We are very excited to announce that RISAOM is sponsoring the 2018 Evidence Based Acupuncture Symposium, which will be held September 14th & 15th at the Renaissance Providence Hotel in downtown Providence. Please keep an eye out for our table if you are attending!
“The American Society of Acupuncturists (“ASA”) opposes the illegal and unsafe practice of acupuncture. “Dry needling” is a pseudonym for acupuncture that has been adopted by physical therapists, chiropractors, and other health providers who lack the legal ability to practice acupuncture within their scope of practice. This strategy allows these groups to skirt safety, testing, and certification standards put into place for the practice of acupuncture. Dry Needling is a style of needling treatment within the greater field of acupuncture. The practice of “acupuncture” includes any insertion of an acupuncture needle for a therapeutic purpose. Acupuncture training has always included both traditional and modern medical understandings.”
Read the full position statement here.
Dr. Susan Hubbell, AAPM&R Delegate to the AMA, introduced the following resolution:
Resolution 223: Dry Needling is an Invasive Procedure
– This resolution asked our AMA to “recognize dry needling as an invasive procedure and maintain 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.”
Resolution was adopted.