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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  2:26 pm
Commenter: Dr. Gloria Osorio, DAOM, L.Ac. / FullCircle Acupuncture HealthCentre

Strongly Oppose "Dry" Needling

Governor Northam will understand the following analogy: A patient comes to see you (MD) and after the visit you write a prescription. The patient shows up some other time, but you're not there, so your assistant who has seen you write prescriptions before, writes one for the patient, because technically she knows how to write the prescription. Then the hapless patient gets in trouble because that was not the prescription he needed at that time; and it just so happened that the patient dies.

The above analogy applies in the case of Acupuncture vis-a-vie dry-needling. In order to get licensed in Acupuncture, after 3-5 years of graduate school, and having obtained a degree, the student must pass the Acupuncture and Western medical boards. To qualify for the boards the student must have 3,600 hundred hours of practice with patient contact (that's what makes 3 to 5 years of graduate school). You have to know everything about the body in order to apply needles safely and correctly. 

"Dry" needling is achievable in a weekend seminar. These people are dangerous and one of these days someone's going to die when they insert needles where they're not supposed to. Just because somebody showed them how to insert the needles - akin to the MD's assistant writing a prescription- that shouldn't allow them to do it legally, given that this is a science that must be studied. It boggles the mind that they would be given a license to do this. They're a danger to the well-being of the community, and should be denied.

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