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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  11:25 am
Commenter: Dr. Beth Rini Scott, PT, DPT

Support dry needling by appropriately trained DPT's.

Just because I pick up a pipe wrench, I do not become a plumber.

Just because I pick up a hammer, I do not become a carpenter.

Picking up an acupuncture needle does not make the work I am doing acupuncture!!!

Dry needling is a separately structured modality utilizing WESTERN Medicine concepts. We are legally required (in VA) to state we are NOT doing acupuncture and to explain the differences to our clients. We have many hours of education and experience required before we can perform dry needling. With our other education, we ARE trained enough to use this modality safely!

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