The Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling course is designed to provide acupuncturists with an evidence-informed approach to the assessment and treatment of myofascial trigger points (TrPs). This course incorporates an in-depth understanding of anatomy, palpation skills, and clinical reasoning along with the scientific understanding of trigger point pathophysiology, muscle dysfunction, and muscle referral patterns. As there are many differences and similarities between dry needling and acupuncture, this course has been designed to bridge the gap between the differences and emphasize the similarities to broaden the practitioner’s scope of practice.
This DNAc-1 course (PDA-9087-1) is approved by the NCCAOM for 25 PDA Points.
Who Should Attend
Doctors of Oriental Medicine
Possible discounts for the Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling course include (may only use one):
The registration system will apply a 12% discount automatically when you register for the entire Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling Certification series at once (DNAc1, DNAc2 and DNAc3). Since the level 2 and 3 courses have not yet been posted, the discount will be applied retroactively.
A 10% discount will be applied automatically when 3+ individuals are registered for one course on the same ticket.
New graduates, Active Military/Veterans, Residents, Full-Time University Faculty are eligible for a 10% discount.
You may retake this course for a 50% discount - You will need to pay full price at the time of registration. Upon receipt of a copy of your previous Myopain Seminars certificate and a note of for which course you have registered, the 50% discount will be credited to your credit card. Please send a copy of the certificate and note to email@example.com.
If you took a Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling course with a competitor, you may take DNAC1 with a 50% discount - You will need to pay full price at the time of registration. Upon receipt of your certificate from another Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling provider and a note of for which course you have registered, the 50% discount will be credited to your credit card. Please send the certificate and note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only one discount may be applied to any course. See https://www.myopainseminars.com/course-discounts/ for more information.
There are no prerequisites for the Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling Level 1 (DNAc-1) course.
If you have not purchased or received the required textbook prior to the class, you would need to complete the required reading after the course or during the evening hours of the course. The following chapters are required reading for the DNAc-1 course: Chapters 1, 5 and 6. Sections of chapters 7-12 describing the muscles that are included in the DNAc-1 course.
Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas.
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At the conclusion of this 3-day course, participants will be able to
- Demonstrate two types of palpation techniques used to identify a trigger point (Flat vs Pincer)
- Demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point
- Compare & contrast three basic principles of dry needling and acupuncture
- Demonstrate proper identification of 25 muscles of the body by surface anatomy and function
- Name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the SCM muscle
- Demonstrate two different dry needling methods for the psoas major muscle
Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors.
07:30-08:30: Introduction and review of intro video lectures
08:30-09:30: Palpation lab
09:30-09:45: Questions & Answers (Break)
09:45-10:45: Lecture - Introduction to TCM/dry needling integration
10:45-11:45: Lecture - Anatomy and Physiology review
12:45-02:00: Infraspinatus muscle
02:00-03:15: Deltoid muscle
03:15-03:30: Questions & Answers (Break)
03:30-04:30: Biceps and brachialis muscles
04:30-05:30: Triceps muscle
05:30-06:30: Upper trapezius muscle
07:30-08:30: Lecture - Pain science
08:30-09:30: Sternocleidomastoid muscle
09:30-09:45: Questions & Answers (Break)
09:45-11:15: Latissimus (axillary) and pectoralis major (axillary and clavicular) muscles
11:15-12:15: Subscapularis muscle (lateral and medial)
01:15-02:45: Brachioradialis and wrist extensor muscles
02:45-03:45: Supinator and anconeus muscles
03:45-04:00: Questions & Answers (Break)
04:00-05:15: Quadratus lumborum and psoas muscles
05:15-06:30: Gluteus max/med/min
07:30-09:00: Adductor longus/brevis/magnus, and gracilis muscles
09:00-10:00: Pectineus muscle
10:00-10:15: Questions & Answers (Break)
10:15-11:45: Quadriceps and hamstrings muscles
12:45-01:45: Gastrocnemius and soleus muscles
01:45-02:30: Post quiz and review
02:30-03:30: Muscle competency check off