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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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7/23/19  9:32 pm
Commenter: Thomas Leung

Physical Therapy should be kept non-invasive

I have been a physical therapist for 35 years. Throughout all these years I have seen the development and advancement of our profession. One principle of physical therapy is that we never do any treatment that is invasive or piercing through the skin. If we do not uphold this principle, we’ll lose our direction of development. Just with twisting of explanation, this development may take us even further to minor surgery or injection. Eventually, it is not physical therapy anymore. 

Secondly, the training of dry needling is so unregulated. The standard of training is very various in their level of credibility. Any under trained therapist will be a potential danger to their patients. 

So, if we do not have any regulation on the training, or additional licensure or endorsement, it is not the time to allow any physical therapist to perform the dry needling treatment. Thank you.

CommentID: 73955