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.

07:00 AM - 06:30 PM

Duly Health and Care - Lisle, IL
  • 805 W. Ogden Ave
  • Lisle
  • IL
  • 60563
  • United States
  • $1,095.00 excl.

07:00 AM - 06:30 PM

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


The Dry Needling for OTs I (DNOT-1) course, taught by Kelly Soyring, OTR/L, CLT, CMTPT, and Michelle Finnegan, PT, DPT, 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 deltoids, brachialis, biceps, triceps, anconeus, infraspinatus, upper trapezius, latissimus dorsi, teres major, teres minor, pectoralis major, subscapularis, supinator, brachioradialis, extensor carpi radialis longus, extensor carpi brevis, extensor digitorum, extensor carpi ulnaris, pronator, flexor carpi radialis, palmaris longus, flexor digitorum superficialis, flexor digitorum profundus, flexor carpi ulnaris, long thumb muscles, and extensor Indices. 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.

- 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 four different forms of muscle overload that can lead to the formation of trigger points

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-course Quiz
07:45 - 09:00   Introduction Lecture
09:00 - 10:00   Palpation Lab
10:00 - 10:15   Q&A
10:15 - 11:15   Needle Handling Lab
11:15 - 12:30   OSHA & Needling Precautions
12:30 - 01:30   Lunch Break 
01:30 - 02:45   Infraspinatus
02:45 - 04:00   Deltoids 
04:00 - 04:15   Q&A
04:15 - 05:15   Triceps brachii
05:15 - 06:15   Biceps brachii
06:15 - 06:30   Questions & Wrap up

Day 2

07:30 - 08:30   Intro to Pain Sciences
08:30 - 09:00   Brachialis
09:30 - 09:45   Q&A
09:45 - 11:15   Brachioradialis and Wrist Extensors
11:15 - 12:15   Supinator & Anconeus
12:15 - 01:15   Lunch Break
01:15 - 02:15   Pectoralis major
02:15 - 03:15   Latissimus dorsi
03:15 - 03:30   Q&A
03:30 - 04:45   Teres Major and Minor
04:45 - 06:30   Upper Trapezius

Day 3

07:30 - 09:00   Pronator & Wrist Flexors
09:00 - 10:00   Extensor Indices and Long Thumb Muscles 
10:00 - 10:15   Q&A
10:15 - 11:15   Subscapularis
11:15 - 12:30   Round Robin review
12:30 - 01:30   Lunch
01:30 - 02:30   Post Course Quiz and Review
02:30 - 03:30   Muscle Competency Check-Off

**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.

Course CEUs

The Dry Needling for OTs I (DNOT-1) course consist of 34 hours.