To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Please SUPPORT HB 367
Date: Wed Feb 26 21:25:58 MST 2014
Mr Steven Sorensen 445 N 400 E Apt 121 Provo, UT 84606-8010 2/26/2014 Dear Representative Sanpei: As your constituent, and a member of the Utah Physical Therapy Association, I strongly urge you to please SUPPORT HB 367. This important legislation would amend the Utah physical therapy statute to recognize dry needling as being part of the physical therapist scope of practice. Dry needling is a treatment technique used by various licensed health care professionals, including physical therapists, for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on western neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous system and is considered to be part of the PT scope of practice in a majority of states. It is an effective technique utilized by PTs across the country that has been shown to greatly assist the patients we serve in restoring function and treating pain. HB 367 ensures patients in Utah have CHOICE and ACCESS to the care that they need, and that licensed physical therapists will be able to utilize their entire skill set to treat them. Physical therapists are educated at the doctoral level. The education of physical therapists includes anatomy, histology, physiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, clinical sciences, clinical interventions, clinical applications, and screening. Much of the basic anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical knowledge that dry needling uses is taught as part of the core physical therapist education; the specific dry needling skills are supplemental to that knowledge. I do want to clarify that the performance of dry needling by qualified physical therapists is NOT the practice of acupuncture. The performance of dry needling by physical therapists differs in terms of historical, philosophical, indicative, and practical context. There are differences in the philosophy, rational, and use in treatment of dry needling by physical therapists versus acupuncturists. Again, please SUPPORT HB 367 – patients in Utah deserve to have access to the full PT scope of practice. Thank you for your consideration, and for your service to the people of Utah. Sincerely, Mr Steven Sorensen