Dry Needling Insights for Clinical Practice (ONLINE COURSE COMING SOON)
What is it? How does it work? Who can do it? How to implement needling into my current practice model?
If you are wondering what dry needling is, how it works, and how to implement it into your current practice model, this class is for you. If you already needle and would like to learn more about it, like how to specifically target the autonomic nervous system (ANS), this class is for you too.
We cover much of the latest evidence-based needling research, both experimental and theoretical, with a focus on the ANS. You will learn our unique needling methodology / theory and how to help any impairment with needling. ANS homeostasis and how to achieve it with needling is covered in-depth. The gut-brain axis and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, both parts of the ANS, are strongly and positively affected by thoughtful needling. You will learn why. Electrical needling is discussed and you will learn why it increases efficacy, pain relief and comfort of treatment.
Although needling is not allowed in every state, and it varies per profession, it is allowed in most. For PT’s, the only states where it is not legal, yet, is NY, CA, OR, WA & HI. For practitioners who practice in a state where needling is not allowed, this course remains beneficial as it allows you to become familiar with the technique and provides education concerning various pain pathways, mechanisms of action, other potential ways to reduce pain / improve outcomes, and more. This includes being knowledgeable about different forms of pain management, which allows for effective interdisciplinary referrals to maximize patient outcomes.
Students have permanent access to all class materials and any updates we make in the future. Students also have permanent access to the instructor, Jason, following the course, for any questions.
Target Audience: PT’s, PTA’s, AT’s, OT’s, OTA’s, DC’s, MD’s, DO’s, Nurses, anyone who wants to learn about dry needling.
Instructor: Jason Schuster, PT, DPT, MTC, IAMTC, IADN Cert. Specialist
These online courses DO NOT teach you needle specific techniques or specific needle application, nor are they a substitute for in-person dry needling instruction. Each course provides a theoretical discussion with practical application for those who already have needling experience, or for those who would generally like to learn about dry needling and its use.
These courses DO NOT satisfy state licensure requirements to allow you to practice dry needling. Please refer to your state practice act for rules and regulations associated with obtaining and maintaining a license to practice dry needling in your state, according to your health care license.
Contact Hours / CEU’s: 10
Course Format: Online, Self-Paced, Recorded Webinar.
Educational Level: Beginner
- History of dry needling and where we are today.
- Known and theorized mechanical effects of dry needling.
- Known and theorized neurophysiologic effects of dry needling.
- Needling effect on ANS neurophysiology: endogenous opioids, hormones, peptides & neurotransmitters.
- How to specifically target the parasympathetic portion of the ANS (PANS) and why this is crucial to achieve maximum treatment efficacy and patient outcome.
- The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis & the gut-brain axis (enteric nervous system + brain): why they are important and how needling helps their function.
- Why pelvic floor needling is fundamental to achieving ANS homeostasis.
- Electrical needling. Using frequency to stimulate endogenous opioid release.
- The Intricate Art approach to needling. Why needling and spinal manipulation are synergistic treatments and amplify each other’s positive effects on the neuromusculoskeletal systems.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the 3 primary regions of the body to target the PANS.
- Explain what the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) does.
- Discuss how dysfunction of the enteric nervous system and gut-brain-axis leads to systemic impairments.
- Educate patients on both normal and abnormal sarcomere activity, in relation to the ANS, and how needling helps.
- Describe the reason using low frequency microcurrent is the best for pain relief.
- Elucidate upon the reason behind connecting spinal levels to their corresponding distal impairments.
- Extrapolate on the overall sympathetic depressing action needling has on the nervous systems and how to amplify this response.
- Clarify why needling tendons, ligaments and periosteum is essential to achieving ANS homeostasis.
- Expound upon the reason to place the cathode (positive lead, usually red) over the most hyperactive tissue.
- Discuss the potential risk vs reward of dry needling and indicate the absolute and relative contraindications to DN.