Welcome to the International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists (IAAPT).

Happy World PT Day!



The focus for this year’s World PT Day is osteoarthritis and the role of physiotherapists in its prevention and in the management of people affected by
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint condition: 520 million people around the world have OA, and 60% of OA cases are for knee OA In a global study of 291 conditions, hip and knee OA was ranked as the 11th highest contributor to disability.  The exact cause of OA is unclear. Risk factors that increase the risk of OA include: having overweight or obesity; having a previous joint injury or joint surgery or history of joint overuse; genetics.  Exercise is a first-line treatment for OA. A physiotherapist can provide advice and education about pain relief and ways to manage OA. They can teach people living with OA how to improve joint movement and strengthen muscles.  It is important for people living with OA to keep as active as possible. This can help improve pain, reduce other symptoms of OA, and help people stay independent.  Only about a third of people living with OA will get worse over time, and some see an improvement in pain and disability. A physiotherapist will be able to guide you on how to keep active.
Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Manyanga, T., Froese, M., Zarychanski, R. et al. Pain management with acupuncture in osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Complement Altern Med 14, 312 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6882-14-312

IAAPT – a subgroup of World Physiotherapy

About us

The subgroup consists of academics and clinicians from member organisations (associations in each country). It promotes the dissemination of ideas by means of a journal produced three times a year and ongoing social media posts.

IAAPT encourages a broad approach to the practice of acupuncture, being aware that members need to conform to the rules and regulations that govern registration in their own countries/territories.

Standards of practice for basic safety have been established and accepted by member organisations. IAAPT is continuing to work towards an accepted international basic training.

Current members


This organization was founded in 1991 and became the acupuncture and dry needling subgroup of World Physiotherapy in 1999. It was formed by a core group of physiotherapists from parts of the world where physiotherapists had been practicing acupuncture since the early 1980s – Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK.

Since becoming a subgroup in 1999, membership has grown and currently includes member organizations in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Why join?

By becoming a member of IAAPT you will be able to:

  • receive the latest acupuncture and dry needling information through our quarterly Meridian Newsletter
  • benefit from international networking
  • influence developments in your profession
  • get links to information sources
  • contribute to the direction of needling-related training in physiotherapy and receive training information
  • have access to the most up to date safe acupuncture and dry needling guidelines for physiotherapy practice (updated biennially)
  • engage in ongoing debates over acupuncture mechanisms
  • help establish a foundation for good research, relevant to acupuncture as it is used by physiotherapists


IAAPT has four categories of membership:


Full Membership

An acupuncture clinical interest group recognised by their own physiotherapy association. The association needs to be a full member of World Physiotherapy.

Member Elect

An acupuncture clinical interest group who are applying for recognition by their physiotherapy association, or where the physiotherapy association is not yet a member of World Physiotherapy.


Individual physiotherapists with an interest in acupuncture.


Awarded to individuals who have supported the work of IAAPT and have given outstanding service to the development of acupuncture in physiotherapy.

Only full members have the right to vote on constitutional resolutions.

If you require a membership application form please contact our secretary at secretary@iaapt.wcpt.org