U.S. State Dry Needling Scope of Practice Decisions
Resource: Federation of State Boards
The American Physical Therapy Association states that Dry Needling is within the scope of practice for a Physical Therapist. Several other health professions cite that dry needling is within their specific scope of practice as well. There are however, specific U.S. state rules, regulations and guidelines that do not permit the practice of dry needling. It is your responsibility to know, understand and practice within the specific rules, regulations and guidelines of your state, jurisdiction and professional license.
The Integrative Dry Needling Institute LLC is solely an educational resource to provide the knowledge and technical skills necessary to deliver safe and effective dry needling treatment. The Integrative Dry Needling Institute LLC does not make policy, claims, or interpretation on professional licensure or scope of practice. The Integrative Dry Needling Institute LLC encourages all participants to contact their licensing board for official positions and rulings related to the practice of dry needling.
Scope of Practice
|District of Columbia||Allowed||Guidelines ≫|
|New Jersey|| NOT
|New York||NOT Allowed|
On May 17, 2017, the Attorney General of Oregon issued a statement that dry needling is not within the scope of practice of a licensed Oregon Physical Therapist.
following criteria:(1) The course of study shall include:(a) Surface anatomy as it relates to underlying tissues, organs, and other structures, including variations in form, proportion,
and anatomical landmarks;
(b) Both emergency preparedness and response procedures related to secondary physiological effects or complications with dry
(c) Both emergency preparedness and response procedures related to secondary emotional effects or complications associated
with dry needling;(d) Standards for dry needle handling;(e) Factors influencing safety and injury prevention;(f) Personal protection procedures and techniques as related to dry needling;(g) Theoretical basis for dry needling;(h) Theoretical basis for combining dry needling with other interventions;(i) Secondary effects or complications associated with dry needling on other systems;
(j) Theoretical basis of pain sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and relation to body structures and
(k) Indications, contraindications, and precautions related to dry needling;
(l) Palpation techniques as related to dry needling;
(m) Needle insertion techniques;
(n) Needle manipulation techniques;
(o) Physiological responses to dry needling; and
(p) Solid filament needles;
(2) The majority of the course of study shall be in-person. Courses held entirely online or by other distance learning will not
satisfy this requirement; and
(3) The physical therapist may only perform dry needling on the parts of the body included in the course of study.
Source: 45 SDR 9, effective August 1, 2018. General Authority: SDCL 36-10-52.Law Implemented: SDCL 36-10-52.