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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  4:36 pm
Commenter: Victoria Appler, Shenandoah University Physical Therapy Student

I am in favor of physical therapists implementing dry needling.

Not only do physical therapists spend 3 years in graduate school learning about all of the different systems in the body, but they also must take a certification class post graduation, spending >50 hours learning how to safely administer dry needling and practicing this using their peers. PT's have the knowledge-base to do this appropriately using information learned from their PT program and the certification class as well as their own clinical judgement. There is additionally much research that has been published in the last 10 years that reveals many musculoskeletal benefits of dry needling including but not limited to improvement in pain, range of motion, and tissue extensibility. 

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