What Emilie Said About PTs Performing a Singular Technique – Dry Needling

PTWA Legislative Committee Chair Emilie Jones delivered this eloquent testimony during yesterday’s dry needling sunrise review at the Washington State Department of Health.

My name is Emilie Jones and I’m a physical therapist and legislative chair for PTWA.

We are here today to discuss whether physical therapists can perform a singular technique – dry needling.

In the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture’s website, Dr. Joseph Helms describes acupuncture as “one discipline extracted from a complex heritage of Chinese medicine – a tradition that also includes massage and manipulation, stretching and breathing exercises, and herbal formulae.” Physical therapists do not desire to perform acupuncture. We do not want to treat patients for allergies, stress, fatigue, poor digestion, menstrual discomfort, hormonal issues, ileus, asthma, hiccups, constipation or sleep disorders.  These patients are not seen in our practice.

Acupuncture is a well-respected profession with a long history and extensive body of knowledge.

We do not ask massage therapists to go to physical therapy school to perform manual therapy techniques.

We do not ask phlebotomists to go to nursing school to puncture veins.

We do not ask nurses or medical assistants to go to medical school to give injections.

None of these practitioners are performing acupuncture when they insert a needle into a patient’s arm to give them a TB test. They do not know whether they are interacting with an acupuncture point when they do this.

Physical therapists do not need to go to medical acupuncture school to perform a single technique just because the tool is the same. We desire to use our extensive background in anatomy, physiology and manual treatment techniques to assist the patients we are already treating with myofascial trigger points to get better, faster. This is allowing patients to receive care in the model they choose, helping the most patients by improving their access to care, and  help us provide the most effective care to our patients with neuromuscular dysfunction.


The Beat Goes On

The political process is just that…a process. It has its ups and its downs. The history of Abraham Lincoln and his eventuality of president is an excellent tale of persistence and learning along the way. We will have more information for you regarding our legislative session as we can. We are not done. You may see further details of the legislative session in our weekly lobbyist’s report that is sent privately to members. You should receive it at your email address of designation.

I would like to highlight a little work our state has done in conjunction with APTA. APTA now has an expanded legislative Action App that includes specific state information.  Washington is one of twenty nine states that is working to provide information for this centralized app. For those of you (and it should be all of you) who follow legislative issues….this is an excellent resource. It is highly educational and allows you greater ease with interacting with your state and federal legislators. By the way, your voice and the number of your voices matter. The app is available for free download in the Apple and Google Play app stores. The app includes an action center, Congressional and state directory, talking points and more. For those who already have the app please update your app to obtain the new version.

Search “APTA Action” in your Apple or Google Play app store to download the app today!

I will be attending the PTWA King County District Meeting on February 11, 2016. Please plan to attend if you can as there are excellent speakers with a very interesting topic. I will be available for your individual questions after we listen to the presentation and Q&A.

Thank you for your active membership!
Erik Moen, PT
PTWA President

Advocacy Opportunities for 5th District Constituents

We are still looking to gain Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodger’s cosponsorship on our national PT priority legislation. Here are two opportunities to put APTA’s legislation priorities in front of her in the next couple of weeks.

McMorris Rodgers will host a “Coffee with Cathy” public event at the Port of Walla Walla Conference Room, 310 A. St. Walla Walla Thursday, August 25. Local citizens will be able to speak directly with the Congresswoman and express their opinions on key issues affecting our community and our nation — including jobs, government spending, health care, energy, and national security.

McMorris Rodgers will also host a public town hall at Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln, Spokane August 31.

Position papers are available for download and print at apta.org/advocacy

Questions? Contact PTWA Federal Affairs Liaison Sharon McCallum sharonemc@comcast.net.

Advocacy Opportunity for 8th District Constituents

Congressman Dave Reichert invites constituents to Puyallup for a breakfast with special guest Senator John Boozman (R-AR) Saturday, August 27 at 8: 30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge314 27th Street Northeast, Puyallup. Cost is: $35 per person or $325 for a table.

 Consider attending this event. Bring along the position papers for our priority bills available to download and print at www.apta.org/advocacy. Approach the representative or staff before or after the event. Hand them the position papers and let them know you will be in touch!

The bills currently of concern to the physical therapy profession are:

HR 1546/S829 -The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act.
HR 1426/S 975 “The Physical Therapist – Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act of 2011 HR 531 Access to Frontline Health Care Act.
HR 469-The Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act

To attend, Please R.S.V.P to Keith Schipper at 425-455-3283 or kschipper@davereichertforcongress.com.

Sharon McCallum, PT, DPT
PTWA Federal Affairs Liaison

Rep. Adam Smith Holding Town Hall Meeting Aug. 25

Rep. Adam Smith invites 9th District constituents to a budget town hall meeting Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. Consider attending this meeting. Bring along the position papers for our priority bills available to download and print at www.apta.org/advocacy. Approach the representative or staff before or after the meeting. Hand them the Position papers and let them know you will be in touch!

The bills currently of concern to the physical therapy profession are:

HR 1546/S829 -The Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act.
HR 1426/S 975 “The Physical Therapist – Student Loan Repayment Eligibility Act of 2011 HR 531 Access to Frontline Health Care Act.
HR 469-The Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act

What: Town Hall discussion on the national budget, debt reduction, and economic recovery
When: 7 p.m., August 25th, 2011
Where: Burien City Council Chambers
400 SW 152nd St., in Burien Town Square
Council Chambers are on ground floor of City Hall/Library building.
Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to RSVP, please call 253-593-6600 or email rsvpsmith@mail.house.gov.

Sharon McCallum, PT, DPT
PTWA Federal Affairs Liaison

Invite Legislators for a Clinic Visits

You may have seen PTWA Lobbyist Melissa Johnson’s article in the June PTWA Connections about arranging a clinic visit with your legislators. Here are some additional thoughts from PTWA Legistlative Committee Chair Robin, Schoenfeld, PT, OMT:

While the legislative session is over, the PTWA Legislative Committee would like to keep activity going in the home districts. Hosting legislators in clinics and work settings is a great way to inform them of who PTs are and what we do. This year we are calling on manual therapists in particular to make these contacts, given the continued efforts to pass PTWA’s spinal manipulation legislation. Two years ago, I was happy to have Rep. Reuven Carlyle, of the 36th District, at the MTI Physical Therapy Clinic in Magnolia. It was great to have him see the clinic and talk to him about manual therapy.

Over the next few months we should take advantage of the chance to get to know our legislators away from their busy office settings by inviting them for clinic visits. This affords us the opportunity to really explain who we are as constituents and PTs. The Legislative Committee and PTWA Lobbyist Melissa Johnson can help make the appointments and prepare you for your clinic visit.

Please let us know if you already had these visits planned by emailing the Legislative Committee at legislative@ptwa.org.  Thank you for your commitment to the ongoing legislative efforts, including that of lifting the ban on spinal manipulation.

Robin Schoenfeld, PT, OMT



PT Day on Capitol Hill

Attending the APTA’s PT 2011 in National Harbor, Md.? Register for PT Day on Capitol Hill!

Talk to our congressional representatives about student loans and the permanent repeal of the Medicare cap! Prep and briefing meeting will take place Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 4 to 6 p.m. PT Day on Capitol Hill takes place June 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bus transportation to and from the conference provided, as well as CEU.

Join in for an inspiring day of advocacy along side PTWA delegation and other members. Registration required. To help APTA plan for adequate bus transportation register by May 11.

Visit apta.org/advocacy for all the details and check out this great video clip!

There are no educational sessions opposing our time on Capitol Hill and Capitol Hill day is free.

Questions? Email PTWA Federal Affairs Liaison Sharon McCallum.