Oregon Bulletin

July 1, 2011


Board of Chiropractic Examiners
Chapter 811

Rule Caption: Establishes minimum educational and other requirements for dry needling.

Adm. Order No.: BCE 1-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 5-31-2011

Certified to be Effective: 6-13-11

Notice Publication Date: 3-1-2011

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

Dry needling is within the chiropractic physicians scope of practice for the treatment of myofascial triggerpoint pursuant to ORS 684.010(2).

(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 removal.

(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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