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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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7/26/19  12:56 pm
Commenter: Dr. Brian Maher

PT Dry Needling: Evidence based, Safe and Effective

As a PT practicing in VA since 2013 I have had the chance to progress my treatment strategies through various courses and techniques. None of which as been more effective than dry needling. This treatment helps to relieve patient's pain, restore mobility and promote return to prior levels of function. It is research based, safe, and provides countless people with relief of their symptoms. 

The fact that this discussion is even necessary is absurd. The vast differences in the technique and reasoning between dry needling and acupuncture make it clear that these are 2 completely different approaches. Each has it's own merit and value, and can coexist without one harming the other. 

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