular acupuncture therapy that was developed by Dr. Richard Niemtzow MD in order to treat soldiers in the field who were suffering from pain and could not take any performance deterring pain medications.  The therapy uses a semi-permanent needle that can be retained in the ear for several days, which allows the therapy to be effective for longer amounts of time.  The battlefield acupuncture protocol has been adapted by the military and is now used not only for pain of all types, but also for soldiers who are suffering from PTSD and other problems associated with combat situations.  Battlefield acupuncture is an effective therapy that is minimally invasive, long lasting and has no addictive side effects or associated loss in mental or physical performance.