Our Statement on Dry Needling
“Dry Needling” is a trendy term that allows some health care professionals to offer acupuncture-like services. Recently, we’ve started hearing it more here in Sacramento. Dry needling is a part of acupuncture, but acupuncture is so much more.
Dry needling involves the insertion of acupuncture needles directly into affected muscle tissues. The goal is to alleviate pain in that area. There are no accredited educational programs for dry needling. Providers whose scope of practice include this procedure have no oversight, mandatory training, continuing education, or standards of practice regarding its use.
Acupuncture does occasionally use dry needling strategies, but it extends far beyond this simple mechanical procedure.
Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine that has been slowly developed and refined over thousands of years.
The practice of acupuncture involves setting acupuncture needles at specific points in the body to restore normal functioning. Acupuncture respects that the human body is a whole, living system and not just a collection of parts. The careful evaluation of each patient requires the acupuncturist’s attention and skill.
Training in acupuncture requires years of study in accredited schools of higher education. Entry into the profession requires a master’s degree in acupuncture. Acupuncture has its own specialized licensing in almost every state. Our status in California as primary care physicians demonstrates the State’s belief that acupuncturists are not simply needle technicians.
At Asian Therapeutics, we love to help people find pain relief. But we are treating you, not just your pain. We look forward to every opportunity to practice our passion.
Please feel free to reach out to us by phone or email if you have any questions about how we might be helpful.
Ken Berry, MS, LAc