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For over a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch has dedicated its efforts toward improving the health of society - in Texas and beyond. In addition to designing and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students at distant locations, the school continuously explores opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional learning.

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Occupational Therapy students featured by AOTA in their research on Dry Needling practices.

May 24, 2021, 09:21 AM by UTMB School of Health Professions

Screenshot of an article abuot dry needling

The systematic review of students and faculty in the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) on Dry Needling in OT Practice was featured in February 2021 by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Led and mentored by OT faculty Drs. Claudia Hilton and April Cowan, students Rachel Bynum, Olivia Garcia, Emily Herbst, Mary Kossa and Katrina Liou completed the the systematic review as part of the requirements for their research courses. It was later published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and then used to make the determination of the appropriateness of including dry needling as an occupational therapy intervention.

Comparable to acupuncture, Dry Needling is an emerging intervention practice of deep insertion of needles into the muscles to reduce and treat myofascial pain, increase range of motion and improve musculoskeletal function of various body areas that include the back, neck and lower/upper extremities.

In a typical dry needling session, these thin needles are inserted into trigger points of targeted muscles and connective tissues with the aim of remediating muscle function and improving activity and participation (American Physical Therapy Association, 2013).

For further reading, please read: Effects of Dry Needling on Spasticity and Range of Motion

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30AprilRegistration and Fee Payment Deadlines – Summer 2023 (all students)
8MayClasses Begin – Summer 2023
15MayLast Day to Add or Drop a Course by 5:00 pm – Summer 2023 (Census Date)
29MayMemorial Day – School Closed
19JuneJuneteenth – School Closed
4JulyIndependence Day – School Closed
24JulyLast Day to Withdraw from a Course with a "W" – Summer 2023
31JulyStudy Day – No Classes
1AugustOnline Registration for Fall 2023 Opens at 8:00 am for Returning Students
1-4AugustFinal Examination Period
4AugustLast Day of Summer 2023 Semester (Diploma date - August 18, 2023)
11AugustGrades Due by 12:00 Noon for Summer 2023 (Graduating Students)
15AugustGrades Due by 12:00 Noon for Summer 2023 (Returning Students)
18AugustCommencement for SHP Students (for terms Fall 2022, Spring 2023 & Summer 2023)

Last Updated: 03-MAY-2023

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The mission of the School of Health Professions (SHP) is to provide and promote quality education, research, and service in an environment that fosters collaboration and mutual respect. The School of Health Professions envisions a school that provides quality education in the health professions and encourages innovation.

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