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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  1:23 pm
Commenter: Heidi Straz, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Dry Needling is a skill like any other that is learned, it's not accupuncture, and PTs can do it!

Any medical practicitioner can choose to take courses that teach them skills over and above what they have learned in their basic training in school which got them their license.  Trigger point Dry Needling is one that is taught very skillfully and can be practiced by a licensed physical therapist.  It is not accupuncture nor has any physical therapist ever said that it is accupuncture.  There shouldn't be a problem here between the two professions as we are practicing two completely different techniques which are all meant to benefit the patient.  PT's should be allowed to do dry needling.

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