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Systemic Effects of Dry Needling

  • Board Restrictions note: Co-sponsored courses may not be eligible for CE in Tennessee; Credit calculations may vary for New Mexico approval
  • This home learning course will focus on the Systemic Effects of Dry Needling.  This course will provide a better understanding of how the body heals itself; review the effects of dry needling including the inflamatory process, use of local lesions, neural responses, and neuroendocrine responses.  Manipulation of the inflamatory process to move toward resolution will also be addressed. 

    This course will combine video lectures with reading of journal articles. 


    InstructorBrian Hortz, PhD, AT
    About the InstructorBorn in Camden, NJ, Brian received a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. Upon graduation from Denison University, he pursued a master’s degree in sports medicine from Ohio University. He continued his post-graduate studies at the Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral degree in Exercise Science. Dr. Hortz was part of the athletic training staff at Denison University from 1995-2019, he served as the Head Athletic Trainer from 1997-2010, and the Director of Sports Medicine from 2010-2019. His primary responsibilities at Denison University included, a professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Studies Major, as well as, directing the sports medicine program. Dr. Hortz started using dry needling several years ago with his athletes and it has become a primary treatment modality with many of the collegiate and high-performance athletes he treats. He has presented at state, national, and international level conferences in different areas focusing on dry needling, athletic training, medical ethics, regulatory issues, health, and physical activity. He served on the Ohio State PTOTAT licensure board for 9 years and has served in many roles from Joint Board Chair, Chair of the AT section, and other board assignments. Dr. Hortz was inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2018 and has received the NATA Service Award in 2015, The Board of Certification Dan Liberia Award in 2009, and was the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2008. Included among his professional affiliations are memberships in the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Association, and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association.
    Subject BreakdownThe Healing Process - Inflammation The Healing Process - Tissue Regeneration Systemic Effects - HPA Axis
    Total Credits1.25
    FormatDistance - On-demand
    Course OutlineSystemic Effects.Outline.docx
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