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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7/26/19  9:10 am
Commenter: Innovative Therapy & Wellness

Support for Dry Needling by Physical Therapists

The Physical Therapists at our office have been performing Dry Needling for 8 years with out incident.  We are all Doctors of Physical Therapy and we are all certified in Dry Needling through Myopain seminars.  We were required to perform a written, oral and practical test to complete the certification.  If the state of Virginia does not feel that physical therapist are performing Dry Needling safely then they may want to consider making everyone be certified instead of just requiring a certain amount of continuing education units.  However, the certification process should by determined and regulated by the American Physical Therapy Association not by the Acupuncturist who have a financial interest in blocking physical therapist from performing Dry Needling.  The current legislation that is proposed is not to protect the public it is purely political in nature.   There are plenty of patients for everyone as evidenced by the Opioid Epidemic.   The Acupuncturist may want to concentrate more on how they can help with pain management instead of spending their time fighting other health care professionals.  

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