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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  3:36 pm
Commenter: Mallory Moore, PT, DPT

In favor of PT Dry Needling

I am in favor of PTs dry needling as one of the many effective manual therapy or instrument assisted manual therapy interventions. I am not entirely opposed to additional educational requirements if necessary, but trigger point dry needling does not treat neuro-musculoskeletal pathologies according to acupuncture principles or methodology. Despite using similar tools to implement the intervention, I believe intention, methodology, and principles guiding practice can dictate scope of practice differences between licensed acupuncturists and PTs. 

As long as PTs are providing a thorough explanation to the possible patient or client that the procedure they are performing is not acupuncture, there should be no issue. There are similar issues PTs have with Chiropractors providing physical therapy and/or exercises to patients without prior exercise physiology/mechanics or kinesiology education. Educating your client is absolutely essential and key to providing excellent care. 

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