The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts (ASM) is asking for your prompt action in signing a petition to demand that the Board of Allied Health (which oversees physical therapists) mandate appropriate regulations for the Dry Needling practice in the Commonwealth and support patient safety.
SIGN HERE -Takes 10 seconds.... https://www.change.org/p/sonia-jordan-state-ma-us-help-create-dry-needling-standards-in-ma-as-there-currently-are-none
- Dry needling and trigger point acupuncture are advanced invasive procedures
- Licensed acupuncturists must have at least 1,905 didactic hours to sit for the NCCAOM third party national exams to obtain a license to use trigger point acupuncture in the Commonwealth of MA.
- The Board of Allied Health (BOAH), which oversees physical therapists, allows the equated practice of dry needling with zero hours and is contemplating adding the requirement of a mere 25 hours with no specific clinical hours and no third party national exam to demonstrate competency and the ability not to harm. Acupuncturists must demonstrate this. Medical doctors who choose to be part of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturists (AAMA) must take 300 hours of vetted courses and must pass the NBMA exam, a third party exam to become members. These are MDs who have regular use and training with needles. If MD’s need 300 hours, why do PT’s need only 25?
- Patient safety comes first. Everyone who puts a needle in a body to decrease pain and help patients heal in the opioid crisis and beyond... needs to be trained, clinically supervised and examined before having that privilege.
Questions? Contact Amy Mager - AmyMagerHealing @ gmail.com 413.222.8616The Acupuncture Society of Massachusetts is working for you