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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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7/19/19  5:51 pm
Commenter: Dr. Jayne Dabu

Opposition to Dry Needling

I OPPOSE dry needling by Physical Therapists.  They are practicing out of scope of what their industry calls for.  I have 8 years of training. I have my Masters and my Doctorate of Oriental Medicine.  I have done about 3000 didactic hours in my Master's program of 4 years with close to 1000 hours of clinic training.  First, Physical Therapists do not have the foundations of Chinese Medicine in which to form a proper diagnosis, assessment and evaluation to treat the patient. Before you treat with needles, you must first assess, evaluate and properly diagnose a patient.  I have seen first hand in my practice, miscarriages, pneumothorax, emotional trauma because of dry needling, changes to a patient's perfectly normal physiological state and many more due to dry  needling.  These Physical Therapists are training without ANY UNDERSTANDING of WHY, WHERE, HOW etc. It is a black boxized version of knowing a little bit to be dangerous. They do not understand Chinese Medicine principles and foundations at all. You all are putting the public at risk to allow PT's to do this.  How is this any different if I went ahead and did a 60 hours of CEU class in Chiropractic and then I tell my patients, let me crack your neck for you? How about Surgery? Would you allow someone to do surgery on you with minimal training? This is an outrage! Acupuncture or insertion of needles should stay within the scope of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Physicians, not Physical Therapists who do not understand or nor do they have had to sit on 4 board of exams for Acupuncture. Stay within your own scope and stop encroaching upon another practitioner's scope. If PT doesn't work, then perhaps PT's may need to reassess their own methods of healing a patient completely in addition to trying to find more ways to make money from insurance. This is unethical and irresponsible if PT's will be allowed to insert ANY NEEDLES in a patient. There will open a whole new level of lawsuits, malpractice and iatrogenic harm if they allow PT's to do dry needling.  

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