Master Dry Needling Level 1

Master Dry Needling Level 1



Sponsor: Total Motion Release (TMR) Seminars

Location: The Institute for Continuing Education

DATES: Friday, July 14, 2023, 8:00am-7:00pm,  Saturday, July 15, 2023, 8:00am-7:00pm, and Sunday, July 16, 2023, 8:00am-3:00pm

Tuition: $1095

NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Approval Code: 2022-134. 27 CE Hours. (Breakdown of 27 hours = 9 hours academic/theory, 18 hours

This course is the first in a series of courses that need to be taken in order to become certified to practice Dry Needling. Students will also need to take Master Dry Needling 2, Master Dry Needling of the Pelvic Floor plus additional live webinars.

For NJ physical therapists, this FULL series will satisfy what the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners requires. See  below for Board Alert re: Dry Needling. *

Master Dry Needling – Agenda

Day 1 (10 hours)

8:00 – 9:00      Introductory Lecture (literature review, history and controversy)
9:00 – 10:00    Safety, Contraindications, Adverse Effects, Needle Handling & Disposal
10:00 –11:00  Needle Insertion and Needle Palpation Techniques
11:00 – 1:00   Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Needle Insertion and Practice
1:00 – 2:00     Lunch
2:00 – 4:00     Upper extremity Needle Insertion and Practice
4:00 – 5:30     Posterior Hip Needle Insertion and Practice
5:30 – 7:00     Review and Discussion

Day 2 (10 hours)

8:00 – 10:00    Thoracolumbar Needle Insertion and Practice
10:00 – 12:00  Posterior Cervical and Posterior Thorax Needle Insertion and Practice
12:00 – 1:00    Anterior Hip Needle Insertion and Practice
1:00 – 2:00      Lunch
2:00 – 4:30      Lower extremity Needle Insertion and Practice
4:30 – 7:00      Anterior Cervical and Anterior Thorax Needle Insertion and Practice

Day 3 (7 hours)

8:00 – 9:30     Abdominal and Anterior Pelvis Needle Insertion and Practice
9:30 – 11:30    Review and Practice of Significant Clinical Regions
11:30 – 12:30  Total Motion Release Intro and Application in DN practice
12:30 – 1:30    Neural Therapy Intro and Application

1:30 – 3:00      Review and Discussion and Post-course Testing

Master Dry Needling – Outline

This course is a three day introductory course to utilize DN in clinical practice and is open to Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Physicians, Nurses, Physician’s Assistants and Athletic Trainers.

It will begin with a history of dry needling and its contrast and comparison to acupuncture.

This course IS NOT an acupuncture course.  We will review relevant regional and three-dimensional anatomy as well as pathophysiology of common disorders as the weekend progresses.

It will cover the use of DN techniques in trigger points, myofascial pain syndromes and its use in musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.  Also included will be musculotendinous, tenoperiosteal and ligamentous applications.

An introduction to Total Motion Release, founded by Tom Dalonzo-Baker, PT, will be included as time permits.

Safety and the proper handling of potential blood borne pathogens associated with DN applications will be emphasized. The course is designed to place heavy emphasis on practical, hands-on practice.

Participants will review clinical anatomy and practice DN treatment of each tissue and region covered throughout the course.  Each attendee will be expected to sign a waiver and practice DN on a lab partner.

Pregnant females are not allowed to participate in the course as all attendees are expected to needle lab partners.

The art of “needle palpation” will be covered.  This includes identifying different subdermal tissues as the tip of the needle advances into the body including normal and abnormal muscle tissue, scar tissue, ligaments, tendons, musculotendinous junction, adipose and periosteum.


*State practice act that includes dry needling as being within scope of practice.

*Active malpractice insurance (If you are covered by Employer /Clinic/Company/University/College malpractice insurance, then you can also take the class)

*Signed liability waiver by all attendees. Female attendees must sign to certify they are not pregnant.


Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  1. Have a thorough understanding of DN history and clinical applications.
  2. Understand normal and abnormal muscle contraction physiology.
  3. Identify precipitating and perpetuating factors in trigger point (TP) syndromes.
  4. Identify muscle attachments and trigger points by surface anatomy and muscle testing.
  5. Identify ligamentous and tenoperiosteal tissues by surface anatomy.
  6. Properly insert needles into each tissue identified including depth and angle of penetration.
  7. Understand and apply Total Motion Release concepts into treatment.
  8. Understand absolute and relative contraindications to DN therapy.
  9. Identify type of tissue encountered at the end of a needle using “needle palpation.”
  10. Utilize the different needling techniques and stimulation performed across the field.
  11. Discuss and apply electrical stimulation to inserted needles.

Course Preparation:
• The Basic and Advanced courses are 3 days, Friday – Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, the course begins at 8 am and conclude by 7 pm. On Sunday the course begins at 8 am and we should conclude by 3 pm.
• You are responsible for your own lunch on all days. Meals will be not be provided. There will be light snacks throughout the day.
• All of our labs are experiential, which requires all attendees to perform dry needling as well as receive needles during the course.
• Plan to dress in comfortable clothing all three days to allow access to the entire spine, upper and lower extremities. No jewelry or other bling needed.
• The manual and handouts will be emailed to you a week before the class. Printing is not required. You can use the soft copy and bring it to the class on a tablet, computer, iPad, etc.
• Class materials like needles etc will be provided by us at the class free of cost.
• Participants will need to bring a tablet or Ipad, laptop, etc or any other device where you can watch online internet videos from our membership website. HEADPHONES ARE NECESSARY TO HEAR DETAILS ON TRAINING VIDEOS. We will be referring to a lot of video files during the class to help you understand the course better.

* FROM – Physical Therapy Board regarding the practice of Dry Needling:
ALERT: Dry Needling Information
P.L. 2021,c.382 was signed by Governor Murphy on January 18, 2022 which permits physical therapists to perform dry needling under certain circumstances. The law becomes effective 90 days from January 18, 2022. Under this statute a licensed physical therapist must complete a continuing education and competency program approved by the New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.  The law requires board approved dry needling continuing education and competency programs, which include at least 40 hours of academic instruction, attendance in person by a physical therapist, and the ability to complete the program in no more than two years. The programs are also required to include a minimum of 40 hours in practical hands-on instruction, under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience in the performance of dry needling or by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery in this State, in the application of technique of dry needling. Licensees must complete a total of 80 hours from Board Approved dry needling continuing education and competency programs to qualify to practice dry needling in New Jersey.  The Board approved dry needling continuing education and/or competency courses/programs at its May 24, 2022 meeting (Click Continuing Education Tab on the left side of the Board’s homepage. Then click on February 1, 2022 thru January 31, 2026 under Approved Continuing Education Course Lists). If you complete a course/program and it is not approved by the Board, it will not be in compliance with the law. Please check the Board’s website for updates regarding dry needling and dry needling continuing education and/or competency programs under Continuing Education and Frequently Asked Questions.



Friday, July 14, 2023, 8:00am-7:00pm, Saturday, July 15, 2023, 8:00am-7:00pm, and Sunday, July 16, 2023, 8:00am-3:00pm, Wait List for July 14-July 16, 2023