now called Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy

Talking Points: An Oxford-Style Debate on Dry Needling

Posted on: April 6th, 2017 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments

Special thanks to our guest speakers for their willingness to allow this recording for SOWH members and others unable to attend CSM 2017. Note that while no CEUs are available for watching this recording, its content adds to the ongoing discussion around the use of dry needling in physical therapy.

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Recorded with speaker permission February 18, 2017


Kali Aucoin, PT, DPT 
Mark Milligan, PT, DPT, Cert. TPS, OCS, FFAOMPT 
Scot Morrison, PT, DPT 
Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT 
Kenneth Venere, PT, DPT 

Dry needling is arguably the most popular and fastest-growing intervention in physical therapy today. There has been a remarkable increase in continuing education offerings, published research (an eight-fold increase in citations from 2010 to 2015 compared to 2000 to 2005), and legislative battles fighting to protect the right of physical therapists to use dry needling.

This Oxford-style debate addresses the following motion: This house believes PTs should implement dry needling into practice.

Each side was charged with addressing the implementation of dry needling into clinical practice in regards to research, theoretical construct, cost of training, legislative action, and other considerations.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand and assess the literature base for dry needling.
2. Identify the pros and cons of implementing dry needling into clinical practice.
3. Compare and contrast the arguments for and against implementation of dry needling into clinical practice.
4. Develop an informed stance on dry needling.

No CEUs are awarded for watching this session.

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