Introduction to Trigger Point Dry Needling

This is a great introduction to Dry Needling for anyone who might be interested in the topic.

This is also a pre-work course for live dry needling seminars by ODNS and IAOM-US in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

The online course contains:

  • Several pre-course readings with  quizzes.
  • Video lectures by ODNS staff on of the following topics:
  • historical overview
  • the neurophysiology of superficial and deep dry needling
  • ethics, precautions and contraindications
  • dry needling for radicular pain  
  • clinical reasoning with the role of agonists and antagonists.

The online course includes exam questions for each lecture.  This online portion must be completed within the month before the practical course, and will fulfill written examination requirements for dry needling courses.

Links and References

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