In response to a 2009 inquiry by the Maryland Acupuncture Board, the Attorney General of Maryland declared in 2010 that the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners would need to develop regulations for dry needling. Eight years (!) later on October 1, 2018, the dry needling regulations went into effect.

You can check out the regulations at https://health.maryland.gov/bphte/Pages/comar.aspx

Checklist

We have developed a checklist for dry needlers in Maryland to see whether you will need to attend additional courses. Click here to download it.

All Dry Needling courses offered by Myopain Seminars have been approved by the APTA of Maryland.

Dry Needling Sponsored Courses | APTA of Maryland

To assist physical therapists in Maryland who currently use DN in their practice, but who may not meet the Board’s requirements of “in person […] face-to-face session; or in real time through electronic means that allow for simultaneous interaction between the instructor and the participants,” Myopain Seminars is offering webinars “in real time through electronic means that allow for simultaneous interaction between the instructor and the participants.”

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To check the dates for the webinars, visit http://myopainwebinars.com/

Each webinar has been approved for 4 hours. Saturday webinars usually start at 9 am; Monday webinars typically start at 6 pm.

Register at http://myopainwebinars.com/

Employees from Pivot Physical Therapy should check with their employer for detailed information.

Members of the APTA of MD are eligible to receive a discount to attend the webinars.

Our Analysis

According to our analysis of our current and previous dry needling courses,

  1. graduates of the 5-course format are likely to meet the new requirements and should not have to take any additional courses. We calculated that the 5-course program included 52 theoretical and 60 practical hours. The 5-course dry needling courses and additional Review course included 54 theoretical and 66 practical hours of education.

  2. graduates of the 4-course format are likely not meeting the requirements for theoretical education. We calculated that the 4-course format included 31 theoretical and 57.25 practical hours. * graduates of the 3-course format are likely not meeting the requirements for theoretical education. We calculated that the 3-course format included 33.5 theoretical and 43.25 practical hours.

  3. graduates of the Pelvic Pain DN course likely will have completed 10.5 theoretical and 13.5 practical hours of education.

  4. graduates of the Orofacial DN course likely will have completed 22.75 theoretical and 20.25 practical hours of education.

WE WANT TO EMPHASIZE THAT THESE HOURS ARE BASED ON OUR ANALYSIS AND STILL SUBJECT TO THE BOARD’S APPROVAL!

Dry Needling

As an alternative, physical therapists could consider repeating one of the other  dry needling courses at a 50% discount. We recommend the DN-2 course.

If you have taken DN courses from another course provider, we would to invite you to attend the Myopain Seminars DN-1 course at a 50% discount! Visit https://www.myopainseminars.com/current-discounts to apply for a coupon code.

The new regulations require completion of 40 hours of theory and 40 hours of practical instruction before a PT is allowed to use DN in clinical practice. This makes Maryland the most rigorous state in the country and likely in the entire world!

To the best of our knowledge no other jurisdiction in the world requires this many hours for a physical therapist to use DN.

  1. The Board requires that the 40 hours of theoretical education must be done either “in person at a face-to-face session; or in real time through electronic means that allow for simultaneous interaction between the instructor and the participants.”

  2. According to the new regulations, a physical therapist is not allowed to use DN at all until completion of 80 hours of education. Jan Dommerholt, President of Myopain Seminars, has expressed to the Board that by not allowing a PT to use DN after the first course for muscles that were taught in the course, the Board may inadvertently have increased the potential of risk of injury. Many PTs take 2-3 years before they can complete 80 hours of continuing education in DN, which means that what a PT learned in the first course is no longer fresh in memory by the time that PT attends the final course. After 23 years of teaching DN courses all over the world, we have learned that allowing PTs to use DN immediately after the first DN course makes for safer DN practice.

  3. According to the new regulations, “a physical therapist shall have practiced physical therapy for at least 2 years before performing dry needling in the State.” We would like to emphasize that it is permitted to attend DN courses during the two-year period since graduating from PT school.

The requirement for theoretical education has serious consequences for many physical therapists who are currently using dry needling in Maryland.

Myopain Seminars includes more theoretical education in our dry needling courses than most other course providers and yet, according to the new dry needling regulations, graduates of the Myopain Seminars dry needling program may not have enough theoretical hours to continue dry dry needling in their practices.

Although all Myopain Seminars dry needling courses have been approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners during the past 22 years, this is not a guarantee that the courses will meet the new requirements.

Each previous course programs will be re-evaluated by the Board. It is entirely up to the Board to determine whether Myopain Seminars dry needling graduates indeed meet the demands of the new dry needling regulations.

If you do not meet the requirements of the new DN regulations, you will not be allowed to use dry needling after October 1, 2018. The Board has ruled against a grandfather clause!