Functional Dry Needling for Musculoskeletal Pain

Course Description:
The Functional Dry Needling (FDN) microcredential gives clinicians the proper safety and training for the insertion of fine filament needles into neuromuscular junctions / motor points / tender points as well as how to stimulate dysfunctional muscles in order to bring improved function and decreased pain to patients. This course will provide ample practical time to test, practice and perfect the art and science of Functional Dry Needling.

Date and Location:
July 2021 hybrid asynchronous online and synchronous live class.

Teaching Methods:
25 % asynchronous with multiple choice question quizzes and 75 % synchronous live classes with demonstration, practice, and a two-part final examination both written and practical.

Program Objectives:
At the end of this Microcredential the student will be able to:

  • Explain, demonstrate and apply Clean Needle Technique for patient and practitioner safety.
  • Classify the neurochemical, neurological and mechanical development of different points to needle such as tender points, trigger points, painful points and motor points.
  • Identify key differences between different types of muscles and fascia.
  • Review and demonstrate basic muscle and joint palpation coupled with orthopedic testing to best find areas of pathological dysfunction.
  • Discuss and demonstrate proficiency in identifying and needling common points superficial and deep, the physical location of the points and clinical applications.
  • Discuss history, indications, contraindications while then demonstrating proficiency in application of cupping (myofascial decompression) and electrostimulation during dry needling

Instructor(s) name and credentials:
Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, LAc, CACCP, CIFM ©; Gary Estadt DC, DABCA, DACRB.

Kristine Tohtz

Kristine Tohtz, DC, DABCA, LAc, CACCP, CIFM ©

Dr. Tohtz graduated magna cum laude from the National University of Health Sciences in April 2001. While attending chiropractic school, she also began working toward a Diplomate in Acupuncture and in August 2009 received her Diplomate in Acupuncture from the American Chiropractic Association’s. After attending two supervised medical internships in Beijing and Hangzhou, China, she found advanced studies to be warranted and obtained her Masters of Science in Acupuncture (MsAc) through the National University of Health Sciences graduating summa cum laude in August 2014. She has completed an advanced certification in Pregnancy and Pediatric care through the International Chiropractic Pediatric and is a trained post-partum doula. She also successfully completed training to become a practitioner in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. She teaches continuing education to healthcare practitioners of all types on the topics of acupuncture, dry needling, pregnancy, nutrition and pediatric care. She is presently the Director of the School of Emerging Education at Resurrection University and is working toward her certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM).

Gary Estadt

Gary Estadt DC, DABCA, DACRB

Dr. Estadt has been a practicing chiropractor for over 40 years. He owned and operated Estadt Chiropractic Center, a successful clinic in Mentor, Ohio. He became the first chiropractor added to the medical staff at Lake Health, a community-based hospital. Dr. Estadt holds Board Certifications in Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Chiropractic Acupuncture. After retiring from his busy practice, Dr. Estadt joined the pain clinic medical staff at the Cleveland Veterans Administration, performing chiropractic care, acupuncture and dry needling.

In his professional capacity, he has served as President of the Council on Chiropractic Acupuncture for the American Chiropractic Association, President of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture, and President of the Ohio State Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Estadt has lectured on a wide range of topics including Acupuncture, Dry Needling, Functional Movement, Rehabilitation, Clinical Recordkeeping, and Ethics.

In his spare time, Dr. Estadt is a musician, avid golfer and skier.


CE Hours:
75 hours of Nursing (for Nurse Practitioners Only) and Acupuncture CEU; Chiropractic (University of Bridgeport) and Medical CEU may be awarded upon request - please contact our office. Upon completion of all modules / badges a microcredential will be awarded and a transcript sent to your registered e-mail address.


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Price: $1,900.00