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Online Dry Needling Courses

Online Dry Needling Courses


Online Dry Needling Course Series Overview

If you are wondering what dry needling is, how it works, how it could help you, or how to implement it into your current practice model, these online dry needling classes are for you. If you already needle and would like to learn more about it and advance your skills, like how to specifically target the autonomic nervous system (ANS), or simply hear a new perspective on treatment strategy, these classes are for you too.

Online Dry Needling 1: Dry Needling & the Autonomic Nervous System

Online Dry Needling 2: Dry Needling to Dramatically Improve Men's & Women's Pelvic Health (coming soon!)

We created these courses to be accessible in podcast form, as well as typical online class form. You do not need to be at a computer and do not need to see the screen for the talks to make sense. However, there are voice over PowerPoints and videos that accompany each topic, which will add to your learning experience.

This online course series in dry needling serves as an access point to gain advanced neurophysiologic knowledge and understanding of dry needling for medical practitioners, with the goal of improving mental and physical health for the general population. You will come away from these courses with a powerful ability to regulate the autonomic nervous system with dry needling to treat and resolve mental and physical health impairments.

If you are looking to improve your own health, or improve the health of others, you will come away from these courses with useful information to help you achieve your health goals, and those of your patients.

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, & HI. For practitioners who practice in a state where needling is not allowed, these courses remain beneficial as they allow you to become familiar with the technique and provides education concerning various pain pathways, mechanisms of action, other potential ways to reduce pain, regulate the autonomic nervous system, improve outcomes, and more. This includes being knowledgeable about different forms of treatment, which allows for effective interdisciplinary referrals and informed individual choice, to maximize health potential.

If you are not a medical person, but are interested in learning about this awesome treatment to improve your health, this class will provide you with the tools to do so.

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.

Online Dry Needling 1: Dry Needling & the Autonomic Nervous System

In our online dry needling 1 course, we cover much of the latest evidence-informed needling research, both experimental and theoretical, with a focus on autonomic nervous system homeostasis. You will learn our unique needling methodology and how to help any impairment with dry needling, including why electric auricular vagus nerve needling is a key to success.

Autonomic nervous system homeostasis and how to achieve it with needling is covered in-depth. The gut-brain axis and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, key players of the autonomic nervous system, 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. Advanced neurophysiology is discussed at length in regard to utilize thoughtful dry needling to positively affect our autonomic nervous system and regulate it toward homeostasis. The key to health.

Course Outline

Part 1: Dry Needling & the Autonomic Nervous System.

  • Dry Needling & the ANS.
  • Needling Scar Tissue to Regulate the ANS.
  • The ANS & Mental Health.

Part 2: Signs & Symptoms of Sympathetic Autonomic Hyperactivity.

Part 3: Stimulating the PANS to Depress the SANS & Induce ANS Homeostasis.

  • Electrical Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation.
  • Trigeminal Nerve (Otic Ganglion) Stimulation.
  • Sacral Plexus (S2-S4) & Pelvic Floor Needling.
  • C2 Spinous Process & Suboccipital Needling.

Part 4: To Piston or Not to Piston: Should I Utilize the “Pistoning” Technique When Performing Dry Needling?

Part 5: The Sympathetic Chain, Sclerotomal Quantum Entanglement, & Autonomic Homeostasis.

  • Sympathetic Chain, Sympathetic Autonomic Nervous System & Autonomic Nervous System Homeostasis: The Key to Health.
  • Sclerotomal Quantum Entanglement & ANS Homeostasis.

Part 6: Tools to Maximize Dry Needling Treatment Comfort, efficacy, & Outcome.

  • 7 Easy Tricks to Maximize the Awesome Autonomic Homeostatic & Neuroplastic Healing Effects of Dry Needling Treatment.
  • How to Introduce Needling to Hypersensitive or Hesitant Patients.

Part 7: Supplements to Boost Immune Function, Amplify Cellular Repair, Improve DNA-RNA-Protein Transcription Accuracy, Elevate Brain Function, Reduce Body Wide Inflammation, Induce Autonomic Nervous System Homeostasis, & More.

Part 8: Dry Needling to Treat & Resolve Hiccups with Autonomic Nervous System Homeostasis.

Part 9: Dry Needling to Treat & Resolve Post-Shingles Neuralgia & Fibromyalgia with Autonomic Nervous System Homeostasis.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the 3 primary regions of the body to target the PANS and describe why targeting them maximizes ANS homeostasis.
  2. Explain what the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) does, how it causes ANS dysfunction, and how we can manipulate it with needling.
  3. Discuss how dysfunction of the enteric nervous system and gut-brain-axis leads to systemic impairments and how vagus nerve stimulation leads to amazing improvements in intestinal health.
  4. Educate patients on natural supplements that amplify the anti-inflammatory and homeostatic effects of thoughtful needling. .
  5. Describe the reason using low frequency microcurrent is the best for pain relief and how it affects the brain.
  6. Elucidate upon the reason behind connecting spinal levels to their corresponding distal impairments.
  7. Extrapolate on the overall sympathetic depressing action needling has on the nervous systems and how to amplify this response.
  8. Clarify why needling tendons, ligaments and periosteum is essential to achieving ANS homeostasis.
  9. Expound upon the reason to place the cathode (positive lead, usually red) over the most hyperactive tissue.
  10. Discuss how needling improves mental health by restoring more homeostatic levels of mood altering chemicals in the brain, intestines, and throughout the body.
  11. Discuss mechanisms by which needling the face regulates the ANS toward homeostasis secondary to systemic, body wide vasodilation.
  12. Accurately describe the basic differences between traditional acupuncture and dry needling.
  13. Discuss the physiologic importance of needling the portions of the ear innervated by the auricular branch of the vagus nerve, to improve organ function and ANS homeostasis.
  14. Discuss the neurophysiologic importance of needling around the sacral plexus to stimulate the PANS.
  15. Extrapolate upon why targeting the Otic ganglion of the trigeminal nerve is helpful in inducing ANS homeostasis.

Target Audience: PT’s, PTA’s, AT’s, OT’s, OTA’s, DC’s, MD’s, PA’s, DO’s, Nurses, anyone who wants to learn about dry needling. You do not need to be a medical professional to glean useful information from these courses to improve your health.

Instructor: Jason Schuster, PT, DPT, MTC, IAMTC, IADN Cert. Specialist
Contact Hours / CEU’s: 15 CEU's
Price: $299
Prerequisites: None
Course Format: Online, Self-Paced, Recorded Webinar
Educational Level: Advanced
Date: Continuous
State Approvals:

  • Athletic Trainers: BOC Approved Provider # 10256.
  • Physical Therapists:
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: Approval# 77386TX.
  • NOT approved by the NJ board (our LIVE webinar course is).

Note: Most states accept courses approved by any other state sub-chapter of the APTA. If your state requires their own approval, we will provide you with the information you need to request approval. It is your responsibility to confirm with your respective state board in regards to CEU approval requirements. The following states are known to require their own approval: LA, MN, NJ, NY, NV, OH, TX, CA

Online Dry Needling 2: Dry Needling to Dramatically Improve Men's & Women's Pelvic Health (coming soon!)

In our online dry needling 2 course, Dry Needling to Dramatically Improve Men's & Women's Pelvic Health, you will learn the power of dry needling treatment to resolve numerous pelvic health impairments, including erectile dysfunction, incontinence, pain with sex, postpartum pain, general dysfunction, and more. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the wide-ranging neurophysiologic benefits of electrical auricular vagus nerve stimulation, how to use it to regulate the mind and body toward homeostasis, and why it is vital to include in treatment for pelvic health impairments.

Dry needling’s awesome effect on mental health, and why mental and pelvic health are intricately interconnected, is discussed in detail. You will achieve an advanced knowledge of how to utilize the pelvic floor as an access point to the parasympathetic autonomic nervous system, and why treating the structures innervated by the sacral plexus induce potent homeostatic, healing effects throughout the brain and body.

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 dramatically improving men’s and women’s pelvic health with the thoughtful implementation of dry needling.

Instructor: Jason Schuster, PT, DPT, MTC, IAMTC, IADN Cert. Specialist

Contact Hours / CEU’s: 10
Price: $250
Prerequisites: None
Course Format: Online, Recorded Webinar
Educational Level: Advanced
Date: Continuous

Course Outline

Part 1: Dry Needling to Improve Men’s & Women’s Pelvic Health via Autonomic Nervous System Homeostasis.

  • Pelvic Health & the Forgotten Nine.
  • Men’s Pelvic Health.
  • Women’s Pelvic Health.
  • Dry Needling & Joint Manipulation to Treat & Resolve Pain with Sex.

Part 2: Electrical Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Improve Pelvic Health.

Part 3: Is Exercise Necessary to Resolve Pelvic Dysfunction.

Part 4: The Intricate Interconnectivity of the Jaw & Pelvic Floor.

Part 5: Treating Scar Tissue to Improve Pelvic Health.

Part 6: Part 6: Why Dry Needling Eliminates the Majority of Reasons to Perform Internal Pelvic Treatment.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain why treating the jaw is vital to improve pelvic health and autonomic nervous system homeostasis.
  2. Extrapolate upon why treating the vagus nerve distribution in the ear is essential for maximal pelvic function.
  3. Utilize improved treatment strategies when treating pelvic dysfunction, including areas outside the pelvic floor, to maximize autonomic nervous system homeostasis and the overall health of your patients, not only pelvic health.
  4. Treat and resolve pelvic impairments such as urge incontinence, pain with sex, and more, using the thoughtful implementation of dry needling in clinical practice.
  5. Quickly and effectively decrease sympathetic autonomic hyperactivity, elevate parasympathetic autonomic activity, and induce ANS homeostasis with an in-depth understanding of how to use dry needling to treat the nervous system itself.
  6. Use dry needling to specifically target and regulate certain brain pathways, like the trigeminocervical complex, to improve mental and pelvic health.
  7. Improve their understanding of how the human body works in relation to autonomic nervous system dysfunction and how it specifically inhibits normal pelvic function, and how that, in turn, inhibits body and brain function.
  8. Utilize pelvic floor dry needling to improve any mental or physical health impairment through direct modulation of the autonomic nervous system.
  9. Treat and resolve signs and symptoms associated with erectile dysfunction by inducing significant improvements in vasodilation, muscular elasticity, and sexual function.
  10. Provide both men and women with medication-free pelvic treatment that quickly, safely, and effectively improves pelvic health in the overwhelming majority of patients, secondary to advanced knowledge in the utilization of dry needling to specifically affect the autonomic nervous system.

CEU's & State Approvals

Physical Therapists

As of January 1, 2020, the FSBPT (Pro cert.) and the APTA no longer approve CE courses. Currently, states either:

  1. Require their own specific approval.
  2. (this is most common) They accept courses approved by any other state sub-chapter of the APTA, which all of our courses have.

States Requiring Specific State Certification: LA, MN, NJ, NY, NV, OH, or TX.

State Approvals:

  • Texas: Texas Physical Therapy Association: 15 CEU's. Approval# 77386TX.
  • New Jersey: In process.

New Jersey statute: 45:9-37.34j: Requirements of physical therapist

d. “Following successful completion of the dry needling continuing education and competency program, including the practical hands-on instruction required pursuant to paragraph (10) of subsection b. of this section, a physical therapist shall complete 10 of the required minimum credits of continuing education and competency in each biennial license renewal period in board-approved programs in dry needling if the physical therapist chooses to continue to utilize such intervention on patients.”

The CEU's for this course will be accepted for PT's in any other state aside from LA, MN, NY, NV, OH. If you need other certification for this course, please let us know.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this new system of course certification. It is the registrants’ responsibility to understand their specific state requirements and to request any specific state certification upon signing up for the course.

Athletic Trainers

BOC Approved Provider # 10256.

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.