How can you be trained to dry needle in three days?
One common thread being discussed these days is the topic of dry needling and training. People want to know why acupuncturists train for many years at their chosen field, whereas practitioners of dry needling have typically done a weekend course. How is this possible? Are ‘Needlers’ adequately trained to be treating their patients with invasive procedures?
Let’s discuss this hot topic and break it down to the core. Firstly, I would like to point out that I will not be discussing acupuncture here, I am not an acupuncturist and know very little about acupuncture. I will be discussing dry needling and the required training.
I would like to point out first that dry needling is another form of manual therapy. In addition to sticking a needle into someone, it requires a high degree of skill in understanding anatomy and kinesiology, clinical reasoning, communication strategies, objective testing, palpation techniques, an understanding of the research, theory and mechanisms, treatment progressions, the list goes on.
The reason why I mention this is because this is the skill that all allied health professionals require for any form of intervention applied. It is also represents the types of skills typically taught and learnt at the major Universities in Australia, and the sort of skills that are regularly updated through ongoing Professional Development throughout one’s career.
I am happy to say that entry into any Introductory GEMt Dry Needling course requires a suitable undergraduate degree from an individual who, through their training, has already built a sound understanding of anatomy, physiology, clinical diagnosis, etc and is already practicing in their chosen profession. We are adding another effective form of manual therapy to their treatment repertoire.
It is important for all participants to be aware of all aspects of safety and hygiene when participating in any dry needling course.
I am proud to announce that all GEMt Dry Needling courses have a strong focus on research, dry needling theories, anatomy/palpation skills and most importantly all aspects of safety and hygiene. Not to mention the strong tutor:student ratios allowing close supervision at all times.
All GEMt course participants are required to pass both a theory and practical test to ensure a high level competence prior to receiving your course certificates. In addition, all GEMt members receive ongoing clinical support, professional development, refresher videos, clinical pearls and updating of the latest research and discussions in the field.
Once you have completed a GEMt Dry Needling course, you will have a high level of training and skills in dry needling to complement your sound understanding of anatomy and logical reasoning skills, to give you an overall high degree of competency to practice in your chosen field with a variety of treatment options you can individualise for your patient to obtain optimal clinical outcomes.