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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  12:02 pm
Commenter: Chris Liu, VUIM

Dry needling is basically a simplied version of Acupuncture, not within scope of PT

When we look at the history and nature of dry needling, it is pretty obvious that dry needling is basically a simplied version of acupunture. There is no history of PT using needle puncture technique to treat diseases, but acupuncturist has done it for thousands of years. Dry needing is nothging but the acupuncture using the Ashi points. So, it apparently should not be within the scope of practice of PT. 

Physical therapy is a very broad concept, and its scope should not be expanded at will. It can overlap with massage therapy, chiropractics, manual therapy and many other fields, and will cause lots of confusion and unprofessional behavior. Acupunture requires tons of education, and any therapy using needle puncture techique should stay within the scope of practice of acupunctrure. 



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