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IDN Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain & Dysfunction – Chicago (Willowbrook), IL

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The purpose of the Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain & Dysfunction Course is to obtain knowledge and clinical skills necessary to diagnose and treat pain and neuromuscular dysfunction in the  Cranio-Cervical region.  This 8.25 -hour applied-learning course combines interactive lectures and practical hands-on labs. This advanced level course is intended for clinicians with prior dry needling training and experience.   It is not a pre-requisite to have attended the IDN Foundation course prior to attending this course; the clinician can have obtained dry needling training from a different educational provider.  This course is available to all clinicians, regardless of the “style” of dry needling practiced.  That said, the foundation of this course is based on the IDN Neurologic model, but our treatment concept and techniques are easily understood and adaptable to any style.  Clinicians participate in several practical sessions that provide the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to deliver safe and effective Neurologic Dry Needling treatment to the Cranio-Cervical region. This lab-based course focuses on clinical decision-making and improving treatment outcomes in this challenging patient population.

Continuing Education:  PENDING APPROVAL for .825 CEU’s by the Federation of State Board.

APPROVED FOR 8.0 CEU’s by the Illinois State Board of Physical Therapy.

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Neurologic Dry Needling for 
Cranio-Cervical Pain and Dysfunction

Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain & Dysfunction is an advanced level training program designed for clinicians that have prior dry needling training and are utilizing it clinically.  You will gain the specialty knowledge and clinical skills required to effectively diagnose and treat painful neuromuscular conditions in the cranial, facial and cervical regions.   This course details the musculoskeletal and neuroanatomical relationships, both peripheral and central, that exist between the regions.  The role of inflammation (neurogenic) in the production of pain and dysfunction is described and discussed.  This primarily lab-based course focuses on clinical decision-making and improving treatment outcomes in this challenging patient population.  The clinical rationale for treating both the cervical and cranial regions concurrently is explained to maximize treatment effect.  Case examples of common clinical conditions are discussed and treatment plans are practiced.

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Course Content

The Integrative Dry Needling Specialty Course: Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain and Dysfunction 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.
  • Adaptable dry needling system that easily adapts to clinical practice and to the specific needs of each patient.
  • Neurologic trigger point concept (physiological and biomechanical approach).
  • Clinical scenarios of common clinical diagnoses are discussed and dry needling treatment techniques practiced.

Learning Objectives

    1. By the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to independently evaluate musculoskeletal dysfunction relating to cranio-cervical conditions.
    2. Independently evaluate peripheral nerve dysfunctions relating to a given cranio-cervical condition.
    3. Independently identify a minimum of three peripheral cranio-cervical neuro-trigger points in a given case study.
    4. At the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to independently select proper prevention and management strategies of adverse responses to dry needling based on OSHA requirements during case study presentations.
    5. By the conclusion of the course the participant will be able to correctly defend the IDN system for treatment of neuromusculoskeletal pain based on the unique neurology and physiology of neuro-trigger points.
    6. By the end of the course, participants will be able to independently integrate Neurologic Dry Needling into a patient’s plan of care with relation to current clinical guidelines.

Learning Activities

This 8.25 hour intensive practical classroom program addresses theory and key principles with extensive supervised participant lab practice.

  • A pre-reading packet will be sent out prior to the course to orient participants on the foundational content and concepts that will be presented in full, during the course.
  • Multiple PowerPoint presentations with video support will begin each new section.
  • Use of 3-dimensional video technology to improve the participants understanding and appreciation for the anatomical structures.
  • Instructor demonstration of the techniques allowing ample time for questions.
  • Interactive lab sessions will follow where the participants practice and discuss each new technique and concept with each other and with the instructor.
  • After each interactive lab section is concluded there is an instructor summary and time for participants to ask additional questions.
  • Participants will be required to complete a post-course multiple choice assessment based on a relevant case study to demonstrate understanding of the key objectives.  A score of > 80% is the required.

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8:00 – 9:00 Introduction of the systems: Physiological mechanisms of neurologic dry needling, including neurogenic inflammation; peripheral and central mechanisms; Review of safety procedures, Adverse reactions, OSHA guidelines.
9:00 – 9:15 Break
9:15 – 11:00 Needling Technique Lab: Trigeminal & Greater Auricular nerve distributions: Effect on Migraine and Cervicogenic pain and dysfunction.
11:00 – 12:30 Needling Technique Lab: Temporomandibular Joint: Lateral and Medial Ptyergoids, Masseter, Temporalis, Suprahyoids.
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch break
1:30 – 3:30 Needling Technique Lab: Posterior cervical spine including suboccipital region; Greater Occipital and Lesser Occipital Nerves and the influence on cranial pain
3:30 – 5:30 Needling Technique Lab: Anterior Cervical Plexus (Transverse/Supraclavicular Nerves), Spinal Accessory Nerve (UT/SCM) and the influence on Cervico-Cranial pain referral.


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Airport : Midway is closest Aiport – 20 minute drive              O’Hare Airport – 25 minute drive

Hotel Options : – Willowbrook, IL

Miscellaneous : Antares Institute of Integrative Health – Hosting Venue




IDN Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain & Dysfunction – Chicago (Willowbrook), IL




Oct 27 2018


All Day


Antares Institute of Integrative Health
545 Plainfield Road Suite E

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