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IDN Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain & Dysfunction Course – Template

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Neurologic Dry Needling for 
Cranio-Cervical Pain and Dysfunction

Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain & Dysfunction (1-day) is an advanced level training program designed for clinicians that have prior dry needling training and clinical experience. This course will develop the knowledge and clinical skills required to safely and effectively diagnose and treat painful neuromuscular conditions in the cranial, facial and cervical regions. Details of the musculoskeletal and neuroanatomical relationships, both peripheral and central, that exist between the regions will be discussed. The role of inflammation (neurogenic) in the production of pain and dysfunction is described. Peri-neural needling techniques for both peripheral and cranial nerves is explained and practiced. This primarily lab-based course focuses on improving clinical decision-making and treatment outcomes in this challenging patient population. Complex clinical conditions such as concussions, migraines, TMD, otological symptoms and cervicogenic dizziness are discussed and treatment plans are presented.

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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

The structure of this course 8.25 -hour intensive practical classroom program addresses theory and key principles with extensive supervised participant practice.

  • Multiple PowerPoint presentations with video support will begin each new section.
  • Use of 3-dimensional video technology to improve the participants under-standing 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.

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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 Nerve distribution: The effect on Craniocervical  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 Nerve.
3:30 – 5:30 Needling Technique Lab: Spinal Accessory Nerve, Dorsal Scapular Nerve distribution and Thoracic Spine- Effect on Craniocervical  Pain and Dysfunction.


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IDN Neurologic Dry Needling for Cranio-Cervical Pain & Dysfunction Course – Template


Jun 29 2019 - Jul 01 2019


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