Dry Needling: A Tool for PT Practice, Course 2 of 2
Dry Needling: A Tool for Physical Therapy Practice, Course 2
This 3-day 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 advance from a novice level regarding dry needling of trigger points while treating musculoskeletal disorders with a myofascial component. Clinical case reports/studies will be discussed and analyzed. Cases will be presented and worked through with instructor and participant feedback. Participants will advance palpation skills to effectively and safely identify trigger points and then learn the specific safety techniques over the thorax. Participants 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 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