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Program Overview

The objective of the ODN-3 course is to review and expand upon all course materials of the ODN-1 and ODN-2 courses. In addition, students will expand their knowledge of head, neck, face, jaw and shoulder pain syndromes through focused lectures and practical laboratory sessions. The course includes a comprehensive review of relevant and pertinent pain sciences, including sensitization. This is a one – day course, which will prepare the participants for the Orofacial Dry Needling Certification Examinations.

Prerequisites

Completion of the ODN-2 course.

Eligibility Requirements

The course is designed for physical therapists, dentists, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and chiropractors. All participants are expected to participate in the hands-on portions of the courses. Entry-level physical therapy students are not eligible for the dry needling courses, but dental residents and physical therapy residents are welcome to attend.

Course Objectives

By the end of the training weekend, participants will be able to

  • name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the anterior scalene muscle.
  • compare and contrast three dry needling approaches for the upper trapezius muscle
  • demonstrate two different dry needling approaches for the zygomaticus muscles
  • discuss three indications for dry needling of the longus colli muscle
  • discuss four common precipitating and perpetuating factors of trigger points

Schedule

Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructor.

Refreshments, including coffee, tea, water, and snacks, are provided throughout the day; meals are on your own.

 

Day 1 7:30–8:00 Registration
8:00–9:00 Lecture – Introduction to dry needling – Rules of needling –
OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standard
9:00–10:30 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques –
neck and shoulder muscles I
10:30–10:45 Questions & Answers
10:45–12:30 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques –
neck and shoulder muscles II
12:30–1:30 Lunch break
1:30–3:00 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques –
orofacial muscles muscles I
3:00–3:15 Questions & Answers
3:15–4:00 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques –
orofacial muscles muscles II
4:00-5:00 Lecture – Putting it all together
Day 2 8:00–10:00 Theoretical Examination
10:30 – ? Practical Examination

 


The course program consists of three 2-day courses, which must be attended in order.

ODN-I:  The Neck
ODN-2:  The Head and Face
ODN-3:  Clinical Integration and Certification Examinations