Needling the needy for pain erasure


Dry Needling is a unique form of treatment technique that can be learnt by any medical professionals, who deal with pain emanating from musculoskeletal Sources. However, it is the physical therapists, who treat such conditions more often than others. So it is a must learn technique for musculoskeletal physiotherapists. Our courses are of very high quality, with a blend of applied anatomy, pathophysiology, patho-mechanics and practical hands on training. Our student’s trainer ratio is less in order to ascertain that transfer of skills happens without any compromise in quality. The Course fee is very affordable in comparison with international price but the course contents and delivery are at par with international standards. To keep up with the recent research developments, we constant update the course contents every 3 months.

This is a five day course that is split in to two modules. Module 1 is a basic course, which is conducted for 2 days. Module 2 is an advanced course, which is for 3 days. Participants can attend module 2 only after attending module 1 with a minimum of 6 months interval between basic and advanced course.

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Module 1 is a two day basic course that covers the following topics.

Day 1
  1. Myofascial Trigger Points- Causes, Characteristics & Pathophysiology.
  2. Pain Referral Pattern and Diagnosis of MTrPs
  3. Palpation Technique: Muscle and MTrPs
  4. Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points
  5. History and Concepts of Dry Needling
  6. Dry Needling- Shoulder Girdle Muscles(Basic)
Day 2:
  1. Guidelines – Principles of Practice
  2. Guidelines- Safety, Precautions, Indications, Adverse Effects & Contraindications
  3. Dry Needling- Forearm Muscles(Basic)
  4. Dry Needling- Hip, Thigh and Leg Muscles(Basic)
  5. Mechanism and Effects of Dry Needling
  6. Clinical Decision Making and Research Evidences

Total Contact Hours: 16

Module 2 is a 3 days advanced course that covers difficult and deeply located muscles.

Muscles involved in TMD, Headache, Orofacial Pain, Hand &Foot pain, Scar Needling and Tendon Needling will be covered.

Day 1
  1. Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Current Perspectives
  2. Needling of deep Cervical and Neck Muscles
  3. Needling of Chest and thorax Muscles
  4. Needling of Deep Upper Extremity Muscles
  5. Anatomy—Objective Type Test
  6. Scar Needling
Day 2
  1. Dry Needling in Pain Science Perspective
  2. Recent Research Evidences on Dry Needling (Updated for every course)
  3. Needling of Lumbar region
  4. Needling of Deep Thigh and Leg Muscles
  5. Practice Skills Evaluation
  6. Abdominal Muscles Needling
Day 3
  1. Needling– Hand & Foot Muscles
  2. Dry Needling in TMD
  3. Dry Needling in Headache
  4. Condition Specific Needling
  5. Dry Needling in Spasticity
  6. Tendon Needling
  7. Clinical Decision Making for usage of Dry Needling

Total Contact Hours: 24

Upon completion of the both Module 1 and Module 2, the participants will receive the licensure certificate, with a license number issued by APTER Institute and Dry Needling Association. This will be after the participants passing the Theory, Practical, Viva and Case studies. The theory and practical exam will be conducted during the advanced course itself. And the case studies must be submitted within 45 days of completing the advanced course. The passing minimum is 70% for all the above mentioned components of the exam. All participants must furnish the attested copy of their degree certification for background verification.

Participants who receive our licensure certificate will be listed in our Dry Needling Association website. We also provide transcript to the participants upon request with an additional cost.

Professional who attend our advanced course are the one, who is more refined, proficient and successful in obtaining results from dry needling.

Learning Muscle Palpation is an important prerequisite for performing accurate Dry Needling Technique. Most of the other Dry Needling courses conducted elsewhere do not emphasis on Muscle palpation. The anatomy that is taught in the schools is dissection anatomy with cadavers. But when treating real patients, one needs to know the palpation anatomy, which is more applicable in the treatment process. With skilled Muscle Palpation in three dimensional orientation, one can not only improve their diagnostic accuracy but also their treatment specificity. Given that most of the musculoskeletal pain emanates from Myofascial sources, we offer high standard Palpation courses (with 3D Anatomical Model, Virtual Model and Human model) exclusively for Upper Quadrant and Lower Quadrant. It is recommended to finish our Muscle Palpation (though not mandatory) course before doing their Dry Needling course. One can attend this palpation course in any order.

Course Contents: Upper Quadrant – One Day Program
  • Principles of Muscle Palpation
  • Types of palpation
  • Palpation of muscles of Head, Neck and its Applied Anatomy
  • Palpation of muscles of Shoulder Girdle, Arm, Forearm, Hand and its Applied Anatomy
  • Condition Specific Palpation: Head Ache, Whiplash injury, TMD, TOS.
  • Condition Specific Palpation: Cervical Spondylosis, Frozen Shoulder, Impingement syndrome.
  • Condition Specific Palpation: Tennis Elbow, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Dequervain’s tenosynovitis.
  • Trigger Point pain referral patterns and its pathophysiology muscles

Total Contact Hours: 8

Course Contents: Lower Quadrant – One Day Program
  • Palpation of muscles of Thoracic, Lumbar vertebral/paravertebral region and its Applied Anatomy
  • Palpation of muscles of Abdominal wall & Pelvic Girdle and its Applied Anatomy
  • Palpation of muscles of Hip, Thigh and its Applied Anatomy
  • Palpation of muscles of Leg, Foot and its Applied Anatomy
  • Condition Specific Palpation: Pelvic Pain Syndrome, Abdominal Muscle pain, Low Back Ache& Costal pain
  • Condition Specific Palpation: Disc Prolapse, OA Hip, Groin Pain
  • Condition Specific Palpation: OA Knee, Patellar Pain Syndrome, Calf Cramp, Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trigger Point pain referral patterns and its pathophysiology for Lower quadrant muscles.

Total Contact Hours: 8