Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Acupuncturists [18 VAC 85 ‑ 110]
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12/3/12  6:04 pm
Commenter: Rachal Lohr Dean, South Riding Acupuncture

Dry needling

Dry needle issue

1. According to the history of Acupuncture, dry needling techneque is the other name of Acupuncture;

2. Based on the real practice of Physical Therapist(PT) who uses so called "Dry Needling Technique", acutually use acupuncture needles, and use one of acupuncture and chinese medicines own methods, the Ashi points acupuncture/needling, or motor point needling. PT's uses another "language" to replace the discription in acupuncture books, to legalizing their practice of Acupuncture(using the term of "Dry Needling Technique" and description it with other medical terms and adding their own history of development of such technique, but these techniques are not different or new). I strongly hope the board requires them to get enough training and education. Currently, our profession (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) needs 2000 hours (or more than that) training, MDs or DCs who practice acupuncture need at least 300 or more hours additional training. PT practicing so called Dry needleing technique with less than 300 hours training is not acceptable. There are more injuries due to this inexperience and new dry needling practice and because of that injures our own profession.

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