Learn The Truth About Dry Needling and Why It Is Simply Another Form Of Acupuncture.
Join Dr. Terence McCormick, BS, MAcOM, DAOM, LAc and associate practitooners from the Acupuncture Natural Medicine Center of Larmaie as they discuss dry needling and explain the history of dry needling within the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Learn how many conditions can be addressed using this natural approach to health and wellness care. RSVP (307) 433-4010
Seek Care From A Properly Trained Practitioner
A properly trained acupuncturist (dry needling practitioner) has completed a minimum of 3 to 4 years of full-time graduate education from an accredited acupuncture and Oriental medicine college with no less than 3,300 hours of education and a minimum of 550 hours of supervised clinical internship in a college teaching clinic. Acupuncturists with a doctoral degree have almost double that number of hours of training. Acupuncturists must also pass national certification examinations (by the acupuncture profession and not the physical therapy or chiropractic associations and organizations) to demonstrate minimum proficiency and safety in the field of acupuncture-dry needling. The physical therapy and chiropractic professions have created their own certifying organizations and deficient training programs (sometimes calling them "colleges" or institutes" when they are nothing more than a continuing education seminar) in order to deceive the public and attempt to bypass the appropriate training to perform acupuncture (dry needling). Be sure to ask your dry needling practitioner questions about their education and the extent of their supervised clinical training before allowing them to use needles on you for treatment. Be safe and be informed. Many States (including South Dakota) do not allow non-acupuncturist (such as physical therapists) to perform dry needling because they realize the threat to public health and safety that these practitioners pose needling their patients with their dangerously limited and inadequate training (as little as 15 hours for physical therapists and 100 hours for chiropractors in weekend crash courses). This is not appropriate training and our patients deserve better than this!
Don't be fooled by other health care practitioners that deceptively hold themselves out to the public as being 'properly' trained in the field of dry needling - acupuncture. Often times their motivation to provide dry needling - acupuncture (vs. referring to or hiring a properly trained acupuncturist to work in their clinic) is simply a matter of the desire to increased their income. This has nothing to do with the best interest of the patient and providing a high level of care. These practitioners often times do not bill insurance for the appropriate codes, using "manual therapy" instead of the appropriate acupuncture code in order to deceive insurance companies and get paid for a procedure they have no business providing. This is a deceptive insurance billing practice that is an epidemic in the physical therapy profession.
Minimum standards of education and training have been well established for decades in the field of dry needling - acupuncture. These other non-acupuncturists (PT's, DC's, and others) are often very well aware they are taking advantage of a loophole in their profession's practice act allowing them to dangerously practice dry needling - acupuncture frequently providing less than optimal treatment effectiveness with their very limited training. Often times their patients are unaware of their inadequate and dangerously limited training that puts them at risk of serious harm. This is a major public health and safety concern that puts patients at the risk of numerous complications and injuries that may require hospitalization due to their very serious and potentially life threatening nature (lung and other organ puncture, soft tissue and nerve damage, spontaneous miscarriage, etc). There have been numerous cases reported throughout the US where physical therapists and chiropractors have needled patients and caused serious complications resulting in hospitalization. The most common being a punctured lung. However, acupuncture (dry needling) is very safe and much more effective when performed by a properly trained acupuncturist.
Dry needling is a style of acupuncture that is part of a greater system of Asian medicine that takes years of supervised acupuncture college clinical training to practice effectively and safely. It is not something that can be learned in a weekend seminar as many physical therapists and chiropractors believe. In most of the more population dense States in the U.S., chiropractors and physical therapists are not permitted to practice dry needling since it is not considered to be in their scope of practice. In these States it has been made very clear that properly trained acupuncturists are the only practitioners patients should see for dry needling, since they are the experts. It is primarily a phenomenon of the Midwest and Rocky Mountain region that these non-acupuncturists have deceptively wedged their way into the practice of acupuncture or dry needling. In places such as California, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, New York State (among many other States), dry needling is considered acupuncture and solely within the scope of practice of a qualified acupuncturist. Physical therapists and chiropractors are specifically restricted in their practice acts and laws from performing dry needling and acupuncture (or any form of needle therapy). These non-acupuncturists (PT's, DC's and others) are not permitted by the medical boards to practice dry needling-acupuncture in New York City, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major and progressive cities, that says so much by itself. In these places the acupuncture profession is respected and recognized by the public. They are well aware of the acupuncturist's place in healthcare and realize when another profession simply attempts to disrespectfully encroach upon the acupuncture profession. It is our center's goal to inform and educate our Midwestern and Rocky Mountain region patients about this very important public health and safety issue.