Dry Needling: A Tool for Physical Therapy Practice, Course 2
This 3-day 28-hour course in dry needling is a compliment to Course 1 in terms of evidence-based practice, safety, advancing the range of muscles needled, and practical employment of this treatment tool using clinical reasoning in more complicated cases. The purpose of this course is to refine and expand the clinician’s skills in the utilization of dry needling in clinical practice. At the end of this course, the clinician will have the foundation to move from a novice level regarding dry needling of trigger points to a master level of treating musculoskeletal disorders with a myofascial component. Clinical case reports/studies will be discussed and analyzed. Student cases will be presented and worked through with instructor and student feedback. Participants will advance palpation skills to effectively and safely identify trigger points and then learn the specific safety techniques over the thorax. Students will learn how to integrate trigger point dry needling into a full PT evaluation and treatment plan resolve trigger points and restore function in the thoracic spine, hand, foot, and face for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Upon completing this course, you'll be able to:
- Understand why and how to employ dry needling within a full PT exam from history to differential diagnosis, from tests and measures to matching interventions, to the correlated home exercise
- Understand the scientific underpinnings of the mechanisms of myofascial trigger points and dry needling
- Discuss an overview of research literature on dry needling from 1979 to 2015 and understand how it pertains to PT clinical reasoning with each patient
- Demonstrate excellence in safety of needle handling with regards to indications/contraindications, clean needle technique, OSHA needle safety standards, and a knowledge of 3-dimensional anatomy
- Demonstrate excellence in safety in any region and in particular when dry needling any muscles over the lung field via the rib block technique, the parallel-to-thorax technique, as well as other safety techniques
- Demonstrate excellence in a variety of dry needle treatment techniques and paying close attention to patient assessment and reassessment during treatment
- Integrate dry needling in a treatment program for various musculoskeletal conditions to include costochondritis, neck pain, headaches, TMJ, hand and foot pain, myofascial trigger points about the thorax, and other selected muscles
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