Dry Needling is within the scope of physical therapy as long as it is practiced under the conditions set forth in section 6716 of the Municipal Regulations for Physical Therapy.

Dry Needling is within the scope of practice for physical therapists in the District of Columbia as long as it is practiced under the conditions set forth in the Municipal Regulations document for Physical Therapy.

Section 6715.2 states:  A physical therapist may also perform intramuscular manual therapy, which is also known as dry needling, if performed in conformance with the requirements of section 6716.

Here is a link to the document as posted on the APTA website.  Please read thoroughly for a complete list of requirements physical therapists must meet in order to be fully trained in and practice dry needling.

Click here to link to the District of Columbia’s Physical Website.

KinetaCore serves only as an educational resource to clinicians and does not make any claim on professional licensure.  It is always the practitioner’s responsibility to determine what is within their scope of practice.  Participants are allowed to learn any technique through continuing education, but whether or not they can use this technique in their patient practice is determined by current licensing bodies.   KinetaCore is a strong advocate of advancing the field of physical therapy and will encourage physical therapists to continue to be advocates for their profession.

If you have specific questions about your scope of practice, please contact your licensing board.

For further information and experience with KinetaCore’s Functional Dry Needling® we would like to invite you to attend one of our Level 1 FDN training courses.