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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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7/21/19  11:45 pm
Commenter: Bill Whiteford PT, DPT

PT's are well qualified to perform dry needling with present model of training.

This continues to be a story of battling for turf instead of treating patients.  There is no reason to reiterate the training that goes into a doctoral degree for a physical therapist with appropriate post graduate training for dry needling.  The public should have the ability to make a choice to pursue a provider qualified in performing this skill set.  Dry needling is not acupuncture and is performed very differently.  Most Acupuncturists I know appreciate this however some continue to focus on turf instead of patient care.  Few procedures including acupuncture are completely whole.  When used with the proper body of knowledge, dry needling offers the consumer significant change in myofascial restrictions.  PT's have the appropriate body of knowledge to help make this change.


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