Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy [18 VAC 112 ‑ 20]
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5/10/23  11:42 am
Commenter: Anonymous

DID YOU KNOW…the DPOR and the Board of Nursing violated Title Protection for Physical Therapists!

DID YOU KNOW…A physical therapy treatment can be held to a 500 hour massage therapy standard! Any physical therapist with a dual licensure in Virginia is no longer protected under title protection! 

The Department of Health Professions Investigator and the Board of Nursing violated a physical therapist's title protection by changing a patient's physical therapy treatment to a massage client…when the patient was ONLY seen for physical therapy!

The APTA clearly states "Massage therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, or health care practitioners may share some of the same treatment modalities or techniques that also are used by physical therapists; however, an intervention should only be described or advertised as physical therapy or physiotherapy when provided or supervised by a licensed physical therapist."

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