|Action||Practice of dry needling|
|Comment Period||Ends 7/26/2019|
I frequently see physical therapists and acupuncturists and I have commented on this website on this issue several years ago. I can say with 100% certainty that acupuncture professionals DO NOT use their needles in the same manner or under the same principals as a physical therapist (PT). The PT palpates the tight muscle area or sore spot and inserts 'A' needle to invoke a muscle spasm to quickly relieve the muscle tension and pain. The needle is usually removed in a few minutes. An acupuncturist inserts MANY needles according to ancient meridians and does not move them around once inserted. Needles are left in place for a much longer period of time sometimes an hour. Acupuncturists practice to restore qi, balance energy and promote relaxation. I want skilled and educated PTs to have the right to use dry needling and I will go to an Acupuncturist when I want to be treated with the concept of qi.