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Advancing Chronic Pain Management from the Athlete to Geriatric: The transformative impact of Neurologic Dry Needling.






Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain & Dysfunction (Home Study)

The Advanced Chronic Pain Course (3-day) expands on prior courses by integrating IDN’s neurological framework to treat patients with complex chronic pain conditions through linking dry needling mechanisms to the dominant pain mechanism (Nociceptive, Nociplastic, and Neuropathic).  IDN’s neurological model provides an adaptive clinical framework to evaluate and treat the complex interplay between the peripheral, central, and autonomic nervous systems. Participants will expand evaluation methods for patients with chronic pain, using evidence-based screening tools, as well as augment the use IDN’s bedside quantitative sensory testing to evaluate the status of the nervous system. Dry needling treatment concepts will be applied to a wide-variety of chronic pain patient cases from athletes to geriatrics. Participants will deepen their understanding of the neuro-inflammatory mechanisms of dry needling to modulate neurogenic inflammation in peripheral tissue, neuro-segmentally, and in the central nervous system. Participants will also expand their neuro-anatomical knowledge incorporating stimulation of the Vagus Nerve for inflammatory and pain reduction.  This course will help you develop the most comprehensive and adaptive treatment plan for any patient, from simple to complex.


The purpose of the Advancing Chronic Pain Management from the Athlete to Geriatric Course is to solidify the understanding of dry needling safety, clinical reasoning and the development of a clinical plan of care to treat all neuromusculoskeletal conditions.  

At the conclusion of this course, participants are required to pass a practical examination based on the development of a comprehensive DN plan of care to prepare them to confidently treat patients.  A passing score of 80% is required.


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  • Advanced dry needling techniques for prevention, pain management and optimizing human performance.
  • Understanding of the anatomy, neurology, and physiology of microcirculation, soft tissue healing and remodeling.  
  • Clinical techniques for examination and management of peripheral nerve inflammation, radiculopathy,  and neuromuscular dysfunction,
  • Assessment of imbalance of the neuromusculoskeletal system and dry needling techniques for rebalancing homeostasis,
  • Pre and post-symptom treatment in athletic performance,
  • How peripheral nervous system inflammation influences musculoskeletal dysfunction and how to manage it with Integrative Dry Needling
  • Review of evidence-based research data. 


7:30 am Registration – Course begins at 8:00 am to 6pm (lunch 12:00 – 1:00)


8:00 am to 6:00 pm (lunch 11:30 – 12:30)


8:00 am to 5:00 pm (working lunch 12:00 to 1:00) [lunch provided]

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  1. Define primary (local) and secondary (spinal and widespread) pain classifications as it relates to dry needling assessment and treatment.
  2. Understand the pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in primary and secondary pain classifications.
  3. Identify various methods for examining primary and secondary pain classifications that are appropriate for dry needling treatment. 
  4. Understand the neurophysiologic analgesic response from dry needling at local, segmental, and systemic levels to address chronic pain mechanisms.
  5. Demonstrate dry needling treatment strategies to appropriately address the presenting pain classifications.
  6. Outline the safety considerations and guidelines for dry needling practice.
  7. Apply the clinical assessment, and treatment information to patient case studies.

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Chronic Pain Management Course

Transformative effect of Neurologic Dry Needling

  • Yes, I want to be prepared to deliver safe and effective dry needling care for chronic pain.
  • Yes I want to learn advanced neuromuscular dry needling applications and techniques!

Advanced Course

Next Level Training!

  • Yes I want to learn advanced neurologic dry needling applications that can only available in this course!
  • Yes I want to be a Certified Integrative Dry Needling Clinician(CIDN)!


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Student Testimonials

I have been doing dry needling for 10 years, 2 years ago I took a course by IDN and Frank and the course changed the way I had been needling, and has had such great results on all of the patients. It has opened up so many new ways to utilize needling to treat patients with different diagnoses and see great results.

Danna Smith PT certified google review

The content and conceptual ideology and theory of IDN is exceptional. This program provides a 720-degree view of the patient involvement. The IDN approach and techniques is unrivaled by other trigger point-based theories.

IDN is exceptional STEPHEN WINNER, PT

I appreciate that IDN is ahead of the curve in acknowledging the role of the CNS in musculoskeletal pain and not solely focusing on tissues.

IDN is ahead of the curve JOHN KRAVIC , PT

IDN teaches you not only to how to needle but how to question and clinically reason through your treatments. It’s not a cookie cutter approach of “here’s one diagnosis, this is what you do”. The course makes your think critically and work hard, but you’ll come out with many ways to not only help patients using dry needles, but how to integrate the modality into any plan of care across all the spectrums of patients.

Not a cookie cutter approach LEIGH ALEXANDER, PT

The courses and information that the Integrative Dry Needling Institute offers to medical professionals in the rehabilitation field are second to none. In my opinion, they are a staple to any physical therapist's repertoire and they help paint a full picture of the body through a neuromechanical lens. These instructors seamlessly integrate dry needling and manual therapy techniques into a detailed, yet comprehensive framework that allows clinicians to apply concepts rather than rigid techniques. This makes the IDN approach a more complete model than other approaches that I have seen. Combined with the most up to date research, instructors that are leading professionals in their fields, and a strong emphasis on safety and education, you will not find a better continuing education course.

David Ramsey PT Certified google review

This is my third course through IDN and I can’t wait for the next. I love the way that IDN integrates the science of neurogenic influence on inflammation and healing with the physical benefits on the tissue. It has revolutionized my approach to Physical Therapy after 30 years of practice. I have taken courses with Cody and David and they are excellent tutors.

Eric Mason PT Certified google review

What I really loved about IDN was how it developed my assessment skills that I use certainly for DN, but have incorporated it into my entire practice. Understanding the condition of the nervous system is the key to developing a treatment plan and getting clinical results. The IDN assess/treatment model really sets you up for success! Thank you!

Randy Johnson PT Certified google review


The structure of this course 27-hour intensive practical classroom program addresses theory and key principles with extensive supervised participant practice.

  • Multiple Keynote presentations

    With video support will begin each new section.

  • Demonstrations

    Instructor demonstration of the techniques allowing ample time for questions.

  • Interactive Lab Sessions

    Interactive lab sessions will follow where the participants practice and discuss the techniques and concepts with each other and with the instructor.

  • Instructor Summary

    After each interactive lab section  there is an instructor debrief to provide feedback and answer any remaining questions.


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