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.
Part 1: Dry Needling & the Autonomic Nervous System.
- Dry Needling & the Autonomic Nervous System.
- Needling Scar Tissue to Regulate the Autonomic Nervous System.
- The Autonomic Nervous System & Mental Health.
Part 2: Signs & Symptoms of Sympathetic Autonomic Hyperactivity.
Part 3: Stimulating the Parasympathetics to Depress the Sympathetics & Induce Autonomic Nervous System 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 & Autonomic Nervous System 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.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify the 3 primary regions of the body to target the parasympathetic autonomic nervous system and describe why targeting them maximizes Autonomic Nervous System homeostasis.
- Explain what the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) does, how it causes ANS dysfunction, and how we can manipulate it with needling.
- 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.
- Educate patients on natural supplements that amplify the anti-inflammatory and homeostatic effects of thoughtful needling. .
- Describe the reason using low frequency microcurrent is the best for pain relief and how it affects the brain.
- 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 Autonomic Nervous System homeostasis.
- Expound upon the reason to place the cathode (positive lead, usually red) over the most hyperactive tissue.
- Discuss how needling improves mental health by restoring more homeostatic levels of mood altering chemicals in the brain, intestines, and throughout the body.
- Discuss mechanisms by which needling the face regulates the Autonomic Nervous System toward homeostasis secondary to systemic, body wide vasodilation.
- Accurately describe the basic differences between traditional acupuncture and dry needling.
- 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 Autonomic Nervous System homeostasis.
- Discuss the neurophysiologic importance of needling around the sacral plexus to stimulate the Parasympathetic Autonomic Nervous System.
- Extrapolate upon why targeting the Otic ganglion of the trigeminal nerve is helpful in inducing Autonomic Nervous System 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
Course Format: Online, Self-Paced, Recorded Webinar
Educational Level: Advanced
Athletic Trainers: BOC Approved Provider # 10256.
Physical Therapists: Texas Physical Therapy Association: Approval# 77386TX.
Testing: To receive a certificate of completion for CEU credit, students must pass the exam with a score of at least 80%.
These online courses do not teach you how to needle, they teach you how to think about needling to optimize treatment efficacy. Our online courses are not intended to replace in-person dry needling instruction. Each course provides a theoretical discussion with practical application for those who already have needling experience or are looking to gain valuable background knowledge prior to learning, or for those who would simply like to learn about dry needling and its potent regulatory effect on the autonomic nervous system.
These courses may, or may 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.