Physical Therapy declare “dry needling” is in scope

The Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy met today and decided to adopt “dry needling” into their scope of practice. However, only the legislature can expand the scope of practice of a profession, and therefore the ASBPT has acted outside of their protocol as a regulatory agency.

As a profession we must prepare to move forward. Please support our efforts to protect our community as we continue to raise money for legislative and legal efforts. $25 or $50 per month from each practitioner will go a long way to covering our costs. Donations can be made through AZSOMA earmarked “Dry Needling Fund” or directly to CAAS.

In The News

Many media outlets were present at the ASBPT meeting today and will be airing stories this evening and on their websites. Please go to the stations’ websites and watch the videos and make comments.

AZCentral has this article: 

As of yet, the websites have not been updated, however TV segments on this issue will have aired tonight as follows:

CBS Channel 5 – 5:30pm newscast, around 5:40pm

ABC Channel 15 – 6pm newscast

FOX Channel 10 – 6pm newscast

The NPR Radio interview will air Wednesday morning on local Arizona stations.

The KFYI 550AM Radio interview will air possibly this afternoon or in the morning.

The Arizona Republic will be conducting interviews in the next day or so for a story.

Fountain Hills Times newspaper’s article comes out this Friday. The reporter elected not to interview anyone.

Legislative Alert: Dry Needling!

AzSOMA is addressing the issue of dry needling in the state of Arizona. There are several physical therapists performing needling with as little as 24 hours of training. Despite being called “Dry Needling” it is still Acupuncture as defined by State Law. The public is at risk from insufficiently trained practitioners. Help us stop this unsafe practice. CONTACT AzSOMA. Also see: WWW.AZACUPUNCTUREBOARD.US to attend state board meetings on this topic. See also:

Spring 2013 Conference/Town Hall Schedule

The 2013 Spring Conference will be a series of Town Hall Meetings on the Dry Needling issue being performed by Physical Therapists.

Please attend:  A strong AzSOMA member presence  is essential to the future of our profession.

Town Hall Schedule:

May 4 – Tucson Town Hall:

2:00pm – 5:00pm, Saturday
Murphy-Wilmot Public Library
530 N. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ
Click here for map to the library

May  5 – Phoenix Town Hall:

4:30pm – 6:30pm Sunday
Phoenix Airpot Hilton
2435  South 47th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Click here for map to the hotel

June 9 – Flagstaff Town Hall:

2:00-4:30, Sunday
East Flagstaff Community Library
3000 N. Fourth Street, Suite 5
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
Click here for map to the library

Questions? Please use the Contact page.

Speaker:  Valerie Hobbs, L.Ac., Vice President of the Council of Colleges  of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), and Chair of the CCAOM  Legislative Committee will be coming from Colorado to present on the national  trend, and support Arizona’s fight against unsafe acupuncture.

Moderator:  Speaker-consultant-trainer Mike Mitchell, who facilitated  AZOMVision workshops, and supports the work of AZSOMA. His continued efforts  toward our profession with his compassionate, collaborative style is needed to  help focus our efforts from our various viewpoints and unite our profession to  work together on ensuring safe practice of Oriental medicine.