2018 Structure & Function Dry Needling Course Schedule

Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sport Performance

(schedule below)

Course Description:

In this 25-hour lab-based course, the clinician will learn a diagnosis-focused approach to dry needling. The clinician will learn fundamental skills necessary for safe and proper needle insertion and removal, as well as effective strategies to manage commonly encountered pathologies in orthopedic and sport rehabilitation. Safety considerations are emphasized. Current science and research will be presented, along with a vast amount of clinical experience and pearls, allowing immediate application of dry needling into the clinicians’ professional practice. The use of cupping and intramuscular electrical stimulation will also be discussed, demonstrated and practiced in class.

Areas of the body to be covered in class include:

  • Upper extremity
  • Lower extremity
  • Cervical spine (C2-C7)
  • Lumbar spine (L3 and below)
  • Face and Head

Professionals who may take this course include:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Acupuncturists

If you do not see your health care profession listed, or practice outside of the United States, please contact MeyerPT directly for more information.

Advanced Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sport Performance

Course Description:

In this 25-hour lab-based course, the clinician will expand on the diagnosis-focused approach to dry needling and intramuscular stimulation. Further development of the Pentamodal Method introduced in the Foundations Class will be a major focus for this course, emphasizing a whole body treatment approach to dry needling. Safety considerations will continue to be a priority. Science and research supporting the Pentamodal Method will be presented and discussed. Elements of sport performance, recovery and regeneration concepts, and acute injury management will all be included. The instructor’s vast amount of clinical experience in sport performance and sport rehab will immediately expand upon your utilization of dry needling within your orthopedic/ sport rehabilitation and sport performance practice.

Areas of the body / topics to be covered in class include:

  • Cervical spine (including anterior cervical spine)
  • Thoracic spine
  • Lumbar spine (L1-L3 included)
  • Abdomen
  • Expansion of the Pentamodal Method including fascial areas and peripheral nerves
  • Acute trauma and swelling
  • Recovery and regeneration protocols for sport performance
  • Additional areas of the upper and lower extremities as well as the face and head will be covered and expanded upon from Foundations to expand upon your current treatment interventions 

  1. What is dry needling?

It’s the insertion of fine filament needles in the body, specifically neuromuscular tissue.

  1. How is dry needling different from acupuncture?

Traditional acupuncture is rooted in Eastern philosophy while dry needling is rooted in Western medicine. There is of course overlap between the two. As with any tool used in medicine, there is overlap among professionals who use the tool. The way the tool is applied is what makes it different from profession to profession.

  1. In which situations would dry needling be used?

Research is still looking at how dry needling works in both acute and chronic situations. Simple muscle tightness, strains and sprains, an overworked body needing recovery, muscle activation, swelling reduction and pain modulation are all clinical examples for the use of dry needling. Science points us in the correct direction to appropriately choose when to use the modality, and research is being gathered on best practices overall for dry needling.

  1. Is dry needling for all people?

Everybody is different and their reactions to modalities are going to vary. In my personal experience, people with low blood pressure and low body fat have a poor body response to dry needling, meaning the technique can be more painful than clinically desired. Some patients may have a fight or flight physical response to the needles, breaking into a sweat. Others feel completely relaxed during and after a treatment. There is little to no evidence as to what type of people will have what reaction. Understanding the potential reactions and being prepared to safely deal with them, along with appropriate clinical decision-making is key for success.

  1. Where does knowledge of which modalities to use, like dry needling, come from?

Right now, experience. We practice a clinical art based on science. I have a friend who is a dentist. He said the thing he likes about his job is when a certain diagnosis comes in, there is typically one best way to deal with it. Art in his practice comes from execution of the technique, but the clinical decision making is fairly straight forward. This is so different from the practice of sport rehabilitation and sport performance. There is so much art involved in the clinical decision making process, and much of it is left up to the experience and personal successes of the clinician. Evidence always lags behind our clinical practice. But making informed decisions based on current science and known research is always best.

Much more can be said of this incredible modality, especially in relationship to the field of sport rehabilitation and sport performance, but for now I hope these generally asked questions help you understand basic knowledge of this effective treatment!

COURSE SCHEDULE

April 2018

April 27-29: (SOLD OUT!) Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC

May 2018

May 11-13: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI

May 18-20: Advanced Dry Needling For Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ ProCare PT and Hand Center – Portsmouth, NH

May 18-20: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ Stonebridge Physical Therapy – McKinney, TX

June 2018

June 1-3: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AR

June 14-17: Anatomical Dissection & Dry Needling @ Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment, Inc. – Boulder, CO

June 15-17: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ University of Denver – Denver, CO

July 2018

July 13-15: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ Hardin-Simmons University – Abilene, TX

July 20-22: Advanced Dry Needling For Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ Foundation Physical Therapy – San Antonio, TX

July 27-29: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ Denison University – Granville, OH

August 2018

August 3-5: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ Langford Sports and Physical Therapy- Albuquerque, NM

August 10-12: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sport Performance @ Soul PT – Beverly, MA

September 2018

September 21-23: Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab & Sport Performance @ Houston Methodist West Hospital – Houston, TX

October 2018

October 5-7: Foundations in Dry Needling for Upper Extremity Orthopedic Rehab @ ProCare PT and Hand Center – Portsmouth, NH


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