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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy [18 VAC 112 ‑ 20]
Action Practice of dry needling
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 7/26/2019
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7/11/19  1:11 pm
Commenter: Bryan Esherick, DPT

In favor

Pt's should be required to take a course approved by the Board of PT. Courses offered cover more than enough in terms of needle safety, infection control (already part of graduate course work), palpation, and technique. The reason dry needling only requires one course, unlike accupuncture, is that the technique for dry needling is completely separate from accupuncture. PT's do not need to learn about energy flow, meridians etc., that is required with accupuncture. Having taken a course, I feel well prepared to use this technique for trigger point release and to improve muscle activation, which is the target of this therapy. Thanks!

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