In Ontario, the College of Physiotherapists doesn’t approve or certify specific courses for the purpose of authorizing physiotherapists to perform dry needling. Rather, in Ontario physiotherapists must add themselves to a roster in order to perform certain legally restricted or controlled acts, including dry needling. Prior to rostering, it’s up to the individual physiotherapist to determine and be able to prove that they’ve completed the necessary training for the specific authorized activity/controlled act they’re rostering for. This training must include the learning of indications, contraindications, adverse outcomes and risks associated with the controlled act.
Furthermore, during training physiotherapists must practise the controlled act while being supervised by an individual authorized to perform it as well as be evaluated on their skills, knowledge and decision-making ability to perform the activity. The curriculum of the IDN course has been designed to meet the required competencies established by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario for a physiotherapist to use dry needling in their practice and to roster for this skill set.
The rules and regulations surrounding the performance of dry needling by physiotherapists in the rest of Canada vary depending on the province you practise in. In some provinces, the respective Colleges will only permit physiotherapists to perform dry needling following the completion of an approved course. Prior to offering the IDN course in any of these provinces, we will ensure that our course is approved.
If you’re travelling from another province in order to take our course, please check with your College to see if it’s on their approved list or meets the relevant criteria.