At Mark Thompson Acutherapy, we use evidence-based techniques that have been shown to provide relief for musculoskeletal complaints. These techniques include primarily 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 .
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 .
Post-surgical patients also benefit from treatment . In most cases we see inhibition of quadriceps, rotator cuff or other muscles following surgery. “Overuse” pain develops in the most worked muscles as patients work hard to strengthen in an effort to avoid surgery, or to return to full function following surgery. By treating trigger points and areas of myofascial restriction with needling and manual techniques, we can normalize the muscle firing and facilitate the patient’s rehabilitation .
Currently, physical therapists can perform dry needling techniques in half the states. There are now numerous studies documenting the usefulness of this technique . However, we use the same techniques more proficiently, having studied and practiced needling for thousands of clinical hours. We also have access to other needling techniques that are not taught in dry needling courses. Many times needling tendons, ligaments, and fascia can be more productive than needling trigger points alone . Adding distal acupoints can sometimes push the treatment to success .
We approach our treatments from a scientific perspective, looking at biometric or other potential causes of the patient’s complaints. We do not just treat pain. We attempt to discover the source of the dysfunction and to address it, while continuing to treat the myofascial complaint. In many cases this can be accomplished by lifestyle, exercise, or ergonomic changes. More complex cases are addressed with a multifaceted approach: corrective exercise, instruction in self treatment, gait analysis, fabrication of orthotics, taping, bracing, or referral to more specific disciplines such as cognitive therapy .
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