Caption: Establishes minimum educational
and other requirements for dry needling.
Order No.: BCE 1-2011
Filed with Sec. of
Certified to be
Rules Adopted: 811-015-0036
Subject: Establishes minimum educational and other requirements
for dry needling.
Rules Coordinator: Donna Dougan—(503) 378-5816, ext. 24
Dry needling is within the chiropractic physicians
scope of practice for the treatment of myofascial triggerpoint pursuant to ORS
(1) Dry Needling is a technique used to evaluate and
treat myofascial trigger points that uses a dry needle, without medication,
that is inserted into a trigger point that has been identified by examination
in accordance with OAR 811-015-0010 with the goal of releasing/inactivating the
trigger points, relieving pain and/or improving function.
(2) A chiropractic physician licensed in Oregon who
wishes to practice dry needling must,
(a) Register with the Board on the form prescribed by
the Board and,
(b) Provide proof of the basic Board approved course
hour requirements before engaging in the practice of dry needling, and
(c) Perform all aspects of needle insertion and
(3) In order to perform dry needling, chiropractic physicians
must complete a minimum of 24 hours of education with practicum specific to dry
needling within the curriculum of an accredited chiropractic college, or
through post graduate continuing education on dry needling approved by the
Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
(4) Chiropractic physicians must obtain a written Board
approved informed consent from every patient treated with dry needling
regarding the clinical purpose of dry needling and must state clearly that dry
needling is not acupuncture.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 684
Stats. Implemented: ORS 684.155(b)
Hist.: BCE 1-2011, f. 5-31-11,
cert. ef. 6-13-11
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