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  11:04 pm
Commenter: Zhaohui, Liang, York University

PT should NOT do dry needle because they steal the reputation of acupuncture

The legislation of dry needle is unnecessary and baseless for this so-called “new therapy” pirates the reputation and evidence of effectiveness of traditional acupuncture. The Federal government has clearly defined the term acupuncture on the official website of National Center of Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) as a therapeutic method based on traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. The long-term practice of acupuncture based on the TCM meridian theory is the cornerstone for this type of medical treatment techniques featured by needing. The acupuncture therapy has  gained its popularity since the 1970s with several waves of Chinese immigrants to North America. The dry needle is obviously a byproduct of acupuncture. It uses similar needle like acupuncture but the size is much bigger and the length is much longer in order to insert deeply into human body to destroy the so-called trigger points. The abnormal deep needle insertion is in high risk to penetrate important organs such as liver, kidney, or lung which will cause irreversible injuries. The PTs have little knowledge of traditional acupuncture and propose this bill just to extend their way to make money, but this imprudent move actually exposes the patients typically the residents of Virginia in high uncontrollable risk. Therefore, I strongly suggest reject this bill and we should categorize dry needle as a branch of traditional acupuncture. Any practitioner who wants to do dry needling must acquire a NCCAOM certificate at first.

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