An in-depth review of challenging dry needling techniques

08:00 AM MDT - 06:30 PM MDT

Institute for Anatomical Research - Colorado Springs
  • 1490 West Fillmore St, Suite 130
  • Colorado Springs
  • CO
  • 80904
  • United States
  • $1,395.00 excl.


Myopain Seminars is pleased to present a unique Advanced Dry Needling Dissection course at the Institute for Anatomical Research in Colorado Springs, CO. Course instructors are Drs. Jan Dommerholt, Tracey Adler, and Jim Pulciani from the Institute for Anatomical Research.

The course will combine an in-depth review of challenging dry needling techniques combined with detailed clinical anatomical and dissection studies presented in the context of dry needling. We will challenge common belief systems about anatomy, i.e., is it possible to differentiate the serratus posterior superior muscle and the rhomboid muscles, considering that Travell and Simons described distinctively different referred pain patterns?

How about the pyramidalis muscle in relation to the rectus abdominis muscle? What is the correct dry needling approach for the multidifi muscles? Based on anatomy, how can one best prevent causing a subdural hematoma, or a pneumothorax? Is it safe to needle the posterior tibialis, longus colli, or the psoas major muscles?

We will explore the relationship between muscles and fascia in different areas of the body, and consider the clinical implications of these anatomical relationships. Participants will explore various fascial winding and scar tissue needling techniques both on each other, but also on different tissues of the donor bodies.

The Institute for Anatomical Research is focused on inspiring the development of advanced therapies and treatment options to improve the quality of life through the study of anatomy from real cadavers. During the course, specific portion of cadavers will be dissected again in the context of dry needling.

Group size is limited to 18 participants.

Course Objectives

- Demonstrate 2 different dry needling approaches for the psoas major muscle

- Identify the anatomical locations of the neurovascular bundles near the posterior tibialis muscle

- Demonstrate two fascial winding techniques in superficial and deep fascial layers

- Differentiate the rhomboid muscles and the serratus posterior superior muscles and determine possible implications for dry needling

- Demonstrate the anatomical location of the longus colli muscles and the adjacent carotid arteries and cervical spine

- Describe the fascial connections between different muscle groups, such as the latissimus dorsi and the deltoid, pectoralis major, serratus anterior, and abdominal oblique muscles

- Differentiate the pyramidalis and rectus abdominus muscles

- Dissect the hip adductor muscles at their insertions at the pelvis

Who Should Attend

Physical Therapists
Physician Assistants
Occupational Therapists
Athletic Trainers


Certification in Dry Needling by any course provider

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  

08:00 - 08:30 Registration + Pre-Quiz
08:30 - 09:30 Introduction
09:30 - 10:00 Introduction to dissection and the lab
10:00 - 10:30 Donor bodies
10:30 - 10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45 - 01:00 DN & dissection I
01:00 - 02:00 Lunch
02:00 - 03:00 Review of DN techniques
03:00 - 03:15 Questions & Answers
03:15 - 05:00 DN & dissection II


Day 2 

08:00 - 09:30 Review of DN techniques II   
09:30 - 10:30 DN & dissection III
10:30 - 10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45 - 12:30 DN & dissection IV
12:30 - 01:30 Lunch
01:30 - 02:30 DN & dissection V
02:30 - 03:30 Review of DN techniques III 
03:30 - 03:45 Questions & Answers
03:45 - 05:00 DN & dissection VI


Day 3

08:00 - 09:30 Review of DN techniques IV   
09:30 - 10:30 DN & Dissection VII
10:30 - 10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45 - 12:30 DN & Dissection VIII
12:30 - 01:30 Lunch
01:30 - 03:00 DN & Dissection IX
03:00 - 04:00 Conclusion and post-quiz

Course CEUs

Myopain Seminars DN Dissection course has been approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 2.3 CEUs.

NOTE: Many states, such as Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others, accept the CEUs approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

If you are not sure about another state, check out your state board's website and look for language like (from South Carolina - 

At least fifteen (15) of the required thirty (30) contact hours shall be from Certified Activities. Certified Activities include [...] attendance at conferences and completion of continuing competency activities provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), South Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA), other chapters and sections of the APTA, as well as other state boards of physical therapy