Advisory Ruling on Dry Needling published 6/17/2016

It took over a year to get it in writing, but the Maine Board of Physical Therapy Examiners finally published their Advisory Ruling that PTs can perform Dry Needling, distinguishing it from acupuncture. The Board will not be promulgating a rule that mandates certain training because PTs “are responsible for obtaining and maintaining the necessary knowledge, skill and  competency to safely practice any are of their physical therapy profession.” The Board recommends physical therapist obtain training that is evidence-based and provides a certificate of completion.

Please note that the Advisory Ruling makes it clear that Dry Needling is not Acupunture.  Therefore, if you do dry needling in your practice, make sure you document it as “dry needling” and not “acupunture”.