Dr. Mark Thompson, LAc, DPT
Mark Thompson is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Licensed Acupuncturist and the owner of Mark Thompson Acutherapy. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Evidence In Motion, the largest provider of post-professional educational programs in the physical therapy industry. Prior to this, he completed a four-year program in acupuncture at the country’s premier acupuncture school, Tri-State College of Acupuncture and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Hunter College New York. Today, he is a leading thinker in developing Acutherapy, a mixed-discipline care approach addressing physical healing, pain management and musculoskeletal wellness.
Mark’s road to Acutherapy has been wide and far-ranging. After a career in theater and dance in New York, coping with the attendant physical demands and damage of that career in the early 1980s, Mark decided to pursue a new craze at that time – fitness. Physical therapy was then a relatively new profession with its practitioners just taking on the role of being musculoskeletal treatment experts. Mark worked at several sports medicine practices and became a director at Sports Training Physical Therapy, while continuing to pursue his studies investigating various manual therapy and exercise techniques, as well as associated fields like osteopathy, chiropractic and exercise physiology.
After having treated thousands of patients, Mark came to appreciate the complexity of pain, injury, and recovery, as well as the necessity of having various skill sets and approaches in order to help people with musculoskeletal problems. At this time, he became familiar with the work of Dr. Janet Travell, who reintroduced “trigger point” therapy in the 1950’s, along with Dr. Mark Seem, the president of Tri-State College of Acupuncture. The two became fascinated by the surprising overlap between most of the classically described acupuncture points and the typical locations of myofascial trigger points.
To further his growing curiosities in the field, Mark completed a 4-year course of study in Acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, the only acupuncture program that included training in the treatment of trigger points through acupuncture. He began integrating these techniques into his own physical therapy practice, finding acupuncture needling to be an incredibly powerful and effective tool in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. Years of experimentation led him to understanding the distinction between effective and ineffective acupuncture techniques.
Continuing his pursuits, Mark completed a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Evidence In Motion. The program’s focus was on evidence-based care with an emphasis on clinical studies that support or refute the use of common and recently developed treatment approaches. Mark became acutely aware of the importance of staying informed about the latest science advances in anatomy, physiology and exercise science.
Mark began his current practice, Mark Thompson Acutherapy, in 2002 to implement all that he had learned in his myriad disciplinary explorations. With time, he has formalized a mixed-discipline mode of care he terms Acutherapy. Acutherapy is a healing approach that integrates three forms of treatment: Acupuncture, Manual Therapy, and Corrective Exercise into a dynamic treatment supported by the most current best evidence in conjunction with years of clinical practice.
A skeptic at heart and a scientist by nature, Mark continues his studies, research and investigations into all the available evidence on pain, healing and wellness and ways to help patients through Acutherapy.