Dry Needling Update

Full and interim registrants were invited to complete a survey in January on the College’s regulatory approach to dry needling. Over 1,400 registrants, or more than 33% surveyed, participated – an impressive response.  The Board of Directors will consider the survey results at their meeting on February 29, at which time they will discuss regulatory policy options.

Survey highlights include the following:

  • 75% of respondents are in favour of establishing a minimum number of years of physical therapy practice prior to using dry needling
  • 56% of respondents think the College should approve one or two core courses that must be taken before using needles in practice
  • 89% of respondents think the College should develop a practice standard about dry needling