Boy: i’d like to teach you about dry needling.
A technique that physical therapist created to treat muscle pain.
I insert a needle into the trigger point rapidly to release the muscle.
Girl: I already learned that technique in acupuncture school.
We call it lifting and thrusting Ashi points.
Seventy-five percent of my profession use it on a daily basis and treatment.
Boy: But dry needle is not acupuncture we use medical terms not mystical words from thousands of years ago.
I learned to dry needle in a weekend course taught by a physical therapist
Girl: Acupuncturists use medical terms to the Chinese were where the skeletal system the road about treating the muscle trigger points with needles in a book published in 220 AD.
Boy: Ok but I am NOT doing acupuncture my teacher my teacher told me it was not acupuncture.
And I don’t call it that so it can’t be the same thing
Girl: Needing into trigger points was one of the 100 different needling techniques.
I learned during my three thousands master degree program in acupuncture.
Boy: I use this often on patients you did not learn about westernmedicine concepts.
And dry needling is based on western medicine so it can’t bethe same thing
Girl: Yes I did my degree required hundreds of hours on Western clinical science.
Including anatomy, physiology, clean needle technique blood borne pathogens and contraindications.
Boy: Ok I am not required to learn those things if I want to dry needling.
I just have to take a 12-hour continuing education classover the weekend and I can needle patient that same day.
Girl: Using a needle to break the skin surface is included in myscope of practice by the legislature by law.
I must complete a Master degree and register with thelicensing board to treat
Boy: Needling is not included in my scope but the physical therapy board said it was okay as long as I feel competent in whatever training I choose to do that weekend course was enough.
Girl: That doesn’t sound safe even the doctors in my state must complete a three hundred our approved program and register with the board have medicine before they can do medical acupuncture.
Boy: But since I don’t call it acupuncture that should be okay right.
I don’t need to have any specific training to needle into the skin like a doctor does.
Girl: Well the doctors already know how to use needles but theymust still do an additional 300 hours if they want to lift and thrust Ashimuscle points no matter what they call it
Boy: But it works so well on my patient. I want to be able to doit and to build their insurance company for the procedure.
Girl: Yes it does work well that is why I went to acupuncture school to learn this and many other techniques. So that I can choose the mostappropriate technique for their issue.
Boy: There are many needle techniques besides dry needling thatmight help resolve muscle pain.
Girl: Yeah, many. Why don’t you stick to manual therapy and referyour client to me for needling. We can both help the same patient by doing whatwe were trained to do best.