Dry Needling Certification Program

The Myopain Seminars Dry Needling Certification Program is the premier course program for attaining your Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist – Dry Needling (CMTPT/DN) credentials and certification. By enrolling in our program and attending Myopain Seminars courses, you’re making the decision to not only progress your career as a clinician but also elevate your capabilities above others in your field. You’ll bring new treatment options to the table for alleviating your patients’ pain, and your practice will have access to the latest developments in pain science. For more information on the value of attaining your dry needling certification, you can read our blog about the topic.

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Dr. Jan Dommerholt demonstrating a dry needling technique in front of students

Myopain Seminars: The Obvious Choice for Dry Needling Education

Not all certifications are created equal. Other course programs leave some muscles out of their curriculum because they aren’t confident in their ability to teach them or because, somehow, needling those muscles would be “too dangerous.” By doing so, other providers are limiting students on how they can help people needing relief. At Myopain, we recognize that a few muscles cannot be needled safely (such as the diaphragm or intercostal muscles), but there is no reason to be afraid of anatomy! Maybe there aren’t unsafe muscles, but just unsafe needlers. Most muscles can be needled effectively and should be included in the curriculum. The way Myopain Seminars presents its curriculum is safe and gives you confidence that’s unmatched in the field. You never have to turn a patient away because you don’t know how to needle a certain muscle. Our program is the most extensive in the field, with access to education and training for over 75 different muscles, so you’re always prepared.

Learn Dry Needling at Your Own Pace

Whether you want to fast-track your dry needling education or space it out at your convenience, we’re constantly opening new courses for registration across the country. Regardless of where you live or practice, chances are there’s a Myopain hub near you! We also offer online webinars in addition to our weekend courses to ensure you reach the CEU requirements for your state.

You can get a sneak peek into the curriculum of our courses below. For a more in-depth look at what you’ll learn in the Myopain Seminars Dry Needling Certification Program, you can explore our individual course pages:

  1. Dry Needling 1: Foundations I
  2. Dry Needling 2: Foundations II
  3. Dry Needling 3: Advanced
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Beginning Your Program: Dry Needling 1: Foundations I

The DN-1 Foundations I course features a brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points, and myofascial pain, an in-depth review of possible adverse events, the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to relevant pain sciences.

Expanding Your Skillset: Dry Needling 2: Foundations II

The DN-2 Foundations II course builds on the knowledge and skills of the DN-1 course. Students will be introduced to the clinical aspects of myofascial pain, peripheral and central sensitization, the etiology and scientific basis of myofascial pain and dry needling. The course includes an in-depth review of possible adverse events.

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Advancing Your Expertise: Dry Needling 3: Advanced

The DN-3 Advanced course features an in-depth study of the hand muscles, several lower extremity and foot muscles, the craniofacial and craniomandibular muscles, the scalenes, and the longus colli muscles. Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

Master Dry Needling With Additional Advanced Courses

After completing the Dry Needling Certification Program, you can continue elevating your skillset by attending one of our advanced continuing education dry needling courses. Myopain Seminars offers a wide variety of courses that address every aspect of dry needling from many different angles. We’re proud to offer you a unique and diverse series of courses that other course providers can’t match.

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Dry Needling Clinical Pearls & Review

Dry Needling Clinical Pearls & Review addresses questions that skilled dry needling clinicians may have after completing the CMTPT Course Program. This course will focus on mastering and perfecting your skills, learning advanced and updated techniques, as well as exploring the newest research. We will discuss case studies that have been submitted by participants prior to the course for hands-on and customized learning.

Dry Needling for Pelvic Pain

The Dry Needling for Pelvic Pain course is designed with the pelvic health practitioner in mind. It improves the proficiency of dry needling skills in these providers while maintaining focus on the muscles most commonly treated in people with chronic pelvic pain and other types of pelvic floor dysfunction.

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Fu Subcutaneous Needling – American Version

The Fu Subcutaneous Needling – American Version Course (FSN) is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to fascial needling by areas of the body utilizing ROM assessment, treatment skills, and techniques specific to the field of myofascial pain and muscle dysfunction. This course will incorporate prior learning of myofascial pain, trigger points, and their referral patterns, as well as unique needling techniques.

Curriculum That’s Tailored to Your Specialization

To accommodate the diverse backgrounds and skillsets of our students, we offer specialized dry needling courses, too. These courses are customized to our students to ensure they get the most out of our curriculum and walk away with skills that are adapted to the patients that they serve. Regardless of your clinical background and perspectives, we have a course and instructors available to help you succeed.

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Dry Needling of Athletes

We are excited to announce that Myopain Seminars has launched a Dry Needling of Athletes course program designed for and taught by athletic trainers! Clinical staff of numerous universities, professional sports teams within the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and organizations such as the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), and the Women’s Association of Tennis Professionals (WTA) have all benefited from Myopain’s dry needling curriculum. The course contains many insights that are present in other dry needling courses while also addressing when and how to incorporate dry needling into athletic training for amateur and professional athletes.

Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling

The Trigger Point Acupuncture / Dry Needling course series is designed to provide acupuncturists with an evidence-informed approach to the assessment and treatment of myofascial trigger points (TrPs). As there are many differences and similarities between dry needling and acupuncture, this course series has been designed to bridge the gap between the differences and emphasize the similarities to broaden the practitioner’s scope of practice.

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Occupational Therapy Dry Needling

The Occupational Therapy Dry Needling courses are specifically tailored to OTs and their unique clinical perspectives. Our courses are taught by Myopain Seminars founder and CEO Dr. Jan Dommerholt, Kelly Soyring, OTR/L, CLT, CMTPT, and Laurie Connolly, OTR, CMTPT. These courses have curriculum that increases the effectiveness of dry needling by occupational therapists and results in a distinct certification – the Occupational Therapy Dry Needling Certification.

Clinicians Eligible to Attend Our Dry Needling Courses

Practicing Clinicians from the following professions are eligible to attend our dry needling courses:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Veterinarians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Acupuncturists
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Physical Therapy, Chiropractor, and Occupational Therapy students in their senior year are eligible and welcome to attend the DN-1 course or the OT-DN-1 course, respectively. Proof of student status is required. As many states require that dry needling education must be completed as a post-graduate activity, it is not clear which states will indeed honor pre-graduate dry needling education. The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners has informed Myopain Seminars that students cannot earn Continuing Education Units, and courses attended before graduation cannot be applied to achieving Dry Needling status in Maryland. We recommend checking with your state board to get the details. Myopain Seminars does not assume any liability if and when a state board does not accept pre-graduation dry needling education.

Final-year medical and dental students are eligible and welcome to attend our dry needling courses. Physical Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants are not eligible to attend any Myopain Seminars dry needling courses.

Course Discounts Available to You

We offer students various discounts for our Dry Needling 1: Foundations I course. Only one discount may be applied to any course. Read each discount’s requirements carefully to see if you qualify. For more information, visit our course discounts page or contact our team.

Join the Myopain Seminars Community & Expand Your Network

Other course providers give you a certificate and move on to the next group of students. With Myopain Seminars, you’re not just receiving a top-notch education, you’re joining a broad and loyal network of clinicians from across the globe that are eager to connect with you. Come study with the experts and innovators in the field, promote your practice, and advance your skills in our collaborative community!

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