Advanced Dry Needling Update

Skill level: AdvancedCPD hours: 30 hours

Course details

  • Leading UK providers of dry needling CPD training
  • Over 10 years teaching experience worldwide
  • Consistently rated 5-star by healthcare professionals
  • Clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery
  • Exceptional online training materials

Where our delegates work

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This Advanced Dry Needling Update is designed for healthcare professionals who have already completed a foundation course but are now looking to complete additional CPD hours whilst advancing their needling skills and understanding further.

In terms of clinical background, a large range of healthcare professions have taken and benefited from this particular CPD course, including (but not limited to):

  • Physiotherapists
  • Osteopaths
  • Chiropractors
  • Sports Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Level 4 Sports Massage Therapists

Building upon previous learning to advance needling techniques and clinical reasoning even further, this Advanced Dry Needling Update enables clinicians to provide dramatic results for their clients, helping to set themselves apart from other treatment providers.

Delivered via a mix of online and face-to-face components, a wealth of clinical and research experience is deftly combined with practical demonstrations to ensure attendees have everything they could possibly need to take their knowledge and needling techniques to the next level.

This course is for healthcare professionals who have already completed their initial foundation training, are convinced of the benefits of including dry needling as part of a treatment protocol, and wish to expand their clinical skills and understanding, whilst also advancing their career and expertise.

Prior to the face-to-face component of the course, you will be required to complete a series of safety lessons on our online platform, covering contraindications, precautions and adverse events, as well as revisiting needle insertion fundamentals and pain physiology. A critical discussion will be presented on the theoretical underpinnings of the triggerpoint concept, as well as the evidence base to date.

Having undertaken online learning, the face-to-face component will be a fully practical workshop covering a wide range of needling skills across the trunk, pelvis, upper and lower limbs.

Following the face-to-face session, further online learning is provided in the form of case studies and multi choice quizzes to help consolidate your learning, making sure you feel confident to apply the learning activities immediately.

As soon as you book, you’ll be given access to our online dry needling training platform where you’ll be required to complete a series of modules prior to the face-to-face training component of the course. We offer the very best in online dry needling training to guarantee that course delegates feel ready and confident before attending face-to-face training, whilst also providing them with the option to revisit learning in a much more meaningful and engaging format both during and after the course*.

We ensure that all of our courses are fun, practical and engaging, and have clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery, meaning that you’ll be able to apply your learning into case scenarios immediately. Furthermore, you’ll feel confident to apply your new found knowledge and needling skills from day one, meaning you get to put your learning into real situations right away.

*access to online content available until 1 month after the face-to-face element

We’re with you every step of the way. As soon as you book, you’ll gain access to our online portal, meaning you can start learning immediately. In addition, our team of tutors and learner support team are easily accessible, and happy to help in any way we can.

Our First-Class Online Training Portal

We provide the very best in dry needling training to guarantee that course delegates feel safe, confident and effective in applying their learnings as soon as they complete their course. We know exactly what healthcare professionals need, and want, in order to maximise their learning experience.

Our Fully Evidence-Based Approach

We combine the latest research with practical, clinically relevant teaching to ensure you receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of dry needling. All of our courses have clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery, making sure that you’re able to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce dry needling into a client’s care package.

Our Exceptional Five-Star Course Reviews

We’re passionate about acupuncture and dry needling, and passionate about delivering exceptional educational experiences. Reflecting this, our dry needling CPD courses are consistently rated five-stars and have fantastic reviews

You will need to be a regulated healthcare professional who has completed foundation training in acupuncture and dry needling. Yet to complete your foundation training? We have upcoming courses in every major city in the UK. Find your nearest foundation course here.

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Meet your tutor

Dr. Carl Clarkson

Dr. Carl Clarkson

  • PhD, Acupuncture and Women’s Health, Northumbria University
  • MSc, Acupuncture, Coventry University
  • PGCE, Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching, Teeside University
  • BSc, Physiotherapy, Northumbria University
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA
Over a decade ago, I had an ambitious vision – create exceptional learning experiences for healthcare professionals. My career began in 2004 as a Physiotherapist, where a passion for helping people was...
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Online learning prior to face-to-faceOnline

Prior to the face-to-face session, you will complete lessons on our online platform.

You will learn:

  • Safety
  • Contraindications and precautions
  • Adverse events
  • How to deal with adverse events

Identification and needling insertion fundamentals

  • Subjective and objective assessment findings
  • Pain referral patterns of common trigger points in the trunk and pelvis
  • Needle insertion fundamentals
  • Vigorous vs gentle needling

Theoretical Underpinning - a critical discussion

  • Pain physiology and the impact needling has on descending inhibition
  • Proposed physiological characteristics of a Triggerpoint

Face-to-face training

A practical workshop brim-full of content, covering:

  • Upper traps, infraspinatus, Rhomboids & Subscapularis
  • Levator Scapula, Latt.Dorsi, Teres Major & Minor
  • Sternomastoid, Mastoid, Temporalis
  • Quadratus Lumborum, Gluteus Maximus, Medius & Minimus
  • Piriformis, TFL

Integration of dry needling with segmental needling techniques alongside exercise, manual therapy and education.

Online learning post face-to-face sessionsOnline

You will complete further MCQ and case study work, and have the opportunity to revisit videos on needling techniques and dry needling theory. On successful completion, you will be issued with a certificate.