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Master Dry Needling Level-2 Seminar : July 31-Aug 2, 2020 Waynesville, NC

  • Board Restrictions note: Co-sponsored courses may not be eligible for CE in Tennessee; Credit calculations may vary for New Mexico approval
  • Event date: 7/31/2020 - 8/2/2020 Export event

    Master Dry Needling Level-2 Seminar : July 31-Aug 2, 2020  Waynesville, NC

    Master Dry Needling - Outline

    This course is a three day introductory course to enhance and expand upon the foundational principles offered in our 27-hour Level I course, Introduction to Dry Needling. While this course is still designed to place heavy emphasis on practical, hands-on training and practice, the attendee will be introduced to more detail of current research regarding DN efficacy, physiological effects, controversies and potential adverse effects. Peripheral and central sensitization issues will be discussed. The participant will be familiarized not only with HOW to needle but also WHAT functional outcomes may be influenced by needling, which is WHY we needle. As always, an emphasis will be placed on patient and clinician safety and proper handling of potential blood-borne pathogens. While many of the tissues covered in the Level One course were larger and more common clinically encountered muscle groups, more complex anatomical regions such as the face, hand and foot intrinsics will be taught in Level II. Relevant regional and three-dimensional anatomy (utilizing state-of-the-art software programs) as well as pathophysiology of common disorders will be covered as the weekend progresses. Level II also dedicates more time of DN beyond trigger point techniques to other soft tissue applications in musculotendinous, tenoperiosteal and ligamentous tissues. The art of “needle palpation” will be emphasized, allowing the participant to correctly distinguish between normal and abnormal tissue in different body types. Pre and post DN functional assessments will be included. Prior to post-course proficiency testing, multiple case studies will be presented. 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.



    *State practice act that includes dry needling as being within scope of practice.

    *Active malpractice insurance.

    *Signed liability waiver by all attendees.  Female attendees must sign to certify they are not pregnant.

    *Master Dry Needling Level I seminar or equivalent


    Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

    1. Have a thorough understanding of DN history and clinical applications.
    2. Discuss controversial professional issues in regards to DN interventions.
    3. Properly handle potential blood-borne pathogens and OSHA compliance.
    4. Apply pre and post DN functional outcome testing.
    5. Understand normal and abnormal muscle contraction physiology.
    6. Understand peripheral and central sensitization issues.
    7. Apply DN techniques safety and effectively to craniofacial tissues as well as hand and foot intrinsics.
    8. Identify muscle attachments and trigger points by surface anatomy and muscle testing.
    9. Identify ligamentous and tenoperiosteal tissues by surface anatomy and palpation.
    10. Properly insert needles into each tissue identified including depth and angle of penetration.
    11. Understand absolute and relative contraindications to DN therapy.
    12. Identify type of normal and abnormal tissue encountered at the end of a needle using “needle palpation.”
    13. Utilize the different needling techniques and stimulation performed across the field.
    14. Discuss and apply electrical stimulation to inserted needles.

    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 BreakdownDay 1 (10 hours) 8:00-9:00 Introductory Lecture (including literature review, recent controversies) 9:00-10:00 DN I REVIEW: Safety, Contraindications, Adverse Effects, Needle Handling and Disposal 10:00-11:00 – DN I REVIEW: Needle Palpation Techniques of muscle, MTJ, TPJ, ligaments, scars 11:00-1:00 – UE Part I: Elbow and Forearm– Needle Insertion and Practice 1:00-2:00- Lunch 2:00-4:00 – UE Part II: Hand Intrinsics–Needle Insertion and Practice 4:00-5:30 – LE Part I: Smaller muscles of the leg—Needle Insertion and Practice 6:30-7:00 – Review and Discussion Day 2 (10 hours) 8:00-10:00 – LE Part II: Foot Intrinsics– Needle Insertion and Practice 10:00-1:00 – Anterior and Lateral Cervical Needle Insertion and Practice 1:00-2:00 – Lunch 2:00-6:30 – Craniofacial Needle Insertion and Practice 6:30-7:00 – Review and Discussion Day 3 (7 hours) 8:00-9:30 – Central and Peripheral Sensitization9:30-11:00 Pre and Post DN Functional Testing & Practice 11:00-1:30 – Specific Syndromes and Case History Presentations 1:30-2:00- Update on Electrical DN 2:00-3:00 – Review and Discussion and Post-course Testing
    Total Credits27.00
    FormatIn person - Live

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