Healing Traditions Integrated Wellness    
     7114 W. Jefferson Ave. Suite 208      Lakewood,      Colorado      80235    
   Phone: (303) 997-9414    URL of Map 

Acupuncture for the Female Athlete

Female athletes and recreational athletic women have special health needs.  Their active bodies are consuming nutrients, moving blood and flushing wastes differently than sedentary women.  Their metabolisms are acting & responding differently, and their dietary needs will differ as well.  Also, a “female athletic body” has a much different internal environment - with a distinct set of needs - versus that of a Male athlete.


As the female athlete becomes more fit, systems such as cardiovascular can run more optimally.  However, other systems can be negatively affected. As the body and it’s tissues are being put under more demanding, physical stressors, imbalances can begin to manifest.  These imbalances can affect sleep, menstrual cycle, appetite, reproductive systems, etc.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can not only help with these potential imbalances, but ultimately enhance your overall fitness levels by addressing the following:


  • Pain Management - Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can manage pain experienced from overuse or injury, but it also gets to the core of your pain to begin the healing process.  We directly address muscle and connective tissue utilizing Acupuncture (Motor point therapy & Trigger point therapy) combined with an Asian body work called "Tui Na", to release and address tight, sore, injured connective and muscle tissue.


  • Injury Recovery - Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine (Internal & External/topical) speeds the healing of injured muscles & connective tissues such as tendons, ligaments and even bone!  Powerful Chinese liniments are made from Chinese Medicinals (herbs & minerals) which help to heal the injured area at it's core, and reduce and relieve pain and swelling.

    Combining western medical orthopedic evaluation with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is essential. To understand the etiology of injuries, we utilize Western Orthopedic assessments such as, Range of Motion, Manual Muscle Testing, and “stress” and compression tests to different ligaments and joints.  This helps to not only reveal the site of injury, but also to help differentiate an injury from similar presenting conditions.  Integrating these two medical systems increases the likelihood that the Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment is directed to the primary lesion.


  • Injury Prevention - Kinesthetic & orthopedic assessment combined with Acupuncture treatment can help prevent potential injuries, which can occur due to muscular imbalances.  Utilizing the use of Western Orthopedic assessments as mentioned above, helps to identify any areas of weakness or strain before they become chronic, and susceptible to injury. This approach allows us to treat, nourish and strengthen those areas in order to prevent future injury.


  • Athletic & Performance Enhancement – Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine can improve athletic performance in regards to the following: Increasing speed in the lower extremities for athletes, such as runners and cyclists; Benefiting and increasing Cardiovascular capacity; Power and endurance in both the upper and lower extremities; Improving and increasing body coordination for sports that involve jumping, throwing, multi-directional movements, and for sports such as: skiing, swimming, gymnastics, rock climbing and dancing.


  • Sleep - Getting a good night's sleep is vital to your energy levels and focus during the day.  If you are not sleeping well, Chinese Medicine can help!


  • Reproductive and Menstrual Issues – Training for athletic events, and working out regularly is a beautiful thing for the female body and mind.  It strengthens and prepares our bodies for increased athletic demand and performance. However, this demand can also create stress and imbalance in a women’s reproductive system, leading to issues such as: potentially irregular or absent menstrual cycles, painful menstrual cycles, trouble with body temperature regulation, and even infertility.  Chinese Medicine can help the athletic women regain balance in these areas through nourishing and balancing the vital female cycles, resulting in a strong and balanced woman!


  • Digestion - Digestive issues disript the absorption of nutrients from your food, and directly affect your energy and performance. Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine combined with Dietary and nutritional therapy, are a direct and powerful approach to help correct digestive issues.


  • Diet & Nutrition - Eating healthy is a common goal, but eating right for your body is a completely different animal.  A Metabolic & Nutritional Assessment will examine and reveal any nutritional and/or metabolic imbalances your body may be experiencing, leading to unwanted symptoms.  Dietary and Nutritional counseling and recommendations are discussed with the goal in mind to have you feeling and performing your best.


At Healing Traditions Oriental Medicine, we understand the athlete, because we are athletes ourselves.  Our standard services include Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for: Sports related injuries, Musculoskeletal disorders & Pain, Women's Health Issues & Fertility. 


To learn more about how acupuncture can help your athletic performance, recovery and overall health, please visit our website at www.Healing-Traditions.com or call us directly at 303-997-9414 to schedule your free 20 minute telephone consult.


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About Gina
Gina Mortellaro-Gomez, B.A., M.S.O.M., L.Ac., C.H., NCCAOM Dipl. O.M., is an avid athlete, and seasoned practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Her B.A. in Kinesiology from University of Colorado, Boulder, began this whole journey of understanding and treating the functional body.  Gina continued her studies & earned her Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine from South West Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. She has continued her studies in China at the top hospitals, and locally with several post graduate courses & apprenticeship programs including, The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program with the world-renowned Whitfield Reaves, O.M.D.

Currently, Gina continues to maintain a close working relationship with Dr. Reeves via helping and studying with ongoing apprenticeship groups & seminars. In addition to her apprenticeship with Whitfield Reeves, Gina also has a history as a Fitness and athletic trainer with background studies from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Gina is continually seeking ways to expand her knowledge within this field through self-education and taking acupuncture sport medicine/musculoskeletal courses and seminars taught by practitioners such as Matt Callison, M.S.O.M.

Gina combines her knowledge of Chinese Medicine as it relates to Sports Medicine, Athletic Enhancement and Musculoskeletal disorders with her background in Kinesiology and athletic training to provide a very well-rounded and balanced approach to her treatments serving Athletes, weekend warriors and those suffering from other Chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders.

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