Course Summary

First of three courses required to receive certification with Myopain Seminars in Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling.

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  • United States
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Course Summary

First of three courses required to receive certification with Myopain Seminars in Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling.

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Full Course Description

The Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling 1 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.

Required Textbook

Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas. 

Click Here to purchase the book from Myopain Seminars.


There are no prerequisites for the Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling Level 1 (DNAc-1) course.

Required Reading

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.

Course Schedule

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors.

Day 1

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

11:45-12:45:  Lunch

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


Day 2 

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)

12:15-01:15:  Lunch

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


Day 3

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

11:45-12:45:  Lunch

12:45-01:45:  Gastrocnemius and soleus muscles

01:45-02:30:  Post quiz and review

02:30-03:30:  Muscle competency check off

Who Should Attend


Doctors of Oriental Medicine

Course Participant Attestation:

I understand that the information in this course presented by the Provider and/or Instructor(s) is for educational purposes only and should only be applied with appropriate clinical judgment and used by a trained and licensed practitioner. Governmental laws and regulations vary from region to region, and the contents of this course vary in permissible usage. The participant is required to check their local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding the practice requirements and scope of practice issues and the use of the information of this course including, but not limited to, theory, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. I acknowledge that NCCAOM does not endorse any specific treatment regimens of any kind. Furthermore, if I use any modalities or treatments taught in this course, I agree to waive, release, indemnify, discharge, and covenant not to sue NCCAOM from and against any liability, claims, demands, or causes of action whatsoever, arising out of any injury, loss, or damage that a person may sustain related to the use of the information in this course. I understand that this Release is governed by the laws of District of Columbia, U.S.A. and shall survive the termination or expiration of this course.  

Course CEUs

This DNAc-1 course (PDA-9087-1) is approved by the NCCAOM for 25 PDA Points.

This course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, provider number 1769, Category 1, for 27.5 continuing education hours. 

Course Discounts

Possible discounts for the Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling 1 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). 

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

Only one discount may be applied to any course. See for more information.

Course Objectives

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

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