Dry Needling 1: Foundations I

Dry Needling 1: Foundations I


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We are happy to partner with Myopain Seminars to provide Dry Needling courses and certification at our school in Fairfield, NJ!


NJ Physical Therapists: As you may know, Governor Murphy recently signed a law permitting physical therapists to practice dry needling under certain circumstances and only with NJ Physical Therapy Examiners Board approved training.  The Dry Needling courses through Myopain Seminars, held at The Institute for Continuing Education, are designed to meet that requirement. Physical Therapy Assistants are not permitted to practice dry needling in NJ.

Dry Needling 1: Foundations I is the first course in a 3-course series offered by Myopain Seminars to attain certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist – Dry Needling (CMTPT/DN).  The DN-1 Foundations I course features a brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points and myofascial pain, an in-depth review of possible adverse events, the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to relevant pain sciences.

Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such as the infraspinatus, upper trapezius, deltoid, sternocleidomastoid, triceps, biceps, brachialis, levator scapulae, the latissimus dorsi (partially), the subscapularis, brachioradialis, wrist extensors, supinator and anconeus, the quadratus lumborum, psoas major, lumbar iliocostalis, the gluteal muscles (minimus, medius, and maximus), the hip adductor muscles, the quadriceps and hamstrings, and gastrocnemius and soleus muscles.

Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

Pre-Course videos will be provided after registration. You can register for the DN-1 Webinar if you prefer to review the presentations in a live webinar.

A minimum score of 70% on a multiple choice quiz plus demonstrated muscle competency is required to pass this course.

TUITION: $1095.00

NJBOPTE Approval Code: 2204-78 (Myopain Seminars). This course consists of 27 hours total: Breakdown of 27 = 11 hours academic/theory; 16 hours practical/hands-on.

New Jersey physical therapists will need 40 theoretical hours and 40 practical training hours.  In addition to Dry Needling 1, you will also need to take Dry Needling 2: Foundations II and Dry Needling 3: Advanced. The Dry Needling Certification Program includes DN-1, DN-2, and DN-3 courses with theoretical and practical examinations leading to the distinction of “Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist / Dry Needling” or CMTPT/DN.

When you have completed Dry Needling 1, 2 & 3 with Myopain Seminars, you will be short 6.25 hours of theory. (You will have met the 40-hour practical requirement). Myopain Seminars offers webinars EVERY OTHER MONTH to meet this theoretical requirement, although you can also take another approved dry needling course to meet the hours. Myopain offers other coursework as well as FOUR different approved webinars that you can take at any time and in any order. You will need to attend two of the four webinars to complete the additional 6.25 hours of theory. It is not recommended that you wait until you have completed the in-person courses or you will delay your certification.

*REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS THROUGH THE MYOPAIN SEMINARS WEBSITE: PLEASE CLICK HEREPlease indicate at registration that you heard about the course through The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE).


Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Textbook

Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas. It may be purchased through the Myopain Seminars website or you may purchase it separately. Click Here to purchase the book from Myopain Seminars.

Required Reading

If you have not purchased or received the required textbook prior to the class, you would need to complete the required reading after the course or during the evening hours of the course. The following chapters are required reading for the DN-1 course: Chapters 1, 5 and 6. Sections of chapters 7-12 describing the muscles that are included in the DN1 course.

Course Objectives

* Name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the sternocleidomastoid muscle

* Name at least 5 possible adverse events associated with dry needling

* Demonstrate two different dry needling methods for the psoas major muscle

* Compare and contrast three basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections

* Perform four specific muscle and region-specific manual therapy treatments to inactivate myofascial trigger points

* Demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point

* Demonstrate proper identification of 25 muscles of the body by surface anatomy and function

Course Schedule

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors.

Day 1

07:00 – 07:30 Registration*
07:30 – 08:30 Pre-quiz & Review of Intro Lecture
08:30 – 09:30 Palpation Lab
09:30 – 09:45 Questions & Answers
09:45 – 10:45 Needle Handling Lab
10:45 – 11:45 OSHA, Blood Borne Pathogen
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 02:00 Infraspinatus
02:00 – 03:15 Deltoids
03:15 – 03:30 Questions & Answers
03:30 – 04:30 Biceps and Brachialis
04:15 – 05:30 Triceps
05:30 – 06:30 Upper Trapezius


Day 2

07:00 – 07:30 Registration
07:30 – 08:30 Review of Intro to Pain Sciences
08:30 – 09:30 SCM
09:30 – 09:45 Questions & Answers
09:45 – 11:15 Lat Dorsi, Teres Maj/Min & Pec Major
11:15 – 12:15 Subscapularis (axillar & medial approach)
12:15 – 01:15 Lunch
01:15 – 02:45 Brachioradialis and Wrist Extensors
02:45 – 03:45 Supinator/Anconeus
03:45 – 04:00 Questions & Answers
04:00 – 05:15 QL and Psoas
05:15 – 06:30 Gluteus max/med/min & TFL


Day 3

07:00 – 07:30 Registration
07:30 – 09:00 Adductor longus, brevis, magnus/gracilis
09:00 – 10:00 Pectineus
10:00 – 10:15 Questions & Answers
10:15 – 11:45 Quads and Hamstrings
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 01:45 Gastroc/Soleus
01:45 – 02:30 Muscle Competency Check Off and Practice**
02:30 – 03:30 Review and Summary

**In addition, students will have 5 hours of home study modules to review prior to each course. Once registered, Myopain will send a link containing the home study modules. The home study can also be completed via a live webinar. Additional charges apply.


Dry Needling 1: Foundations I possible discounts (may only use one)

  • The registration system will apply a 12% discount automatically when you register for the whole Dry Needling Certification series at once (DN1, DN2 and DN3).
  • A 10% discount will be applied automatically when 3+ individuals are registered for one course on the same ticket.
  • New graduates, Active Military/Veterans, Residents, Full-Time University Faculty are eligible for a 10% discount.
  • You may retake this course for a 50% discount – You will need to pay full price at the time of registration. Upon receipt of a copy of your previous Myopain Seminars certificate and a note of for which course you have registered, the 50% discount will be credited to your credit card. Please send a copy of the certificate and note to mahan@myopain4u.com.
  • If you took a DN course with a competitor, you may take DN1 with a 50% discount – You will need to pay full price at the time of registration. Upon receipt of your certificate from another Dry Needling provider and a note of for which course you have registered, the 50% discount will be credited to your credit card. Please send the certificate and note to mahan@myopain4u.com.

Only one discount may be applied to any course. See https://www.myopainseminars.com/course-discounts/ for more information.


In-Person: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 13, 14 and 15, 2023 7:00am-6:30pm Days 1 & 2, 7:00am-3:30pm Day 3

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