Acupuncture & Manual Therapy: How They Go Together

Acupuncture Therapy New York City You may have heard of acupuncture and the benefits the therapy brings to aching backs and other afflictions of the musculoskeletal system. These days, though, this treatment is no longer just a complimentary therapy steeped in Eastern mystery but a scientific and evidence-based method of treatment that is used to correct pain conditions, particularly if you are prone to athletic & sports injuries.

Beyond Acupuncture

The doctors at Mark Thompson Acutherapy combine acupuncture with manual therapy to produce one of the most progressive and effective ways to treat pain conditions of the musculoskeletal system including afflictions of the tendons, joints, and muscles. Here’s the medical recipe for Acutherapy, plus what this comprehensive therapy can do for you.

Take Some Manual Therapy…

This would be any therapy where your hands or a hand-held instrument is used to abate pain and restore mobility. More precise manual therapies include Chiropractic and Massage Therapy, these practices require training and in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. Manual Therapy can also involve:
  • Shaking
  • Rolling
  • Stretching
  • Vibrating
  • Application of Hot and Cold
Manual Therapy is used with a goal towards easing discomfort and helping stiff joints and muscles to move freely again.

…Then Add Some Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient method of treatment that is part of Traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture works under the simple premise that restoring the body to its optimal state will stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. Acupuncture relieves pain, stimulates circulation, and helps to restore healthy musculoskeletal conditions. Acupuncture is performed through the application of hair-fine needles placed along specific points of the body. It’s safe and, in spite of the needles, a pain-free way to help the body heal itself fast.

Now You Have Acutherapy

The combined use of Manual Therapy and Acupuncture creates an integrated approach to pain treatment and healing called Acutherapy. Because the two therapies address the same conditions in different ways they are used in conjunction with each other and work synergetically to tackle pain conditions of the musculoskeletal system. While Manual Therapy is used to restore mobility to joints, tendons, and muscles, Acupuncture is applied to heal. This creates the optimal conditions that ensure the most effective treatment to restore the body to health.

But that’s Not All

In addition, Acutherapy also includes corrective exercises. As the name implies, corrective exercise is meant to correct whatever condition is ailing the body by strengthening the musculoskeletal system and supporting the Acutherapy processes for faster healing results. For instance, physical therapists use various forms of corrective exercise to help people recover from injuries and surgeries that have affected the musculoskeletal system. Corrective Exercise works in conjunction with manual and acupuncture therapy to affect a more comprehensive treatment plan that can be continued even when you are not in the office. All working in total synergy to restore mobility and promote healing.

But First There is You, the Patient…

Before any plan of treatment is decided on, the doctors at Mark Thompson Acutherapy take all the time necessary to collaborate with you in-depth to find the core causes of your pain. There are a myriad of ailments of this nature and sometimes symptoms of one condition can mimic another so personalized attention is crucial. Symptoms of a distressed musculoskeletal system most often present as:
  • Pulled or overworked muscles
  • Pain
  • Burning
  • Immobility
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
These symptoms can result from sports & exercise injuries, accidents, falls, nerve inflammation, arthritis, bursitis and so on. Even insomnia and chronic fatigue can be a sign that you have a musculoskeletal issue which can result in, but is not limited to, pain in the neck, back, elbows, face and legs. Men and women who are enthusiastic about their workouts are often prime candidates for joint injuries and muscle strain. All acutherapy starts with a comprehensive and progressive consultation given with personalized focus, which serves to address all your concerns and precisely pinpoint the cause of your pain. Then an integrated, effective, and personalized plan of treatment can be pursued. If you live in the Metro New York area and are experiencing pain, chronic aches, burning in the neck, back, legs and elbows or are experiencing unexplained fatigue and lack of sleep, contact Mark Thompson Acutherapy for a comprehensive consultation. Or check out Mark Thompson Acutherapy on the web for the information you need to help you restore lost mobility, expedite healing and get you back to doing what you love.