Dry Needling Bill Goes to the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

So now we are farther along in the process. Your Representatives in the House did not see (or did not care about) the dangers posed to you by this proposed change in scope of practice for physical therapists. They passed it and sent it along to the Senate. 

H0505 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Health & Welfare Committee this coming Monday, March 5, at 3pm.

I've been on a crash course educating myself about this dry needling craze. I knew a little before February 16th. I know A LOT now. Sadly, the more I learn, the more upset I become. 

The training is not just bad; it is contrary to the safety measures we have been taught. 


1) Email (and CALL! or even go meet with) your Senator and all the Senators on the Health & Welfare Committee. 


Here's a sample letter for emailing and talking. (No time for snail mail.)

Dear Senator X, 

I am your constituent (or leave this out if you aren't) and I urge you strongly to VOTE NO on H0505. 

Government, and especially the Healthy & Welfare committee, exists to protect and serve the public's health & welfare! Dry needling is unsafe due to the lack of proper training and supervision currently the norm. 

There has been a steep rise in SERIOUS INJURIES such as punctured lungs and even spinal cord injuries caused by physical therapists practicing acupuncture without the proper training. They are renaming it "dry needling" but if they are using an acupuncture needle and putting them into the human body how is it not acupuncture? We have standards in place here for the practice of acupuncturist. These standards protect us.  

Please don't let your legacy here in Idaho be one of allowing harm thru malpractice. Protect Idahoans. Require the same standards as are already required for acupuncturists in Idaho. 

Here is a website that documents 11 SERIOUS injures caused by physical therapists doing "dry needling". Please take a moment to educate yourself there.  www.acupuncturesafety.org and then VOTE NO on H0505!

Sincerely and trusting in your protection, (or some such salutation)

Your Name

2) You can show up a the Health & Welfare Committee meeting on Monday at 3 pm. 

The public are welcome to any hearing. You sign in with your name, who you are representing (yourself, all Idahoans, etc), whether you support or oppose the bill and whether you would like to speak or not. 

A whole lot of people showing up, checking the "OPPOSE" box may (or may not) have an effect on the outcome. You can just show up and sign in and listen. You do not have to speak. Expect to be there an hour or more. We don't know where this will fall on the agenda.

Senate Health & Welfare Committee Members


Sen. Lee Heider, District 24 - Chair

Statehouse (208) 332-1347 (Session Only)



Sen. Mary Souza, District 4 - Vice Chair

Statehouse (208) 332-1322 (Session Only)



Sen. Fred S. Martin, District 15

Statehouse (208) 332-1407 (Session Only)



Sen. Abby Lee, District 9

Statehouse (208) 332-1325 (Session Only)



Sen. Mark Harris, District 32

Statehouse (208) 332-1429 (Session Only)



Sen. Jeff Agenbroad, District 13

Statehouse (208) 332-1329 (Session Only)



Sen. Dan Foreman, District 5

Statehouse (208) 332-1405 (Session Only)



Sen. Antony L. Potts, District 33

Statehouse (208) 332-1313 (Session Only)



Sen. Maryanne Jordan, District 17

Statehouse (208) 332-1352 (Session Only)


What is HB505/H0505? What is dry needling? Why should I care?

As my patients, you know how passionate I am about the wonders of acupuncture. Because of this I feel the need to let you know about something that's been happening all across the country and has now come to Idaho. It's not a good thing. 

I wish I had found out how far along it has gotten sooner, but I didn't as so now we are in a very short time crunch. 

There is a bill up for review by the Health & Welfare Committee right now. It will be voted on this Monday. (That was referring to February 19th, 2018)

The bill is called H0505 and, if passed to the House and voted into law, would allow physical therapists to practice dry needling in Idaho. 

Dry needling is acupuncture though dry needlers are trying to rename it. It has existed for thousands of years in China and was written about in one of our seminal texts, the Huang Di Nei Jing, The Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic, which was written in the first century!

Dry needlers receive very little training. In same cases, 8-20 hours; 25-50 in others. This training may or may not include supervised needling practice. These weekend trainings are unaccredited, unregulated and require no continuing education after completion. 

This is counter to all other medical training including that of physical therapy itself. 

In contrast, to be licensed as an acupuncturist, we complete 2,000-4,000 hours of education, 660-870 of which is supervised needling. We are required to complete continuing education every year for license renewal.

Most importantly, in our accredited programs we are taught how NOT TO PUNCTURE a LUNG, the BRAIN, the SPINAL CORD and all your vital organs and how NOT to cause nerve damage. 

In my 18 years of needling (21 if you count my years in school), I have never heard of an acupuncturist puncturing a lung or the spinal cord, not even causing nerve damage. 

Yet, there are several case of such injuries by dry needlers on this website. Click on the red states on the home page for cases that occurred in that state: https://www.acupuncturesafety.org

Dry needling is dangerous. Dry needling has no place in Idaho.

We already have three certification options for someone wishing to use acupuncture needles on patients. These options keep you and your loved ones safe. 

Please take a moment to email and/or call the Health & Welfare Committee. Tell them - you want them to OPPOSE HB505.

Here are two helpful PDFs you can download and attach to your email. Or just to educate yourself and your friends and family. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope that you are inspired to take action to protect your friends and family. Because you get acupuncture from me, you are already out of reach for this particular danger. 

With gratitude, Lynette


Previously I have listed here the contact information for the representatives on the House Health & Welfare Committee. I've removed them because that is irrelevant information now that this bill has passed the House. 

Dear Representative X, 

I am your constituent (or leave this out if you aren't) and I urge you strongly to VOTE NO on HB505. 

The Healthy & Welfare committee is convened to protect and serve the public's health & welfare! Dry needling is unsafe due to the lack of proper training and supervision currently the norm. 

There have already been many cases of injury caused by dry needlers. Please don't let that be your legacy here in Idaho. Protect Idahoans. Don't let us be harmed by improper training! Require the same standards as are already required for acupuncturists in Idaho. 

I've attached a PDF for further illumination. (if you have) or 

Here is a website that documents injures caused by dry needling. Please take a moment to educate yourself there.  www.acupuncturesafety.org

Sincerely and trusting in your protection, (or some such salutation)