Dry Needling: A Tool for PT Practice, Course 1 of 2
Dry Needling: A Tool for PT Practice, Course 1
Dry Needling--a Tool for Physical Therapy Practice, Course 1 is a 3-day 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 to resolve trigger points and restore function of 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 completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Safely assess soft tissue along with underlying structures for application of dry needling within physical therapy practice.
2. Employ a full understanding of the indications, contraindications, and precautions for dry needling.
3. Discuss the theoretical basis for dry needling within physical therapy (as it relates to anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pain science) to include combining dry needling with other interventions.
4. Practice safety and protection procedures to include personal protective equipment, safe needle handling, proper body mechanics, and positioning.
5. Be prepared to respond to potential emergency regarding secondary physiological/emotional effects or complications associated with dry needling.
6. Use clinical reasoning to integrate dry needling into a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and management plan.
7. Develop proficiency performing basic dry needling techniques on select muscles of the spine, lower quarter, and upper quarter.
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
South Carolina Physical Therapy Association - 27.25 hrs
Between 12-32 participants
Attendees must be able to fully participate in all lab activities, to include being the needling subject for all sections