Dry Needling Level I
This three-day course introduces Trigger Point Dry Needling as an intervention for treating a variety of diagnoses. In the Level I course participants are introduced to the theory and physiology of myofascial trigger points, and the history of dry needling. Anatomy of each muscle will be reviewed, including the trigger points and their corresponding referral patterns. The muscle groups included in the dry needling training course are the cervical and lumbar spine, hip, lower extremity, shoulder girdle and forearm.
Level I Dry Needling Objectives
- Participants will be able to identify trigger points in the cervical and lumbar spine, hip, lower extremity, shoulder and forearm.
- Perform dry needling in the above described muscle groups in a safe and effective manner.
- Understand all the contraindications to dry needling and be aware of all risks involved with dry needling.
- Have a thorough understanding of the theory and physiology of trigger points.
- Participants will have an understanding how trigger point dry needling affect commonly seen diagnoses.
- An appreciation of the effectiveness of dry needling on releasing chronic or acute muscle tightness.
Dry Needling Level II
This three day Level II course (23 contact hours) is a continuation of the Level I and consists of a combination of lecture, testing, demonstration and a large amount of hands-on laboratory sessions. In the advanced Trigger Point Dry Needling Training course, participants will use the skills they have learned and practiced in the first course to treat musculature that was deemed more difficult due to various safety concerns. Other applications for dry needling will be introduced. Additionally participants will be given an assessment tool to enhance evaluation of chronic myofascial pain patients and help with the clinical decision making process for the use of dry needling.
Level II Dry Needling Objectives
- Define trigger points, motor banding, and neurological presentations of neuromuscular dysfunction.
- Review literature supporting efficacy and treatment rationale of Trigger Point Dry Needling.
- Instruct application of Trigger Point Dry Needling for more advanced orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions.
- Review anatomy of regions to be taught in Level II course.
- Discuss with participants their own experiences regarding legal and billing issues integrating Trigger Point Dry Needling into their practice setting.
- Discuss safety.
- Discuss indications and contraindications for treatment.
- Discuss specific treatment rationale for various diagnoses.