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Program Overview

Myopain Seminars is bringing back our Orofacial Dry Needling (ODN) course designed for physical therapists, dentists, chiropractors, physicians and other healthcare providers interested in treating patients with headaches, neck pain and craniofacial, craniomandibular and temporomandibular pain and dysfunction. Upon successful completion of this course series participants will be certified in Orofacial Dry Needling. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion.

The ODN course program introduces participants to the importance of myofascial trigger points in the evaluation and management of patients with orofacial pain and dysfunction, tension-type headaches, and migraines, among others. Treatment involves manual therapy techniques, dry needling/injections, correcting biomechanical and postural dysfunction, and restoring normal movement patterns.

This three-course series is presented to teach the techniques of trigger point identification, effective dry needling techniques, and restoration of function. Students will be introduced to the scientific basis of trigger point therapy. Furthermore, this course program includes a review of precipitating and perpetuating factors. Each teaching block consists of an introductory lecture and demonstration, followed by supervised hands-on practice.

The ODN courses can easily be combined with the course program “The Cervical, Craniofacial & Temporomandibular Complex” (CCT) offered by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics (PTBCCT) through Eureka Seminars. Together, the ODN and CCT courses are an excellent preparatory course for the PTBCCT Certification Examinations leading to becoming a Certified Cervical & Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT).

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



Eligibility Requirements

The course is designed for physical therapists and physical therapy assistants, dentists, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and chiropractors. All participants are expected to participate in the hands-on portions of the courses.


Pregnant healthcare providers are welcome to attend the ODN courses. Each individual practitioner can decide whether they want to be needled during the courses. While in clinical practice we recommend against dry needling during the first trimester, there are no known risks associated with dry needling during pregnancy.

Some acupuncture groups and individual acupuncturists have suggested that dry needling of so-called “forbidden points” could be abortifacient, but multiple scientific studies have refuted this outdated concept. See for example the review article by Carr published in Acupuncture in Medicine 2015;33:413–419.


In addition to a review of the scientific basis of dry needling and myofascial trigger points, the practical sessions focus on dry needling and manual techniques for the neck and shoulder muscles, including the upper trapezius, levator scapulae, post-cervical muscles (semispinalis, splenii, oblique capitis inferior, multifidi and rotatores, sternocleidomastoid, and medial scalene muscles.


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.


The objective of the ODN-3 course is to review and expand upon all course materials of the ODN-1 and ODN-2 courses. In addition, students will expand their knowledge of head, neck, face, jaw and shoulder pain syndromes through focused lectures and practical laboratory sessions. The course includes a comprehensive review of relevant and pertinent pain science and myofascial pain research, dry needling outcome studies. This is a two – day course, which includes the Orofacial Dry Needling Certification Examinations conducted immediately following the course program.