Master Dry Needling Level-1 February 26-28, 2021 Wauwatosa, WI
By: Total Motion Release Seminars

Course Description


This course is intended as an 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. Students of these disciplines are welcome as long as they are in the upper levels of their course work. It will begin with a history of dry needling and its contrast and comparison to acupuncture. It will continue with its use in trigger points and myofascial pain syndromes. Also included will be musculotendinous, tenoperiosteal and ligamentous applications. A brief introduction to Neural Therapy, as taught by Deitrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, and the application of DN therapy within a neural therapy context will be included. Also included will be an introduction to Total Motion Release, founded by Tom Dalonzo-Baker, PT, along with how it can enhance DN techniques clinically. 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 system covered throughout the course. Each attendee will be expected to sign a waiver and practice DN on a lab partner. 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.


State practice act that includes dry needling as being within scope of practice. Active malpractice insurance.


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

1. Have a thorough understanding of DN history and clinical applications.

2. Understand normal and abnormal muscle contraction physiology.

3. Identify precipitating and perpetuating factors in trigger point (TP) syndromes.

4. Identify muscle attachments and trigger points by surface anatomy and muscle testing.

5. Identify ligamentous and tenoperiosteal tissues by surface anatomy.

6. Properly insert needles into each tissue identified including depth and angle of penetration.

7. Understand and apply Neural Therapy concepts into treatment.

8. Understand and apply Total Motion Release concepts into treatment.

9. Understand absolute and relative contraindications to DN therapy.

10. Identify type of tissue encountered at the end of a needle using “needle palpation.”

11. Utilize the different needling techniques and stimulation performed across the field.

12. Discuss and apply electrical stimulation to inserted needles.


Day 1 (10 hours)

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

9:00-10:00 Safety, Contraindications, Adverse Effects, Needle Handlingand 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 Introduction to Craniofacial and Pelvic Floor (time permitting)

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

Course Details

  • Master Dry Needling Level-1 February 26-28, 2021 Wauwatosa, WI
  • By:    Total Motion Release Seminars
  • Instructor:    Ken Cooper
  • Total CE Hours:    27
  • Course Format:     Live In Person Seminar
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  • Location State:    Wisconsin
  • Course Categories:     DC Continuing Education
  • Course Subjects | CE HOURS:
    • Rehabilitation of Joints  -27 CE Hours