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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  1:38 pm
Commenter: C. Yoos

support for dry needling in the state of virginia

Dry needling has been incredible helpful for majority of my patients, myself, and my coworkers. It is not the same as acupuncture,  for instance the depth of the needle and the structures the needles are being put into are different. Acupuncture is meant to be superficial in the dermis and epidermis, while dry needling is going deeper, past the layers of the skin and adipose tissue into muscle. As a PT our training of anatomy and the physiological effects of our treatments are much more in depth than that required most acupuncturists, then just reapplied as we learn to use the needles with dry needling instead of other techniques. Professions that disagree often are ignorant to the differences and feel a sense of competition and a threat with our field, making their argument more personal than professional. 

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