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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  11:20 pm
Commenter: Linda Qiu

Against PT do DN. DN is acupuncture. PT need to have acupuncture training to practice needling

Dry needling is one type of acupuncture, and a product of integration of traditional and modern medicine. It is trigger point acupuncture. The current training PT have doesn’t give them sufficient knowledge and experience to do needling. PT need to learn more about human body’s reaction to needling instead of just learn trigger points then puncture those points. Many side effects may happen and patients in that way. PT need to enroll in acupuncture school and complete acupuncture program before they can practice Dry Needling-Trigger Point Acupuncture. 

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