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Program Overview

During the ODN-2 course, emphasis is placed on the scientific basis of myofascial pain, and trigger point dry needling in the head, face, neck and shoulder region. Participants will continue with multiple practical sessions of dry needling of trigger points in the orofacial muscles including the occipito-frontalis, corrugator, procerus, zygomaticus, medial and lateral pterygoid, anterior and posterior digastric, and longus colli muscles. In addition, students will fine tune dry needling techniques of the muscles covered in the ODN-1 course. Theoretical lectures include topics including whiplash-associated disorders, hypermobility (i.e., Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), peripheral and central sensitization.


Completion of the ODN-1 course.

Eligibility Requirements

The course is designed for physical therapists, dentists, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and chiropractors. All participants are expected to participate in the hands-on portions of the courses. Entry-level physical therapy students are not eligible for the dry needling courses, but dental residents and physical therapy residents are welcome to attend.

Course Objectives

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

  • compare and contrast three principles of dry needling the posterior cervical muscles and the oblique capitis inferior muscle
  • discuss three differences between peripheral and central sensitization
  • discuss the four stages of the movements of the head and trunk following a rear-end collision
  • discuss at least two differences between the risk of injury following low- and high-speed collisions
  • compare and contrast three basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections
  • discuss at least two clinical characteristics of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type
  • demonstrate three different dry needling approaches for the lateral pterygoid muscle


Note: 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 7:30–8:00 Registration
8:00–9:00 Lecture – Introduction to dry needling – Rules of needling –
OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standard
9:00–10:30 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques – trapezius muscle
10:30–10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45–12:30 Practicum – Masseter (superficial and deep) and temporalis muscles
12:30–1:30 Lunch break
1:30–2:30 Practicum – sternocleidomastoid muscle
2:30–3:00 Practicum – occipito-frontalis, corrugator and procerus muscles I
3:00–3:15 Questions & Answers
3:15–4:00 Practicum – occipito-frontalis, corrugator and procerus muscles II
4:00–5:00 Lecture – peripheral and central sensitization
Day 2 8:00–10:00 Practicum – medial and lateral pterygoid muscles
10:00–10:15 Questions & Answers
10:15–11:30 Practicum – zygomaticus and digastric muscles
11:30–12:30 Lecture – forward head posture
12:30–1:30 Lunch break
1:30–3:00 Practicum – longus colli muscle
3:00–3:15 Questions & Answers
3:15–4:15 Practicum – review of muscles covered in the ODN-1 course
4:15–5:00 Lecture – whiplash-associated disorders


The course program consists of three 2-day courses, which must be attended in order.

ODN-I:  The Neck
ODN-2:  The Head and Face
ODN-3:  Clinical Integration and Certification Examinations