Integrative Dry Needling for the Upper Extremity and Hand


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

This specialty course is designed for licensed healthcare professionals who treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions in the upper extremity and hand. The participant will learn IDN’s neurologic model of dry needling and how to integrate this physical agent modality into their daily clinical model of treatment.  This lab-based course is focused on using dry needling as a tool to manage pain, restore function and to maximize soft tissue healing and elasticity. IDN’s peripheral nerve mapping model provides the framework for the clinician to address common neuromusculoskeletal conditions encountered in daily practice such as: tendinopathy, epicondylalgia, tenosynovitis, intrinsic and extrinsic tightness, shoulder rotator cuff/impingement syndromes, nerve entrapments, radicular pain, and OA. The course is designed for clinicians with and without prior dry needling training or experience to attend.   The main focus is for the clinician to obtain safe and effective dry needling skills using sound clinical decision-making.


Pre-requisite: Licensed medical professionals - no prior dry needling training required.

The purpose of this course is to be able to utilize dry needling to effectively and efficiently manage any neuromuscular condition in the upper  extremity and hand . 

Dry needling has recently become an accepted treatment modality performed by Occupational and Physical Therapists to address the unique characteristics of soft tissue pain, dysfunction and loss of function.  The popularity, research and use of dry needling are increasing in the field of Occupational and Physical Therapy and there are several methods and schools of thought on how to integrate dry needling into clinical practice.   This course provides a working framework, within the scope of an Occupational and Physical Therapist's knowledge and practice, to deliver effective and safe dry needling treatment to improve function.


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Integrative Dry Needling for the Upper Extremity and Hand will discuss:
    • Integration of dry needling as a preparation for soft tissue mobilization, functional activities and exercises to optimize human performance.
    • Specialty dry needling techniques to address local, segmental and systemic neurogenic pain.
    • Clinical safety issues for administering dry needling treatment
    • Understanding of the anatomy and physiology of soft tissue healing timeframe and dry needling technique for tissue remodeling,
    • Clinical techniques for examination and management of peripheral nerve inflammation and neuromuscular dysfunction,
    • Pre and post-symptom treatment for maximizing human performance,
    • How peripheral nervous system inflammation influences musculoskeletal dysfunction and how to manage it with Neurologic Dry Needling
    • Review of evidence-based research data.


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


8:00 am to 6:00 pm (lunch 12:30 – 1:30)


8:00 am to 5:00 pm (working lunch 12:30 to 1:00)

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Student Testimonials

This course is the most comprehensive and thorough course I have ever attended. The details and logic behind the neurologic dry needling makes perfect sense. I cannot wait to apply everything that I have learned over this weekend course!

Most comprehensive and thorough course I have ever attended JAKE JONES, PT

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 always flet as a therapist that I was missing the link somewhere. Something was not adding up. Dry Needling is the answer I was looking for! It helped me connect the dots and I have a better understanding of the system as a whole. The course was very thorough and was an amazing review on anatomy.

Better understanding of the system as a whole MAMTA BERMEDA, OT

An amazing course! Well planned and thought out, with evidence-based research directly related to our clinical experience.

Evidence-based research KELLY TISEVICH, 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



    Independently identify a minimum of three peripheral neuro-trigger points for a given case study.


    Independently evaluate peripheral nerve (soft tissue) dysfunctions relating to a given musculoskeletal condition and pain.


    Identify a strategy for the prevention and management of an adverse response to dry needling during a case study.


    Independently choose the correct neuro-trigger point treatment sites for safe application of dry needling treatment during lab sessions and practical examination


    Correctly defend the IDN system for treatment of musculoskeletal pain based on the unique neurology and physiology of neuro-trigger points.


    Design a plan of care using dry needling to prepare and optimize tissue healing for exercise and functional activities for a given case study.


    Participants will develop a treatment plan based on a given case study that will utilize DN to facilitate the progression to ADLs.


    Participants will develop a treatment plan based on a given case study that will utilize DN to facilitate the progression to ADLs.


    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.


    Have additional questions after the course? No problem -we got you! Your registration in any IDN course provides you unlimited access to our Professional Discussion Forum. You can get your questions answered by an IDN instructor or another IDN practitioner.

    It is a great place to ask, answer and network with other IDN practitioners and instructors!



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