Is Dry Needling The Same As Acupuncture?

The question regarding the difference between dry needling by a PT as an adjunct, and going to a state licensed acupuncturist that has a post graduate degree and had to pass board exams, was brought up and I’d like to put my opinion out there. Here’s the difference. The history of dry needling by unlicensed acupuncture professionals was developed twenty nine years ago by an MD with a syringe in 1979. Currently allied healthcare workers like PTs illegally use an acupuncture needle instead but refuse the training. They recommend 25 to 50 hours of training for dry needling. Acupuncture needles as mandated by the FDA, should only be used by a licensed acupuncturist. To learn this you must study

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