Mark Whalen

Mark Whalen is the founder of Five Points Acupuncture & Wellness. After experiencing the benefits of acupuncture as a patient, Mark decided to pursue acupuncture as a career. Mark is passionate about educating others on the benefits of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and is driven to help others get well. Mark graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2005 with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Mark is licensed by the MA Board of Medicine to practice Acupuncture, and is board certified by the NCCAOM to practice Herbal Medicine. Mark is also certified in Functional Medicine through Functional Medicine University.

Dry Needling – Is It Acupuncture?

Why do physical therapists practicing dry needling promote it as non-acupuncture. Let's look at both sides of the argument and try to establish the truth.

Acupuncture Can Help Avoid Surgery For Chronic Shoulder Pain

For chronic shoulder pain that is unresponsive to conventional treatments, acupuncture may be the miracle cure. It aims at minimizing inflammation, increasing blood flow, and reducing pain by stimulating natural pain-killers—opioid and adenosine. Acupuncture needles are injected into distal parts (not the target painful areas) so further discomfort and pain is not caused.

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