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Program Overview

DN-3 Applied CourseThe DN-3 Advanced course features an in-depth study of the hand muscles, several lower extremity and foot muscles, the craniofacial and craniomandibular muscles, the scalenes and the longus colli muscles. Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

The Advanced dry needling course will bring the clinician to the highest level of clinical proficiency in the management of patients with myofascial pain.

This is a two-day course followed by comprehensive theoretical and practical examinations on the third day.


Successful completion of the Myopain Seminars DN-1 and DN-2 courses.

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.

Course Objectives

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

  • name three differences and similarities between superficial dry needling, intramuscular stimulation (Gunn) and Fu’s subcutaneous dry needling
  • compare and contrast three differences between dry needling of the adductor pollicis and the adductor hallucis
  • demonstrate three different dry needling approaches for the lateral pterygoid muscle
  • name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the scalene muscles
  • demonstrate two different dry needling approaches for the zygomaticus muscles
  • discuss three different dry needling techniques for needling the intrinsic hand muscles
  • discuss three indications for dry needling of the longus colli muscle

Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. 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 Lecture Review: Other Needling Approaches
8:30-9:30 Long Thumb Muscles and Extensor Indices
9:30-9:45 Questions & Answers
9;45-11:15 Hand Muscles
11:15-12:30 FHL, FDL, Popliteus, Posterior Tibialis
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Anterior and Lateral Compartment Lower Leg
2:30-4:00 Foot Muscles: EDB, EHB, Abductor Hallucis, ADM, FDB, FA, Adductor Hallucis, Dorsal and Plantar Interossei
4:00-4:15 Questions & Answers
4:15-5:15 Masseter and Temporalis
5:15-6:15 Anterior and Posterior Digastric
Group Practical Review
End Day 1
Day 2
8:00 am–6:30 pm
8:00-10:30 Lecture Review:  Review of Articles
10:30-10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45-11:45 Scalenes and Longus Colli
11:45-12:45 Medial and Lateral Pterygoids
12:45-1:45 Lunch
1:45-2:45 Corrugator supercilii, Proceres, Occipito-Frontalis, Zygomaticus, Risorius, Buccinator
2:45-3:00 Questions & Answers
3:00-6:00 Lab Practical Review
End Day End Day 2
Day 3
8:00 am–2:30 pm
8:00-10:30 Theoretical Examination
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-End Practical Examinations