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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  3:05 pm
Commenter: Edward D Syrett, PT, DPT, OCS

I Support Dry Needling by PT's

Dry needling is an effective, safe treatment.  Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research done in part by Physical Therapists.  This is not based on acupuncture principles.  We as PT's have great knowledge of the body and of anatomy.  PT's who perform dry needling supplement this knowledge and are able to safely and effectively deliver a dry needling treatment.  This treatment is distinct from acupuncture in its scientific basis, its delivery, and its expected effects.  Dry needling has affected my treatment positively and I have not had any adverse events.  This treatment is well within the scope of physical therapists and I strongly support this regulation being approved. 

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