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Who is this course for?

The “Systemic Effects of Dry Needling” course will provide practitioners with a fundamental understanding of how dry needling affects the body systemically and how this knowledge can aid in the outcomes of their patients. Clinical practice can be impacted by the manipulation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis to help prompt the body’s natural healing responses.

Dry Needling practitioners should take this course if they would like to learn the fundamental understanding of the neuroendocrine system and how it can be manipulated to aid in moving the body through the process of resolving inflammation in our patients. Clinical practice can be impacted through dry needling’s impact on the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis to achieve better patient outcomes.

As a therapist…

You are probably very comfortable talking about the local effects associated with dry needling. However, the most poorly understood effect is the impact we have on the neuroendocrine system. The more you understand about the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, the better you will understand these systemic effects of 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 and inflammation?

Often, therapists are frustrated with dealing with chronic inflammatory conditions and chronic pain. If we want to have a better understanding of how to best treat chronic inflammatory conditions and chronic pain, we need to understand the effects of dry needling on the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Do you want to learn ways to improve the results of dry needling?

  • Understand the healing process and what is occurring locally when we apply dry needles to the body.
  • Understand how dry needling stimulates the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.
  • Understand how this stimulation aids  the body in resolving inflammation.

Learn about…

  • The local lesion and how it prompts the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis.
  • How this causes a cascade of 5 processes that impacts inflammation and pain.
  • How these affect patient outcomes through facilitating a resolution of the inflammatory process.

Don’t wait!

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

Understand how the local lesions created by dry needling are involved in healing processes, Module 1 shows you how.

Understand how dry needling stimulates satellite cells to facilitate the healing of tissues, Module 2 Shows you how.

Understand how the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis is stimulated through dry needling, 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.
  • The systemic effects of dry needling, and how to apply these concepts to your dry needling practice.
  • How the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis is integral in resolution of inflammation in the body.

Don’t wait!

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 eligible for a maximum of 2.25 Category A CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

Physical Therapists:

Texas Physical Therapy Association has approved this course for 2.30 Continuing Competence Unit(s) (CCUs); Course Approval Number 71521TX, Approval Valid from 01/01/2020 – 01/01/2022


Structure and Function Education is a PACE Recognized Provider. This course is designated for 2.25 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

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Full Course Description

What will you learn as a student in this Course?

  • How inflammatory mediators influence acute inflammation.
  • How inflammation drives the healing process
  • How dry needling influences regeneration.
  • How dry needling stimulates satellite cell proliferation
  • The unique stimulus of mechanotransduction and the body’s response to it
  • How dry needling stimulates the HPA Axis.
  • How HPA axis stimulation impacts the inflammatory process
  • How the HPA axis effects pain management

What’s included in this course?

  • 4 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

$125.00 One Time Payment
  • 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.

Annual 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?

You will have full access to the course for 12 months starting on the date of purchase. Membership Subscribers have access as longs as they have an active subscription.


If you want help understanding the broader, more systemic effects of dry needling, this course is for you.

Systemic Effects of Dry Needling

The Systemic Effects of Dry Needling course will provide therapists with a better understanding of expand your knowledge of how dry needling effects the body systemically and aids in the healing process.

Course Provider: Organization

Course Provider Name: Structure & Function Education

Course Provider URL: https://structureandfunction.net/online-courses/systemic-effects-of-dry-needling/

Course Mode: Online

Course Workload: PT2H15M

Duration: PT2H15M

Repeat Count: 1

Repeat Frequency: Daily

Course Type: Paid

Course Currency: USD

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