IDN Foundation Course – Roanoke, VA
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.
IDN Foundation Course – Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Sports Rehabilitation
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:
- Dry needling techniques- (80% of the needling technique is virtually pain-free)
- Detailed, tried and tested needling safety techniques and contraindications for dry needling therapy to avoid human error in clinical practice.
- Modifiable dry needling system that easily adapts to clinical practice and to the specific needs of each patient.
- Systemic Homeostatic trigger point concept (physiological and biomechanical approach).
- Paraspinal trigger point concept (neurosegmental and dermatomal approach).
- Symptomatic trigger point concept (neuromyofascial pain in the head, neck, shoulder, upper limbs, thoracic, lumbar, hip and lower limbs).
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Develop the psychomotor skills necessary to effectively demonstrate and deliver dry needling treatment during the mastery lab sessions.
- Acquire the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to evaluate and treat all types of myofascial pain and soft tissue dysfunction.
- Describe the practical applications of the physiological mechanisms of needling during the mastery lab sections
- Describe the neuroanatomy and physiology of trigger points, and the unique concepts of the IDN system during the case study portion of the course.
- Provide safe and effective needling treatment, including preventing and managing adverse responses to needling.
- Integrate dry needling treatment into their physical therapy, chiropractic or medical practice.
The 27 hour intensive practical classroom structured program addresses theory and key principles with extensive and supervised participant practice.
- Multiple PowerPoint presentations with video support will begin each new section.
- Instructor demonstration of the techniques allowing ample time for questions.
- Interactive lab session will follow where the participants practice and discuss each new technique and concept.
- After each interactive lab section is concluded there is an instructor summary and time for any additional questions.
|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|
Dr. David Griswold received his certification in dry needling through Dr. Ma’s Biomedical Dry Needling Institute. Clinically, David has specialized in orthopedic manual therapy, dry needling, and vestibular rehabilitation. Dr. Griswold is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) through Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars and a Certified Mulligan Concept Practitioner (CMP). His current research projects include the use of orthopedic manual therapy for the treatment of mechanical neck pain and the neurophysiological effects of dry needling.
Travel & Accommodations
Airport : Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport, 3 miles northwest of the central business district of Roanoke
Hotel Options :
Directions : RU Department of Physical Therapy in Roanoke, VA
From the North/South:
- I-81 North or South to I-581 South into Roanoke
- Exit 6 (Elm Ave)
- Right at top of the ramp (Elm Ave)
- Left at the first light (Williamson Rd)
- Immediate Right into parking lot of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital
- Enter the Left set of doors (Occupational Medicine)
- Proceed to the end of the hall, turn Left, and then immediately Right
- Walk to the end of the hall and take these elevators to the 8th floor
- Exit the elevators to the Left, proceed through the double doors, and enter the door on the Left
- The DPT main office is the first office on the Left (Suite 8A)
Student Reviews & Testimonials
“I have taken a dry needling course in the past and I’ve had success with treating patients with this modality. However, this course brought home a lot of the points I missed in that first course. This course is clear, concise, and has left me feeling comfortable needling difficult areas such as the anterior cervical, groin and suboccipital regions. All in all an excellent course that has definitely enhanced my PT “toolbox”.
Sandy Davis PT (Sept 14’)
‘Integrative dry needling is a great system of training. Multiple theories and approaches are brought together to create a truly integrated model. Frank and David spent a lot of one-on-one time with you to ensure your understanding. They did a great job of keeping the class fun and interesting. I would highly recommend this class to any healthcare provider.”
Patrick Danielson PT, DPT, ATC (Sept 14’)
“I feel that I can use this in my practice right away and I would like to come back for more advanced course training.’
Limary Rios, MD (June 14’)
“As someone who is still considered a newly licensed PT, this course has helped to change and improve my decision-making regarding numerous conditions. This course has provided an excellent opportunity for me to build my arsenal of diagnostic and treatment options. I highly recommend this course to any PT, especially those of us who are new independent practitioners.”
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