Dry Needling: A Tool for PT Practice, Course 1
Dry Needling--a Tool for Physical Therapy Practice, Course 1 is a 3-day, 28-hour course delivered via on-site lectures and extensive hands-on lab/practical instruction using a regional approach in order to facilitate participant learning. The purpose of this course is to learn about trigger points and the different interventions used to treat them, focusing heavily on the intervention of dry needling. While dry needling is emphasized in this course, it is presented as one intervention or tool that the clinician can integrate into his or her treatment program. The participants will learn palpation skills to effectively identify trigger points and then learn how to employ dry needling and their hands--to include evidence for soft tissue manual therapy--to resolve trigger points and restore function in the spine, lower, and upper quarter musculoskeletal disorders. This course will also investigate the emerging evidence/research regarding the treatment effectiveness, proposed mechanisms of action, and safety considerations for trigger point dry needling. Participants take a didactic test and a hands-on practical test that investigate the participant’s palpation skills to accurately identify trigger points, correct hand placement for dry needling, knowledge of landmarks, safety considerations for various muscles, and correct and safe handling/disposal of needles. A heavy focus is placed on the integration of these techniques in clinical practice using clinical reasoning.
Upon completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Discuss the history of myofascial pain.
- Review and define the concept of trigger points and supporting literature around this concept.
- Define trigger point, taut band, and neurological presentations of neuromuscular dysfunction.
- Define and understand the concept of trigger points, their pathogenesis, and hypothetical constructs of Chad Gunn and Janet Travell.
- Discuss and define attributes/features of trigger points and discuss the various interventions used in the treatment of trigger points.
- Integrate understanding of appropriate use of trigger point dry needling within a clinical reasoning framework.
- Perform trigger point dry needling and develop moderate proficiency using trigger point needling on select muscles of the spine, lower, and upper quadrant.
This course is designed for licensed physical therapists who are allowed to use dry needling in their practice and jurisdiction.
PT Continuing Education Approved Course:
North Carolina Board of PT Examiners - 28 hrs
Between 12-30 participants
Attendees must be able to fully participate in all lab activities, to include being the needling subject for all sections