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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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7/26/19  9:19 am
Commenter: Meghan Hardman, OTD OTR/L

PT Dry Needling

As a practicing occupational therapist in an outpatient therapy clinic where I work alongside physical therapists, I have seen the tremendous outcomes of the patient who receive dry needling from our physical therapists who are certified in dry needling. Many of my occupational therapy clients also see our physical therapists for dry needling. Receiving dry needling services has great improved the functional outcomes in my patients and they have returned to their desired occupations sooner than traditional therapy alone. It would be a great disservice to clients everywhere to prevent physical therapists from dry needling. I believe that physical therapists should be further certified specifically to provde dry needling, but to prevent physical therapists from getting this certification would be a detriment to the field and client healing. Physical therapists are experts in movement and anatomy of the human body, and there is no other profession better suited to provide dry needling to our patients in need. 

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