Introduction to Dry Needling

Introduction to Dry Needling 

Dry needling is an intramuscular technique used by physical therapists for the purpose of treating pain and movement impairments. Dry needling is one of those areas that has dubious support in the literature despite the fact it has been a "traditional" physical therapy pain modality. It appears that the scope of practice for the use of this modality is narrowly focused on protocols that are not supported by evidence. This course will review the use of dry needling in the PT practice, the proposed mechanisms of dry needling, and some of the most common dry needling techniques. This course also includes a short video demonstrating dry needling.

$15.00

Hours: 1.50
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Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (51 Match)

Arizona Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

1.5 HOURS


The Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Alaska Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Alaska State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX.. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Texas Physical Therapy Association

1.5 HOURS


This activity is provided by The Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1902008TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas.
This course is not approved as meeting the ethics and professional requirements for Texas physical therapists or physical therapist assistants.
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Delaware Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers

1.5 HOURS


The Delaware Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Florida Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts courses approved by any state chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Learners must self-report this completion to CE Broker in order to receive credit from the Florida Board of Physical Therapy.

Idaho Physical Therapy Licensure Board

1.5 HOURS


The Idaho Physical Therapy Licensure Board accepts Continuing Education courses sponsored by any section or chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Indiana Physical Therapy Committee

1.5 HOURS


The Indiana Physical Therapy Committee accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX.

Michigan Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Michigan Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Missouri Advisory Commission for Professional Physical Therapists

1.5 HOURS


The Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts accepts Continuing Education courses sponsored/approved by any state chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education hours accrued through participation in educational activities approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This course meets approval under the Mississippi Regulation Part 3103 Rule 5.4 (1) (b). This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

1.5 HOURS


The Montana Board of Physical Therapy Examiners accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association as Category A activities. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

1.5 HOURS


The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses sponsored by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

New Mexico Physical Therapy Board

1.5 HOURS


The New Mexico Physical Therapy Licensing Board accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Rhode Island Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Rhode Island Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners

1.5 HOURS


South Dakota State Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy (General)

1.5 HOURS


The Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #2202008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Virginia Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association as Type 1 courses. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Vermont Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Vermont Office of Professional Regulation - Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing - Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Wisconsin Physical Therapy Examining Board accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Wyoming Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy association. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #1902008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

New York Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy has recognized Relias Learning, LLC as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Illinois Division of Professional Regulation of Physical Therapists

1.5 HOURS


Relias Learning is an Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor, number 216.000290. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Iowa Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Iowa Bureau of Professional Licensure accepts Continuing Education hours obtained by completing online training courses related to the practice of physical therapy. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.
Disclaimer: It is the learner's responsibility to determine whether or not this course meets the specific renewal requirements established by your licensing board.

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Allied Health Professionals

1.5 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Colorado Physical Therapy Licensure

1.5 HOURS


The Colorado State Physical Therapy Board accepts Continuing Education courses as relevant to the licensee’s practice as a physical therapist and pertinent to his/her Learning Plan and goals. This course meets the requirements for Category I credit. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Connecticut Physical Therapy Licensing

1.5 HOURS


The Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Physical Therapists accepts internet-based and distance learning opportunities provided such coursework is related to the practice of physical therapy. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Maine Physical Therapy Licensing Board

1.5 HOURS


This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Nebraska Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Nebraska State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses relating to the theory or clinical application of theory pertaining to the practice of physical therapy. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.
Disclaimer: It is the learner's responsibility to determine whether or not this course meets the specific renewal requirements established by your licensing board.

New Hampshire Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The New Hampshire Physical Therapy Governing Board recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board

1.5 HOURS


The Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board accepts Continuing Education courses approved by any state physical therapy licensing board. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.
Disclaimer: It is the learner's responsibility to determine whether or not this course meets the specific renewal requirements established by your licensing board.

Utah Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing accepts Continuing Education courses conducted by commercial continuing education providers. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Washington Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Washington Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses that are specifically related to the practice of physical therapy, with specified goals and objectives. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours. Disclaimer: It is the learner's responsibility to determine whether or not this course meets the specific renewal requirements established by your licensing board.

Alabama State Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


The Alabama Board of Physical Therapy recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

CA Physical Therapy Board of California

1.5 HOURS


Relias Learning, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of continuing competency courses by the Physical Therapy Board of California. This course is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Kansas Board of Healing Arts - Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


This activity meets Kansas State Board of Healing Arts criteria for continuing education and is offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy accepts Continuing Education courses approved by the American Physical Therapy Association and its affiliate components. Relias Learning is a Texas CCAP Accredited Provider by the Texas Physical Therapy Association, approval #2202008TX. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


This course is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy and offered to PTs and PTAs for 1.50 contact hours.

Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy Licensing

1.5 HOURS


The Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy accepts courses approved by another state or jurisdiction’s physical therapy board. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

1.5 HOURS


This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEUs.

West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


This course has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy, approval code REL-F20-29. Approval of this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

1.5 HOURS


This course is approved by the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board for 1.50 Clinical hours.

New Jersey State Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


This course was approved by the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Approval #: 1910-144. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Ohio Physical Therapy Association

1.5 HOURS


This course is approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, approval number 20S0378. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Minnesota State Board of Physical Therapy

1.5 HOURS


This course is approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for 1.50 Category 1 credits and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs.

Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision

1.5 HOURS


Oklahoma Physical Therapy Advisory Committee has approved this course under Category B. Approval # 202111179. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners

1.5 HOURS


This course has been approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

1.5 HOURS


This course is approved by the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board for 1.50 clinical hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-DN
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Discuss the origin of trigger point dry needling and briefly review the work of a few pioneers of this technique.
Define of trigger point dry needling.
Identify differences from acupuncture.
Describe physiological indications as they relate to the theories of proposed mechanisms.
Describe indications and contraindications for dry needling.
Explore various uses for dry needling within a wide variety of patient presentations and conditions.
Identify potential complications from administering dry needling treatment.

Outline:

An Introduction to Trigger Point Dry Needling

Learning Objectives

What Is Trigger Point Dry Needling?

What Is the Difference Between Trigger Point Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Acupuncture

Trigger Point Dry Needling

What Conditions Can Be Treated with TDN?

Radicular Model

Radiculopathy

Spinal Segmental Sensitization

Trigger Point Model

Knowledge Check

Proposed Mechanisms of Trigger Point Model

Contraindications

Identifying Trigger Points

What Type of Needle Is Appropriate?

The Procedure

Knowledge Check

Needling Techniques

Video Demonstrations

What Should the Patient Expect After Dry Needling?

Knowledge Check

Follow-up Treatment

Effectiveness of Dry Needling

Effects on Satellite Trigger Points

Effects on Knee Osteoarthritis

Dry Needling for Stroke Patients

Resources

References


Instructor: Michael Heidinger, DPT, PT
Michael Heidinger has worked in 10 different orthopedic clinics, which has provided him the opportunity to be exposed to variety of conditions, patient demographics, and clinical findings/implications.  He is trained in trigger point dry needling, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy techniques, joint mobilization and manipulation, myofascial release, and several other exercise and manual based treatment theories. Treating shoulder dysfunction is one of his favorite areas to address, but it can also be a very challenging aspect of physical therapy, due to the complexity of this dynamic region of the body. Disclosure: Michael Heidinger, DPT, PT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Abby Douek, PT, MPT

Demonstration of the dry needling techniques was performed by Abby Douek, PT, MPT. Abby obtained her master's degree in physical therapy, graduating with high honors, from University of Delaware in 2002.  Outside of the traditional curriculum, she was able to work in the gait lab continuing to use motion sensors and force plates. Following graduate school, Abby worked in Baltimore studying under certified manual therapists and working with the Baltimore Ballet and Symphony which strengthened her awareness of postural strengthening for performance. She also worked in tandem with NY Guild certified Pilates instructors and still uses this knowledge in exercises with her patients.

Over the past 15 years, Abby has worked closely with athletes ranging from grade school to professional level, including the Olympic level. Her experiences and course work over the years have allowed her to develop a strong knowledge in manual therapy, exercises for injury prevention and recovery and perfecting form for recreational and competitive activities.

Disclosure: Abby Douek, PT, MPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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