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110980 - Introductory Dry Needling

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
20 hours


Using the practical skills taught at this course, GP’s will be able to safely & effectively apply Dry Needling Therapy to patients suffering from pain resulting from Myofascial Trigger points. The course will provide an overview of the history & benefits of Dry Needling, the Neurophysiology behind Dry Needling, Pain, and Myofascial Trigger Points. GP's will also learn about Safety & Risk Mitigation using Dry Needling Techniques.

Relevance to General Practice

Myofascial pain is prevalent and a frequent cause of visits to primary care physicians and pain clinics. 

There is now growing evidence for the use of Dry Needling for the following common conditions: acute and chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, tension type and migraine headaches, pelvic girdle pain, knee osteoarthritis, lateral elbow pain and shoulder pain. 

Dry Needling offers an alternative and complimentary approach to managing patients with myofascial pain that is both safe & effective. 

By learning the skills to managing patients presenting with myofascial pain the community will benefit with respect to reducing time off work, earlier return to function and return to sport or leisure activities. 

Dry Needling is a very cost effective therapeutic intervention that can be directly applied by the General Practitioner in the treatment room during a patient's consultation without the need for referral, tests or investigations. 

Learning outcomes
  • Outline the needling direction, surface anatomy, and referral patterns for the relevant muscles groups.
  • Manage risk by assessing the suitability of Dry Needling therapy in patients who present with myofascial pain.
  • Identify common signs and symptoms related to adverse reactions of Dry Needling therapy.
  • Record a description of a Dry Needling treatment needle gauge, length and location using a standard process.
  • Develop a working knowledge of Myofascial Trigger point aetiology, and the biochemical changes related to myofascial pain.
  • Delivery
    110980 - Introductory Dry Needling
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    20 hours
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    20 hours