Level 1: Intro/Intermediate Dry Needling Course (2.5 days)
An intro/intermediate course for evaluation and treatment of neuromyofascial pain and dysfunction present in both the acute and chronic orthopedic population.
Instruction will include evaluation and application of dry needling of neuromyofascial trigger points for musculature which is considered appropriate at the introductory level of training.
This course consists of a combination of online theory (and theory test) as well as a 2.5 day practical component which includes a regional anatomy review, needle demonstration followed by a large amount of hands-on supervised practical sessions.
There is also a (non-intimidating) practical test to ensure adequate transfer of knowledge to all course participants.
Trigger point dry needling (TDN) will be presented as a tool to evaluate and treat the neuromuscular system. Both the Gunn and Travell & Simons’ techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. Supporting research will be presented and discussed. Treatment safety will be evaluated throughout the course
- Define trigger points, motor banding, and neurological presentations of neuromuscular dysfunction
- Review literature supporting efficacy and treatment rationale of TDN
- Instruct application of TDN for orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions
- Review anatomy of regions to be taught in Level 1 course
- Discuss safety
- Discuss indications and contraindications for treatment
Treatable Muscles After Completion
The focus of the level 1 course is treatment for pain management and sport related injuries.
- Lumbar and Cervical Spine Including needling Multifidus
- The Hip – including Gluteals & Piriformis
- All major muscles of the Upper & Lower Extremity
- Gastroc/Soleus/Tib Ant and more
- Shoulder – including Lats, Pecs, Rotator Cuff)
- Thigh-anterior, medial and posterior
- and so much more!
Online Learning Modules
GEMt dry needling courses begin with online modules for safety, theory, and anatomy. Access to the online learning platform is provided via email once you have completed course registration. Completion of the online modules is a requirements before attending the course, and you should allow sufficient time to complete them before the course starts.
Module 1: Safety involving:
Safety Section from the GEMt manual
Safety Video (23 mins)
Needling Demonstration Video (27 mins)
Theory test (20 mins)
Total = 1.5-2 hours
Module 2: Theory involving
GEMt pain slides
Chapter 1 of GEMt Manual- Introduction
Needle Theory Video (1 hour, 15 mins)
Neuro-myofascial Pain Video (19 mins)
Theory test (40 mins)
Total = 4-5 hours
Module 3: Anatomy involving
Anatomy slides of all muscles covered in course
Anatomy Theory test (45 mins)
Total = 2-3 hours
Total all online modules approx. 7-10 hours
A degree qualification in either:
- Physiotherapy, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy or a Medical Doctor who work with patients suffering from acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
- You must be a registered clinician with Professional Indemnity Insurance to enter this course
- Course participants are required to act as subjects as required for the duration of the course.
- This course is not advisable for anyone who is pregnant (unless they are prepared to bring a friend willing to be needled on their behalf)
Contact Hours: 21
APA accredited (2009-2017) 20.5 CPD points apply
ACA Accredited Course
Osteopathy Australia Endorsed Course