Advanced Dry Needling Update

Skill level: AdvancedCPD hours: 15 hours

Course details

A unique skillset in dry needling is advanced in this course, first revisiting the fundamental principles and classic trigger points before progressing to more unusual and difficult-to-needle trigger points throughout the body. On completion, you will be confident to apply your needling skills throughout the body, combining dry needling with exercise and manual therapy to maximise therapeutic effect.

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Prior to the virtual 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 theorectical 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.

This course is for healthcare professionals who have already taken a foundation course in acupuncture or dry needling, but are now looking to complete CPD hours and advance their skills and understanding further.

From Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Sports Therapists to Physicians, Nurses and Occupational Therapists, we’ve had the pleasure of helping a wide range of professionals consolidate their existing knowledge and move towards a more focused approach to needling techniques and clinical reasoning.

Global Reputation & Experience

Curated and delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy who has taught dry needling & acupuncture globally for over 10 years, this advanced dry needling masterclass has an international reputation and has helped cement Breeze Academy as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training worldwide.

Unique Blend Of Online & Face To Face

Carefully curated online content, both before and after the face-to-face component, allows you to access high quality education whenever and wherever you want, whilst providing you the option to revisit theory in an engaging format.

Fully Evidence-Based Approach

Expert research knowledge is combined with practical, clinically relevant teaching to ensure you receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of dry needling This course has 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.

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.

If you have to cancel your course booking because of a covid-related issue, we will assign you to the next available course that suits you.

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 complimented...
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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 trainingOnline

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.