“Last weekend the ATP Physiotherapists completed an intensive two-day trigger point dry needling course with Myopain Seminars taught by Jan Dommerholt. The course was outstanding. Dr. Dommerholt customized the program to target the specific musculature and treatment areas we encounter in treating elite level tennis players on the ATP World Tour. He provided us with a comprehensive background on trigger point dry needling coupled with practical hands on training for our staff of physiotherapists. His detailed teaching style enabled all our physios to quickly learn the technique and apply the information provided to their clinical practice. He was instantly able to work with physios who already had training in this type of treatment technique as well as those who had never done dry needling before. His lectures contained both clinical pearls as well as the current research and theoretical concepts available for trigger point dry needling. I would recommend this seminar for any physiotherapist who wants to integrate this type of treatment into their clinical practice. Dr. Dommerholt is a fantastic instructor and received accolades from our entire staff of physiotherapists throughout the course. The course materials he provided and additional resources and recommendations have allowed our staff to integrate this treatment following this intensive training course.”
—Todd S. Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS
Director of Sports Medicine, ATP World Tour
“This course has changed the entire paradigm of my treatment methodology and has opened the door for much better clinical efficacy as goals for pain reduction can be achieved in significantly fewer sessions!”
—Linda Looser, PT, Hamilton, MT
“Drs. Rob Stanborough and Michelle Layton did a great job. They were very organized and methodological in their teaching methods, which really helped me. It is very nice to get different instructors' perspectives and methods.”
—Ahyoung Huff, PT, Kalispell, MT
“You have positively influenced—literally changed—my life in so many ways. You have opened a whole new world to me in so many realms: my practice, my excitement with seeing patients, the impact I can have. I am loving my chosen career again with the passion I had long ago.”
—Colleen Whiteford, PT, DPT
Appalachian Physical Therapy, Broadway, VA
“I wanted to express my sincere thanks for the amazing information and techniques that were shared by you at the AAOP pre conference course in Las Vegas (April 2011). Career changing and epiphany would be descriptors of how it has changed my practice even after just one course! At first a little skeptical, I now use intramuscular manual therapy in lieu of any modalities, prior to stretching, MFR or manipulative techniques.In just the last 3 months my practice has evolved to the point where requests from patients for Dry Needling has exceeded the time I have to help all those seeking to benefit from this amazingly powerful therapeutic intervention. With respect and appreciation …”
—Mark Strickland, PT, OCS, MTC, Cert MDT, CFC, CCTT
Associate Professor, Univ. of St. Augustine, FL
Multi Site Manager South TX, Physiotherapy Associates
“I would encourage healthcare providers who are exposed to patients in pain to consider this course. The experience will broaden your view.”
—Frank Layman, PT, Forest, VA
“This course has opened my eyes to other sources of pain. I have been so joint oriented for years and am so excited to add this tool to my practice. Thank you!”
—Dr. Jennifer Hobson, PT, DPT, MTC, CFC, Chicago, IL
“Very informative, well designed course with immediate application to clinical practice. Dr. Dommerholt is an excellent and well-spoken lecturer with a gift for presenting materials from multiple disciplines in a clear and easy to follow manner with great ease and humor.”
—Kenneth John Fish, DC, Gaithersburg, MD
“I have observed dry needling from practitioners from Myopain Seminars and other course programs. I find that those trained through Myopain Seminars are more skilled and effective with their treatment.”
—Richard A. Banton, PT, Reston, VA
“I am grateful that I was part of a body of practitioners with such a rich and experiential background.”
—Joseph Tonzola, L.Ac., Toms River, NJ
“As a recent graduate and new to the profession of physical therapy, this course has helped to improve my palpation and examination skills, and will allow me to treat patients more effectively and efficiently.”
—Teoma L. Taylpr, PT, Hyattsville, MD
“The concepts and techniques learned in this course series have improved the outcomes I achieve with my patients. Patients are getting better faster with less post-treatment soreness, greater carry-over between visits, and quicker overall recovery!”
—J.J. Thomas, MPT
“I have studied other dry needling techniques, but nothing compares to the level of professionalism that Dr. Jan Dommerholt and Dr. Robert Gerwin showed in their courses. Their techniques are extremely helpful and well-organized. I highly recommend taking their series of courses.”
—Debbi Chartash, PT
“The Head, Face, Neck, and Shoulder course will have an immediate impact on my clinical practice. It has allowed me to see the whole patients and understand the relationship between the nervous system, the muscular system, and the environment.”
—Mark Stansberry, PT
“I appreciate the clinical expertise and profound knowledge of the myofascial trigger point approach. It is a great opportunity to learn from professionals like Bob (Gerwin) and Jan (Dommerholt). I am looking forward to completing the whole course series.”
—Francis Tung, PT
“The course was amazing. I feel like a new practitioner with all the excitement and potential generated by the wealth of information presented. Thanks to you and Bob for being the second generation and the current reigning explorers in the field of myofacial pain.”
—Steve Pertes, PT, Lic Ac.
“We heard nothing but great comments from our attendees about the quality course you were able to bring to Kansas. Our attendees really felt that they learned information that they could take back to the workplace and apply in an everyday setting.”
—Susan Bechard, Chief Operations Officer, Kansas Physical Therapy Association
Course Participants of the Dry Needling Course, Limerick, Ireland, May 2006
In May I had the privilege of attending a Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling course in Limerick. The course was organised by Johnson McEvoy and given by Jan Dommerholt and Christian Grobli.
This was the first course if its kind in Ireland, organised specifically for chartered physiotherapists, and the 26 of us who attended received first class lectures and experience in the technique of releasing myofascial trigger points by using dry needling … it was like finding the missing piece in my jigsaw puzzle. I have attended many courses over my years and have almost always left them with a few more tools to add to my clinical practice tool bag, but this one filled a large gap in that bag.
This is an area that we should all try and find out more about. There is a huge amount of scientific research out there to support this technique, and physiotherapists, with our advanced palpation skills, are definitely the body who should be providing this treatment.
—Excerpted from a letter to the editor in Firsthand, July 2006,
regarding the Dry Needling Course in Limerick, Ireland, May 2006
“The Introduction to Canine Trigger Points Course was the most impressive 2-day learning experience I have ever had. Trigger point therapy will help a majority of my chronic pain patients (and some of those I see ‘recovering’ from surgery who aren’t yet my patients as I work with surgeons). I am confident that this will transform my ability to treat patients.
“Rick Wall has devoted much time and energy to bring this modality to veterinary medicine in the US, and I can recommend the course to anyone who wants to recognize a source of treatable pain and dysfunction in their athletic patient or in the old multijoint disabled dog. He blends personal observation, his extensive knowledge of physical exam, case description, video, demonstration, and practice together for a unique experience. Jan Dommerholt, a noted scholar in the field for humans, has a remarkable ability to bring everyone up to speed on the really complicated pathophysiology of pain, using scientific evidence, imagery and a really captivating lecture style. Both Rick and Jan are unbelieveably tireless and enthusiastic teachers in lab.
“I would strongly advise everyone to watch for the next course offering and save themselves a place. Whether you plan to use needles, laser, pressure or current to disarm those trigger points, you will find this course amazing.”
—Alicia Z Karas MS, DVM, Dipl. ACVA
Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
“I would like to personally thank you for the amazing seminar this weekend. I have already started using the information on clients' dogs. Most of my clients are performance dogs, coming for a spinal manipulation tune up. Since I am not yet set up to sedate, I used laser of a few TrPts I found in the multifidis muscles. Nothing short of amazing. The dogs melted in my hands, we had to wake them up to send them home. I had 8 dogs yesterday and 4 more today, so already have 12 dogs under my belt. I am trying to sort out how to incorporate this into my bodywork sessions. I look forward to helping more dogs on a deeper level than ever before. The information Drs. Wall and Dommerholt provided might well be the missing piece I have needed to make my canine (and possibly my equine) elite athletes better. Time will tell. Many of the patients I have worked on in the last 2 days have scheduled rechecks sooner than I would have seen them otherwise at their request. Owners see a difference immediately. Thanks to your wonderful staff and all the hospitality as well. A top notch experience all the way around.”
—Kathy Topham, DVM, CCRT, VSMT, CVMA, Pawsitive Results, Mantua, OH
“In February 2012, at The Center for Veterinary Pain Management and Rehabilitation (The Woodlands, Texas), my life has undergone an epiphany! I attended the 1st Canine Trigger Point Therapy Program offered by Myopain Seminars. Twenty-three participants enrolled in the course and all judged the course to be a HUGE success! With the formalization of this curriculum, Myopain Seminars clearly makes the impact of a multidisciplinary approach to veterinary pain management. Our course lecturers were Drs. Jan Dommerholt and Rick Wall.
“Examples of topics that were included in the course were muscle review, theory of myofascial trigger points, dry-needling lab, mechanisms of pain, and diagnostic factors.
“What I took away from this seminar was the contribution of myofascial trigger points to musculoskeletal pain in our veterinary patients and far beyond into visceral-somatic pain, orthopedic, neurologic and many other areas. We were encouraged to look beyond how we were taught to approach cases in our school curriculums.
“I could go on indefinitely about this program, but suffice it to say that you will positively add to your pain management knowledge and understanding. I cannot recommend this seminar highly enough and I encourage all to participate when the opportunity arises!”
—Mary Ellen Goldberg BS, VMT, LVT, CVT, SRA
Instructor at VetMedteam, LLC, Faculty at Mannheimer Foundation, Inc., Lion Country Safari Hospital,
Director at Large & Executive Secretary at International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management,
Veterinary Medical Technologist, Surgical Research Anesthetist