Dry Needling and Acupuncture for Pain

Dry needling can be added to some Massage services and is included in our Acupuncture for Pain treatments.

Dry needling is a technique used for musculoskeletal injuries and pain management. This treatment that involves a very thin acupuncture needle being inserted into specific trigger or motor points to relieve muscle, joint and myofascial pain and dysfunction.

How Dry Needling Works

Trigger Point (points of soft tissue tension) and Motor Point (points where nerves innervate the corresponding muscle belly) dysfunction can develop during occupational, recreational or sports activities when muscles are over worked. If the overwork of the muscles is chronic, normal recovery is not possible. Muscles and fascia are very prone to tension and restriction, but respond quickly to Dry Needling.

Dry Needling releases trigger or motor points causing the muscles to relax and soften. This promotes the proper circulation of blood, nutrients and metabolic wastes. Adjoining and opposing muscles are allowed to return to their natural length, reducing strain on tendons, ligaments and bones. Inflammation and pain are reduced. Chronic dysfunctional structural patterns are released and an environment for healing is created.

Dry Needling in Grand Lake

What does Dry Needling Feel Like?

Generally, a patient cannot feel the dry needle be inserted. Upon stimulation of a trigger or motor point a local twitch response or sudden slight contraction of the muscle may create a very brief dull ache or cramping response. This response is normal and considered a positive therapeutic reaction. Once a twitch response has been elicited, the muscle fibers in that area relax, ‘inflammation’ is reduced and circulation improves.

Immediately after treatment patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs, a result of the release of chronic muscle tension and muscle soreness that may be felt up to 24-48 hrs. The application of heat or ice, analgesics, essential oils or taking a warm/hot Epson salt bath and drinking plenty of fluids usually reduces the soreness.


Difference between Acupuncture & Dry needling

Dry Needling is also known a “Ashi” needling in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. Ashi Points are tender or sore Acupuncture points on the body. Because Motor Points often overlap with Acupuncture Points, the treatment of a musculoskeletal condition will sometimes directly resolve some other apparently unrelated medical problem.

If you’re in Grand County Colorado and considering a dry needling session, please call to learn more or book your appointment on our online portal.

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Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage:  Prenatal massage  during pregnancy is a vital support to women as their bodies undergo major shifts and changes. Your prenatal massage therapist has been trained to know the exact spots to focus on to nurture expecting mothers.  Massage is safe at all stages of pregnancy.

Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But prenatal massage is also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.

Prenatal massage is performed by having the mother-to-be, propped with pillows, lie on her side or in a semi-reclined position.

Carrying a baby inside you changes your center of gravity and puts a lot of stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles, and shoulders. Pregnancy also relaxes your ligaments, so that your pelvic joints are less stable, and changes your posture, pulling your pelvis forward. Add this to that the extra weight you’re carrying and you may find you’ve got an aching lower back.

Regular prenatal massage can reduce emotional and muscular tension, ease cramping and spasms, increase blood and lymph circulation and decrease swelling. It’s so important to nurture and support your body with prenatal massage through the many magical stages of pregnancy.

Postpartum Massage

Postpartum massage is a wonderful reward and a deserving compliment to this joyful time.

Postpartum massage allows the new mother to concentrate less on pain and more on their precious new baby. It helps to relax the muscles and de-stress the body and mind after everything it has just endured. Studies show women who receive massage at least twice per week lower their levels of cortisol (stress hormones), which reduce the risk of postpartum depression.

Postpartum massage is very beneficial and can help with the physical and emotional toll of being a new mother. Some of the benefits of postpartum massage include:

  • Reducing the time it takes to recover from labor and delivery!
  • Relieving muscular tension caused by nursing and caring for your newborn!
  • Refreshing the mother dealing with sleep deprivation!
  • Providing the new mother an opportunity to take care of herself

So if you’re in the Grand Lake Colorado or Grand County Colorado areas and you are considering Prenatal Massage or Postpartum massage, please give us a call to learn more.


  • Prenatal Massage (60 min): $104
  • Prenatal Massage (90 min): $140


  • Essential oils: $5
  • Deep Tissue: $10
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Cupping Therapy

Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle vacuum pressure to pull them upward.  The entire back may be treated, including the neck, shoulders, middle and lower back, and sacral area.

Cups are placed on the skin and may be left for a period of five to fifteen minutes or they can be moved over the area to raise “sha”. The color and pattern of the “sha” marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week – sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary.  You will look like Gwyneth Paltrow or Michael Phelps.

If there is no stagnation present in the treated muscles, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple Cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. You will find in follow up treatments the marks will be progressively lighter as the toxin and adhesions are systemically removed from the body.

So if you’re in the Grand Lake Colorado, Granby, Kremmling or Winter Park Colorado areas and you are considering Cupping therapy, please give us a call to learn more.

Included in Deep Tissue, Integrative and Acupuncture services

Physiological Effects of Cupping:

  • Decrease or relieve pain and inflammation
  • Release deep muscular issues
  • Release and soften scar tissue
  • Lift and stretch soft tissue
  • Painful menstruation and associated pain in the low back
  • Increased range of movement
  • Open chest and lungs
  • Improve circulation
  • Drain lymph fluid, clear drainage pathways
  • Sedate the nervous system
  • Open energy flow of the body
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