IDN Foundation Course – Edison, NJ

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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.  [tabby title=”Description”]

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. [tabby title=”Objectives”]

Course Content

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).

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify and compare/contrast homeostatic, paravertebral and symptomatic trigger points with an accuracy rate of 90% by the end of the course.
  2. Apply and synthesize the knowledge in the practical applications of the physiological mechanisms of needling during the case study discussions.
  3. Participants will demonstrate the ability to provide safe and effective needling treatment, including preventing and managing adverse responses to needling, blood borne pathogens and clean needling technique based on OSHA standards with 100% accuracy by the end of the seminar.
  4. Participant will develop the psychomotor skills necessary to safely and effectively deliver dry needling treatment during each practical lab sessions.
  5. Participants will demonstrate the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to evaluate and treat myofascial pain and soft tissue dysfunctions by the end of the course.
  6. Participants will be able to accurately describe the neuroanatomy and physiology of trigger points, and the unique concepts of the IDN system during the case study portion of the course.
  7. Participant will develop the necessary psychomotor skills and knowledge to enable them to apply integrative dry needling techniques into their professional practice

Learning Activities

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.
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Day 1
8:00 – 9:30 Lecture 1: Introduction of concept, physiological mechanisms of dry needling, peripheral and central mechanisms, specific and non-specific mechanisms.
9:30 – 9:45 Break
9:45 – 10:30 Safety Lecture (Adverse Reactions, OSHA guidelines, BBP, Precautions)
10:30 – 11:15 Safe needling handling and insertion techniques using 1/2″ – 1″ needle. Lab practice.
11:15 – 12:00 Lecture 2: Neuroanatomy of neuro-trigger points and development of Homeostatic neuro-trigger points.
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch break
1:00 – 2:30 Lab: Surface anatomy of neuro-trigger points in head, cervical, upper extremities.
2:30 – 3:30 Research Lecture
3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 5:00 Lab: Surface anatomy of neuro-trigger points trunk and lower extremities.
5:00 – 6:00 Quantitative Analysis- Lab practice
Day 2
8:00 – 10:30 Needling Lab 3″: needling of 5 points in the hip. Iliopsoas/pectineus/adductor/Inferior Gluteal (16), Superior Cluneal (14). Break on your own.
10:30 – 12:30 Needling Lab 2″: (2:2 Concept)- Lumbar to include Posterior cutaneous of L2 & L5, T7, Suprascapular (8) (infraspinatus) Subscapularis, Lateral Pectoral (17) with Pectoralis-horizontal needling.
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Needling Lab 1″: (1:1 Concept)- Dorsal Scapular (13), Posterior Cutaneous of T6 (21), Abdominals, Deep Radial (1), Superficial Radial (12), Lateral Antebrachial Cutaneous (9)
3:00 – 4:30 Craniofacial Pain and Dysfunction: Needling Lab 1/2″: Face and head- Supraorbital (23), Infraorbital (19), Masseter, Temporalis (horizontal needling) Suprahyoids, Greater Auricular (2)
4:30 – 6:30 Needling Lab: Lower Extremity: ITB (18), Lateral Popliteal (11), Saphenous (4), Common Fibular (24), Sural (10), Tibial (6), Deep Fibular (5)
Day 3
8:00 – 8:30 Athletic Considerations Lecture
8:30 – 10:30 Shoulder (supraspinatus) needling (muscular, musculotendinous, subacromial approach); – Spinal Accessory (3). – Electrical nerve stimulation (ENS) demonstration and lab. – Special needling techniques: Twitching/Pistoning, Needle Rotation, Tenting.
10:30 – 12:30 Cervical Needling lecture and lab- Greater Occipital (7), Posterior Cervical / Suboccipitals/ SCM.
12:30 – 1:00 Working 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 – 2:45 Written test, Case studies as a group.
2:45 – End Practical examinations.
[tabby title=”Faculty”] [caption id="attachment_2135" align="alignleft" width="160"]Integrative Dry Needling Course Faculty - David Griswold Dr. David Griswold[/caption] 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. [tabby title=”Travel & Accommodations”] Airport : EWR – Newark Liberty International Airport Hotel Options : Sheraton Edison Hotel Raritan Center 125 Raritan Center Pkwy, Edison, NJ 08837 (732) 225-8300 Extended Stay America Hotel Edison – Raritan Center 1 Fieldcrest Ave, Edison, NJ 08837 (732) 346-9366 Miscellaneous : [tabby title=”Reviews”]

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IDN Foundation Course – Edison, NJ




Jun 10 - 12 2016


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Raritan Physical Therapy
16 Campus Dr.

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