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Master Dry Needling Level-1 Seminar : November 13-15, 2020: Las Vegas, NV

  • Board Restrictions note: Co-sponsored courses may not be eligible for CE in Tennessee; Credit calculations may vary for New Mexico approval
  • Event date: 11/13/2020 - 11/15/2020 Export event

    Master Dry Needling Level-1 Seminar : November 13-15, 2020: Las Vegas, NV

    Master Dry Needling Level-1 - Outline

    This course is a three day introductory course to utilize DN in clinical practice and is open to Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Physicians, Nurses, Physician’s Assistants and Athletic Trainers. It will begin with a history of dry needling and its contrast and comparison to acupuncture. This course IS NOT an acupuncture course. We will review relevant regional and three-dimensional anatomy as well as pathophysiology of common disorders as the weekend progresses. It will cover the use of DN techniques in trigger points, myofascial pain syndromes and its use in musculoskeletal injuries and disorders. Also included will be musculotendinous, tenoperiosteal and ligamentous applications. An introduction to Total Motion Release, founded by Tom Dalonzo-Baker, PT, will be included as time permits. Safety and the proper handling of potential blood borne pathogens associated with DN applications will be emphasized. The course is designed to place heavy emphasis on practical, hands-on practice. Participants will review clinical anatomy and practice DN treatment of each tissue and region covered throughout the course. Each attendee will be expected to sign a waiver and practice DN on a lab partner. Pregnant females are not allowed to participate in the course as all attendees are expected to needle lab partners. The art of “needle palpation” will be covered. This includes identifying different subdermal tissues as the tip of the needle advances into the body including normal and abnormal muscle tissue, scar tissue, ligaments, tendons, musculotendinous junction, adipose and periosteum.

    PREREQUISITES *State practice act that includes dry needling as being within scope of practice. *Active malpractice insurance (If you are covered by Employer /Clinic/Company/University/College malpractice insurance, then you can also take the class) *Signed liability waiver by all attendees. Female attendees must sign to certify they are not pregnant.


    Master Dry Needling Level-1- Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to: Have a thorough understanding of DN history and clinical applications. Understand normal and abnormal muscle contraction physiology. Identify precipitating and perpetuating factors in trigger point (TP) syndromes. Identify muscle attachments and trigger points by surface anatomy and muscle testing. Identify ligamentous and tenoperiosteal tissues by surface anatomy. Properly insert needles into each tissue identified including depth and angle of penetration. Understand and apply Total Motion Release concepts into treatment. Understand absolute and relative contraindications to DN therapy. Identify type of tissue encountered at the end of a needle using “needle palpation.” Utilize the different needling techniques and stimulation performed across the field. Discuss and apply electrical stimulation to inserted needles.

    Course Preparation: • The Basic and Advanced courses are 3 days, Friday – Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, the course begins at 8 am and conclude by 7 pm. On Sunday the course begins at 8 am and we should conclude by 3 pm. • You are responsible for your own lunch on all days. Meals will be not be provided. There will be light snacks throughout the day. • All of our labs are experiential, which requires all attendees to perform dry needling as well as receive needles during the course. • Plan to dress in comfortable clothing all three days to allow access to the entire spine, upper and lower extremities. No jewelry or other bling needed. • The seminar location, hotel, and travel information can be found on the registration page under each corresponding course dates. • The manual and handouts will be emailed to you a week before the class. Printing is not required. You can use the soft copy and bring it to the class on a tablet, computer, iPad, etc. • Class materials like needles etc will be provided by us at the class free of cost. • Participants will need to bring a tablet or Ipad, laptop, etc or any other device where you can watch online internet videos from our membership website. HEADPHONES ARE NECESSARY TO HEAR DETAILS ON TRAINING VIDEOS. We will be referring to a lot of video files during the class to help you understand the course better.


    Master Dry Needling Level 1 - Agenda


    Day 1 (10 hours)

    8:00 – 9:00 Introductory Lecture (literature review, history and controversy)

    9:00 – 10:00 Safety, Contraindications, Adverse Effects, Needle Handling & Disposal

    10:00 –11:00 Needle Insertion and Needle Palpation Techniques

    11:00 – 1:00 Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Needle Insertion and Practice

    1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

    2:00 – 4:00 Upper extremity Needle Insertion and Practice

    4:00 – 5:30 Posterior Hip Needle Insertion and Practice

    5:30 – 7:00 Review and Discussion

    Day 2 (10 hours)

    8:00 – 10:00 Thoracolumbar Needle Insertion and Practice

    10:00 – 12:00 Posterior Cervical and Posterior Thorax Needle Insertion and Practice

    12:00 – 1:00 Anterior Hip Needle Insertion and Practice

    1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

    2:00 – 4:30 Lower extremity Needle Insertion and Practice

    4:30 – 7:00 Anterior Cervical and Anterior Thorax Needle Insertion and Practice

    Day 3 (7 hours)

    8:00 – 9:30 Abdominal and Anterior Pelvis Needle Insertion and Practice

    9:30 – 11:30 Review and Practice of Significant Clinical Regions

    11:30 – 12:30 Total Motion Release Intro and Application in DN practice

    12:30 – 1:30 Neural Therapy Intro and Application

    1:30 – 3:00 Review and Discussion and Post-course Testing

    InstructorDR. KEN COOPER DC, PT, DAAPM, MDN Cert.
    About the InstructorDr. Ken Cooper began his clinical career as a 1981 Physical Therapy graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. After working for several years at Methodist Hospital of Lubbock, Texas as a staff therapist, he became a Clinical Instructor for the interns from the Physical Therapy School at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. After a brief private practice in Lubbock he returned to Dallas and attended Parker College of Chiropractic from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. In 1990 he established a private practice in Bedford, Texas. In 2000, he formed a multi-disciplinary practice that offered medical, chiropractic and physical therapy care in addition to massage therapy and myofascial dry needling. While working in a large hospital in the early 1980’s his personal experience of mid-back pain that was unresponsive to traditional care led him on a quest of understanding myofascial dysfunction that eventually led to the works of Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons. Their work has become common place today but was not widely known 30 years ago. Equipped with a better understanding of myofascial syndromes he proceeded to focus on myofascial issues in his physical therapy practice. He continued to follow their research and upon completion of Chiropractic College he was able to begin implementing needle therapy in his practice. He was finally able to treat trigger points as outlined in Travell and Simon’s work with dry needle approaches and enjoyed significant results. Because of his growing expertise in musculoskeletal issues with dry needle techniques, many professional athletes sought his care for not only injury recovery but performance enhancement as well. Although he obtained his certification in acupuncture he found the most satisfying treatment results with dry needle techniques and has retained this focus throughout his career. His search for effective techniques eventually led to Deitrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Klinghardt essentially brought the concepts of Neural Therapy from Germany to the United States. Neural Therapy includes extensive use of treating trigger points and other body tissues with needle-based techniques. As he trained with Dr. Klinghardt and other doctors attending his seminars he expanded the use of musculoskeletal needle therapy in his practice and even implemented them in two other medical practices on his off days from his own clinic. Dr. Cooper is in his 37th year of professional practice and currently owns and operates Cooper Functional Services and Harwood Physical Therapy Clinic in Bedford, Texas. His main focus is orthopedics, manipulation and dry needling. He has been treating collegiate and professional athletes, including numerous Dallas Cowboys and other NFL players, since 1992. He is also an instructor for Total Motion Release Physical Therapy Seminars and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management.
    Subject BreakdownTOPICS AND HOURS COVERED Principles of Practice - 2hrs : (8 To 10 AM Fri) Examination Procedures / Diagnosis - 2hrs (10 To 12 PM Fri) Physical therapy / Physiological therapeutics (Dry Needling) - 1hr : (12 To 1 PM Fri) Basic sciences 3D ANATOMY REVIEW - 4hrs : (2-6 PM Fri) Boundaries issues : 0.5 hr : (6 – 6.30 PM Fri) Scope of practice : 0.5 hr : (6.30-7 PM Fri) Other(spec.): DRY NEEDLING SAFETY & TECHNIQUE : 19hrs (8 AM SAT To 3 PM SUN ) Total Number of Hours Approved : 27 hrs
    Total Credits27.00
    FormatIn person - Live

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