This beginner's dry needling training course covers the foundational skills required to safely, confidently and effectively apply dry needling to throughout the four limbs, trunk an pelvis. Delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an active researcher in the field, the course consists of a unique blend of online and face-to-face teaching, and ensures that course delegates have a strong theoretical understanding as well as plenty of practical experience.
Where our delegates work
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 learning needle insertion fundamentals and pain physiology. All of our online learning is accessed at your own pace, and is non-live, meaning you can pause, rewind and replay when it suits you.
A critical discussion will be presented on the theoretical underpinnings of the triggerpoint concept and more broadly the physiological responses to needling, as well as the evidence base to date.
Face to Face Workshop
Having undertaken online learning, the face-to-face component will be a fully practical workshop covering needling handling and insertion techniques, identification of pertinent needling locations, integration of segmental needling, and the contextualisation of when and where dry needling could occur and what therapists should combine it with in order to gain maximum impact.
This beginners course takes you through a large number of applications and techniques, allowing you to confidently apply needling for the treatment of:
Acute or persistent pain, anywhere in the body
Stress and anxiety
Further Online Material
Following the 3 day face-to-face workshop, 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.
On successful completion of a Breeze Academy Dry Needling beginners course, course delegates are expected to demonstrate:
Effective needling techniques upon the four limbs, trunk and spine
Integration of dry needling into their usual practice
Suitable identification of prominent and commonly used needling points
A clinical reasoning basis to the treatment of clients with Dry Needling
Knowledge of prominent, pertinent, and up-to-date evidence supporting the use of needling practices
An understanding of contra-indications, precautions and potential side effects of needling practice
Theoretical knowledge on the safe application of needling at all times
Curated and delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, who has taught dry needling globally for over 105 years, this beginners course has a truly global reputation and has cemented 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, helping to reduce accommodation costs for those of you needing to travel to the face-to-face component, whilst also providing you the option to revisit learnings in a much more meaningful and 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.
Your online learning access will expire 1 month following the face to face component of the course.
You will need to be a regulated healthcare professional, or in the final year of training to become a regulated healthcare professional.
If you've checked over the course information but still have some questions, please get in touch via our contact form or on [email protected] (we respond to all queries, usually within the hour).
In line with common standards of acupuncture and dry needling education, there will be a safety test to complete prior to the face-to-face workshop, a practical safety test completed during the face to face workshop, and then theoretical case studies with short MCQs completed in Part 2 (which you gain access to once you have completed your face-to-face workshop and have paid for the course in full).
Meet your tutor
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...
Prior to the face-to-face session, you will complete lessons on our online platform.
You will learn:
Contraindications and precautions
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
Clinical Reasoning of Needling and how to integrate to a larger package of care
Theoretical Underpinning - a critical discussion
Pain physiology and the impact needling has on descending inhibition, chronic pain mechanisms and the ANS
Proposed physiological characteristics of a Triggerpoints
Here, we will dive straight into the practical application of dry needling.
Needle handling and insertion techniques
Practical application to the Upper limb (hand, forearm, elbow, upper arm, shoulder complex)
Clinical Reasoning with application to a case study
Practical application to the Lower limb (foot, shin, knee, thigh)
Progression of needling techniques
Descending inhibition and the impact of needling
Integration of needling into a broader package of care
Practical application to the Trunk and head
Alternative needling techniques and theory of Trigger points
Persistent pain and the role of needling
Needling and the ANS
We will integrate the pre-course learning into this practical workshop, culminating in applying knowledge into case study scenarios.
Online learning post face-to-face sessionsOnline
You will complete further MCQ's 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 a certificate.