Dry Needling Courses

Dry Needling Photo GalleryThe Myopain Seminars Dry Needling course program consists of two Foundation courses (DN-1 and DN-2) and one Advanced course (DN-3). The Myopain Seminars Dry Needling courses incorporate a strong pain science perspective.  

There are currently two major schools of thought in the pain science literature. According to one school of thought, once pain becomes chronic, input from peripheral nociceptors contributes little or not at all to the ongoing pain.  The second school maintains that even in chronic or persistent pain states, peripheral nociceptive input can activated and maintain the pain experience.  

At Myopain Seminars, we maintain that the current scientific literature supports the notion that persistent peripheral nociceptive input contributes to chronic pain states.  By removing this nociceptive input, clinicians can positively contribute to the well-being of patients with chronic pain problems.  Our dry needling courses fit well within a biopsychosocial pain management approach and include so much more than just learning how to use needles. Our home study modules and lectures cover an in-depth review of contemporary pain sciences.

According to the late Dr. Hong-You Ge, MD, PhD, “The importance of central sensitization is overestimated over the last decade by scientists. It gives a wrong guidance to the therapists and researchers toward the brain and not to the peripheral noxious input. However, we can not ignore the importance of central sensitization in pain and motor dysfunction propagation, but it is still maintained by peripheral noxious inputs.”

All courses include online lectures that students will complete in the comfort of their own home or office.

The textbook Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach by Jan Dommerholt and Cesar Fernández-de-las-Peñas is the required course book for all Dry Needling courses. Students can purchase the book from Myopain Seminars or from any other vendor. In addition, all participants will receive a well-illustrated full-color course workbook and a reader with pertinent scientific studies.

The Dry Needling courses are competitively priced at $995 per course for the DN-1 and DN-2 courses and $1,095 for the DN-3 course, which includes the examination fee. The Dry Needling courses feature excellent instructor-student ratios.

Transitioning from the “Old” to the “New” Program

  • If you completed only the old DN-1, the best option is to attend the new DN-1 at a 50% discount, followed by the new DN-2 and DN-3 courses.
  • If you completed only the old DN-2, the best option is to attend the new DN-1, followed by the new DN-2 at a 50% discount and the DN-3 course. There are no discounts for attending the new DN-3 course.
  • If you completed the old DN-1 and DN-2,  attend the new DN-2 and DN-3 courses
  • If you completed the old DN-1, DN-2, and DN-3, attend the new DN-3 course. There are no discounts for attending the new DN-3 course.


The Dry Needling courses are taught by Myopain Seminars Dry Needling Faculty, which includes

Myopain Seminars sets very high standards for its instructors.  Did you know that all instructors of our dry needling courses, for example, have passed our certification examinations, have at least 10 years of clinical experience and have a combination of

  • A minimum of 5 years of clinical dry needling experience
  • A PhD degree
  • A transitional DPT degree
  • Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • OCS certified
  • A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in a master or doctoral physical therapy program

Corporate Sponsorship

Myopain Seminars offers the Dry Needling courses as “open” or host courses, and “corporate” or sponsored courses for private companies. To explore bringing Myopain Seminars’ course programs to your practice or hospital, please contact usClick here to learn more about sponsoring a course or view our current Partners.

Taking DN courses as part of your Nxt Gen Residency or FellowshipNxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy

Through an exclusive partnership with Nxt Gen, the Myopain Seminars DN-1 and DN-2 courses can count as an elective track in the Nxt Gen Fellowship.
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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, veterinarians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, athletic trainers, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Medical residents and physical therapy residents are eligible for these courses.

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.


Pregnant healthcare providers are welcome to attend the dry needling courses. Each individual practitioner can decide whether they want to be needled during the courses. While in clinical practice we recommend against dry needling during the first trimester, there are no known risks associated with dry needling during pregnancy.

Some acupuncture groups and individual acupuncturists have suggested that dry needling of so-called “forbidden points” could be abortifacient, but multiple scientific studies have refuted this outdated concept. See for example the review article by Carr published in Acupuncture in Medicine 2015;33:413–419.

Dry Needling Program: Foundations I & II

chart_seminars-eligibility-dnMyofascial trigger points are a common feature of nearly all pain syndromes, including fibromyalgia, and are characterized by persistent pain, loss of function and movement impairments. Treatment may involve manual therapy techniques, including dry needling or injections, correcting biomechanical and postural dysfunction, and restoring normal movement patterns.

The Foundations courses consist of two three-day hands-on workshops to teach the techniques of trigger point identification and the concepts of dry needling with an emphasis on the most common muscles seen in clinical practice. The Foundations courses have to be taken in other.

Prior to the courses, students will receive several home study modules, consisting of videos of lectures, hand-outs and several scientific articles.

The DN-1 course included a brief historical review of myofascial pain, pain models and the neuro-matrix, an introduction to relevant pain sciences, inter- and intra-rater reliability, motor endplate dysfunction, elastography, and the characteristics of trigger points.

The DN-2 course includes a review of the scientific basis of myofascial pain, the chemical environment of trigger points, the role of botulinum toxin, the etiology of trigger points, and other theoretical hypotheses. In addition students will be introduced to various clinical aspects of myofascial pain, such as tension-type headaches, migraines, low back pain, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and post-mastectomy. Much attention will be paid to peripheral and central sensitization and the consequences for clinical practice.

Students can review the lectures in the comfort of their home or office. During the actual course, the most pertinent aspects of the theoretical modules will be reviewed with time for questions and comments.  Each teaching block consists of an introductory lecture and demonstration, followed by supervised hands-on practice in small groups. This is a training program with immediate clinical applicability upon completion. The Foundation courses (DN-1 and DN-2) must be taken in order and are prerequisites for the Advanced Level course (DN-3). Each course includes a theoretical examination and a practical competency test.

Dry Needling (DN) Program: Advanced DN-3

Following successful completion of the Foundations courses, students are encouraged to attend the Advanced Dry Needling course (DN-3).

The Advanced dry needling course will bring the clinician to the highest level of clinical proficiency in the management of patients with myofascial pain. Other dry needling topics include the treatment of scar tissue, enthesopathy , and tendinopathy. This is a two-day course followed by comprehensive theoretical and practical examinations on the third day.

Students will learn to examine and treat all accessible muscles in the body, while gaining a profound understanding of the scientific literature. We do not believe that there are any other course programs in the US that offer the same level of instruction and depth.

Dry Needling Certification

Myopain-Certificate_blankImmediately following the second day course of the DN-3 course, Myopain Seminars offers students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of contemporary pain science insights and research by completing our comprehensive theoretical examination.  The theoretical examination consists  of 80 multiple choice questions. To pass the examinations a minimum score of 70% is required.  Upon completing the theoretical exam, students continue with practical examinations, which consist of a demonstration of dry needling therapy for two randomly selected muscles.  One of the muscles is on the chest wall, while the other muscles is selected from other parts of the body.

Successful completion of the theoretical and practical examinations allows graduates to use the CMTPT distinction, which stands for “Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist.”

“The Myopain Seminars dry needling courses are the best courses I have taken and I have taken them all. The instructors’ professionalism, knowledge, and passion were evident and they were one of the reasons the courses were that great. I am more proud of my CMTPT credentials than any of my other credentials. I highly recommend this dry needling program!” —Sam Anderson, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, ATC/L, CMTPT, Mesa, AZ

“I have taken a basic and advanced Dry Needling series with another provider and have been practicing Dry Needling for 3 years. I recently took the first Myopain Seminars Trigger Point Dry Needling course because I wanted the perspective of Jan Dommerholt, who has done an impressive amount of writing and research on this technique. Myopain’s approach is much more thorough, specific and refined relative to what I had been exposed to. I know that my practice of this technique is more effective and safe following the first Myopain course and I plan on completing their full certification curriculum.” —Phil Rolfe PT, DPT ATC, Durham, NC

Select a course from the list below to see full information, including prerequisites.

DN-1, Foundations I
DN-2, Foundations II
DN-3, Advanced