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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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7/22/19  11:36 am
Commenter: Jeff Landy, PT, DPT, CMTPT

In support of dry needling performed by Physical Therapists

Dry needling, performed by properly-trained physical therapists, is a safe and effective form of treating myofascial dysfunction. It is distinct from acupuncture in that it is based on Western Medicine principles and modern research performed in part by the physical therapy community. 

As part of their standard education, physical therapists are well-equipped to analyze and treat the anatomy of the human body. Therapists seeking to perform dry needling treatments additionally commit to supplemental post-graduate training enabling them to be safe and effective with this treatment.

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