Physical therapists in Arizona are doing acupuncture not dry needling these practitioners need to get their head out of the sand

Who is the acupuncturist spearheading Dry Needling?
I present to you Dr. Yun-Tao Ma PhD, L.Ac.

Summary of below:
Dr. Yun-Tao Ma PhD, L.Ac.:
1) Dr. Ma teaches his integrated Dry Needling across the country.
Here’s the list of “Dry Needling Schools” in the U.S.

2) Dr. Ma is a Licensed Acupuncturist teaching “Dry Needling”.
There was never a “Dry Needling” specialist teaching PTs or Chiros Dry Needling. Originally and currently Acupuncturist teaching “Dry Needling” to PTs and Chiros.

3) Dr. Ma in his own Dry Needling book states that Dry Needling is rooted in Chinese Medicine. (see quote below)

4) Dr. Ma contradicts himself when writing a letter to the California Board that Dry Needling is NOT Acupuncture.

5) Dr. Ma no longer lists that he is a “Licensed Acupuncturist” (probably fearing to get his license revoked by California and Colorado) on Dry Needling, yet it keeps getting erased even though I reference everything properly.

“The Founder of Integrative Systemic Dry Needling (ISDN), Dr. Yun-Tao Ma PhD, L.Ac., has been spearheading the “dry needling” movement in the United States. Dr. Ma states, “Although ISDN originated in traditional Chinese methods, it has developed from the ancient empirical approach to become modern medical art rooted in evidence-based thinking and practice.” <ref>Ma, Yun-Tao. “Integrative Systemic Dry Needling/ A New Modality for Athletes.” Biomedical Acupuncture for Sports and Trauma Rehabilitation: Dry Needling Techniques. St. Louis: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2011. 4. Print.</ref>

Dr. Ma then contradicts himself stating, “Dry needling technique is a modern Western medical modality that is not related to Traditional Chinese acupuncture in any way. Dry needling has its own theoretical concepts, terminology, needling technique and clinical application.” <ref>Ma, Yun-Tao. “What Is Dry Needling?” (n.d.): 1. Web. 02 Aug. 2010.</ref>

Dr. Ma realizing both the self contradictions and the legal ramifications of dry needling being rooted in acupuncture and Chinese medicine has since taken down all information in his bios regarding his education in Chinese Medicine and being a Licensed Acupuncturist in the United States. <ref>Ma, Yun-Tao. “Meet Your Teacher.” Dry Needling Course RSS. Dr. Yun-Tao Ma, PhD, LAc, n.d. Web.</ref>”…/…/1437709273

N.C. Acupuncture Board files suit to end ‘dry needling’ by physical therapists

Junie Norfleet (left) and Cissy Majebe are leaders of the local and statewide acupuncture community. Photo by Leslie Boyd
Junie Norfleet (left) and Cissy Majebe are leaders of the local and statewide acupuncture community. Photo by Leslie Boyd

An argument over a definition is headed to the courts as acupuncture practitioners in North Carolina contend the practice of “dry needling” by physical therapists constitutes acupuncture without sufficient training and is illegal.

“Both involve the use of FDA-regulated acupuncture needles,” says Cissy Majebe, founder of the Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Clinic in Asheville. Also cofounder and clinician at Daoist Traditions College Acupuncture Clinic, she adds, “Both

[techniques] pierce the skin — making them invasive — and both target specific points in the body to alleviate pain and other symptoms.”

On Sept. 2, the N.C. Acupuncture Licensing Board filed suit in Wake County, asking the court for a permanent injunction against dry needling as approved by the state’s Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

N.C. Physical Therapy Board executive director Ben Massey referred questions on the matter to the board’s attorney, Matt Sawcheck, who declined to speak on the record. Sawcheck did send a definition, as well as a copy of a study that was not peer-reviewed and was paid for by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.