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#458. Acupuncture for Performance Training & Chronic Pain with Mike Guadango

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Explore the world of acupuncture and pain management with renowned coach and acupuncturist Mike Guadango. In this episode, Dr. Erik Korem explores the ancient practice of acupuncture, its origins, and the science behind it.

Mike shares his expertise on using acupuncture for pain management, discussing the multifactorial nature of pain and the importance of a holistic approach to treatment.


  • The history and different sects of acupuncture
  • How acupuncture needles enhance proprioception and manipulate fascia
  • Mike's integrated approach to pain management and training
  • Strategies for addressing chronic pain and acute injuries
  • The psychological aspects of pain and the power of the mind

Whether you're an athlete, coach, or simply seeking to optimize your health, this episode will provide invaluable insights into the world of acupuncture and pain management.

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Quotable moments:

"The needles, in my opinion, are almost a way to enhance proprioception." - Mike Guadango

"If anyone tells you it's anything other than guess and check, they're selling you something, they're liars because it's all it is. And my guessing is just decent. It's better. Because I've guessed a lot. I have a lot of data." - Mike Guadango

"For me to get everything released, it's like onions. You need to peel layer by layer by layer." - Mike Guadango

"If I can get someone from chronic pain from a six to a five in a single session, it's a huge win." - Mike Guadango


The BluePrint Podcast is for busy professionals and Household CEOs who care deeply about their families, career, and health. Host Dr. Erik Korem distills cutting edge-science, leadership, and life skills into simple tactics optimized for your busy lifestyle and goals.   Dr. Korem interviews scientists, coaches, elite athletes, entrepreneurs, entertainers, and exceptional people to discuss science and practical skills you can implement to become the most healthy, resilient, and impactful version of yourself.

On a mission to equip people to pursue audacious goals, thrive in uncertainty, and live a healthy and fulfilled life, Dr. Erik Korem is a High-Performance pioneer. He introduced sports science and athlete-tracking technologies to collegiate and professional (NFL) football over a decade ago. He has worked with the National Football League, Power-5 NCAA programs, gold-medal Olympians, Nike, and the United States Department of Defense.

Erik is an expert in sleep and stress resilience. He is the Founder and CEO of AIM7, a health and fitness app that unlocks the power of wearables by providing you with daily personalized recommendations to enhance your mind, body, and recovery.


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