Theory Content & Lectures:
- TCM vs. Western Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling
- Neurophysiology of Acupuncture & The “Layering Technique”
- Trigger Points Aetiology & Dry Needling
- Needles & Measurements, Contra-indications, Precautions, Infection Control
- Management of Adverse Reactions & Informed Consent
- Scope of Practice, Legal Requirements & Notation
- Needling Instruction and Clinical Reasoning
- Meridian Points and Dry Needling for the Lower Quartile
- Meridian Points and Dry Needling for the Lumbar, Thoracic and Chest Regions
- Meridian Points and Dry Needling for the Upper Quartile
- Meridian Points and Dry Needling for the Cervical Region
The Introductory dry needling and western acupuncture course meets the standards required for professional indemnity insurance and includes all national APA and ASAP regulations and guidelines. Please be aware that some other courses do not have sufficient contact hours or training in safety standards to meet the requirements for professional indemnity insurance.
The theoretical content in our introductory course is designed to give therapists a solid understanding of the neurophysiological principles that lie behind the effectiveness of western acupuncture and dry needling in the clinical setting. The latest advances in western acupuncture research have led to the development of the concept of the ‘Layering Technique’. This technique offers a sound, clinically reasoned-based approach for therapists to effectively modulate pain and sensory-motor responses in their patient populations. It addresses local effects, spinally mediated effects, central nervous system effects, sympathetic system reactions and stimulation of the immune system.
Research continues to progress in the area of trigger point release with dry needling around the world, based on the comprehensive work of Travell and Simons. The latest neurophysiology on trigger points and dry needle release is presented in an easy-to-understand format. The effectiveness of dry needling in treating the myofascial component of common musculoskeletal conditions has been one of the major driving forces behind the development of our courses.
We dispel some of the misinformation often propagated around the definition of dry needling, with presentation of four of the most common dry needling approaches.
With the practical sessions taking up the majority of the introductory course, there is considerable time allocated to achieving our two major practical objectives, teaching therapists how to needle both safely and confidently. As Western Acupuncture utilises the traditional mapping system for identifying acupuncture points, a solid grounding in surface anatomy and palpation skills is required.
Therapists will find the techniques of Dry Needling and Western Acupuncture a perfect compliment to the musculoskeletal practitioner’s multimodal approach to the treatment of injury and myofascial dysfunction. We endeavour to teach variations in needling techniques so that all therapist’s leave the course knowing that they can safely practice needling in their current comfort zone. There is room in the course to challenge those therapists who wish to expand significantly on their skill sets, particularly with the content of our advanced upper and lower body courses.
The Safety and Legal Issues:
Being mindful of the current litigious nature of the Australian medical system and the need for professional risk management we endeavor to give therapists a comprehensive grounding in the legal and ethical obligations involved in using western acupuncture and dry needling.