What is Acutherapy?


Acutherapy is a therapeutic approach employing three key elements:

These elements combined address musculoskeletal and myofascial issues, including muscle and joint pain throughout the body, arising from physical injury, overtraining, overuse, repetitive tasks or certain chronic conditions.

Using these elements jointly and collaboratively, Acutherapy treats a person as a whole, recognizing issues must be addressed interconnectedly, and not merely as just a sum of individual parts. The result is a standard of care more effective and efficient than each technique separately, and oftentimes more beneficial than other commonly prescribed clinical approaches.

How Is Our Approach To Care Different?

What is unique is how we integrate our techniques to target to each person’s individual issues. We follow a rigorous, scientific, evidence-based approach based on high-quality research studies and two decades of clinical experience, which we match with understanding and compassion for each patient we treat.

Each session with a Mark Thompson-trained Acutherapist is over an hour in length, double that of most medical or acupuncture appointments. During each session we perform interactive needling along with myofascial, soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques in order to thoroughly address the patient’s issues. Finally, we suggest corrective exercise to support and help achieve desired outcomes.

How Do Acupuncture and Manual Therapy Combine to Create Acutherapy?

While the individual tools and techniques we use are not new or unique, Acutherapy represents a rigorous, evidence-based approach to combining acupuncture, manual therapy and corrective exercise treatments. The starting point for an Acutherapist is a thorough understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology that affords an understanding of both the extent as well as the limits to what Acutherapy can achieve. Continued study is an integral part of Acutherapy and includes a broad assessment of the latest studies available including those covering therapies, advances in anatomical and physiological understanding, and the variety of approaches to treating of musculoskeletal complaints.

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Our many years of experience using these techniques allow us to understand and to predict the outcome of our treatments, both in duration and quality. For acute injury, we can generally predict the necessary number of treatments and the expected range of response. This makes it possible for us to approximate the amount of time needed for recovery and when the patient can expect to return to their normal functional goals, be they athletic or lifestyle-based. Active individuals suffering chronic conditions can expect improvement and in many cases remediation depending, of course, on many underlying factors which are assessed during our initial evaluation session.

Many conditions are amenable to a maintenance approach, but may not necessarily “curable.” In chronic pain conditions, significant changes occur in the structural, muscular and nervous systems (including the brain). While many conditions should be addressed by Acutherapy, not all can be corrected. For example, degenerated joint surfaces cannot be changed, short of joint replacement or other surgical procedures. In some cases we do use Acutherapy in a complementary way to increase and maintain function and to decrease musculoskeletal pain for a limited time while a long-term treatment plan is pursued.