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
|Instructor||DR. SCOTT DIXON DPT, CSCS, FMT, CERT. DN|
|About the Instructor||Dr. Scott Dixon began his career in Physical Therapy after graduating from Chatham University. After several years working for reputable clinics, Scott founded Integrative Physical Therapy out of a passion to focus on individual patient care and treating each person, not just their diagnosis. He specializes in helping improve function and movement of the body through individualized focused on the entire body, not just the site of pain or injury. His goal is to restore every patient to his or her own fullest potential, to function better and to prevent future injury. Utilizing dry needling, manual therapy, and movement screening, there is a gradual progression towards whole body healing and functioning. After Scott took his first dry needling course, dry needling quickly became a passion of his and he continues to be impressed with the patient outcomes and responses, and constantly seeks new opportunities to improve this skill. He earned more than 8 certifications in dry needling, served as guest instructors on the subject, and now teaches on a regular basis. Health and wellness has always been important to Scott. Growing up, he led a very active lifestyle playing multiple sports. In college, he pursued his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University. After several years working as a strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, and tennis professional, he decided to pursue a career that would have a more direct impact on the health and wellbeing of the people he worked with. The holistic approach to physical therapy led Scott to pursue extensive education and certifications in dry needling, functional movement, fascial manipulation, and many other modalities. Though he has experience with a variety of diagnoses, he specializes in working with neck and back related issues. He has also treated celebrities, professional athletes,( including several Atlanta Falcons), as well as many weekend warriors. Scott is originally from Gainesville, Florida. He is the father of two twin girls and resides in Norcross. In his free time, Scott enjoys CrossFit, Spartan Races, and weekend adventures with his family.|
|Subject Breakdown||TOPICS 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|
|Format||In person - Live|