Example of of Electrical Stimulation

Dry Needling and Electrical Stimulation: Science and Clinical Application

Who is this course for?

Are you a healthcare professional looking to expand your skillset and provide your patients with more effective pain relief treatments? Look no further than our online dry needling and electrical stimulation course! This course on Dry Needling and Electric Stimulation will provide practitioners with a fundamental understanding of how dry needling with electric stimulation affects the body systemically and how this knowledge can aid in the outcomes of their patients.

Clinical practice can be impacted by using electrical stimulation for its various indications.  Practitioners should take this course if they would like to learn the fundamental understanding of how electrical stimulation can aid your dry needling practice to achieve better patient outcomes. This course is designed to teach you the latest techniques in dry needling and electric stimulation, and how to apply them in clinical settings. Our course covers all aspects of dry needling and electric stimulation, including anatomy and physiology, settings selection for different outcomes.

Why this Course?

With our online format, you can complete the course on your own schedule, from anywhere in the world. You’ll have access to interactive videos, quizzes, and other learning materials that will help you master the techniques and prepare for the certification exam.

Once you’ve completed the course and passed the exam, you’ll receive a certificate of completion that demonstrates your knowledge in dry needling and electric stimulation. This course will increase your understanding of the use of electric stimulation with dry needling as a treatment approach for your patients.

Invest in your professional development and join the growing community of healthcare professionals who are taking their skills to the next level with dry needling and electric stimulation. Sign up for our online course today!

As a therapist…

You are probably very comfortable talking about the local effects associated with dry needling.  However, the electroacupuncture/ dry needling research has significantly changed our knowledge of how using electric stimulation can decrease pain, spasticity, atrophy, and many indications that we see in our patients daily. The more you understand about how electric stimulation impacts the body, the better you will understand how to use this as an adjunct therapy with your dry needling.

While these systemic effects are generally poorly understood, they tend to be the answer to the most common question clinicians are asked. “How is this working?” or “How did that work when other modalities would not?”

Are you dealing with patients who experience pain, spasticity, atrophy?

Often, therapists are frustrated with dealing with chronic pain, spasticity and or other conditions that the use of electric stimulation could be helpful. If we want to have a better understanding of how to best treat pain, we need to understand the effects of electrical stimulation on the brain and descending control mechanisms.

Do you want to learn ways to improve the results with electric stimulation?

  • Understand the healing process and how applying electric stimulation locally can affect the local healing of tissues.
  • Understand how dry needling stimulates the bodies descending control mechanisms and decreases pain.
  • Understand how electric stimulation can aid in the treatment of spasticity and atrophy.

Learn about…

  • How electric stimulation can prompt the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.
  • How electric stimulation impacts the brain through fMRI data and how that relates to electric stimulations impact on pain.
  • How electric stimulation can cause mechanotransductive effects that help local healing of tissues.
  • How electric stimulation parameters and intensity affect how you are treating pain, spasticity, atrophy and other indications.

This course is for you if you are you looking to…

Understand how electric stimulation impacts the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, Module 1 shows you how.

Understand how electric stimulation facilitates healing of tissues, Module 2 Shows you how.

Understand how electric stimulation impacts pain management and the brain, Module 3 shows you how.

Your instructor Brian will discuss…

  • Ways to become more comfortable talking about the inflammatory process, and how to apply these concepts to your dry needling practice.
  • And understanding of the varied effects of electric stimulation with dry needling, and how to apply these concepts to your dry needling practice.
  • How the electric stimulation can be used for local healing, pain management, spasticity and atrophy treatment .

Do you need CEU credits but can’t find the time to go to a class?

Let online education help you out!

Learn at your own pace, in your ideal environment!

You’re a busy professional. You need to balance your career, home life and find time to continue your education.

As long as you have Internet access you can access the course from anywhere.

Advance your career in areas of focused study, geared towards your personal learning goals.

Becoming an expert takes time. It takes continuous study and practice. When you gain knowledge you are advancing your professional career. Online learning gives you the opportunity to focus on the skills you need.

Find topics that you enjoy.

Select topics that interest you. Topics that you find fascinating. Online distance learning allows you to find topics that might not be available locally.

Learn at your own pace.

Everyone has their own rhythm. Some people only need to hear a lecture once and take perfect notes, while others might need to listen more than once. Online learning gives you the option to repeat a lecture for maximum affect.

Are there Continuing Education Units (CEU)?

Athletic Trainers:

Structure & Function Education (BOC AP #P10069) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 4.00 Category A CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

Physical Therapists:

Structure & Function Education is an Approved Provider of Continuing Competence Activities through the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association (Provider ID: 20-0625-018, valid 06/25/2020 – 06/25/2021). This course is approved for 4.00 CEUs.


Structure and Function Education is a PACE Recognized Provider. This course is designated for 4.00 Continuing Education Units.

PACE is a division of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, and serves Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming

Full Course description

What will you learn as a student in this Course?

  • Students will see fMRI evidence of electric stimulations impact on the brain and the HPA axis
  • Students will understand the mechanotransductive effects of electric stimulation
  • Students will understand physiologically why electric stimulations works for treating pain
  • Students will understand parameters and intensity for electric stimulations when treating pain
  • Students will learn how electric stimulations causes relaxation of muscles
  • Students will learn where and how to needle for spasticity effects
  • Students will learn how electric stimulations causes retardation of Atrophy of muscles
  • Students will learn where and how to needle for retardation of Atrophy effects
  • Students will review and read the evidence of E-stim for all of these indications

What’s included in this course?

  • 5 lessons including, 1 hour of video
  • A complete downloadable transcript for you to follow along.
  • 9 article readings
  • Course completion quiz

Reading materials

All reading materials are downloaded through PubMed free PMC.

  • Mayor DF, McClure LS, McClure JHC. Nonspecific Feelings Expected and Experienced during or Immediately after Electroacupuncture: A Pilot Study in a Teaching Situation. Medicines (Basel). 2017 Apr 8;4(2):19. doi: 10.3390/medicines4020019. PMID: 28930234; P [Link to PMC]
  • Li A, Lao L, Wang Y, Xin J, Ren K, Berman BM, Tan M, Zhang R. Electroacupuncture activates corticotrophin-releasing hormone-containing neurons in the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalammus to alleviate edema in a rat model of inflammation. BMC Compl [Link to PMC]
  • Park JY, Namgung U. Electroacupuncture therapy in inflammation regulation: current perspectives. J Inflamm Res. 2018 May 17;11:227-237. doi: 10.2147/JIR.S141198. PMID: 29844696; PMCID: PMC5963483. [Link to PMC]
  • Shi L, Cao HM, Li Y, Xu SX, Zhang Y, Zhang Y, Jin ZF. Electroacupuncture improves neurovascular unit reconstruction by promoting collateral circulation and angiogenesis. Neural Regen Res. 2017 Dec;12(12):2000-2006. doi: 10.4103/1673-5374.221156. PMID: 29323038; PMCID: PMC5784347. [Link to PMC]
  • Julias M, Edgar LT, Buettner HM, Shreiber DI. An in vitro assay of collagen fiber alignment by acupuncture needle rotation. Biomed Eng Online. 2008 Jul 7;7:19. doi: 10.1186/1475-925X-7-19. PMID: 18606012; PMCID: PMC2483714. [Link to PMC]
  • Zhang R, Lao L, Ren K, Berman BM. Mechanisms of acupuncture-electroacupuncture on persistent pain. Anesthesiology. 2014 Feb;120(2):482-503. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000000101. PMID: 24322588; PMCID: PMC3947586. [Link to PMC]
  • Park SW, Yi SH, Lee JA, Hwang PW, Yoo HC, Kang KS. Acupuncture for the treatment of spasticity after stroke: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Altern Complement Med. 2014;20(9):672-682. doi:10.1089/acm.2014.0097 [Link to PMC]
  • Wang BH, Lin CL, Li TM, Lin SD, Lin JG, Chou LW. Selection of acupoints for managing upper-extremity spasticity in chronic stroke patients. Clin Interv Aging. 2014;9:147-56. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S53814. Epub 2014 Jan 10. PMID: 24453485; PMCID: PMC3894143. [Link to PMC]
  • Yang J, Min S, Xie F, Chen J, Hao X, Ren L. Electroacupuncture alleviates neuromuscular dysfunction in an experimental rat model of immobilization. Oncotarget. 2017 Aug 14;8(49):85537-85548. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.20246. PMID: 29156739; PMCID: PMC568962 [Link to PMC]

Register Now for this course

Meet Your Instructor(s)

Brian Hortz, PhD AT

Born in Camden, NJ, Brian received a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine from Denison University, a masters degree in sports medicine from Ohio University and his doctoral degree in Exercise Science from Ohio State University.

Dr. Hortz is an Instructor and the Director of Research and Education for Structure & Function Education. He has been teaching with Structure & Function Education for several years. Dr. Hortz teaches the Foundations and Advanced courses.

In addition to his work with Structure & Function Education, he also has a concierge practice and continues to work one-on-one with athletes to make them well.

Pricing Information

Just this Course

$ 200.00 One Time
  • 1 Year access
  • Access to class discussions

Monthly Subscription

$ 19.99 Monthly
  • Total cost $240 per year.
  • 3-day free trial!
  • Monthly membership.
  • Cancel any time!
  • Access to all online classes!
  • Access to class discussions.
  • Access to the subscriber only community.
  • Live Q&A sessions with Sue, Brian and other S&F Education instructors.

Yearly Subscription

$ 199.00 Yearly
  • Save $40 over the monthly cost
  • 3-day free trial!
  • Yearly membership.
  • Cancel any time!
  • Access to all online classes!
  • Access to class discussions.
  • Access to the subscriber only community.
  • Live Q&A sessions with Sue, Brian and other S&F Education instructors.

Satisfaction Guarantee

If you aren’t satisfied with the course within the first 30 days after your first payment but before you have taken the final exam, you can get a refund. We’ll cancel the course immediately upon your refund request and issue the refund to your credit card though our processor Stripe.

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have been using dry needling without electric stimulation, this course provides you with evidence-based ways to use E-Stim. If you want to learn the indications for dry needling with electric stimulation, then this course is for you.

Dry Needling and Electrical Stimulation: Science and Clinical Application

Dry Needling and Electrical Stimulation: Science and Clinical Application

Course Provider: Organization

Course Provider Name: Structure & Function Education

Course Provider URL: https://structureandfunction.net/

Course Mode: Online

Course Workload: PT4H

Duration: PT4H

Repeat Count: 1

Repeat Frequency: Daily

Course Type: Paid

Course Currency: USD

Editor's Rating:
Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top