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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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7/24/19  8:13 am
Commenter: Emily Driscoll, PT, DPT

Dry Needling IS NOT Acupuncture. Support DN by PTs

Dry needling is not the same as acupuncture. While on the surface, they may look similar, they are actually quite different. Dry needling is simply a tool used by physical therapists to stimulate myofascial trigger points and connective tissue for the management of neuromusculokeletal pain.

Acupuncturists do more than just insert needles. Acupuncturists use needles to prevent or modify the perception of pain, to normalize physiological functions, and to treat ailments and conditions of the body. They also use the techniques of electroacupuncture, cupping and moxibustion. To say the two is equal is a disservice to both professions

Dry needling is an appropriate intervention to be performed by licensed physical therapists with the proper training to improve patient outcomes. 



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