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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  10:36 pm
Commenter: Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz Jerry Teplitz Enterprises, Inc.

Permit PT's to Dry Needle

I am an attorney licensed in Illinois on the inactive list. I also have a PhD in Holistic Health Sciences and I've written 9 books.

I have received both acupuncture and dry needling treatments. Other than both using an acupuncture needle they are complete different philosophies and approaches. 

Acupuncture is a very complex system incorporating the meridian lines and Chinese philosophy into the practice.

Dry needling is simply looking for trigger points in the muscles to then use the needle to have the trigger point release.

They are both extremely effective approaches but completely different. Requiring dry needle practitioners to study acupuncture would serve no practical purpose. Therefore, I am in support of approving the dry needling regulations as presented.

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