This course is a three day introductory course to utilize DN in clinical practice and is open to Chiropractic Physicians ONLY. The course will begin by reviewing the history of the technique, local scope of practice laws, safety, and a compare and contrast of Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture.

Basic Dry Needling for Pain Management

This course is a three day introductory course to utilize DN in clinical practice and is open to Chiropractic Physicians ONLY. The course will begin by reviewing the history of the technique, local scope of practice laws, safety, and a compare and contrast of Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture.

This course IS NOT an acupuncture course. This course will revolve around the three-dimensional anatomy and physiology involved with Dry Needling as a part of a multi-modal approach to musculoskeletal injury management.

It will cover DN techniques in addressing trigger points, myofascial pain syndromes and musculoskeletal injuries and disease processes.

Safety and proper handling of potential blood borne pathogens will be covered and practiced during the demonstration and practical portions of the course.

We will review the various bio-mechanical, histological and neurological models associated with DN, as well as review the current literature on the Evidence-Based application of this technique for various conditions.
Relevant anatomy will be heavily emphasized so each practitioner feels confident in knowing every layer of tissue and tissue type a needle is placed. Each attendee will be expected to sign a waiver, as well as practice on a lab partner.

Pregnant females are not allowed to participate in the course as Dry Needling is a relative contraindication which would preclude the attendee from participating as a partner.

What To Know

Prerequisites

  • State practice act that includes dry needling as being within scope of practice.
  • Active malpractice insurance (If you are covered by Employer / Clinic/Company/University/College malpractice insurance, then you can also take the class)
  • Signed liability waiver by all attendees.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Have a thorough understanding of DN history and clinical applications.
  • Locate Target Anatomical Structures, and Identifying the underlying pathology.
  • Choose the most appropriate needle length, placement, angle and manipulation.
  • Understand absolute and relative contraindications to DN therapy.
  • Begin using “Needle Feel” to determine needle location and tissue condition.
  • How and when to incorporate electrical stimulation, as well as the physiological rational behind its use.
  • How and when to integrate DN into your already existing treatment protocols to maximize its efficacy in a real world practice setting.

Course Preparation

  • The Basic Dry Needling for Pain Management course is 3 days, Friday – Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, the course begins at 8 am and concludes by 7 pm. On Sunday the course begins at 8 am and we should conclude by 3 pm.
  • Snacks will be provided as well as a catered lunch. Those with food allergies or sensitivities will want to make other arrangements if the food offered poses a risk.
  • All of our labs are participatory, which requires all attendees to perform dry needling as well as receive needles during the course.
  • Dress comfortably with clothes that allow for access of the areas being needled. Jewelry, long sleeves, pants, etc, can make it difficult for your partner to access the areas being covered.
  • The seminar location and hotel accommodations can be found on the registration page under each corresponding course dates.
  • The manual and handouts will be emailed to you a week before the class. Printing is not required. You can use the soft copy and bring it to the class on a tablet, computer, iPad, etc. ANY SHARING OF MATERIALS IS PROHIBITED AND WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF ONLINE ACCESS OF LEARNING MATERIALS.
  • Class materials like needles etc will be provided by us at the class as well as a take-home starter kit will be provided, free of cost.
  • Participants will need to come with a device with the current Complete Anatomy App from 3D4 Medical Installed in order to follow along with the anatomical portion of the course, as well as being an excellent resource for any Dry Needler. There is a 2 Week FREE Trial. We recommend you become familiar with it prior to the course.
    Participants will need to bring a TENS unit to use during practical portions involving electrical stimulation.

CN:1 Basic Dry Needling for Pain Management - Breakdown

Day 1 (10 hours)

8:00-9:00 – Introduction and Orientation
9:00-10:00 – History and Inter-Professional Controversies
10:00-11:00 – Evidence-Based Practice and Informed Consent
11:00-1:00 – Scope of Practice and OSHA/CDC Safety
1:00-2:00 – Lunch 
2:00-4:00 – Pain and Models for Efficacy
4:00-5:00 – Equipment, Technique and Self-Practice
5:00-7:00 – Shoulder

Day 2 (10 hours)

8:00-9:00 – Elbow 
9:00-10:00 – Wrist and Hand
10:00-12:00 – Hip and Pelvis
12:00-1:00 – Knee
1:00-2:00 – Lunch
2:00-4:00 – Ankle and Foot
4:00-6:00 – Cervical and Lumbar Spine
6:00-7:00 – Stim and Dose Considerations

Day 3 (5 hours)

8:00-10:00 – Case Protocols
10:00-12:00 – Review and Discussion
12:00-1:00 – Testing

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