What is dry needling?
Dry needling is an invasive procedure involving the insertion of a solid filament needle into the skin and fascia directly at a myofascial trigger point. This is an effective way to treat myofascial pain (aka muscle pain) and dysfunction.
How does it differ from acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine, whereas dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research.
Acupuncture achieves pain relief through the release of endorphins and creating balance in the body's energy levels. Through the release of serum cortisol acupuncture can also have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Dry needling is used for the assessment and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes and dysfunction due to myofascial trigger points / tension areas / muscle spasm / increased tonicity. Dry needling also acts via the release of endorphins and serum cortisol but also achieves pain relief and biomechanical re-function by de-activating the trigger points at the muscle cell level and thus eliminating the nociceptive focus of the muscle. The needles also cause localised haemorrhaging which promotes healing by stimulating collagen and protein formation.
Brief description: This is a David Simons Academy. The course is delivered as two parts DN1 and DN2. Both of which are 3 days long and they add up to 48 hours CPD. This is a practical hands on course.
Price: €1575 (DN1+2)
Duration: 6 days in total (48 hours)
Dates: DN 1 May 16/17/18; DN 2 September 20/21/22 More dates still to be confirmed. Courses are run by Christian Grobli, Johnson McEvoy and Jan Dommerholt (all physiotherapists).
Location: Limerick (Strand hotel)
Dry Needling 1 (DN1)
Course Contents: 3-day introductory course covers the foundations of trigger point dry needling. Participants practice manual trigger point dry needling therapy of the extremity muscles among each other. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion.
Duration of the Course: 24 hours over 3 days
Prerequisites: Foundations of myofascial trigger point therapy course or an equivalent course from another course provider. Please ask us for details
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, participants will:
Dry needling 2 (DN2)
Course Contents: 3-day advanced course covers trigger point dry needling of the trunk, spine, pelvis, and shoulder muscles.
Duration of the Course: 24 hours over 3 days
Prerequisites: Foundations of myofascial trigger point therapy course & DN1 Course
Objectives: Upon completion of the course, participants will:
Price: £495 for all three modules 1-3
Duration: 3 days
Dates: 21-23 June 2013; Lecturer Chris Yelverton (For other dates and locations check out their website)
Location: Mater Hospital, Dublin
MODULE 1 (Day 1)
Pre-requisite: Registration with the relevant professional board where dry needling falls within your scope of practice and whereby you are insured by your own professional body to practice dry needling on completion of the course.
Course contents: Theory component: Neurophysiology of Dry Needling,Safety guidelines for needling, Ethics, Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
Practical component: Superficial Dry Needling Techniques, Deep Dry Needling of the Gluteals , Piriformis, Gastroc and Soleus muscles.
MODULE 2 (Day 2)
Pre requisite: Completion of Module 1 (day 1) Dry Needling course, or equivalent course content in Dry Needling and Myofascial Dysfunction.
Course contents: Theory component: Myofascial Syndromes of the Cervial and Shoulder region. Practical component: Needling techniques for the cervical spine, Needling techniques for the rotator cuff and related muscles, Manual release techniques for the Cervical and Shoulder region.
MODULE 3 (Day 3)
Course contents: Theory component: Myofascial syndromes of needled areas, Research review of Dry Needling. Practical Component: Needling techniques for the lumbar spine, Needling & manual techniques for QL & Iliopsoas, Needling techniques for the thigh; Hamstrings, Quadriceps and Adductors.
Brief description: Run as part of the national training centre.
Duration: 4 days (9am- 5pm)
Module 1: September 21st/22nd;
Module 2: October 19th/20th (For other dates and locations go to their website.)
Price: €1200 (The cost of the Trigger Point Examination weekend is €350.00: Only required for those who do not hold the National Qualification in Neuromuscular Therapy or equivalent.)
Course Content: Principles of assessment and treatment, Introduction to myofascial pain syndrome (MPS), Head, neck, and shoulder pain and dysfunction, Neurophysiology and scientific basis of MPS and trigger point therapy, Shoulder, arm, and hand pain and dysfunction, Low back, pelvis, and hip pain dysfunction, Current scientific knowledge base of the sensory aspects of MPS, Lower extremity pain and dysfunction.