Dry Needling for the Treatment of Scars

Who is this course for?

The “Dry Needling for the Treatment of Scars” course will provide therapists with a better understanding of how and why to use dry needling for the treatment of scars. Dry needling practitioners should take this course if they want a more comprehensive understanding of how to use dry needling to impact the healing of healthy, keloid, or hypertrophic surface scars.

As a therapist…

You may be working with post-surgical patients where scars are an issue, either painful or irregular in appearance, and bother the patient.  Being able to facilitate the healing of scars is a skill all clinicians struggle with. How do we keep it mobile? Can you help it heal optimally?  Being able to help your patient manage scar healing and allowing their scars to have a more uniform appearance is vital for their psychological interaction with their scar.

Understanding how to utilize dry needling to help manipulate the healing process of a scar can significantly impact the overall well-being of your client. Using needling, you can address the healing trajectory of a scar and make it more uniform and mobile with less pain. It will truly become a game-changer.

Are you dealing with patients who have post-surgical scars?

Help your patient’s scars heal faster, improve their mobility and sensitivity with dry needling.

Do you want to learn ways to improve the results with a better understanding of scar needling?

  • Understand healing and scar tissue formation.
  • Understand the development of hypertrophic or keloid scars
  • Get a better understanding of the psychology of scars
  • Understand the effects of the biomechanical, chemical, and vascular mechanisms on healing

Learn about…

  • Scar tissue formation.
  • The biomechanical, chemical, and vascular mechanisms effects on healing.
  • The psychology of scars.
  • The application of the techniques.

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

Understand how dry needling impacts scar tissue healing. Modules 1&2 shows you how.

Understand how scars impact your patients psychologically. Module 1 shows you how.

Understand the clinical considerations and applications of dry needling to aid in scar healing. Module 2&3 show you how.

Your instructor Brian will discuss…

  • The physiologic process of scar healing
  • How dry needling impacts the healing process.
  • The techniques used that impact healing (with video demos).

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.

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 and Function Education (BOC AP# P10069) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is approved for a maximum of 3 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: 21-0623-020, valid 06/28/2021 – 06/28/2022).). This course is approved for 3 CEUs.


Structure and Function Education is a PACE Recognized Provider. This course is designated for 3 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 Hampshire, 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?

  • To review healing and scar tissue formation
    • The 4-stage process of healing
    • What is driving the process
  • To discuss how this process may go awry
    • Development of hypertrophic or keloid scars
  • Discuss the psychology of scars
    • How they impact those who have them. 
  • Explain a rationale for dry needling for scar 
  • Understand the physiologic mechanisms
    • Biomechanical, chemical, and vascular effects
    • Effects of needling on healing
  • Review the results of studies that utilized Dry Needling for treatment of scars
  • Video Demos of the techniques used

What’s included in this course?

  • “3” lessons including, “1” hour of video
  • A complete downloadable transcript for you to follow along.
  • “6” article readings
  • Course completion quiz

Reading materials

All reading materials are downloaded through PubMed free PMC.

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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

$150.00 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 Annually
  • 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

How is the course delivered?

The course is a series of video lectures and readings. The student is allowed to proceed at their own pace. The is an exam at then end that the student needs to pass.

How soon can I use the techniques learned in my practice?

You can use it immediately after passing the exam.

How long do I have access to the course?

One time purchases of the course will have full access to the course for 12 months starting on the date of purchase. Membership Subscribers have access until the end of the current subscription period.


If you want to learn how dry needling affects scar tissue healing and its clinical utility this course is for you.

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