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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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7/25/19  12:53 am
Commenter: Dr. David Wang, Ohio State University

Dry needling is acupuncture, acupuncture license is required to practice dry needling

Acupunctrure is the insertion of  needles into the skin at specific points.  These specific points are called acupuncture points. Trigger points or tender points are inlcuded in acupuncture points. Dry needling is the inertion of needles into the skin at trigger points (acupuncture points). So dry needling is acupuncture. Acupuncture license is required to practise dry needling (acupuncture)!!!

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