Dry Needling Rulings

Virginia

Is Dry Needling Legal in Virginia?
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  • In April 2002, the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy started issuing statements that dry needling appeared to be within the scope of physical therapy practice.
  • In March 2007, the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy determined that dry needling is within the scope of physical therapy practice, after having been challenged by the Virginia Acupuncture Society in August 2006. Jan Dommerholt, president of Myopain Seminars, testified in favor of dry needling during the Board’s meeting in October 2006.
  • In 2018, the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy developed dry needling regulations, which were approved by the Governor on April 30, 2019. After a public comment period, the regulations are awaiting the Governor’s final signature.