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Should Dry Needling Technique(DNT) stand a place in Singapore?

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Should Dry Needling Technique(DNT) stand a place in Singapore?

Post by leechongyew on Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:17 pm

The practice of DNT in healthcare has been a hot topic in many countries, estimating 10-15% of PT in Australia/UK are using this similar to acupuncture technique to treat their Musculoskeletal related patients! My understanding of Singapore situation is, SPA is stand neutral in this issue bcos MOH has disagreed to allow PT to use it as one of their modalities to treat their patient! The main reason for it is bcos Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture has gotten their status by law since year 2000! This DNT is quite similar to acpuncture except it is using myofascial trigger point, more emphasis on anatomy palpation rather than like traditional acupuncture uses their own diagnosis, meridian system and integrated herbal treatment!

From my understanding, MOH is concerning the complaint by TCM board that PT uses needling technique, threathening their rice bowl and acupuncture is a license practice in singapore; anyone who practise acupuncture must obtain a license from TCM board, any violation to this act will get serious penalty from the authority!

As one of the pioneer Physiotherapist who integrating PT and acupuncture in practice. I am very supporting PT to use DNT in their practice but it must be closely monitor by SPA or ministry! I hope SPA should move one step ahead to promote DNT for the sake of patient benefit and its effectiveness! Among the Asean countries, The Malaysian Physiotherapy Association has given a strong support in this issue, they has organised a certification workshop for thier members this year and few government hospitals are to allow practise DNT in their rehab department!

I welcome any comments or debate on this issue! Pls comment my statement!

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Re: Should Dry Needling Technique(DNT) stand a place in Singapore?

Post by Mr Jack on Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:37 pm

I've worked with Malaysian Physiotherapy Association and they have good standing with the Malaysian Ministry of Health. Generally i think they have more say in their ministry than our Singapore Physiotherapy Association in Singapore Ministry of Health.

It's quite sad to see how slow our profession is moving compared to our neighbouring countries..

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