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Program Overview

DN-2 Applied CourseThe DN-2 Foundations II course builds on the knowledge and skills of the DN-1 course. Students will be introduced to the clinical aspects of myofascial pain, peripheral and central sensitization, the etiology and scientific basis of myofascial pain and dry needling.

Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such the posterior cervical muscles, the oblique capitis inferior, the cervical and thoracic and lumbar multifidi, levator scapula (partially), the latissimus dorsi (partially), supraspinatus, teres major and minor, pectoralis major (partially), pectoralis minor, the coracobrachialis, pronator teres, wrist flexors, oblique abdominal muscles and rectus abdominus, the lumbar paraspinals, the deep hip rotators, the lower and middle trapezius, the serratus anterior, and the rhomboids muscles. Students will also be introduced to the current scientific basis for dry needling for scar tissue, fascial adhesions, enthesopathies, and tendinopathies. Note:  the pelvic floor muscles are no longer part of the DN-2 course, as Myopain Seminars will soon launch a new Pelvic Pain Dry Needling course.

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


DN-1 Foundations I

Eligibility Requirements

The workshops are designed for licensed healthcare practitioners, who are allowed to use dry needling in their practice and jurisdiction, including physicians and physician assistants, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, athletic trainers, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Entry-level students are not eligible for the dry needling courses, but medical residents and physical therapy residents are welcome to attend.

All participants are expected to participate in the hands-on portion of the course. By registering for this course, participants agree to practice the various manual and needling techniques on each other. Prior to the course, all participants must sign a waiver (view sample waiverabsolving Myopain Seminars, the program directors, and the instructors of any liability in the event of injury.

Massage therapists, bodyworkers, neuromuscular therapists, physical therapy assistants, and occupational therapy assistants are not eligible to attend the DN courses and are encouraged to attend courses offered through the Myopain Seminars Manual Trigger Point Program.

Pre- and post test

Prior to the DN-2 course, students will be required to complete a multiple choice pre-test to assess the current knowledge of dry needling and the scientific background. At the completion of the DN-2 course, students will be required to complete a post-test with 15 multiple choice questions. A passing score of 10/15 questions (66%) is required to receive the course certificate.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper identification of select muscles of the body by surface anatomy and by function
  • Demonstrate proper identification of the features of the trigger point by physical examination and apply this knowledge to individual muscles in different regions of the body
  • Discuss common precipitating and perpetuating factors of trigger points.
  • Perform muscle and region-specific manual therapy treatments to inactivate myofascial trigger points and restore movement patterns and posture, integrating various treatment techniques including dry needling and manual trigger point therapy
  • Compare and contrast the basic principles of dry needling
  • Perform dry needling for scar tissue, fascial adhesions, enthesopathies, and tendinopathies.
Schedule (DN-2 New Format)

Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Coffee breaks are provided; meals are on your own.

Day 1
7:30 am–6:30 pm
7:30-9:30 MFP and Sensitization lecture review (module 5-7)
9:30-9:45 Questions & Answers
9:45-10:00 Precautions and Needle Review Slides
10:00-11:00 Teres Major and Minor
11:00-11:45 Coracobrachialis
11:45-12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:15 Pronator Teres, Wrist Flexors and FPL
2:15-3:15 Pectoralis Minor
3:15-3:30 Questions & Answers
3:30-4:30 Levator Scapulae
4:30-5:30 Supraspinatus
End Day 1
SCM Review
End Day 1
Day 2
7:30 am–6:30 pm
7:30-8:30 Clinical Aspects of MFP Review
8:30-10:00 Posterior Cervicals including Cervical Mutifidi and Cranial Attachments
10:00-10:15 Questions & Answers
10:15-11:15 Oblique Capitis Inferior
11:15-12:30 Thoracic and Lumbar Multifidi and Lumbar Iliocostalis
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Iliacus and TFL
2:30-3:45 Deep Hip Rotators
3:45-4:00 Questions & Answers
4:00-5:15 Abdominal Muscles
End Day 2
Serratus Anterior
End Day 2
Day 3
7:30 am–4:00 pm
7:30-8:30 Lower Trap, Mid Trap, Subscap (medial approach)
8:30-10:15 Rhomboids, Serratus Posterior Superior, Longissimus, and Iliocostalis Muscles
10:15-10:30 Questions & Answers
10:30-12:00 Serratus Posterior Inferior, Latissimus Dorsi and Pectoralis Major on Trunk
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Quiz and Review
1:45-2:45 Muscle Competency
2:45-4:00 Scar Tissue, Adhesions, Enthesopathies, and Tendinopathies

** In addition, students will have 5 hours of home study modules to review prior to each course.

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