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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  3:59 pm
Commenter: Krysia Angle, DPT

In Support of Dry Needling by Physical Therapists

Physical therapists have extensive training in human anatomy, and many techniques of trigger point release in order to positively aid patients in decreasing pain and restoring motion. Dry needling is NOT acupuncture, and it does not claim to be acupuncture. Dry needling is a separate technique specific to reducing painful and active trigger points in a muscle. There is a body of researched evidence to back up the efficacy of dry needling. Physical therapists are highly trained with at least 3 years of graduate school to receive a doctoral level degree, that includes a multitude of clinical work, and every physical therapist must pass the state board exam in order to practice. Dry needling is another post-graduate certification that a physical therapist can obtain through many hours of additional training. Physical therapists are completely appropriate to administer dry needling as an intervention to a patient. 

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