International Certification in Dry Needling (ICDN)

  
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ICDN (International Certification in Dry Needling) is a comprehensive educational program with immediate clinical applications that enables the qualified health care professional to achieve clinical excellence and expertise in this very effective and efficient approach for the treatment of Myofacial Trigger Points and muscle pain. Hundreds of health care providers worldwide have been certified through this training which follows evidence based international practice standards.

  • MyoFascial Trigger Point and MyoFascial Release Therapies (PT-01)
  • Dry Needling – Upper Body (DN1)
  • Dry Needling – Lower Body (DN2)
  • Dry Needling – Advanced and Certification (ICDN)

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What is Dry Needling:

Based on a resource paper published by the American Physical Therapy Association “dry Needling is an invasive technique used by physical therapists (where allowed by state law) to treat myofascial pain that uses a dry needle, without medication or injection, which is inserted into areas of the muscle known as trigger points. A trigger point describes a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch and can refer pain to distant parts of the body. Physical therapists utilize dry needling with the goal of releasing/inactivating the trigger points and relieving pain. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor endplates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.”

In 2009 the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in a position statement declared that intramuscular/dry needling is within the scope of PT practice

Why Learn Dry Needling from Hands-On Seminars:

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Hands-On Seminars’ founders Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos & Dr. Konstantine Rizopoulos are pioneers in the dry needling technique and have applied and taught this technique since 1990. In 1992 when the acupuncture lobby fought against physical therapists performing dry needling, Drs Kostopoulos & Rizopoulos published the first defense paper for PTs in Empire State Physical Therapy magazine. It has been a longstanding position of the Hands-On Seminars founders that Dry Needling is not a proprietary treatment exclusive to any one profession, rather a treatment that can be practiced by any qualified and properly trained professional whose licensing authority allows the use of a thin filamentous needle for the treatment of MyoFascial Trigger Points.

In a 2012 published article “Points of Clarification: Delineating the distinction between acupuncture and dry needling for trigger-point pain” Dr. Kostopoulos and Dr. Rizopoulos made the case that trigger point dry needling is not acupuncture.

The Hands-On Seminars founders have taught and certified PTs, MDs, DOs and Acupuncturists around the world on how to effectively use this approach.

International Certification in Dry Needling (ICDN) program is an extensive, comprehensive program that helps the novice health care providers evolve their skill from the elementary to an intermediate and finally to an advanced level.

There are several other programs teaching various methods of needling, yet we believe that “how to do it” is less important than “where to do it”. Our programs give significant emphasis to differential diagnosis and muscle selection. This is what makes our graduates extremely effective practitioners in the treatment of myofascial trigger points.

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Certification Process:

In order for someone to become certified in Dry Needling and obtain the International Certification in Dry Needling (ICDN) provided by Hands-On Seminars the student must complete the following requirements.

  1. Completion of PT-1 (MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy) and successful completion of the home assignment or exam. PT-1 is a pre-requisite to DN-Upper, DN-Lower and DN-Advanced courses and can be taken either online or live at one of our U.S. locations.
  2. Completion of DN-Upper and DN-Lower courses and successful completion of the home assignment or exam. These two courses can be taken in any order. Before you apply for DN-Upper or DN-Lower you must have completed PT-1 online or live. After the completion of each course you will be awarded an attendance certificate.
  3. Completion of DN-Advanced and passing of the written and practicum certification exam. Then you will be awarded the International Certification in Dry Needling (ICDN). If you do not pass the exam you will be awarded a certificate of attendance and you will be re-invited to retake the DN-Advanced course which includes the written and practicum exams

In Summary:

  • PT-1 (take before DN-Upper or DN-Lower)
  • DN-Upper
  • DN-Lower
  • DN-Advanced & Certification

DATES AND LOCATIONS:

International Certification in Dry Needling (ICDN) Package – Regular Package Price $2450 Special Price: $2259

Register for all below courses at a reduced rate and earn your Certification (ICDN)! Click here to register at the Package Rate.

PT-1: MyoFascial Trigger Point & MyoFascial Release Therapies – $250 – ONLINE COURSE – take at your own time

PT-1 COURSE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT IS ONLINE AND SERVES AS A PREREQUISITE FOR THE REST OF THE PROGRAM WHICH IS OFFERED LIVE

Here are just a few dry needling basics to help you decide if this PT technique falls in line with your sensibilities and the needs of your patients.

DN1- (2-day course): Dry Needling Upper Body – $795

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DN2 – (2-day course): Dry Needling Lower Body – $795

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DN3 – (2-day course) Advanced Dry Needling & Certification – $895

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Course Descriptions

PT-1: MyoFascial Trigger Point & MyoFascial Release Therapies

Overview:

This seminar teaches the most successful approaches for the evaluation and treatment of MyoFascial Pain & Musculoskeletal Dysfunction and has been attended by over 50,000 therapists world-wide. This is a training seminar with immediate clinical applications. Participants learn a comprehensive therapeutic approach for the evaluation and treatment of Myofascial Pain and Musculoskeletal Dysfunction. Orthopedic, Neurologic and Pain conditions can effectively be treated with this method.

Details:

This approach integrates Myofascial Trigger Point & MyoFascial Release concepts in a systematic, comprehensive manner.

The scientific background and methods taught utilize an Evidence-Based Model with solid research and techniques that have been tried successfully for years and incorporate over 54 years of cumulative clinical experience of Dr. Dimitrios Kostopoulos & Dr. Konstantine Rizopoulos, authors of best seller text The Manual of Trigger Point & Myofascial Therapy and Founders of Hands-On Seminars. The course contains extensive lab sessions of all muscle systems discussed at the course and also includes the Spray & Stretch Technique.

Course Objectives:

  1. Define and discuss the prevalence of myofascial dysfunction
  2. Present the evidence of the pathophysiology for the myofascial trigger point phenomenon
  3. Present methods of diagnosis and differential diagnosis of myofascial trigger point syndrome
  4. Present, demonstrate and practice treatment methods for myofascial trigger points.
  5. Discuss the importance, role and pathology of the fascial system
  6. Present, demonstrate and practice treatment methods using myofascial release principles
  7. Create treatment protocols for the myofascially involved patient.
  8. Demonstrate Strengthening programs, stretching exercises and the spray & stretch technique.
  9. Demonstrate how to treat acute and chronic pain problems.

This is an essential two-day seminar with immediate clinical applications teaching the most successful approaches for the evaluation and treatment of the MyoFascial Pain & Musculoskeletal Dysfunction.

This approach integrates the Trigger Point and Myofascial teachings of Doctors Travell and Simmons, along with myofascial release principles in a systematic, comprehensive and unique manner.

The scientific background and methods taught utilize an Evidence-Based Model with solid research and techniques that have been tried successfully for years.

This effective and efficient approach enables the clinician to achieve immediate results, which are necessary under a changed health care system. You will learn how to evaluate and choose the most important muscle systems to effectively treat each condition. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis are important components of this training.

You will learn advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques and practice them during extensive lab sessions. You will be able to apply the techniques in your practice immediately after the seminar. This is a promise!

Appropriate for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, Chiros, LMTs, ATCs and Physicians.

Course Outline:

Daily Timeline
Day 1
08:30 – 10:00 Definitions, Prevalence & Evidence of the MyoFascial Trigger Point Phenomenon – An Introduction
10:00 – 11:15 Introduction to Myofascial Diagnosis & Research Studies
11:15 – 12:00 Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy Methods & Techniques; Progressive Pressure Release, Spray & Stretch Technique
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:00 MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy for the Cervical Spine (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
14:00 – 14:45 MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy for Shoulder Neck Syndrome (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
14:45 – 16:00 MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy for the Shoulder & Scapular areas (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
16:30 – 17:15 MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy for the Elbow & Hand (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
17:15 – 17:30 Questions & Answers – Clinical Discussion
Day 2
08:30 – 10:00 MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy for the Lumbar Spine (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
10:00 – 11:00 MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy for the Gluteal region & Hip (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
11:00 – 12:00 MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy for the Knee (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:00 MyoFascial Trigger Point Therapy for the Lower Leg and the Foot (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
14:00 – 15:00 Importance, Role and Pathology of the Fascial System
15:00 – 16:00 Demonstration & Practice of MyoFascial Release Techniques
16:00 – 17:00 Clinical correlations & Creation of Treatment Protocols
17:00 – 17:30 Questions – Answers – Clinical Discussion

Lab Attire:

Appropriate Lab Attire to Expose the Trunk, Upper & Lower Extremities is Required. Bring a pillow and an exercise mat if you like.

Requested CEUs: 16 (ask us for specific CEUs for your state)

THIS COURSE CAN ALSO BE ATTENDED ONLINE

DN-Upper: Dry Needling Upper Body

Overview:

This seminar teaches the fundamentals of dry needling. Physiological principles of dry needling, dry needling methods and models are been discussed and demonstrated, Clean Needle Method and creation of a Clean Field, Precautions, Indications, Contra-Indications, Infection Control, Handling of Emergencies will be covered.

Selected muscles of the shoulder, elbow and hand along with muscles of the neck area will be needled safely and effectively. Differential diagnosis and muscle selection is a very important component of this course.

Small groups for individual attention is paramount for this course. Learn, practice and apply Dry Needling with total confidence!

Details:

Major cause of somatic, somatovisceral and somatoemotional dysfunction can be presence of Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrPs). MTrPs are also a leading cause of misdiagnosis amongst Physical Therapists who treat musculoskeletal problems.
Effective Manual Physical Therapists must be experts in the evaluation and treatment of soft tissue dysfunction, which includes the utilization of Dry Needling Technique.

This course reviews the evidence of the pathophysiology of myofascial pain; teaches effective treatments of muscles of the upper body with the use of Dry Needling and explores assessment methods with emphasis to diagnosis and differential diagnosis, which leads to proper muscle selection.

The history, theory and research of Dry Needling will be reviewed. Emphasis is given on safety precautions along with extensive anatomy review of the selected structures to be needled.

Participants have the opportunity to practice effective and efficient MTrP Dry Needling treatment methods for the Cervical Spine and the upper extremities.

A small group principle for individual attention is very important component of the course. Build now the confidence in treatment you always wanted!

Course Objectives:

  1. Present the evidence of the pathophysiology for the myofascial trigger point phenomenon
  2. Present methods of diagnosis and differential diagnosis of myofascial trigger point syndrome
  3. Discuss Physiological principles of dry needling, dry needling methods and models
  4. Learn and apply Clean Needle Method and creation of a Clean Field, Safety Precautions, Indications, Contra-Indications, Infection Control, Handling of Emergencies.
  5. Present, demonstrate and practice Dry Needling treatment methods for myofascial trigger points of the Upper Extremities and the Cervical Spine.

This is an essential two-day seminar with immediate clinical applications teaching the most successful approaches for the evaluation and treatment of the MyoFascial Pain with the use of Dry Needling Technique.

The scientific background and methods taught utilize an Evidence-Based Model with solid research and Dry Needling techniques that have been tried successfully for years at an international level.

Dry Needling is an effective and efficient approach that enables the clinician to achieve immediate results, even in challenging cases. You will learn how to evaluate and choose the most important muscle systems to effectively treat each condition. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis are important components of this training.

You will be able to apply the techniques in your practice immediately after the seminar. This is a promise!

Appropriate for PTs, MDs, DOs, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Acupuncturists and other healthcare providers whose license permits practice of Dry Needling.

Course Pre-requisite: PT-01

Course Outline:

Day 1
08:30 – 10:00 Definitions, Pathophysiology of the MyoFascial Trigger Point Phenomenon & Dry Needling Physiological Principles
10:00 – 11:15 History, Theory of Dry Needling & Research Studies
11:15 – 12:00 Safety Precautions, Contraindications & Clean Needle Method
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 13:30 Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis of Elbow Pathology (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
13:30 – 15:00 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Selected Muscles of the Elbow (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
15:00 – 15:30 Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis of Forearm, Wrist & Hand Pathology (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
15:30 – 17:15 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Selected Muscles of the Forearm, Wrist & Hand (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
17:15 – 17:30 Questions & Answers – Clinical Discussion
Day 2
08:30 – 09:30 Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis of Shoulder Pathology (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
09:30 – 11:00 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Selected Muscles of the Shoulder Region (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
11:00 – 12:00 Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis of Cervical Spine Pathology (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:30 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Selected Muscles of the Cervical Spine (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
14:30 – 16:00 Review and Dry Needling Practice of all muscles covered at this course
16:00 – 17:00 Dry Needling Practical Examination
17:00 – 17:15 Clinical correlations & Creation of Treatment Protocols
17:15 – 17:30 Questions – Answers – Clinical Discussion

Lab Attire:

  • Appropriate Lab Attire to Expose the Trunk, Upper & Lower Extremities is Required. Bring a pillow and an exercise mat if you like.

Pregnancy Policy:

  • Due to potential risks during the lab sessions of this course, you may not participate if you are pregnant. If you know that you have become pregnant by the starting date of the course, we will transfer your registration to a later date. All other cancellation policies remain in effect

Requested CEUs: 16 (ask us for specific CEUs for your state)

DN-Lower: Dry Needling Lower Body

Overview:

This seminar teaches the fundamentals of dry needling. Physiological principles of dry needling, dry needling methods and models are been discussed and demonstrated, Clean Needle Method and creation of a Clean Field, Precautions, Indications, Contra-Indications, Infection Control, Handling of Emergencies will be covered.

Selected muscles of the hip, knee and foot along with muscles of the Lumbar area will be needled safely and effectively. Differential diagnosis and muscle selection is a very important component of this course.

Small groups for individual attention is paramount for this course. Learn, practice and apply Dry Needling with total confidence!

Details:

Major cause of somatic, somatovisceral and somatoemotional dysfunction can be presence of Myofascial Trigger Points (MTrPs). MTrPs are also a leading cause of misdiagnosis amongst Physical Therapists who treat musculoskeletal problems.
Effective Manual Physical Therapists must be experts in the evaluation and treatment of soft tissue dysfunction, which includes the utilization of Dry Needling Technique.

This course reviews the evidence of the pathophysiology of myofascial pain; teaches effective treatments of muscles of the lower body with the use of Dry Needling and explores assessment methods with emphasis to diagnosis and differential diagnosis, which leads to proper muscle selection.

The history, theory and research of Dry Needling will be reviewed. Emphasis is given on safety precautions along with extensive anatomy review of the selected structures to be needled.

Participants have the opportunity to practice effective and efficient MTrP Dry Needling treatment methods for the Lumbar Spine and the Lower Extremities.

A small group principle for individual attention is very important component of the course. Build now the confidence in treatment you always wanted!


Course Objectives:

  1. Present the evidence of the pathophysiology for the myofascial trigger point phenomenon
  2. Present methods of diagnosis and differential diagnosis of myofascial trigger point syndrome of the Lumbar Spine and Lower Extremities
  3. Discuss Physiological principles of dry needling, dry needling methods and models
  4. Learn and apply Clean Needle Method and creation of a Clean Field, Safety Precautions, Indications, Contra-Indications, Infection Control, Handling of Emergencies.
  5. Present, demonstrate and practice Dry Needling treatment methods for myofascial trigger points of the Lower Extremities and the Lumbar Spine.

This is an essential two-day seminar with immediate clinical applications teaching the most successful approaches for the evaluation and treatment of the MyoFascial Pain with the use of Dry Needling Technique.

The scientific background and methods taught utilize an Evidence-Based Model with solid research and Dry Needling techniques that have been tried successfully for years at an international level.

Dry Needling is an effective and efficient approach that enables the clinician to achieve immediate results, even in challenging cases. You will learn how to evaluate and choose the most important muscle systems to effectively treat each condition. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis are important components of this training. You will be able to apply the techniques in your practice immediately after the seminar. This is a promise!

Appropriate for PTs, MDs, DOs, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Acupuncturists and other healthcare providers whose license permits practice of Dry Needling.

Course Pre-requisite: PT-01

Course Outline:

Day 1
08:30 – 10:00 Definitions, Pathophysiology of the MyoFascial Trigger Point Phenomenon & Dry Needling Physiological Principles
10:00 – 11:15 History, Theory of Dry Needling & Research Studies
11:15 – 12:00 Safety Precautions, Contraindications & Clean Needle Method
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 13:30 Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis of Knee Pathology (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
13:30 – 15:00 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Selected Muscles of the Knee & Thigh area (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
15:00 – 15:30 Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis of Lower Leg and Foot Pathology (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
15:30 – 17:15 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Selected Muscles of the Lower Leg and the Foot (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
17:15 – 17:30 Questions & Answers – Clinical Discussion
Day 2
08:30 – 09:30 Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis of Hip & Gluteal Region Pathology (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
09:30 – 11:00 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Selected Muscles of the Hip and Gluteal Region (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
11:00 – 12:00 Diagnosis & Differential Diagnosis of Lumbar Spine Pathology (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:30 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Selected Muscles of the Lumbar Spine (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
14:30 – 16:00 Review and Dry Needling Practice of all muscles covered at this course
16:00 – 17:00 Dry Needling Practical Examination
17:00 – 17:15 Clinical correlations & Creation of Treatment Protocols
17:15 – 17:30 Questions – Answers – Clinical Discussion

Lab Attire:

  • Appropriate Lab Attire to Expose the Trunk, Upper & Lower Extremities is Required. Bring a pillow and an exercise mat if you like.

Pregnancy Policy:

  • Due to potential risks during the lab sessions of this course, you may not participate if you are pregnant. If you know that you have become pregnant by the starting date of the course, we will transfer your registration to a later date. All other cancellation policies remain in effect

Requested CEUs: 16 (ask us for specific CEUs for your state)

DN-Advanced: Advanced Dry Needling & Certification Course

Overview:

This seminar teaches advanced dry needling methods with clinical integration. Dry Needling methods and techniques of challenging muscles; needling of ligaments and tendons is covered in this course. Utilization of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (MSKUS) for Trigger Point localization and needle guidance is demonstrated and practiced.

Correlations and integration of Dry Needling with other manual therapy techniques is discussed.

Small groups for individual attention is paramount for this course. Learn, practice and apply Dry Needling with total confidence!

Details:

This course begins with a review of the main Dry Needling principles covered in the other courses. Then advanced Dry Needling methods and challenging muscles throughout the body is discussed and practiced until total certainty and competence is achieved.

Needling techniques for ligamentous and tendinous structures are presented and practiced. Principles of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (MSKUS) for guiding the needle the evidence of the pathophysiology of myofascial pain are followed by demonstration and practice of Dry Needling under Ultrasound Imaging. Ultrasound needle guidance is a separate billable code!

The course discusses integrations of other manual therapy techniques with Dry Needling and creation of treatment protocols.

A small group principle for individual attention is very important component of the course. Build now total certainty for your dry needling practice!


Course Objectives:

  1. Review the fundamental principles of Dry Needling
  2. Present, demonstrate and practice Dry Needling treatment methods for challenging myofascial trigger points in muscles throughout the body.
  3. Present, demonstrate and practice Dry Needling treatment methods for tendons and ligaments.
  4. Discuss principles of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
  5. Present, demonstrate and practice Dry Needling treatment methods under Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guidance
  6. Discuss integrative methods of other manual therapy techniques with Dry Needling and create appropriate treatment protocols

This is an essential two-day seminar with immediate clinical applications that will provide you with the Hands-On Seminars International Dry Needling Certification.

The scientific background and methods taught utilize an Evidence-Based Model with solid research and Dry Needling techniques that have been tried successfully for years at an international level.

You will be able to apply the techniques in your practice immediately and with total certainty after the seminar. This is a promise!

Appropriate for PTs, MDs, DOs, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Acupuncturists and other healthcare providers whose license permits practice of Dry Needling.

Course Pre-requisites: PT-01, DN-Upper, DN-Lower and Log of 200 Dry Needling Cases

Course Outline:

Day 1
08:30 – 10:00 Review of Fundamental Principles of Dry Needling
10:00 – 12:00 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Challenging Muscles of the Upper Extremity (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 15:00 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Challenging Muscles of the Lower Extremity (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
15:00 – 17:00 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Challenging Muscles of the Spine (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
17:00 – 17:30 Questions & Answers – Clinical Discussion
Day 2
08:30 – 09:30 Principles of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
09:30 – 11:00 Needle guidance under Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
11:00 – 12:00 Anatomy, Localization & Dry Needling Techniques of Tendons and Ligaments (Theory – Demonstration – Lab)
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:00 Manual Therapy Technique integrations with Dry Needling
14:00 – 17:00 Technique Review; Written and Practical Exam
17:00 – 17:30 Certification Ceremony

Lab Attire:

  • Appropriate Lab Attire to Expose the Trunk, Upper & Lower Extremities is Required. Bring a pillow and an exercise mat if you like.

Pregnancy Policy:

  • Due to potential risks during the lab sessions of this course, you may not participate if you are pregnant. If you know that you have become pregnant by the starting date of the course, we will transfer your registration to a later date. All other cancellation policies remain in effect

Requested CEUs: 16 (ask us for specific CEUs for your state)

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