Myopain Seminars no longer offers this course other than for private organizations and associations. First of two courses required for CMTPT/ODN


This course features many practical sessions focusing on dry needling and manual techniques for select neck and shoulder muscles, including the upper trapezius, levator scapulae, post-cervical muscles (i.e., the semispinalis, splenii, oblique capitis inferior, multifidi, and rotatores muscles), the sternocleidomastoid, and the anterior/medial scalene muscles. Furthermore, the course includes the masseter, temporalis, corrugator supercilii, and procerus muscles. Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle and expand their knowledge of head, neck, face, jaw, and shoulder pain syndromes through focused lectures and practical laboratory sessions. The course includes a comprehensive review of relevant and pertinent pain sciences, peripheral and central sensitization, head postures, "Jan's Posture Approach," myogenic headaches, the OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen Protocol, in addition to a review of the scientific basis of dry needling and trigger points, safe needling techniques, and dry needling precautions.

"What a fantastic course it was! Thanks again Jan!" Dr. Sarah Edkin Harrison, PT, DPT, Belair, MD



Course Objectives

- Demonstrate proper identification of 12 muscles of the body by surface anatomy and function
- Discuss three basic principles of applied pain sciences as they relate to treating patients with musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction
- Demonstrate two different dry needling methods for the psoas major muscle
- Compare and contrast three basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections
- Name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the sternocleidomastoid muscle
- Demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point
- Discuss three differences between peripheral and central sensitization
- Compare and contrast three principles of dry needling the posterior cervical muscles and the oblique capitis inferior muscle
- Discuss four common precipitating and perpetuating factors of trigger points
- Discuss three indications for dry needling of the longus colli muscle
- Demonstrate two different dry needling approaches for the zygomaticus muscles
- Compare and contrast three dry needling approaches for the upper trapezius muscle
- Name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the anterior scalene muscle

Course Schedule

DAY 1 

07:30 - 08:00 Registration*
08:00 - 09:30 Pre-quiz & Lecture: Introduction to Myofascial Pain & Dry Needling
09:30 - 10:30 Lecture: Dry Needling Precautions - I
10:30 - 10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45 - 11:15 Lecture: Palpation, Safe Needle Handling & Rules of Needling
11:15 - 11:45 Practicum: Safe Needle Handling
11:45 - 12:30 Practicum: Deltoid & Infraspinatus Muscles - Flat palpation
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Practicum: Biceps & Triceps Muscles - Pincer palpation
14:00 - 15:00 Lecture: OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen Protocol
15:00 - 15:15 Questions & Answers
15:15 - 16:15 Practicum: Upper Trapezius Muscle
16:15 - 17:00 Lecture: Dry Needling Precautions - II


08:00 - 09:00 Lecture: Myofascial Pain
09:00 - 10:00 Practicum: Levator Scapulae Muscle
10:00 - 10:15 Questions & Answers
10:15 - 11:00 Practicum: Posterior Cervical Muscles
11;00 - 12:00 Practicum: Oblique Capitis Inferior Muscle
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Practicum: Sternocleidomastoid Muscle
15:00 - 15:15 Questions & Answers
15:15 - 16:15 Practicum: Anterior & Medial scalene muscle
16:15 - 17:00 Lecture – Myogenic Headaches 


8:00 - 9:30 Lecture: Peripheral and Central sensitization
9:30 - 10:30 Practicum: Masseter (superficial and deep) & Temporalis Muscles
10:30 - 10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45 - 12:30 Practicum: Occipito-Frontalis, Corrugator and Procerus Muscles
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 Lecture: Head Posture 
2:30 - 3:00 Muscle Competency Check Off and Practice
3:00 - 3:15 Post-quiz
3:15 - 3:30 Wrapping up
3:30  Adjourn
* Due to Covid-19 measures, breakfast will not be provided


 No Prerequisites 



Who Should Attend

- Physical Therapists

- Dentists

- Physician Assistants

- Nurse Practitioners

- Chiropractors

- Acupuncturists

- Occupational Therapists

Course CEUs

Since the format of the Orofacial Dry Needling has been modified, CEUs are pending.

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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Required Reading

Chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 of the required textbook for this course series (Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas),

Course Discounts

Receive a 12% discount when you register for the ODN 1 and ODN 2 courses at the same time.