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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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7/24/19  12:31 pm
Commenter: Sarah Amesbury, PT

Dry needling by a PT is safe and effective

The only thing acupuncture and dry needling by a PT have in common is the tool. The assessment technique, treatment technique and intended outcomes of dry needling are completely different from acupuncture administered by a licensed acupuncturist. 


As far as education and readiness, PTs have years of training regarding anatomy and physiology, and dry needling is completely safe following intensive training. 

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