Somebody Had to Ask

Recently POCA received the following inquiry: “How can someone find out POCA's official position on dry needling?”

Apparently this is a thing. The CCAOM has a position paper, the AAAOM has a position statement, the AAMA has a policy that the NCCAOM liked enough to post on their own website; if you've got an acronym in the acupuncture world, apparently you're supposed to have something to say about dry needling.

So, comrades, your Publications and Content Circle would like to announce that we are having a ***CONTEST***. POCA members have 7 days to submit your summary of POCA's position on dry needling before the General Circle meets next Thursday. All entries will be submitted to the General Circle for consideration. The WINNERS, or those adopted by the GC, will be featured FOR POSTERITY in a brand-new page on POCA's website devoted to this topic.

We welcome haikus, limericks, videos of interpretive dance that can be posted to POCA Tv, dirty jokes about positions (you know who you are), long screeds (if you must), gifs, you get the idea. We just need them SOON.

Here are a couple of samples from the volunteers at P & C:

“Given all the work that needs to be done to make acupuncture genuinely accessible to people of ordinary incomes, the POCA Cooperative has NOT ONE MINUTE to devote to discussing this issue and sincerely hopes that nobody will ask. The POCA Cooperative also respectfully suggests that the rest of the acupuncture profession get a life.”

“blah blah blah dry needling blah blah blah
blah blah blah dry needling blah blah blah
we give zero fucks
blah blah blah dry needling blah blah blah
blah blah blah dry needling blah blah blah”

But we bet you all can do even better. Deposit your brilliance in the comments section right here, unless it's a video of interpretive dance, in which case you should submit it to Go!

Author: lisafer

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  1. If dry needling is safely helping patients get relief from pain or other ailments then it is unethical to oppose it.

    Because of the relative price and inconvenience of getting dry needling via Physical Therapy. it is unlikely that it will interfere with the continued success of Community Acupuncture.

    We’ve created our own form of legitimacy and thus we do not need to go chasing after it.

  2. My 2¢….

    Don’t you dare attempt a “position” until you address that it’s “dry”. You’ve got to give some attention and love to that situation before proceeding. Touch it. Kiss it. Excite it. Use some lube or spit. But please, please, please… don’t you dare attempt a position until it is no longer dry.

  3. When my aunt lived in Kansas City, Missouri, I tried to find her an acupuncturist. The local phone book only listed chiropractors who practiced acupuncture. Clearly, there is a need to fill and the chiropractors are filling in where the acupuncturists are absent. You don’t need to fight dry needling. Just move to freakin’ Missouri…or Kansas.

    As my fried, Whitsit says, “Learn how to brew your own kombucha.” BUT Kansas City has a Wild Oats Market, so while you are filling in the acupuncture void, you won’t even have to brew your own kombucha.

  4. POCA thinks less pain and suffering is good. More pain and suffering is bad.

    More people able to get non-narcotic pain relief equals less pain and suffering.

    Mostly white people arguing about who owns intellectual property developed in Asia thousands of years ago equals more pain and suffering.

  5. Physical Therapists can’t possibly have Facebook groups where they can post questions like “I have a new patient coming tomorrow with a sore shoulder. I don’t know anything else about her, what should I do?” Hence, it would be dangerous to allow them to use a filiform needle and we must put a stop to it. But if they want to use a hypodermic that’s fine.

  6. Here’s a riddle. How is the “Acupuncture Community’s” insistence that it owns acupuncture different from China’s insistence that it owns Tibet?

    Hmm, can’t think of a punchline.

  7. We cry that public be-ware!
    and try to stir up a scare
    for the PTs who try,
    though their needles are dry,
    to bring more people this care.

    Punks close-by and out there,
    have figured out how to play and to share.
    To say that ground is hallow,
    while giving fields lay fallow;
    let’s talk about what’s really unfair.

  8. hmmm…

    We at the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture/POCA take two things very seriously – accessibility and community. We chose to work together, within the community acupuncture model, providing high quality low cost acupuncture to lots and lots of people everyday (insert 2015 treatment total here). Our vision (insert mission statement here) is many fold. From education (POCA-tech plug here) and micro-loaning to job creation/ sustainability and helping to develop research to building alliances and working with legislators, we are one big, successfully run, kick ass co-op committed to community acupuncture.
    Recently, we’ve been asked for our “position” and/or “stance” regarding dry needling. Over the past year, and in particular, over the past few months, dry needling and regulations regarding the use of it, who can practice it and whether it can be/should be referred to or mentioned within the same context as the practice of acupuncture, among other things, has been discussed. Some of this discussion has been lively, very dividing and concerning. We at POCA rarely shy away from a lively debate and because we are a big, successfully run, kick ass co-op comitted to community acupuncture (see above), our members have many opinions and some of those opinions have resulted in divisions. This happens when people fight for change, which is what POCA has been, is and will continue to do.
    Our concern with “taking on dry needling”, as some other acupuncturists have urged us all to do in their $300,000 fundraising campaign, is focus and whether that focus is compatible with our mission and our vision. We think not. $300,000 can fund an awful lot of community acupuncture clinics which can, in turn, provide an awful lot of high quality low cost acupuncture to a hell of a lot of people. We chose this to focus on, to raise funds for; we chose this to fight for.