Dry Needling

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.

 

Course 1


Sourcehttp://unitedphysiocourses.com/course%20dates%20and%20cost.htm

 

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)

 

Description

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:

  • understand the basic scientific backgrounds of the myofascial pain syndrome and of trigger points 
  • be able to identify the extremity muscles by surface anatomy, palpation and by function and know their clinical symptoms and perpetuating factors 
  • be able to identify the features of trigger points by physical examination and apply this knowledge to the extremity muscles 
  • understand the specific indications and contraindications of dry needling 
  • know and be able to apply the safety rules for dry needling ·be able to perform dry needling of the extremity muscles 
  • know possible side effects and complications of dry needling and will be able to react appropriately 
  • have updated their anatomy skills and knowledge.

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:

  • understand the basic scientific backgrounds of the myofascial trigger point pain syndrome 
  • be able to identify the trunk, spine, pelvis, and shoulder muscles by surface anatomy, palpation and by function and know their clinical symptoms and perpetuating factors 
  • be able to identify the features of trigger points by physical examination and apply this knowledge to the trunk, spine, pelvis, and shoulder muscles 
  • understand the specific indications and contraindications of dry needling 
  • know and be able to apply the safety rules for dry needling be able to perform dry needling of the trunk, spine, pelvis, and shoulder muscles
  • know possible side effects and complications of dry needling and will be able to react appropriately 
  • have updated their anatomy skills and knowledge.

 

Course 2

 

Description:

  • With the dry needling institute there are 6 modules you can participate in
  • (*Top tip from graduated physiotherapist: you can comfortably practice after completing Module 1-3).
  • Module 1-3 are usually ran together as the one course.

 

Source: http://www.thedryneedlinginstitute.net/?page_id=39

 

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

 

Description

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.

 

Course 3


Source: http://www.ntc.ie/trigger-point-needling-courses

 

Brief description: Run as part of the national training centre.

 

Duration: 4 days (9am- 5pm)

 

Dates:

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.)

 

Location: Dublin

 

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.

 

Course 4


Sourcehttp://www.nsrt.ie/first_aid_course.asp

 

Duration: 2 days (9am-5pm)

 

Price: €450; Run by Mike Monaghan (osteopath).

 

Location and Dates: Dublin Starting Date: 15th / 16th June 2013

 

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