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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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7/16/19  7:56 pm
Commenter: Rebecca Reynolds A-A-Acupuncture & Wellness

Opposed to Regulations for PT Dry Needling/Please Veto!!!!!

 PTs are wonderful & powerful professionals that are widely accepted in Western Medical. They have coined the term "Dry Needling"; which is placing acupuncture needles into acupuncture points.  In reality "Dry Needling" is trigger point acupuncture or orthopedic acupuncture. PTs are doing this very effective deep tissue needling with nearly no training 12-60 hours I think; as compared to the thousand of hours of training that an acupuncturist gets and 200 hours that MDs & Choripractors are required to have before doing Needling. This PT " Dry Needling" regulation is not safe for the citzens of Virginia.

The PTs chose to do the regulation route because they knew that these requirements would not be able to get through a legislative process. I was in fact sitting in the PT board meeting when this choice was made.

My husband is a democratic party precinct captain in Northern Virginia, I appeal to the governor to veto this PT "Dry Needling" regulation.


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