A state regulatory board is set to begin the process of developing rules and regulations for the practice known as “dry needling.”
The Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers, which meets Wednesday in Newark, has been charged with developing regulations to add dry needling to the definition of the practice of physical therapy.
Dry needling involves using hollow needles to stimulate muscle fibers.
Some say it differs from acupuncture because it is based on modern medical science instead of ancient theories and traditional Chinese medicine.
But some acupuncturists disagree, saying dry needling is identical to acupuncture and that physical therapists should not be allowed to do it without extensive training.