Agencies | Governor
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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7/19/19  4:58 pm
Commenter: Esther Moux LAc

Dry needling is Sports Acupuncture

Dry needling is sports acupuncture. We needle trigger points or “ashi” points to fasciculate muscles using filiform solid needles. However, Acupuncturists train for 2000-3000 clinical hours under DIRECT supervision of a master teacher/licensed practitioner. We then must take a rigorous licensing exam to practice. PT can train over a weekend and needle patients. If  Government is in the business of keeping consumers protected, this would be negligence.   I strongly oppose this measure. 

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