- Pre-course reading with a quiz.
- Theory lectures will apply all knowledge to this specialty area and consist of the following topics:
- historical overview
- the neurophysiology of superficial and deep dry needling
- ethics, precautions and contraindications
- dry needling for radicular pain
- Tensegrity and it’s significance to dry needling
- Applications of EStim with dry needling
- Adverse events
- Nutritional considerations
The online course includes exam questions for each lecture. This online portion must be completed before the practical course, and will fulfill written examination requirements for dry needling courses.
The importance of safety and clean techniques are taught and practiced throughout the workshop, ensuring that participants become accustomed to working with gloves and maintaining a neat and safe workspace throughout. They will practice the techniques of inserting, manipulating, removing, and disposing of the needles on the first morning of the course.
Students will learn and practice the use of superficial dry needling including fascia and scars, periosteal pecking, and deep dry needling of the buttock, ant hip, thigh, lumbar, abdominal, and pelvic floor muscles.
Clinical reasoning with importance of agonist/antagonist relationships, identifying active, latent and satellite trigger points, myofascial pain accompanied by joint pathology, and treatment priorities will be discussed near the end of the course. Case studies are included to apply clinical reasoning and recognize common indications for dry needling.
Students are examined at the end of each day with a practical competency exam.
Who can attend:
Only licensed medical practitioners who have completed a pelvic rehab course with pelvic floor palpation exam may attend. This may include PT’s, Nurse practitioners, PA’s, DC’s, DO’s and MD’s. Before attending, please check with your state/country’s licensing board that dry needling is within your scope of practice.
What is included:
All the equipment that you will need for the course is included. When you arrive, you will be issued with a complete needling kit, which will include all the needles that you will use for the course and more. Gloves, sharps containers, and a station set up for needling will be ready for you.
You will receive a detailed manual for the course, catering may be included dependent on venue.