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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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7/24/19  8:50 am
Commenter: Tiffani Hastings, Virginia Hospital Center

Support Dry Needling performed by Physical Therapists

Physical therapists receive significant training in anatomy and physiology in their doctorate programs, but also post graduate school specifically for Dry Needling. Dry Needling and Acupuncture are two different entities with completely different goals. I have found Dry Needling to be extremely effective in treatment of both acute and chronic patients, allowing patients to move better in a shorter time frame. Isn't our goal for our consumers/patients to have improved quality of life? We should work together to help our patients! Physical therapists are autonomous practitioners who will refer out to various healthcare professionals as appropriate; I personally have referred patients to acupuncturists.

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