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The Wisconsin O.T. standards and scope of practice was updated in September 2014.

At a recent WISHTA course, it was implied that it is not within O.T. scope of practice to do dry needling. I want to clear the water by saying this was a misunderstanding by the instructor. Occupational Therapists CAN provide any treatment for which you have obtained proper training and are able to safely use. These interventions fall under the following categories:

(a) Remediation or restitution of performance abilities that are limited due to impairment in biological, physiological, psychological or neurological processes.

(b) Adaptation of task, process or environment, or the teaching of compensatory techniques, in order to enhance performance.

(c) Disability prevention methods and techniques which facilitate the development or safe application of performance skills.

(d) Health promotion strategies and practices which enhance performance abilities.

Refer to Wisconsin Occupational Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board 4.02 (1) http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/ot/4

 

 

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