I would love to leave the TPDN/Dry Needling issue behind. I also believe that if we explore why what we’ve been doing hasn’t been working we’ll end up empowered rather than defeated.
Many colleagues have been referring to this Will Morris article in AT. I hope you’ll bear with more frequent posts over the next few days as we spend some time pondering his points.
A question for the community – is a key factor here the use of an acupuncture needle?
When an MD injects cortisone into a sore spot, is that acupuncture? Is a vaccination acupuncture? What if a syringe is used to draw fluid out of an area – is that acupuncture? Is the injection therapy done by some LAcs acupuncture? What about use of a tuning fork or a laser at a point – is that acupuncture?
What about the use of an empty hypodermic needle to stimulate a sore spot? At what point does the use of a syringe become acupuncture? Or, is the use of the filiform needle the thing that makes a procedure acupuncture?
I’ll see if you have any input before I share my thoughts.