Intentionally Breaking the Skin: A Dry Needling Approach to the Lymphatic System
Section: Oncology Section
Co-Section: Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management,Section on Women's Health
Session Code: ON-2C-8748
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 146C

Speaker(s):   Melissa Buss, PT, DPT
  Alaina Newell, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Regardless of where you were trained in lymphedema management, you likely heard a stiff warning to avoid injections, having blood drawn, injury, and even having blood pressure checked on patient's lymphatic impacted extremity. Recent studies are starting to evaluate these precautions as well as modifying patient precautions and medical interventions impact of the lymphatic system. In recent years, with dry needling becoming a tool utilized in many states and in different areas of practice, including oncology and post cancer care. The speakers will bring physiology, basic scientific research, and clinical practice together to discuss the safety and weigh the risks and benefits of utilizing dry needling techniques in patients with surgically or radiologically impacted lymphatic systems. They will use a functional physiological understanding of the lymphatic system and a neuromuscular application of dry needling to improve lymphatic function and decrease the symptom burden on the oncology population. Attendees will gain an understanding of the latest research as well as clinical information regarding the safety and utilization of dry needling techniques for this underserved population.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1.Describe the physiology of the lymphatic system in relationship to other body systems.

2. Discuss the safety and application of dry needling in patients with or at risk for lymphedema.

3. Apply dry needling techniques (with prior additional training) within watershed territories of patients with compromised lymphatics from lymph node dissection and/or radiation.

4. Provide follow up corrective exercises to encourage neuromuscular gains following dry needling in patients with or at risk for lymphedema.

CEU: 0.2

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