Course Summary

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

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Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine - Seattle WA
  • 6363 7th Ave, South
  • Seattle
  • WA
  • 98108
  • United States
  • $1,195.00 excl.

Course Summary

Third 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 3 course is the final course in the series to bring acupuncturists to the highest level of clinical proficiency in the management of patients with myofascial pain and attain certification as a Certified Trigger Point Acupuncturist (CTPA).

The course features an in-depth study of the hand muscles, several lower extremity and foot muscles, the craniofacial and craniomandibular muscles, and the longus colli muscles. Students will review the anatomy, function, and trigger point acupuncture/dry needling techniques for each muscle. The third day of the course includes theoretical and practical examinations. To pass, students must achieve 70% on a multiple-choice exam plus demonstrate competency in TrP Acupuncture/Dry Needling. 

The exam is based on the required textbook, with a bias toward the lectures presented throughout the courses. We recommend focusing on what is known about trigger points; the endplate dysfunction as part of the TrP pathology; what chemicals have been found in the vicinity of TrPs and what dos that means; active vs. latent TrPs; local twitch responses; referred pain mechanisms; the Cinderella hypothesis, etc., but also some anatomy, needle technique, precautions, adverse events, and the  differences and similarities between dry needling and acupuncture.

Required Textbook

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

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Succesful completion of the Myopain Seminars TrP Acupuncture/DN 2 course

Required Reading

Please read the following chapters from the required textbook prior to class: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. This information will be included in the final exam.

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.

Who Should Attend


Doctors of Oriental Medicine

Course CEUs

The DNAC-3 course will soon be submitted to the NCCAOM and the California Acupuncture Board for accreditation.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to

  • Discuss three indications for dry needling of the longus colli muscle
  • Discuss three different dry needling techniques for needling the intrinsic hand muscles
  • Demonstrate two different dry needling approaches for the zygomaticus muscles
  • Name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the scalene muscles
  • Demonstrate three different dry needling approaches for the lateral pterygoid muscle
  • Compare and contrast three differences between dry needling of the adductor pollicis and the adductor hallucis
  • Explain the similarities and differences between acupuncture and TrP dry needling

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