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NJ Division of Consumer Affairs: Stop Physical Therapists from doing Dry Needling, which is Acupuncture.
  • Petitioned Jonathan Eisenmenger, Executive Director

This petition was delivered to:

NJ Acupuncture Examining Board
Jonathan Eisenmenger, Executive Director
NJ Division of Consumer Affairs
Eric T. Kanefsky, Director

NJ Division of Consumer Affairs: Stop Physical Therapists from doing Dry Needling, which is Acupuncture.

    1. Petition by

      Candace Sarges

      Madison, NJ

Dry Needling is a public health risk and puts patients in danger since Physical Therapists are not sufficiently trained and piercing the skin is not in their scope of practice in NJ.  A weekend seminar does not train PTs sufficiently to handle blood borne illnesses and many other issues.  Recently it has come to our attention that Physical Therapy Assistants have been trained with a weekend course to perform what is essentially acupuncture.  PT assistants only have an Associates Degree  and in no way have the education and skill to pierce the skin.  This is a huge health risk.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • silvia ybarra AUSTIN, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      i am an acupuncturist

    • angie hughes SEATTLE, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is not only a threat and health risk to the public, but undermines the training, testing, code of ethics and excellence that acupuncturists have spent years striving to acheive

    • Laura Daniels MANCHESTER, NH
      • about 1 year ago

      I am an acupuncturist and have witnessed the ill effects of dry needling being used by non-acupuncture trained people. Any needling using thin, filiform needles is acupuncture and must be regulated as such. Dry needling is a public health threat.

    • Hendra Sutedjo JAKARTA, INDONESIA
      • about 1 year ago

      In Indonesia there are also a lot of uncompetence acupuncture practitioner (dry needling) that cause harm to the patient.

    • Michelle Burton PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I am an acupuncturist and we are fighting this battle in AZ.


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