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Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Seriessm

Dry Needling Courses

Starting in 2015, Myopain Seminars has revised and updated the Dry Needling course program. The program consists of two Foundation courses (DN-1 and DN-2) and one Advanced course (DN-3). All courses include online lectures that students will complete in the comfort of their own home of office.

The 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 $995 per course for the DN-1 and DN-2 courses and $1,095 for the DN-3 course, which includes the examination fee.

The Dry Needling courses feature excellent instructor-student ratios.

Transitioning from the “Old” to the “New” Program

If you completed only the old DN-1, the best option is to attend the new DN-1 at a 50% discount, followed by the new DN-2 and DN-3 courses.

If you completed only the old DN-2, the best option is to attend the new DN-1, followed by the new DN-2 at a 50% discount and the DN-3 course.

If you completed the old DN-1 and DN-2, you have two options:

  • Attend the old DN-3 and DN-4 while they are still available; or
  • Attend the new DN-2 and DN-3 courses

If you completed the old DN-1, DN-2, and DN-3, the best option is to attend the old DN-4, while it is available, or attend the new DN-3. There are no discounts for attending the old DN-4 and new DN-3 courses.



The Dry Needling courses are taught by Myopain Seminars Dry Needling Faculty, which includes

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.

Dry Needling course eligibility chart


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.


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 have be taken in other.

Prior to the courses, students will receive several home study modules, consisting of PowerPoint Presentations, hand-outs and several scientific articles.

The DN-1 course included a brief historical review of myofascial pain, pain models and the neuro-matrix, an introduction to relevant pain sciences, inter- and intra-rater reliability, motor endplate dysfunction, elastography, and the characteristics of trigger points.

The DN-2 course includes a review of the scientific basis of myofascial pain, the chemical environment of trigger points, the role of botulinum toxin, the etiology of trigger points, and other theoretical hypotheses. In addition students will be introduced to various clinical aspects of myofascial pain, such as tension-type headaches, migraines, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and post-mastectomy. Much attention will be paid to peripheral and central sensitization and the consequences for clinical practice.

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.

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 (DN-1 and DN-2) must be taken in order and are pre-requisites for the Advanced Level course (DN-3). Each course includes a theoretical examination and a practical competency test.

Dry Needling (DN) Program: Advanced DN-3

Following successful completion of the Foundations courses, students are encouraged to attend the Advanced dry needling course (DN-3).

The Advanced dry needling course will bring the clinician to the highest level of clinical proficiency in the management of patients with myofascial pain. Other dry needling topics include the treatment of scar tissue, entheses, and tendons. This is a two-day course followed by comprehensive theoretical and practical examinations on the third day.

Students will learn to examine and treat all accessible muscles in the body, while gaining a profound understanding of the scientific literature.

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 instructors’ professionalism, knowledge, and passion were evident and he was one of the reasons it was such a great course! I highly recommend this course program!”
      —Sam Anderson, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, ATC/L, Mesa, AZ

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