Course Summary

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

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Course Summary

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

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The Trigger Point Acupuncture/Dry Needling 2 course builds on the knowledge and skills of the Trigger Point Acupuncture/Dry Needling I course and provides acupuncturists with an evidence-informed approach to the assessment and treatment of trigger points (TrPs), peripheral and central sensitization, and the etiology and scientific basis of myofascial pain and dry needling. This course aims to further bridge the gap between the differences and emphasize the similarities to broaden the practitioner’s scope of practice. Besides covering many muscles, students will also be introduced to the current scientific basis for DN for scar tissue, fascial adhesions, enthesopathies, and tendinopathies.

Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such as the posterior cervical muscles, the oblique capitis inferior, the cervical and thoracic and lumbar multifidi, levator scapula (partially), the scalenes, the latissimus dorsi, supraspinatus, pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, the coracobrachialis, pronator teres, wrist flexors, oblique abdominal muscles and rectus abdominus, the lumbar paraspinals, the deep hip rotators, the lower and middle trapezius, the serratus anterior, and the rhomboids muscles. Students will also be introduced to the current scientific basis for dry needling for scar tissue, fascial adhesions, enthesopathies, and tendinopathies. 

Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry-needling techniques for each muscle. The Instructor-student ratio is at least 1:11.

Pre-Course videos are provided after registration. If you prefer to review the presentations in a live webinar, you can register for the DN-2 Webinar.

The Trigger Point Acupuncture/Dry Needling 2 course is the second course in a three-course series by Myopain Seminars to attain certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist - Dry Needling (CMTPT/DN). A minimum score of 70% on a multiple choice quiz plus demonstrated muscle competency are required to pass this course. Physical therapists licensed in Tennessee need to have a minimum score of 80%.

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. 


Successful completion of the Myopain Seminars' Trigger Point Acupuncture/Dry Needling 1 course is a pre-requisite for taking the Trigger Point Acupuncture/Dry Needling 2 course. 

Required Reading

Chapters 2, 3, and 4, sections of chapters 7-12 describing the muscles included in the DN-2 course. 

Course Schedule

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Refreshments are provided; meals are on your own.


Day 1

07:00 - 07:30 - Registration 

07:30 - 07:45 - Pre-quiz

07:45 - 08:45 - Lecture module 5 review

08:45 - 09:45 – Coracobrachialis

09:45 - 10:00 - Questions & Answers

10:00 - 12:00 - Pronator teres & wrist flexors

12:00 - 1:00 – Lunch

01:00 - 02:00 – Supraspinatus

02:00 - 03:00 – Levator scapula & pectoralis minor

03:00 - 03:15 - Questions & Answers

03:15 - 06:30 - Posterior neck muscles


Day 2

07:00 - 07:30 - Registration 

07:30 - 08:30 - Lecture module 6 review

08:30 - 09:30 - Oblique capitis inferior

09:30 - 10:30 - Lumbar & thoracic multifidi

10:30 - 10:45 - Questions & Answers

10:45 - 12:00 - Serratus anterior

12:00 - 1:00 – Lunch

01:00 - 02:00 - Latissimus dorsi & iliocostalis 

02:00 - 03:00 - Pectoralis major, rhomboids, & middle trapezius

03:00 - 03:15 - Questions & Answers

03:15 - 06:30 - Longissimus & lower trapezius


Day 3

07:00 - 07:30 - Registration

07:30 - 08:30 - Lecture module 7 review

08:30 - 09:00 - Scalene muscles

09:00 - 10:30 - Abdominal and iliacus muscles

10:30 - 11:30 - Deep hip rotators

11:30 - 12:30 - Lunch Break

12:30 - 01:30 - TCM Integration

01:30 - 02:30 - Muscle Competency

02:30 - 03:30 - Scar Tissue, Adhesions, Enthesopathies, and Tendinopathies

03:30 - 04:00 - Summary and Review


**In addition, students will have 5 hours of home study modules to review prior to each course. Once registered, Myopain will send a link containing the home study modules. The home study can also be completed via a live webinar. Additional charges apply.


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-2 course (PDA-9087-2) is approved by the NCCAOM for 26.5 PDA Points. 

This course has been approved by the California Acupuncture Board, provider number 1769, Category 1, for 28 continuing education hours. 

Course Discounts

Possible discounts for the Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling 2 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, and 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 at least two principle differences between DN of the cervical and thoracic multifidi muscles
- Demonstrate two different dry needling methods for the serratus anterior muscle
- Compare and contrast three principles of dry needling the posterior cervical muscles and the oblique capitis inferior muscle
- Demonstrate three different dry needling approaches for the rhomboid, middle trapezius, and pectoralis muscles.
- Discuss at least 4 different forms of muscle overload that can lead to the formation of trigger points.
- Discuss at least 4 potential adverse events that can occur when needling muscles in the region of the trunk.
- Name three key features of central sensitization.

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