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Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Seriessm

Dry Needling Courses

In 2013, Myopain Seminars has revised and updated the Dry Needling course program. The program consists of a 2-level Foundation course and a 2-level Advanced course. All courses include online lectures that students will complete in the comfort of their own home of office. The new textbook Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach by Jan Dommerholt and Cesar Fernández-de-las-Peñas is the required course book for all Dry Needling courses. 

In addition, all participants will receive a well-illustrated full-color course workbook and a reader with pertinent scientific studies.

The Dry Needling courses are competitively priced at $895 per course for the DN-1–DN-3 courses and $995 for the DN-4 course (includes examination fee). The Dry Needling courses feature excellent instructor-student ratios.


The Dry Needling courses are taught by Myopain Seminars Dry Needling Faculty, which includes Dr. Jan Dommerholt, Dr. Robert Gerwin, Dr. Tracey Adler, Dr. Joseph Donnelly, Dr. Jennifer Flage Hobson, Mr. Mike Karegeannes, Dr. Michelle Layton, Dr. Johnson McEvoy, Dr. Robert Stanborough, and Mr. Erik Wijtmans.

Corporate Sponsorship

Myopain Seminars offers the Dry Needling courses as “open” courses, and “corporate” courses for private companies. To explore bringing Myopain Seminars’ course programs to your practice or hospital, please contact us.


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, veterinarians, physical therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Medical residents and physical therapy residents are eligible for these courses.

Course eligibility chart

Dry Needling Program: Foundations I & II

Myofascial trigger points are a common feature of nearly all pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia, and are characterized by persistent pain, loss of function and movement impairments. Treatment may involve manual therapy techniques, including dry needling or injections, correcting biomechanical and postural dysfunction, and restoring normal movement patterns.

The Foundations courses consist of two three-day hands-on workshops to teach the techniques of trigger point identification and the concepts of dry needling with an emphasis on the most common muscles seen in clinical practice. The Foundations courses can be taken in either other, but attending the courses in order is preferred.

Prior to the courses, students will receive online lectures about OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling. The DN-1 course included a brief historical review of myofascial pain and an introduction to relevant pain sciences. The DN-2 course includes a review of various clinical aspects of myofascial pain, such as tension-type headaches, migraines, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and post-mastectomy. Students can review the lectures in the comfort of their home or office. During the actual course, the most pertinent aspects of the theoretical modules will be reviewed with time for questions and comments. Once the online lectures have been completed for one of the courses, participants do not need to repeat the lectures for the second course.

Each teaching block consists of an introductory lecture and demonstration, followed by supervised hands-on practice in small groups. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion. The Foundation courses can be taken in any order and are pre-requisites for the Advanced Level courses. Each course includes a theoretical examination and a practical competency test.

The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners has approved the Foundation courses for 28 hours or 2.8 CEUs. The courses meet the minimum demands of nearly every state in the US. While most US physical therapy state boards do not have specific educational requirements, others require 46 (Colorado), 50 (North Carolina and Louisiana), or 54 (Georgia) hours of post-graduate education in dry needling. Check with your state board to assure compliance with local regulations.

Dry Needling (DN) Program: Advanced DN I & II

Following successful completion of the Foundations courses, students are encouraged to attend the Advanced dry needling courses.

The Advanced dry needling courses will bring the clinician to the highest level of clinical proficiency in the management of patients with myofascial pain. Students will learn to examine and treat all accessible muscles in the body, while gaining a profound understanding of the scientific literature. Advanced topics include peripheral and central sensitization, and pelvic pain syndromes, among others. The Advanced-1 course consists of 28 hours; the Advanced-2 course consists of 26 hours, which includes 8 hours of home study, and is followed by comprehensive theoretical and practical examinations. The Advanced courses have to be taken in order. Upon completion of the Advanced-1 course, students may advance to the Advanced-2 course.

The Advanced courses may be incorporated into a new Maryland-based Orthopedic Fellowship program. There are no other course programs in the US that offer the same level of instruction and depth.

“The Myopain Seminars dry needling course is the best dry needling course I have taken, and I have taken them all. The instructor 's professionalism, knowledge, and passion were evident and he was one of the reasons it was such a great course! I highly recommend this course!”
      —Sam Anderson, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, ATC/L, Mesa, AZ

Students who attended Myopain Seminars Dry Needling course program prior to 2013, but did not complete all courses, are advised to contact us at to discuss the various options to continue under the updated program.

Select a course from the list below to see full information, including prerequisites.