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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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7/20/19  7:46 pm
Commenter: Sara Brown

Harmful Risky Use or Dry Needling

As someone who relies heavily on acupuncture for hormonal balance and digestive well being, it concerns me that we are allowing physical therapists to use practices that mimic acupuncture without the proper medical training. I know first hand the complexity and sensitivity of acupuncture and I have to trust my doctor in their knowledge. However there are many patients who do not understand and are not told the implications that sticking a needle into a nerve point has. Chinese medicine is much older than western and works WITH western practitioners, there are centuries of research behind acupuncture and countless hours of training. To just hand this off to others who are not educated to give to those who don’t know, is risky and dangerous.  

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