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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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7/22/19  10:12 am
Commenter: Katherine Maloney, SPT

Trigger Point Dry Needling is in the scope of practice of Physical Therapists

As part of their entry level education, physical therapists are well educated in anatomy and therapeutic treatment of the body. Physical therapists who perform dry needling supplement that knowledge by obtaining specific postgraduate education and training. 

As a student about to graduate next month I can attest that after a 3 year doctoral program we are well educated and in order to become dry needle certified you have to go to continuing education and submit a lot of practice hours. 

Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research done in part by Physical Therapists. 

Dry needling is in our scope of practice and I support this regulation being passed. 

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