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Book of Testimony for H.2006

Letters and Documents from Supporters of the Bill

The AOMSM has gathered letters and information showing support for House Bill 2006 from various AOMSM members plus industry professionals and organizations. This “Book of Testimony”, which you can access by clicking on links below to each separate document, will hopefully provide many more reasons for you to support the bill if you are unsure or simply provide you with additional people who want it passed as much as you already do. Some of it was presented at legislative hearings.

Letters and Documents

  • Letter from Linda Robinson-Hidas, MS, LAc, Diplomate Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), President of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of MA (AOMSM)
  • Brochure from the NCASI, The National Center for Acupuncture Safety and Integrity which includes information as well as photos re: what it looks like to recover from pneumothorax surgery AND the FDA regulations re: acupuncture needles are a class II medical device and who is allowed to use them by law.
  • Letter from Dr. Joe Audette MD, professor at Harvard Medical school and Past President of the AAMA, the American Association of Medical Acupuncturists
  • Letter from Susan L. Gorman, Executive Director of NESA
  • Letter from Steve Cina, LAc. ATC, NASM, CES, instructor of Orthopedic Acupuncture, faculty  at NESA
  • Letter from Patrick Cunningham, LAc, instructor of Orthopedic Acupuncture, faculty at NESA
  • Letter from Susan Sanford, PT, LAc, MAc, who was a physical therapist years before becoming a licensed acupuncturist
  • Letter from George Leung, MAc, LAc, LATC (Licensed Athletic Trainer), PTA (Physical Therapy Assistant), CKTP
  • Letter from Dr. Kimberly Dion, PhD, RN, clinical assistant professor, UMASS College of Nursing
  • Letter from Dr. Kory Ward-Cook, Executive Director of the NCCAOM, the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with links to exam and certification requirements which Licensed Acupuncturists in MA must meet.
  • AAMA Position Statement on Dry Needling:  The American Association of Medical Acupuncturists which requires at least 300 hours of training to sit for their exams as MDs.
  • AMA Policy Statement on Dry Needling: The American Medical Association recognizes dry needling as an invasive procedure and maintains that dry needling should only be performed by practitioners with standard training and familiarity with routine use of needles in their practice, such as licensed medical physicians and licensed acupuncturists.
  • Letter from the Valerie Hobbs, L.Ac, Diplomate OM (NCCSOM), CCAOM Director, The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine accrediting body.
  • Letter from the AAAOM, American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Position Statement on Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN) and Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT)
  • Letter from Dr. David Miller MD, FAAP, LAc, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), Chair of the ASA, American Society of Acupuncturists
  • Letter from Amy Mager, MS, LAc, Diplomate Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Secretary AOMSM, DN Co-Chair AOMSM, Board member at large ASA, Board representative to ASA Dry Needling Committee, individual who compiled these letters and position statements.
  • Jan Dommerholt, PT, DPT, MPS, DAAPM notes on p. 61 of his book Trigger Point Dry Needling“It would be counterproductive and inaccurate to state that dry needling, TrP and intramuscular therapy would not be within the scope of acupuncture, and that within the context of acupuncture, dry needling is a technique of acupuncture."

Photos Incorrectly Showing Dry Needling  

For additional documentation, here is a collection of photos which had been posted on Facebook by physical therapists. The posts make mention that they were performing Dry Needling & they use Dry Needling labels, which is incorrect and partially shows why we want this bill to pass. One cannot simultaneously claim that dry needling is not acupuncture while drawing acupuncture meridians on patients labeling them, labeling acupuncture points and putting needles in said points. In the photos you can see the following:

  • Meridians drawn on patients
  • Acupuncture points labeled by name
  • Needles in the acupuncture points labeled by name
  • An acupuncture facial labeled as Dry Needling.
  • Dry Needling post in which a patient is being needled through clothing.
  • Needles next to an ipod for size reference: the first noting the sizes used by allied professionals with 12-24 hours of training, please note the length and width, and the second with the same ipod showing what MA Licensed Acupuncturists typically use.  Please note there is NO standardized curriculum, standardized postgraduate definition of didactic hours, clinical hours nor ANY third party psychometric testing that IS required for most fields including Acupuncture and Physical Therapists and Nurses to become licensed to practice.
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