MPTA TPTA DIN-1: Foundations of Dry Needling
Certified for 39 CCUs by the FSBPT
PREREQUISITES: Licensed PT, MD, DO, DC or NMD or a student enrolled in a PT, MD, DO, DC or NMD program. Please bring proof of licensure or student ID to class.
The Hobbs Masters Needling Series begins with a 27-hour foundational dry needling course tailored for clinicians new to dry needling. Though essential for beginners, experienced practitioners who have had training on primarily trigger point dry needling will find the material quite advanced, informative and refreshing, helping to focus and simplify their practice while improving patient outcomes and expanding thier understanding of differing dry needling approaches.
This 3-day dry needling course is supplemented with online modules carefully developed to maximize delivery of live, 90% hands-on instruction. Practitioners will learn clinically reasoned, evidence-informed approaches of all major regions of the body, including the spine and both upper and lower quarters, for a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. This dry needling course will provide the busy clinician the requisite instruction necessary to treat the most common conditions encountered in daily clinical practice without the need to take multiple courses.
For a broader foundational understanding, participants will be instructed not only in dry needling superficially and deep dry needling within muscles (i.e., trigger point dry needling) but will also learn proper periosteal and connective tissue dry needling techniques for many conditions. Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate peripheral, spinal segmental and central dry needling approaches within a clinical reasoning framework.
This dry needling course will focus on the therapeutic effects of manual dry needle manipulation, with emphasis placed on safe needle handling, relevant anatomical considerations for each region, and appropriate selection of sites to needle on the body. Clinicians will also gain skill in the appropriate dosing of dry needling to allow for optimal effectiveness and maximal patient comfort. Through the lens of modern pain science, clinicians will be educated on the potent anti-nociceptive effects that dry needling can offer to patients with painful musculoskeletal disorders.
By the end of this course participants will be able to:
- Correctly identify 10 contraindications and 10 precautions to the use of dry needling.
- Demonstrate safe DINS handling techniques and patient positioning for 5 axial spine techniques.
- Demonstrate safe DINS handling techniques and patient positioning for 5 extremity techniques.
- Correctly describe the appropriate management of 5 adverse events that may occur in association with DINS.
- Orally explain the current theoretical neurophysiological mechanisms of DINS from the periphery to the cortex.
- Appropriately defend the integration of DINS into the management of a given patient with a neuromusculoskeletal condition.