Why Refer Us?

We are musculoskeletal specialists – we only treat muscle/joint pain and dysfunction. Using our unique combination of skills, we can get your non-surgical patients better, faster, without (or with less) medication, and alone or in conjunction with traditional physical therapy.

At Mark Thompson Acutherapy, we use evidence-based techniques that have been shown to provide relief for musculoskeletal complaints. These techniques primarily include trigger point acupuncture and dry needling of the myofascia. We integrate massage, myofascial release, and joint mobilization techniques when appropriate and in situations proven amenable to their use. Corrective exercise is prescribed in most cases. We also use scientific acupuncture methods shown to promote relaxation and normalization of the autonomic nervous system.

When you see a patient who cannot make gains in strength or flexibility following injury or surgery, oftentimes the reason is the existence of multiple myofascial trigger points in the involved musculature, as well as throughout the synergistic myofascial chain. These trigger points often do not yield to manual treatment, but are very responsive to only one or a few treatments with Acutherapy. Patients with complaints of pain in multiple areas that “moves from place to place” or that occurs in another location once one area improves, are likely dealing with central sensitization – a condition in which the central nervous system becomes “wound up.”

You know from your experience that these patients are difficult to progress. Using scientific adaptation of classical acupuncture, we integrate pain relief with central nervous system-regulating techniques into our myofascial approach with these patients.

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

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