Low level laser therapy and dry needling have been on the rehabilitation medicine scene for a number of years, but recently they have gained popularity. In addition, the research to support their use has grown. This webinar will introduce the attendee to the basic science behind both dry needling and laser therapy as well as the indications for use across a spectrum of patients with musculoskeletal issues.

Level of Instruction:  Introduction

Course Objectives

  • Identify the basic principles of low level laser therapy to patient care.
  • Identify the mechanism of photobiomodulation and the healing response.
  • Identify the basic principles of dry needling to patient care.
  • Identify the contraindications and precautions to dry needling.

Course Agenda

  • Laser therapy has a litany of evidence supporting its use.
  • Consider using laser for performance enhancement.
  • Dry needling is not acupuncture.
  • Dry needling has local and systemic effects.
  • Combining dry needling and laser therapy may yield even better outcomes.


  • Barton N. Bishop, DPT, SCS, TPI CGFI-MP2, CSCS

Dr. Bishop graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE, with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2003. In 2007, Dr. Bishop successfully passed the exam to become a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (SCS – ABPTS). He is one of the few in the region to earn this distinction, which demonstrates superior knowledge of diagnosis and treatment of athletes.
Dr. Bishop has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA – CSCS) since 2003. He has been a Certified Thera-Band Instructor since 2009 and recently became a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor. Both of these certifications make him a sought after instructor for international physical therapy conferences and continuing education seminars.
Dr. Bishop focuses his care on the rehabilitation of extremity and spine injuries and pain using activity and sport-specific techniques. Partially because of this, Dr. Bishop has been recognized by his peers as a Top Sports Medicine Expert in the Washingtonian Magazine.  In addition, Dr. Bishop has extensive experience lecturing being an invited presenter in international physical therapy conferences in the United States as well as many foreign countries including Russia, India, Germany, and Italy.  Further, research produced by the Sport and Spine Rehab Clinical Research Foundation, under the supervision of Dr. Bishop, has been published in multiple Peer Reviewed Journals including The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Clinical Chiropractic, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Topics in Integrated Health Care.  Dr. Bishop is also a Certified Clinical Instructor from the American Physical Therapy Association and serves as a Clinical Instructor to students from the University of Maryland, Shenandoah University, and the University of South Carolina. Recently, Dr. Bishop was named the Clinical Instructor of the Year for Shenandoah University.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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