There is currently a motion before the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Health Professionals to
I do not perform physical therapy in my practice, because I am not a PT and that is not where my training, clinical expertise and experience, and medical understanding lie. PTs should not perform acupuncture for the same reason.
If you have experienced the benefits of acupuncture from a well-trained, licensed acupuncturist, please help us protect our profession, so that we may continue to offer the best possible, holistic, Traditional Chinese Medicine care to our patients.
What can you do?
Show up at the public meeting at which the vote will be taken, to show your support of acupuncture.
When: THIS THURSDAY, July, 26, 2012 at 9:00 am
Where: 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710 Boston, MA
CONTACT your State Legislators
To find them visit http://malegislature.gov/.
Write and call them; tell them about this vote and ask them to call Governor Deval Patrick, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Dr. Judy Ann Bigby, Commissioner of the Department of Public Health John Auerbach and Attorney General Martha Coakley to stop this vote.
Sign this online petition that says we should preclude PTs from performing acupuncture with only 40 hours of training.
You can sign the petition here.
For more information, videos of PTs practicing "dry needling" (acupuncture), and other ways to help, read this press release from the Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts.