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IDN Advanced Dry Needling Course – Clearwater, FL

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 Advanced Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management and Performance Enhancement 

This 3-day lab-based course is designed for IDN clinicians that want to take the next step in understanding and applying dry needling for neuromusculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. The clinician is provided a deeper research-based understanding of the physiologic and therapeutic effects of peri-neural dry needling. The negative effects of neurogenic inflammation and reduced microcirculation will be explained in relation to central and peripheral nervous system mechanisms. Advanced peri-neural, muscular and tendon needling techniques are practiced to achieve maximal clinical efficacy. Electrical nerve stimulation (ENS) will be emphasized as an important adjunct to dry needling treatment. Focus is on assuring the safe and effective clinical application of dry needling using sound clinical decision-making. Successful completion of this course results in earning the credential Certified in Integrative Dry Needling (CIDN). [Prerequisite-Foundation Course]

 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 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.

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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.

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.

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Day 1
8:00–8:30 Registration/sign in.
8:30-9:30 Update Physiological mechanisms of dry needling associated with peripheral sensitization. (lecture)
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-12:00 Major neuromuscular point of the Craniofacial pain. Cervical Facets and Greater Occipital Nerve. [Lab]
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-3:15 Major neuromuscular points of Anterior Cervical region. (Lab)
3:15–3:30 Break
3:30–4:45 Electrical Needling Stimulation (Lab)
4:45-6:30 Major neuromuscular points of the upper limbs: Axillary/Radial N. (Lab)
Day 2
8:00-8:30 Review and Questions
8:30-9:15 Major neuromuscular points of the upper limbs: Musculocutaneous N. (Lab)
9:15-9:30 Break
9:30-11:30 Major neuromuscular points of the upper limbs: Median N. & Ulnar N. (Lab)
11:30-1:00 Major neuromuscular points of the lumbopelvic region. (Lab)
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4:00 Major neuromuscular points of the lower limbs: Lateral Femoral Cutaneous N., Femoral N. & Obturator N. (Lab) -Break 3:00-3:15 if needed
4:00-6:30 Major neuromuscular points of the lower limbs: Sciatic N. (Lab)
Day 3
8:00-10:00 Specialty needling of Subscapularis (axillary and mid scapular approach), Quadratus Lumborum (posterior and side lying approach). (Lab)
10:00-12:30 Specialty needling of Psoas (posterior approach), Iliacus, Lateral & Medial Pterygoids. (Lab)
12:30-1:45 Working Lunch- Discussion on administrative / clinical practice /marketing / legal / billing and any other practice issues.
1:45-2:30 Review of the Written Test- Final Question and Answer discussion period.
2:30-5:30 Practical Certification Examinations.

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Course Preparation Information

*If you are registered for this course please login to your IDN account to view information specific to this course.  Information will be available on your account dashboard 1 month prior to the start of the course.

Location :

Nova Southeastern University – Tampa Bay
Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences
3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33759
Room 3205

Airport : 

Tampa International Airport
4100 George J. Bean Pkwy.
Tampa, FL 33607
Distance from facility is 13 miles (about 18 minute drive).

Alternate Airport:
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport
14700 Terminal Blvd. #221
Clearwater, FL 33762
Distance from facility is 5.2 miles (about 11 minute drive).

Hotel Options : 

1. Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Clearwater
3070 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 724-6223

2. Days Inn by Wyndham Clearwater/Gulf to Bay
2940 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33759
(727) 799-0100

3. Holiday Inn Express & Suites Clearwater/US 19 N.
2580 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 797-6300

Parking : Parking garage is located on the back side of the building – Visitor Parking Information

Course attendees will need to pay for parking through the online NSU system. Attendees can purchase a 1-day pass for $5.00.  You do not need a sticker on your car but the license plate must be registered.  The parking police will monitor all cars via license plate number.  Please visit the parking portal to purchase your parking pass: Nova Visitor Parking

Pay by Phone Parking App

Campus Directions:  From the parking garage, walk to the main lobby of the building by walking through the grassy quad area between the two long sections of the building. This will bring you to the center lobby that connects the two long sections of the building. The lobby door furthest to the right will be unlocked for participants to enter. Once you enter, please sign in with the security desk toward the front of the lobby. Then follow signs to the 3rd floor using either the elevator or the stairs. Signs will direct you to room #3205 for the course.

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IDN Advanced Dry Needling Course – Clearwater, FL




Nov 05 - 07 2021


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Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Bay Regional Campus
3400 Gulf to Bay Blvd

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