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Meet Jorga Houy of LA Sports Acupuncture in Highland Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jorga Houy.

Jorga, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My parents were professional ballet dancers and raised me with a love of creative, expressive movement and athleticism. In my early 20s, I had a spiritual awakening which lead me to study shamanism for a period of 5 years which left me with the knowledge that my purpose was helping others.

In 1998, I found the means to realize this goal of being of service to others and began studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine. I completed this Master’s degree program in 2005 and received my California State license to practice acupuncture in 2006. Then in 2008, my various interests combined when I decided to specialize in sports medicine and orthopedics. Since then, I have focused on becoming an expert in treating pain, movement dysfunction, and helping others to move freely and without pain.

I have also had the honor of teaching many others, both in movement arts and Chinese medicine. I have taught undergraduate students in the department of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science at California State University Los Angeles and post graduate students of acupuncture at Dongguk University.

I am happy that I am able to help people every day.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Before I discovered acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I had a certain level of existential angst which I feel many people suffer from, because they don’t know what to do with their lives. Once I found my purpose, this fell away like a curtain being drawn from a window. I feel very fortunate to have found my calling when I did.

After becoming a licensed acupuncturist, I had a bit of a learning curve regarding how to run a business and it took me a couple years to get my business off the ground. I really had a lot of catching up to do with that. I was so focused on learning how to be a good acupuncturist, that the idea of running a business was really far from my mind. I had to make a lot of mistakes to get to where I am now, but I never gave up. I know what I want to do and how to do it. Perseverance has taken me pretty far.

Please tell us about LA Sports Acupuncture.
I am an acupuncturist. In my practice, I specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine. This means that I deal primarily with pain, though the same techniques that help me understand what is causing pain in someone’s body can also be used to improve athletic performance.

My quest to understand sports medicine has lead me to incorporate some techniques into my practice which are rather uncommon for people in my field. I use the Selective Functional Movement Assessment to screen how people move, which reveals a lot about where the source of pain is in a person’s body. I have also certified in NeuroKinetic Therapy, a sophisticated form of manual therapy that combines motor control theory and manual muscle testing which is able to look at patterns of compensation and find where pain is really coming from. What I like about both of these techniques is that the inherent philosophy of both is the same as that of Chinese medicine – that it’s not enough to just treat symptoms, you have to treat the root cause of someone’s problem if you want to make real, lasting change.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite memories from my childhood is hiking with my father. He used to take me on all sorts of hikes throughout the LA area, from Griffith Park to the Angeles Crest. This instilled a deep love of nature in me.


  • First session, 90 minutes, assessment and treatment: $130.00
  • Follow up treatments, about 60 minutes: $100

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