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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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7/17/19  1:19 pm
Commenter: Elaine Wolf Komarow

Appropriate training should be specified in the regulations

The PT Board itself says that Dry Needling is not an entry-level skill and that additional training is needed. However, the regulations don't specify the amount of training. So as to insure the safety of the public, I encourage the Board to specify the minimum amount of training that would be required before PT's could perform this advanced technique. I would also ask that the definition of Dry Needling be limited to local treatments. Treating distally is no longer considered dry needling. Yet many people who have seen PT's for this technique tell me that points were used that were far from the area of their pain.

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