Dr. Chapa has the highest training for Dry Needling, trained at Jaseng Hospital – which is world famous for using the best of eastern/western non-surgical medicine.
Dr. Chapa has also completed the World Famous Dry Needling / Trigger Point Course by Myopain Seminars taught by Founder/Creator of Dry Needling Dr. Jan Dommerholt. In 2019, he completed the 100 hour advanced class (highest training for Physical Therapists/Chiropractors).
Dr. Chapa will be one of the few Acupuncturists in the United States who has completed the highest certification by BOTH Eastern & Western Dry Needling Courses.
Unlike a weekend course, Dr. Chapa has trained for several YEARS specifically on Dry Needling / Trigger Point Therapy and continues to train in S. Korea throughout the year.
Dry Needling vs Acupuncture
Dry needling IS a basic form of Acupuncture.
The most important thing to factor is the training.
A weekend seminar is simply not enough time to Master Acupuncture / Dry Needling.
Many states (including Texas) do not offer clear guidance about how many hours of training in needling physical therapists / chiropractors / etc must have in order to use the technique, with some states leaving it up to the individual physical therapist (or his or her employer) to determine whether they feel “competent” with the technique.
In the absence of a standardized dry needling credential or clearly defined training requirements for physical therapists, the onus is left on patients to ask careful questions of their physical therapist if dry needling is suggested.
Questions patients should consider asking include
- Where did you receive your dry needling training?
- How many hours of training in the use of needles have you had?
- How many of these hours were hands-on versus classroom hours?
- Was supervised clinical practice part of your training in dry needling?
- Does your malpractice insurance policy explicitly cover dry needling?