Agencies | Governor
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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7/23/19  9:19 am
Commenter: Samantha Chalker, Virginia Commonwealth University

In favor of PTs dry needling

The technique of dry needling is an important part of the treatment toolbox for many physical therapists. This technique, where a small needle without medication is inserted through the skin into the muscle, assists PTs in treating musculoskeletal pain. This technique is not the same as acupuncture. Physical therapists are well trained in human anatomy and physiology and those who use dry needling undergo extra training in this technique. Trigger point dry needling is well within the physical therapy scope of practice and this regulation needs to be approved!

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