Course Summary

The advanced course, "Dry Needling for Neurological Disorders," is a new and emerging evidence-informed dry needling application.

Upcoming Courses

08:30 AM EDT - 06:00 PM EDT

Myopain Seminars - Corporate Office
  • 8120 Woodmont Ave, Suite 200
  • Bethesda
  • MD
  • 20814
  • United States
  • $895.00 excl.

Course Summary

The advanced course, "Dry Needling for Neurological Disorders," is a new and emerging evidence-informed dry needling application.

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Full Course Description

In recent years, dry needling has been used increasingly to manage spasticity in patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and cerebral palsy, among other conditions. Dry needling effectively reduces spasticity, improves function and active voluntary movements, and increases range of motion, bringing this course into the scope of stroke rehabilitation, pediatrics, and neurological occupational and physical therapy, among others.

This two-day course will introduce the history of dry needling in neurological patients and evidence to support its use. Students will learn the rationale for using dry needling in neurological patients and different treatment protocols. For example, in this course, we will revisit the concept of trigger points from a neuro perspective and introduce the concepts of stiffness and local irritability. What are the diagnostic trigger point criteria in a neuro context? How can you combine dry needling with other modalities and treatment approaches?

At the end of this course, students will be comfortable and confident in treating patients with neurological conditions with dry needling.

Prerequisites

Completion of the Myopain Seminars DN-1 course.

Required Reading

Suggested reading.

Course Schedule

Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors.

Day 1

08:30–09:00

Registration

09:00–10.00

Lecture: Introduction to DN in neurological patients.The history of DN in neurological patients and evidence to support the use of DN in neurological patients.

10:00–11:00

Lecture: Revisiting the concept of TrPs from a neuro perspective: concept of stiffness + local irritability

11:00–11:30

Questions & Answers

11:30–12:30

Practical: DN of the flexor digitorum superficialis and profundus muscles

12:30–01:30

Practical: DN of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles 

01:30–02:30

Lunch

02:30–0300

Practical: DN of the hand muscles, esp. the adductor pollicis and first dorsal interossei

03:00–04:00

Lecture: Introduction to the use of ultrasound to evaluate TrPs and guide DN

04:00–05:00

Lecture: Short-long axis approach for DN and the use of diagnostic ultrasound to guide DN procedures in neuro patients

05:00–06:00

Practical: US evaluation for the median nerve, and the pronator teres, flexor digitorum superficialis and profundus muscles

Day 2

09:00–10.00   

Practical: US evaluation for the gastrocnemius, soleus, and posterior tibialis posterior  muscles (for medial approach + anterior approach)

10:00–11:00

Practical: Manual vs ultrasound dry needling of the flexor digitorum longus, posterior tibialis (medial approach) and flexor hallucis longus muscles – part 1

11:00–11:15

Questions & Answers

11:15-12:00

Practical: Manual vs ultrasound dry needling of the flexor digitorum longus, posterior tibialis (medial approach) and flexor hallucis longus muscles – part 2

12:00–01:30

Practical:  Manual vs ultrasound dry needling of the anterior tibialis, posterior tibialis (anterior approach), extensor digitorum communis and extensor hallucis longus muscles – part 1

01:30–02:30

Lunch

02:30–03:00

Practical:  Manual vs ultrasound dry needling of the anterior tibialis, posterior tibialis (anterior approach), extensor digitorum communis and extensor hallucis longus muscles – part 2

03:00–05:00

Practical: Alternatives and complementary treatment options, including the use of percutaneous needle neuromodulation at the muscle level and at the peripheral nerve

05:00–06:00

Practical: Clinical cases

Who Should Attend

For Practicing Clinicians

The Dry Needling for Neurological Conditions course is designed for a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their therapeutic skills through dry needling. This includes:

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physicians

  • Chiropractors

  • Physician Assistants

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Athletic Trainers

  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

  • Acupuncturists

Gain valuable insights and practical skills to apply in their clinical practice, enhancing patient care and expanding their treatment options for neurological patients with spasticity.

Course CEUs

  • Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners:pending
  • APTA of Maryland: pending

Course Discounts

Elevate your expertise in dry needling and enjoy savings tailored to your professional growth.

 

Group Discount

10% off for groups of 3+ registering for the same course.

Special Discounts

10% off for new graduates, active military/veterans, residents, and full-time university faculty.

Competitor Course Credit

50% off if you've previously completed a similar course with another provider (except courses offered by the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy / Dry Needling Institute). Provide your certificate and note upon registration for a refund.

Note: Only one discount applies per registration.

For more information and to register, visit the Myopain Seminars website. Enhance your skills at a fraction of the cost with our curated discounts.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss at least two principle differences between dry needling of trigger points and dry needling to reduce spasticity.
  • Discuss whether the generally accepted definitions of active and latent trigger points are valid for neuro patients.
  • Demonstrate dry-needling methods for reducing spasticity in eight different muscles.
  • Demonstrate the use of percutaneous needle neuromodulation at the muscle and peripheral nerve levels
  • Compare and contrast regular dry needling and ultrasound-guided dry needling