Dry Needling Frequently Asked Questions

How Functional Dry Needling differ from traditional dry needling?
Functional dry needling ® is a version of dry needling that focuses not just on pain, but on movement.  Evaluation and assessment of dysfunctional movement is necessary for the therapist to successfully affect movement.  The treatment of neuromuscular tissue which prevents proper movement patterns is the goal of Functional Dry Needling.
Can anyone perform dry needling?
Answer:  No.  In the state of Arizona, a Physical Therapist must be approved by the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy, and must follow the professional standards of care and training and education qualifications for delivery of dry needling skilled intervention (A.A.C. R4-24-313) .
My previous physical therapist has been practicing dry needling since 2010.  Why  can’t he/she do it anymore?
Starting July 1st, 2015, the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy approved a standards of practice for Dry Needling.  All therapist’s previous training must follow professional standards of care and training and education qualifications for delivery of dry needling skilled intervention (A.A.C. R4-24-313).  Any licensee who’s previous training does not follow the standards of practice must cease and desist providing such therapeutic modalities until the licensee meets the standards of care and training and education qualifications, as adopted by the board.
Do your therapists follow these professional standards of care and training and education qualifications for delivery of dry needling skilled intervention?
Absolutely yes!  Our therapists have been approved by the board and have participated in the required rigid coursework and training, and successfully passed both theoretical and practical examinations as required by the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy.  In fact, our therapists have received 49 hours (only 24 required by board)  of advanced training in two various disciplines.
What type of dry needling training do your therapists go through?
Answer:  Our therapists have been performing dry needling since 2012 and trained in two different disciplines:  Integrative dry needling (IDN) by Dr. Yun-tao Ma, PhD and Functional Dry Needling (FDN) by Kintetacore.  Most importantly, our therapists have successfully completed approved coursework and successfully passed both theoretical and practical examinations as required by the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy.
What safety measures do you follow for dry needling?
We follow rigid sterile needle procedures that follow the standards of the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Do you use acupuncture needles?
No.  Our needles are specifically designed for dry needling.  We use high-grade German surgical stainless steel needles that are coated in parylene to improve patient comfort, clinician dexterity and smoother insertion.  Parylene is the most bio-accepted coating for stents, defibrillators, pacemakers and other devices permanently implanted into the body.
Can I have dry needling after surgery?
We will not treat any tissue that communicates with the area of the surgery within 6 weeks following surgery.  Additionally, we will not treat the local area of the surgery with dry needling for 12 weeks following surgery.