The purpose of the Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Sports Rehabilitation Course is to obtain knowledge and clinical skills necessary to diagnose and treat soft tissue pain and dysfunction using the Integrative Dry Needling (IDN) concept. This 27-hour applied-learning course combines interactive lectures and practical hands-on labs. Students participate in several practical sessions, which are intended to provide feedback to students regarding their comprehension of key concepts and techniques. These practical lab sessions enable students to critically self-evaluate if additional instruction or self- study is needed for clinical competency.
Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Sports Rehabilitation is the culmination of the work and clinical experience of Dr. Yun-tao Ma and Dr. Frank Gargano DPT. The Integrative Dry Needling (IDN) training program will develop the knowledge and clinical skills required to effectively diagnose and treat painful neuromuscular conditions.
IDN teaches you to treat the body systemically; we do not divide the body into upper and lower halves requiring you to take 2 courses before you can treat the entire body. Our system is built on the foundation of Neurological Dry Needling that provides a logical and systematic process for addressing pain and dysfunction. As a result, course participants develop an adaptable clinical procedure allowing immediate integration of dry needling into clinical practice.
The Integrative Dry Needling Foundation Course for Pain Management and Sports Rehabilitation covers:
The 27 hour intensive practical classroom structured program addresses theory and key principles with extensive and supervised participant practice.
|8:00 – 10:00||Introduction of the systems: Physiological mechanisms of dry needling; peripheral and central mechanisms; specific and non-specific mechanisms|
|10:00 – 11:00||Needling insertion techniques using ½”- 1” needle. Needle handling and discussion on low blood pressure and safety techniques. Lab practice|
|11:00 – 12:00||Neuroanatomy of neuro-trigger points and Development of Homeostatic neuro-trigger points|
|12:00 – 1:00||Lunch break|
|1:00 – 2:00||Development of neuro-trigger points and physiology of different types of trigger points|
|2:00 – 3:00||Quantitative Analysis of peripheral to central sensitization- Lab practice|
|3:00 – 4:00||Dry needling research Lecture|
|4:00 – 6:30||Surface anatomy of neuro-trigger points in head, cervical, trunk, upper & lower extremities,|
|8:00 – 9:30||Safety considerations including adverse reactions, contraindications to dry needling, OSHA guidelines and Blood Borne Pathogens.|
|9:30 – 11:00||Needling technique Lab- 3” needling of the hip, and pelvic region. Safety issues. Practice.|
|11:00 –12:30||Needling technique Lab-2”: (2:2 Concept)- Lumbosacral plexus, Cervical and Shoulder region. Safety issues. Practice|
|12:30 – 1:30||Lunch|
|1:30 – 2:30||Needling technique Lab-1”: Thoracic spine (1:1 Concept), extremity (1). Safety issues. Practice.|
|2:30 – 4:00||Needling technique Lab: Craniofacial and cranial nerve pain and dysfunction including muscles of mastication. Safety issues. Practice.|
|4:00 – 5:00||Needling technique Lab: Anterior trunk and abdominals. Safety issues. Practice.|
|5:00 – 6:30||Needling technique Lab: Lower Extremity. Safety issues. Practice.|
|8:00 – 8:30||Integrative Dry Needling for Performance (Athletic) Enhancement lecture|
|8:30 – 10:00||Electrical Nerve Stimulation (ENS) application and safety issues. Specialty needling techniques & practice.|
|10:00 – 12:00||Needling technique Lab: Anterior cervical spine and suboccipital region. Safety issues. Practice.|
|12:00 – 1:00||Lunch|
|1:00 – 2:00||Administrative Discussion: Consent to treat, political & legislative issues effecting practice, marketing, and final details of the administrating the practice of dry needling in your clinic.|
|2:00 – 3:00||Systemic integration of needling. Practice|
|3:00 – 6:00||Written and practical examinations|
Airport : Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Hotel Options : There are several hotels in Gastonia on Remount Rd: Fairfield Inn, Comfort Suits, & Hampton Inn.
Miscellaneous : There are no shuttles from the airport to the hotels. Please park on the lower level of parking on Friday and leave closer spots for patients. On Saturday and Sunday parking is permitted anywhere.
The advanced IDN course has taken my understating of dry needling and the nervous system to the next level. Just like I don't know how I practiced PT without dry needling, I don't know how I dry needled with out the knowledge I attained in the advanced course.
As a practitioner for 32 years, I found the course and its presentation to be one of the most valuable trainings I have ever taken.
The foundation's course for Integrative Dry Needling was very well taught in much detail. The course is completely evidenced based with no overlap with acupuncture or eastern medicine. The instructors were very experienced and had an emphasis on needling with safety. By the end of the course, I felt like I was able to needle my patients confidently and safely. This course opened up infinite possibilities of different treatment techniques for all my patients.
This was one of the most intense, exhausting courses I have taken in my 20 years of being a PT. However, it will most likely change the way I treat patients more than any other course I have taken.