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24.126.515    DRY NEEDLING

(1) Dry needling is a skilled technique performed using a mechanical device, filiform needle(s), to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissues as a treatment method to manipulate tissues of the body for the correction of nerve interference.

(2) Dry needling requires a chiropractic examination and diagnosis.

(3) To perform dry needling, chiropractors must have completed training in dry needling.

(a) Dry needling training shall include, but not be limited to, training in the following areas:

(i) indications;

(ii) contraindications;

(iii) potential risks;

(iv) proper hygiene;

(v) proper use and disposal of needles.

(b) To perform dry needling, chiropractors must have completed training in dry needling affiliated with or approved by:

(i) national, regional, or state chiropractic associations;

(ii) state licensing boards;

(iii) academies;

(iv) colleges of chiropractic; or

(v) the Federation of Chiropractic Licensure Board (FCLB) Providers of Approved Continuing Education (PACE).

(c) Initial training in dry needling must include hands-on training.

(4) A chiropractor shall perform dry needling in a manner consistent with generally accepted standards of practice, including relevant standards of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration blood borne pathogen standards as per 29 CFR 1910.1030 et. seq.

(5) Dry needling shall only be performed by a chiropractor and may not be delegated.

(6) Chiropractors performing dry needling must maintain proof of appropriate training as required by this rule. Failure to provide proof of training upon the board's request may result in disciplinary action.


History: 37-1-131, 37-12-201, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-12-101, 37-12-104, MCA; NEW, 2020 MAR p. 1737, Eff. 9/26/20.

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