Required for Occupational Therapy DN Certification. A brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points and myofascial pain, the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to relevant pain sciences.

07:30 AM - 06:00 PM

Orthopedic & Spine Therapy - Appleton WI
  • 4000 N. Providence Avenue
  • Appleton
  • WI
  • 54913
  • United States
Presented by Michelle Finnegan
  • $1,095.00 excl.


The Dry Needling for OTs I (DNOT-1) course, taught by Jan Dommerholt, Kelly Soyring, OTR/L, CLT, CMTPT, and Laurie Connolly, OTR, CMTPT features a brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points and myofascial pain, the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to relevant pain sciences.

Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such as the infraspinatus, upper trapezius, deltoid, sternocleidomastoid, triceps, biceps, brachialis, the latissimus dorsi (partially), the subscapularis, supraspinatus, teres minor and major, pectoralis minor, brachioradialis, the wrist and finger extensors and flexors, the supinator and anconeus, and the hand muscles.

Students will review the anatomy, function and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

Pre-Course videos will be provided after registration. If you prefer to review the presentations in a live webinar, you can register for the DN-1 Webinar. 

Course Objectives

- Discuss three basic principles of applied pain sciences as they relate to treating patients with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

- Demonstrate proper identification of 25 muscles of the body by surface anatomy and function.

- Demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point.

- Name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

- Perform four specific muscle and region-specific manual therapy treatments to inactivate myofascial trigger points.

- Compare and contrast three basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections

- Name three key features of central sensitization

- Discuss at least 4 different forms of muscle overload that can lead to the formation of trigger points

- Demonstrate three different dry needling approaches for the rhomboid, middle trapezius and pectoralis muscles

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

07:30 - 08:00   Registration*
08:00 - 08:15   Pre-course quiz
08:15 - 09:30   Introduction Lecture
09:30 - 10:30   Needle techniques, OSHA, Precautions
10:30 - 10:45   Q&A
10:45 - 12:00   Needle Handling Lab
12:00 - 13:00   Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:30   Palpation Lab and Infraspinatus
14:30 - 15:30   Upper trapezius
15:30 - 15:45   Q&A
15:45 - 16:15   Deltoids
16:15 - 17:00   SCM
17:00 - 18:00   Review

Day 2

07:30 - 08:00   Registration
08:00 - 09:00   Intro to Pain Sciences
09:00 - 10:00   Latissimus Dorsi and Pectoralis Major
10:00 - 10:30   Teres Major and Minor
10:30 - 10:45   Q&A
10:45 - 12:00   Subscapularis (axillar approach)
12:00 - 13:00   Lunch Break
13:00 - 14:00   Subscapularis (medial approach)
14:00 - 14:15   Q&A
14:15 - 16:15   Pectoralis minor
16:15 - 17:00   Triceps brachii and Anconeus
17:00 - 18:00   Supraspinatus

Day 3

07:30 - 08:00   Registration
08:00 - 09:00   Scientific Evidence
09:00 - 10:00   Biceps, Coracobrachialis, and Brachialis
10:00 - 10:15   Q&A
10:15 - 11:45   Brachioradialis and Wrist/Finger Extensors
11:45 - 12:45   Lunch Break
12:45 - 13:45   Wrist/Finger Flexors and Hand muscles
13:45 - 14:30   Post Course Quiz and Review
14:30 - 15:30   Muscle Competency Check-Off

* Due to Covid-19 measures, breakfast will not be provided

**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.


There are no prerequisites for Dry Needling 1 for Occupational Therapists

Required Textbook

Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas. To purchase contact: or you can purchase it through your preferred book seller.

Who Should Attend

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapy students in their senior year are welcome to attend the OT-DN-1 course. Proof of student status is required.

Occupational Therapy Assistants are not eligible to attend this course.

Course Discounts

Dry Needling 1: Foundations I for Occupational Therapists possible discounts (may only use one)

The registration system will apply a 12% discount automatically when you register for the whole Dry Needling Certification series at once (OTDN1 & OTDN2).

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.

If you took a DN course with a competitor, you may take OT-DN1 with a 50% discount - You will need to pay full price at the time of registration. Upon receipt of your certificate from another 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

Only one discount may be applied to any course.