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Program Overview

Dry Needling-1 Applied CourseThe DN-1 Foundations I course features a brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points and myofascial pain, the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to relevant pain sciences.

Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such as the infraspinatus, upper trapezius, deltoid, sternocleidomastoid, triceps, biceps, brachialis, levator scapulae (partially), the latissimus dorsi (partially), the subscapularis (partially), brachioradialis, the wrist extensors, the supinator and anconeus, the quadratus lumborum, psoas major, lumbar iliocostalis, the gluteal muscles (minimus, medius, and maximus), the hip adductor muscles, the quadriceps and hamstrings, and gastrocnemius and soleus muscles.

Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.



Eligibility Requirements

The workshops are designed for licensed healthcare practitioners, who are allowed to use dry needling in their practice and jurisdiction, including physicians and physician assistants, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, athletic trainers, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Entry-level students are not eligible for the dry needling courses, but medical residents and physical therapy residents are welcome to attend.

All participants are expected to participate in the hands-on portion of the course. By registering for this course, participants agree to practice the various manual and needling techniques on each other. Prior to the course, all participants must sign a waiver (view sample waiverabsolving Myopain Seminars, the program directors, and the instructors of any liability in the event of injury.

Massage therapists, bodyworkers, neuromuscular therapists, physical therapy assistants, and occupational therapy assistants are not eligible to attend the DN courses and are encouraged to attend courses offered through the Myopain Seminars Manual Trigger Point Program.

Pre- and post test

Prior to the DN-1 course, students will be required to complete a multiple choice pre-test to assess the current knowledge of dry needling and the scientific background. At the completion of the DN-1 course, students will be required to complete a post-test with 15 multiple choice questions. A passing score of 10/15 questions (66%) is required to receive the course certificate.

Course Objectives

By the end of the training weekend, participants will be able to

  • discuss three basic principles of applied pain sciences as they relate to treating patients with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
  • demonstrate proper identification of  25 muscles of the body by surface anatomy and function.
  • demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point.
  • name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the sternocleidomastoid muscle.
  • perform four specific muscle and region-specific manual therapy treatments to inactivate myofascial trigger points.
  • compare and contrast three basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections
  • demonstrate two different dry needling methods for the psoas major muscle.

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructor. Refreshments, including coffee, tea, water, and snacks, are provided throughout the day; meals are on your own.


Day 1
7:30 am-6:30 pm
7:30-8:30 Review of Intro Lecture
8:30-9:30 Palpation Lab
9:30-9:45 Questions & Answers
9:45-10:45 Needle Handling Lab
10:45-11:45 OSHA, Needle Precautions
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:00 Infraspinatus
2:00-3:15 Deltoids
3:15-3:30 Questions & Answers
3:30-4:30 Biceps and Brachialis
4:30-5:30 Triceps
End Day 1
Upper Trapezius
End of Day 1
Day 2
7:30 am-6:30 pm
7:30-8:30 Review of Intro to Pain Sciences
8:30-9:30 SCM
9:30-9:45 Questions & Answers
9:45-11:15 Latissimus Dorsi (axillary portion) and Pectoralis Major (axillaryand clavicular portion)
11:15-12:15 Subscapularis (lateral approach)
12:15-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:45 Brachioradialis and Wrist Extensors
2:45-3:45 Supinator/Anconeus
3:45-4:00 Questions & Answers
4:00-5:15 QL and Psoas
End Day 2
Gluteus max/med/min
End Day 2
Day 3
7:30 am-3:30 pm
7:30-9:00 Adductor longus, brevis, magnus/gracilis
9:00-10:00 Pectineus
10:00-10:15 Questions & Answers
10:15-11:45 Quads and Hamstrings
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:45 Gastroc/Soleus
1:45-2:30 Muscle Competency Check Off and Practice**
2:30-3:15 Post Quiz and Review **
3:15-3:30 Course Evaluation

** In addition, students will have 3 hours of home study modules to review prior to each course.

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