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IDN Advanced Dry Needling Course – Akron, OH

April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Integrated Dry Needling - Advanced Pain Management & Human Performance

The IDN Advanced Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Human Performance course is designed for licensed healthcare professionals specialized in treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. This is one of a kind course providing original information that can only be acquired through our institute. The participant will be provided with a deeper understanding of the physiologic and therapeutic effects of dry needling on inflammation, circulation, reducing neuromuscular pain and performance enhancement. Integration of electrical nerve stimulation (ENS) and vacuum therapy (cupping) will be included as an adjunct to dry needling treatment.  This primarily lab-based course focuses on assuring safe and effective advanced dry needling skills with emphasis on clinical decision-making.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management & Sports Rehabilitation.

Continuing Education: Approved for 2.7 CEU’s by the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy as well as other state licensure boards independent of the FSBPT.


IDN Advanced Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Human Performance

 Course Specific Content:

  • A full understanding of the peripheral nerve mapping concept and how to apply it to patient treatment for pain management and performance optimization.
  • Radiculopathic and neuropathic pain and dysfunction are explained and a treatment model is discussed.
  • Expansion of the 360-degree treatment model taught in the foundation course into a 720-degree treatment model to fully integrate a systemic approach.
  • Develop further understanding and incorporation of the 3 S’s of treatment – Symptomatic, Segmental, and Systemic for all neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunction.
  • Preventative care is a different use for Dry Needling; we instruct you on how to use the IDN system to integrate this service into your practice.
  • Performance optimization is between prevention and pain management on our continuum. Many patients today are active and want to optimize their athletic or just their general physical performance. This often occurs in the absence of pain.  Understanding how the nervous system is involved in neuro-inhibition of optimal function is the key to being able to develop a logical plan to help your athletes both pre and post event.
  • Understanding how to use other treatment techniques that compliment dry needling like vacuum therapy (cupping) and Electric Nerve Stimulation (ENS).  We discuss and practice how these modalities can maximize treatment effect when used together.
  • Expand the peripheral nerve treatment concept to include advanced nerve points, many are the same areas that are used during pain blocking techniques by anesthesiologists.  The difference is DN does not have injectate and therefore has minimal to none of the risks of “wet needling.”
  • Advanced muscular needling points in the head, neck and lumbopelvic region.
  • Review of the current evidence-based research data.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Independently identify a minimum of three peripheral neuro-trigger points in a given case study.
  2. Independently integrate the physiological mechanisms into a treatment plan for a given musculoskeletal condition.
  3. Independently evaluate peripheral nerve (soft tissue) dysfunctions relating to a given musculoskeletal condition and pain.
  4. Formulate a strategy of prevention and management for adverse responses to dry needling based on OSHA requirements during a case study.
  5. Independently choose the correct neuro-trigger point treatment sites for safe application of dry needling treatment during lab sessions.
  6. Correctly defend the IDN system for treatment of musculoskeletal pain based on the unique neurology and physiology of neuro-trigger points.
  7. Independently integrating the IDN system into the participant’s physical therapy practice in relation to current clinical, legislative and billing barriers.

How this Advanced Dry Needling course is relevant to Physical Therapy Practice: Daily in clinical practice Physical Therapists manage soft tissue pain and dysfunction through various techniques from massage, modalities and manual therapy.  Dry needling has recently become an accepted treatment modality performed by Physical Therapists to address the unique characteristics of soft tissue pain and dysfunction.  The popularity and use of dry needling is increasing in the field of 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 a Physical Therapists knowledge and practice, to deliver effective and safe dry needling treatment.

Learning Activities

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 begin each new section.
  • Instructor technique demonstrations with ample time for questions.
  • Interactive lab sessions practicing and discussing each new technique and concept.
  • Course technique summary with question and answer session.


Day 1
8:00-9:00 Physiological mechanisms of dry needling associated with peripheral sensitization [Lecture]
9:00-9:15 Break
9:15-12:00 Major neuromuscular points of cervical region [Lab]
12:00–1:00 Lunch break
1:00–3:00 Major neuromuscular points of anterior cervical region [Lab]
3:00–3:15 Break
3:15–4:30 Electrical Needling Stimulation (ENS) [Lab]
4:30–6:30 Major neuromuscular points of the upper limbs, Axillary & Radial nerves [Lab]
Day 2
8:00-8:30 Review of day one with Q&A discussion
8:30-9:15 Major neuromuscular points of the upper limbs (Musculocutaneous) [Lab]
9:15-9:30 Break
9:30-11:15 Major neuromuscular points of the upper limbs (Median & Ulnar) [Lab]
11:15-1:00 Major neuromuscular points of the lumbopelvic region (Abdominal) [Lab]
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4:00 Major neuromuscular points of the lower limbs (Lateral Femoral Cutaneous, Femoral & Obturator N.) [Lab]
3:00-3:15 Break
Day 3
8:00-8:45 Microcirulation [Lecture]
8:45-10:00 Microcirculation [Lab]
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Specialty needling points of Quadratus Lumborum, Latissimus, Subscapularis, Pterygoids [Lab]
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Lab practice based on case study treatment examples
2:00-3:00 Integration into clinical practice/marketing/ administration issues
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Athletic applications for performance enhancement [Lecture]
4:15-4:30 Final Question and Answer discussion prior to course examinations
4:30-6:30 Written and Practical Certification Examinations- A minimum score of 80% is required to pass both the written and the practical examinations

Travel & Accommodations

Airport:   Akron Canton Airport (CAK) = 18 minutes (14.5 miles away)

                    Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE) = 43 minutes (41 miles away)

Hotel Options : Hotel Rates

Course Location :  Akron Children’s Hospital – Consindine Professional Building, Classrooms 1-2 (first floor)

Parking Information : Please park in the Bowery Street Parking deck. It is on Bowery street right in between our building (Considine Building) and the main hospital. You can park on the third floor of the parking building and then go straight into the Considine Building.  Go to the elevators and take the elevators to the 1st floor where the course is being held in classrooms 1-2. Please bring your parking ticket to validate.


Reviews & Testimonials

Integrative Dry Needling Institute
These courses have been a positive and effective learning experience.  The foundation and advanced courses have impacted my clinical practice greatly and were easy to integrate immediately following the course.
by: - PT

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April 20, 2018
April 22, 2018
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Dr. Frank Gargano
(404) 594-4221


Akron Childrens Hospital
215 West Bowery
Akron, OH 44308 United States
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