Dry Needling Course 'Spine' organized by Uplands Physio Clinic ©

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Day 1 overview: start at 8.30 a.m. and finishes at 6.00 p.m.

  • Registration
  • Evaluation of dry needling of the extremities
  • Overview of low back muscles and hip adductors muscles - anatomy test
  • Lunch
  • Practicum: dry needling of low back muscles and hip adductor muscles

Day 2 overview: start at 9.00 a.m. and finishes at 6.00 p.m.

  • Overview of erector trunci muscles - anatomy test
  • Practicum: dry needling of erector trunci muscles
  • Lunch
  • Overview of thorax muscles - anatomy test
  • Practicum: dry needling of thorax muscles
  • Repeat practicum: dry needling of spinal and thorax muscles

Day 3 overview: start at 9.00 a.m. and finishes at 6.00 p.m.

  • Overview of neck muscles - anatomy test
  • Practicum: dry needling of neck muscles
  • Lunch
  • Practicum: dry needling of neck muscles
  • Review of the course and practical exam

Program outline*:

On the first morning, there will be an evaluation of the practical parts as taught in the first course ‘Extremities’. Particular time will be spent discussing adverse events and how to prevent and handle these when they occur. Afterwards, a presentation will show the muscles of the lower back and adductors of the hip with an emphasis on myofascial pain, specific tests, and dry needling techniques, followed by an anatomy test. In the afternoon, these tests and techniques will be practiced in small groups under the direct supervision of an instructor for optimal safety and didactics.

On the morning of the second day, a presentation will show the erector spinae muscles with an emphasis on myofascial pain, specific spinal tests and dry needling techniques, followed by an anatomy test. For the rest of the morning these tests and techniques will be practised in small groups under the direct supervision of an instructor. After lunch, a presentation will show the muscles of the thorax with an emphasis on myofascial pain, specific tests and dry needling techniques, followed by an anatomy test.  For the whole of the afternoon, these tests and techniques, as well as the ones from Day 1, will be practiced in small groups under the supervision of an instructor.


On the third day, a presentation will show the neck muscles with an emphasis on myofascial pain, specific tests, and dry needling techniques, followed by an anatomy test. For the rest of the morning, these tests and techniques will be practiced in small groups under the direct supervision of an instructor. This practical session of the neck will continue after lunch and, for the rest of the afternoon these tests and techniques, as well as the ones from day 1 and 2, will be practiced in small groups under the direct supervision of an instructor. The course will conclude with a review and practical exam.

After this course the participant will understand and be able to explain*:

  • The recent worldwide interest in the ‘muscle’ within manual therapies.
  • Hypotheses about a potential neurological causes of myofascial pain.
  • Reliability of procedures used in the physical examination of non-specific low back pain.
  • A reflection of imbalanced function in the myofascial envelope, a further exploration of Dr. Janda’s work.
  • Recognizing  ‘spinal, pelvic or thorax’ myofascial pain in the context of the history of the patient.
  • How to test for ‘spinal, pelvic or thorax’ myofascial problems.
  • The indications, contra-indications, potential adverse events of dry needling of spinal, thorax and pelvic muscles.
  • Dry needling techniques for most spinal, thorax and some pelvic muscles.

* Note: Several articles and links will be emailed beforehand.

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