|Action||Practice of dry needling|
|Comment Period||Ends 7/26/2019|
First, the term "dry needle" implies the acupuncturists use something else, perhaps a "wet needle" or needles with medicine, but they do not, acupuncture needles are dry as well.
Second, proponents are using terms such as evidence based, etc. There is scientific evidence that acupuncture relieves pain. Many insurance companies now cover it for pain management. This is exactly why PT's want to be able to use needling techniques.
Third, If a Physical Therapist can not effectively treat their patients with PT, they must refer them to a licensed acupuncturist.
Proponents also say that acupuncture manipulates the Qui/Chi, and Dry needle is inserted into the muscle. Many acupuncture points are also in the muscle, and an acupuncturist may choose to treat pain that way.
Make no mistake, this whole argument is not about patient care but pure economics. Many acupuncturists patients are treated for pain. Acupuncturists pay over $60,000 for the education, and licensing process. Allowing Physical Therapists to perform dry needling will significantly impact a licensed acupuncturists business. Many Physical Therapist practices employee acupuncturists. This is not about patient care. As stated earlier, a PT can refer a patient to a licensed acupunturist if there physical therapy treatment is not effective.
I am an NACCOM certified acupuncturist and I am licensed in VA, DC, and MD.