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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  10:29 am
Commenter: Makenzie Mazin, Valens Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, LLC

Trigger Point Dry Needling Regulation

I am writing to express support for the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy's language in regards to Dry Needling and the scope of the practice of Physical Therapy.

Clinician's who are trained in Trigger Point Dry Needling are aware that they are not performing accupuncture and they do not advertise it as such.  The only similarity is the use of needles that are typically defined as accupuncture needles but the intent of treatment falls into the scope of practice of a credentialed Physical Therapist.

I believe the current language of the Board expresses the intent of the physical therapist in treating pain and movement based impairments.

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