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Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) Is A Form of Acupuncture

Have muscle pain?  Maybe you've noticed a decrease in range of motion or strength?  Perhaps the root of your problem is the presence of muscular trigger points?  TDN is a highly effective form of acupuncture treatment to quickly alleviate much of the muscular conditions you may be suffering from!

Common problems treated with Intramuscular Dry Needling:

Acute and Chronic Pain Conditions
TMJ/TMD dysfunction
Muscle Strain
(hamstring, calf, shoulder, back, neck)
Tension Headaches

Dr. Terence McCormick, DAOM, LAc and his associates have thousands of hours of training in various forms of trigger point dry needling techniques.  

Intramuscular Dry Needling is a form of acupuncture that has been used for centuries within the practice of Oriental medicine.

Dry Needling and Functional Integrative Needling are terms used to avoid calling this form of acupuncture what it is. . . Acupuncture.  It is a deceptive name used to fool the public and rename this specific, so called "new" style of
 neuromuscular acupuncture.  However, it is nothing new since the practice of this form of acupuncture has been used for centuries throughout Asia.

Dr. McCormick's education, training and clinical experience far exceeds the minimal hours of training provided to physical therapists (typically 15 hours) and chiropractors in this form of acupuncture technique.

  Would you call a plumber to have the electricity put in your house?

When you want the best results with Dry Needling. . .see a thoroughly trained expert in the field of trigger point dry needling, 
a properly trained acupuncturist*

What's the Difference?

A properly trained acupuncturist (dry needling practitioner) has completed a minimum of 3 to 4 years of full-time graduate education from an accredited acupuncture and Oriental medicine college with no less than 3,300 hours of education and a minimum of 550 hours of supervised clinical internship in a college teaching clinic. Acupuncturists with a doctoral degree have almost double that number of hours of training. Acupuncturists must also pass national certification examinations (by the acupuncture profession and not the physical therapy or chiropractic associations and organizations) to demonstrate minimum proficiency and safety in the field of acupuncture-dry needling. The physical therapy and chiropractic professions have created their own certifying organizations in order to deceive the public and attempt to bypass the appropriate training to perform acupuncture (dry needling).  Be sure to ask your dry needling practitioner questions about their education and the extent of their supervised clinical training before allowing them to use needles on you for treatment.  Be safe and be informed. Many States (including South Dakota) do not allow non-acupuncturist (such as physical therapists) to perform dry needling because they realize the threat to public health and safety that these practitioners pose needling their patients with their dangerously limited and inadequate training (as little as 15 hours for physical therapists and 100 hours for chiropractors in weekend crash courses often held at some hotel conference room).  This is not appropriate training and our patients deserve better than this!

Don't be fooled by other health care practitioners that deceptively hold themselves out to the public as being 'properly' trained in the field of dry needling - acupuncture. Often times their motivation to provide dry needling - acupuncture ( vs. referring to or hiring a properly trained acupuncturist to work in their clinic) is simply a matter of the desire to increased their income. This has nothing to do with the best interest of the patient and providing a high level of care. These practitioners often times do not bill insurance for the appropriate codes, using "manual therapy" instead of the appropriate acupuncture code in order to deceive insurance companies and get paid for a procedure they have no business providing.  This is an an illegal billing practice that is an epidemic in the physical therapy profession.

Minimum standards of education and training have been well established for decades in the  field of dry needling - acupuncture. These other non-acupuncturists (PT's, DC's and others) are often very well aware they are taking advantage of a loophole in their profession's practice act  allowing them to dangerously practice dry needling - acupuncture providing less than optimal effectiveness with their very limited training.  Often times their patients are unaware of their inadequate and dangerously limited training that puts them at risk of serious harm.  This is a major public health and safety concern that puts patients at the risk of numerous complications and injuries that may require hospitalization due to their very serious and potentially life threatening nature (lung and other organ puncture, soft tissue and nerve damage, spontaneous miscarriage, etc). There have been numerous cases reported throughout the US where physical therapists and chiropractors have needled patients and caused serious complications resulting in hospitalization.  The most common being a punctured lung. However, acupuncture (dry needling) is very safe and effective when performed by a properly trained acupuncturist.  

Dry needling - acupuncture is part of a greater system of Asian medicine that takes years of supervised acupuncture college clinical training to practice effectively and safely, not something that can be learned in a weekend seminar as many physical therapists and chiropractors believe. In most of the more population dense States in the US, chiropractors and physical therapists are not permitted to practice dry needling since it is not considered to be in their scope of practice.  In these States it has been made very clear that properly trained acupuncturists are the only practitioners to see for dry needling since they are the experts.  It is primarily a phenomenon of the Midwest that these non-acupuncturists have deceptively wedged their way into the practice of acupuncture or dry needling.  In places such as California, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts, New York State (among many other States), dry needling is considered acupuncture and solely within the scope of a qualified acupuncturist.  Physical therapists and chiropractors are specifically restricted in their practice acts and laws from performing dry needling and acupuncture (or any form of needle therapy).  These non-acupuncturists (PT's, DC's and others) are not permitted by the medical boards to practice dry needling-acupuncture in New York City, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major and progressive cities, that says so much by itself.  In these places the acupuncture profession is respected and recognized by the public.  They are well aware of the acupuncturist's place in healthcare and realize when another profession simply attempts to disrespectfully encroach upon the acupuncture profession.  It is our center's goal to inform and educate our Midwestern patients about this very important public health and safety issue.  


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