Dry Needling Course for Physios, Osteos & Chiros (2022)

Australia's SAFEST Dry Needling Course

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"The best and safest dry needling course out there."

"Would highly recommend this course to any health professional."Sam Crossland. Physio

"Fantastic course!! The presenters were helpful, friendly and supportive! I would definitely recommend this course for anyone wanting to learn dry needling!"

Daniel ShiptonPhysio

"Outstanding course, extremely well structured and delivered. The online videos are very professional and high quality . The combination of online and practical learning is the best I’ve come across. Thanks CPD"Rob Simms-ReeveStudent Chiropractor

"This Dry Needling Course is one of the most in-depth and easy to follow courses I have ever completed. The combination of videos, visual demonstrations by the great Anthony and Marty and online learning consisting of anatomy, needling techniques and journal articles really gave me a great foundation into needling. Whilst doing the course I had bilateral calf pain which was resolved after having a peer needle both my soleus and gastrocnemius. Would definitely recommend!"

George SymondsStudentPhysio

"Such a great course for all levels of experience to learn safe and effective dry needling technique. Easy to understand and lots of opportunity for practice. Would highly recommend to any manual therapist." Lucy CryerChiropractor

"The course was very professionally run. The online learning was comprehensive and evidence based. The face to face component was structured well to build confidence. The teacher to student ratio was good, which means we had someone to ask whenever we needed to."Kieran Broome OT

"Wayne, Terry and Kurt were fantastic during the delivery of the course. Made the learning environment engaging and provided helpful feedback the whole time. Don't hesitate to do your dry needling course with cpd hc."Jon G. Chiropractor

"What a great course and professional set up. An excellent, easy to use website with loads of content."Mel McDougallMyotherapist

"Great course, super informative and I'm stoked to have had the chance to learn from the best :)"Tyler Loxley Chiropractor

This is what practitioners are saying about our Dry Needling courses on Google Reviews!

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And this is why are so many practitioners are choosingCPD Health Coursestolearn Trigger Point Dry Needling over other course providers.

If you're a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath, General Practitioner, Myotherapist, Exercise Physiologist, Acupuncturist or Occupational Therapist,treating myofascial pain but you've never completed a Dry Needling coursethen the CPD Health Courses Dry Needling Introductory course is for you!

Joining Australia's Safest Dry Needling course will be one of the best decisions you’ll make for your career as a therapist, your clinic and your patients’ lives.

This course will help you gain practical skill, confidence and theoretical knowledge to treat your patients SAFELY & effectively using Dry Needling therapy.

Did you know you can enrol and start your Dry Needling online training today for just $1?

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After receiving your 1st payment, you'll be enrolled on the course & receive a Welcome email with 3 easy steps to start your online theory modules straight away.Then make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments until practical course commencement. It's as easy as that :))

The sooner you enrol the more time you'll have to complete your theory modules.

There are 2 parts to our Dry Needling Introductory course: 8-hrs of online theory plus 12-hr practical course (Fri 5-8pm, Sat 8-6pm).

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You'll learn how to apply Dry Needling to myofascial trigger points found in 25muscles most commonly seen in practice.

The CPD Health Courses DN Introductory course gives you the flexibility to start your online training when you want, at home or at work. You don't have to wait to start learning about Dry Needling.

All you need is a computer and an internet connection and you're ready to start your online theory modules. Aftercompleting the theory, you'll be ready to attend the practical course at one of our 7 locations around Australia. It's that easy.

Why are so many practitioners choosingCPD Health Coursestolearn Trigger Point Dry Needling over other course providers?

Because"Thepresenters made usfeel both at ease with the safety aspect but also confident in ourown skills moving forwards.

The online component of the course wasthorough, easy to follow and adequately prepared usfor the day."

You'll learn how to SAFELY & confidently use Trigger Point Dry Needling to help your patients will change the way you treat your patients.

By completing Dry Needling training with CPD Health Courses you’ll not only learn how to use Trigger Point Dry Needling but you'll be able to treat more conditions and have more options for treating the same conditions that you treat now. You'll have more tools in your toolbox.

  • It will increase the types of conditions that you will be able to treat.
  • It will create new treatment opportunities and interventions that you never thought possible.
  • You'll retain more patients and you'll get more referrals for Dry Needling therapy instead of having to refer patients to other practitioners.
  • You’ll grow in confidence as a practitioner by learning this new skill.
  • You'll ALSO receive the very handy CPD Health Courses FREE Dry Video Training App which contains loads of great Dry Needling video clips to show & remind you of the important safety points, like needling directions, handling and referral patterns.

We know that you're going to love our Dry Needling Courses and you're going to learn a lot of great information.

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But we also realise that you'll need some help remembering everything you've been taught. So we've created theDry Needling Video Training App for you - it's your perfect companion after completing your Dry Needling course.

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So why should you learn Trigger Point Dry Needling now?

That’s a great question. Over the last 10 years, more & more practitioners have wanted to learn Dry Needling Therapy and the number of Dry Needling Therapists is increasing every week.

Such is the popularity of this great treatment technique that many clinics are now insisting on practitioners becoming Dry Needling Therapist before they join their clinics.

Trigger Point Dry Needling is the skill that will transform you as a practitioner, your clinic, your patient list & your patient’s lives.

Your patients will be fascinated, impressed & incredibly receptive when they realize & then appreciate why you wanted to learn this new skill. Ultimately of course, the aim of learning any new skill is to help people, which is why we all do what we do.

Many practitioners join the DN Introductory course having already completed their initial training with another education provider because they want to refresh their knowledge or increase their confidence using Dry Needling.

  • Sports teams are now asking for Dry Needling as a key skill to use on their players.
  • Newly graduated practitioners are becoming qualified in Dry Needling therapy to maximize their job opportunities.
  • Patients are now calling clinics and asking the question… Do you do Dry Needling?

By delaying your Dry Needling training, you’re missing out on potential revenue and life long patients who are looking for someone to help them. Every day you wait for the right time to start learning this new skill is another day lost in opportunity.

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Very good experience. Course well organized, easy to learn.

Angelica (Physiotherapist)

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Like many things I’ve learned in my professional life, my patients were the ones who first introduced me to Dry Needling.

I came to love Dry Needling after completing a Masters Degree in Acupuncture. Completing this Degree really helped me understand much more about the background to needling and the differences between these two very unique disciplines.

Above all, the real gift of completing a highly intensive post grad course in Acupuncture was the early start I made in honing in on my needling & handling skills. These skills complemented the manual dexterity skills I have developed over the past 31 years of treating patients.

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Very enjoyable & entertaining.

Cody (Physiotherapist)

What will you learn at our Dry Needling Introductory course?

Our Dry Needling Introductory course focuses on the treatment of myofascial trigger points in the most common muscles of the body. We'll teach you how to needle the following;

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Biceps Brachii, Biceps Femoris, Brachioradialis, Deltoid, Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis/Longus, Extensor Carpi Ulnaris, Extensor Digitorum, Gastrocnemius, Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, Gluteus Minimus, Gracilis, ITB, Multifidi, Palmaris Longus, Peroneus Brevis/Longus, Rectus Femoris, Sartorius, Semimembranosus, Semitendinosus, Soleus, Tibialis Anterior, Triceps Brachii, Upper Trapezius, Vastus Lateralis & Vastus Medialis.

Course Structure:

There are 2 parts to our Dry Needling Introductory course, the 8 hr online theory program and the 12 hr practical course (Fri 5-8pm, Sat 8-6pm).

Dry Needling Introductory Practical Course: 12-hours

Having completed your online theory program, you're ready to attend the Dry Needling Introductory practical training at a location of your choice. This is a purely practical course which covers needling techniques for muscles in the following regions:

  • Posterior Surface of the Forearm
  • Upper Arm
  • Upper Trapezius
  • Anterior Thigh
  • Medial & Lateral Thigh
  • Posterior Thigh
  • Antero-lateral Lower Leg
  • Posterior Lower Leg
  • Buttock
  • Low Back

Dry Needling Introductory Theory Course: 8-hours

Our comprehensive online program guides you through the following areas of study:

  • Module 1: Introduction & Benefits of Dry Needling
  • Module 2: The History & Background of Dry Needling
  • Module 3: The Neurophysiology of Dry Needling
  • Module 4: Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Module 5: Safety & Risk Management
  • Module 6: Needling Techniques

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Very helpful and knowledgeable. I feel I have the confidence to go ahead and begin using dry needling for treatments.

Kaila (Physiotherapist)

The Extras

Once you've successfully complete the Dry Needling Introductory Course you'll receive:

  • A Certificate of Completion
  • An Acuneeds Australia Discount Voucher for your first purchase of needles

And There's More

So don't delay. Join a CPD Health Courses Dry Needling Course today and become qualified as a Dry Needling Therapist.

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How long does dry needling course take? ›

The Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling (MDN) course is a 5 day programme split into two self-contained modules of 2 and 3 days respectively.

Is dry needling regulated in UK? ›

Do I need to get any additional licenses or registration to practise acupuncture and/or dry needling? Yes. Both are skin-piercing interventions and in the UK these are subject to additional Local Authority licensing and registration. The terms of the licensing and registration varies around the UK.

Can a physio do acupuncture? ›

Physiotherapists can use acupuncture to relieve pain and other symptoms. They are in a unique position of being able to combine acupuncture with other treatment methods such as exercises, manipulation and stretching.

What is dry needling vs acupuncture? ›

Both methods use fine filament needles gently inserted into strategic locations in the body. The fundamental difference between these techniques is that dry needling is based on human anatomy and the neurophysiological principles, while traditional acupuncture is based on traditional chinese medicine.

How many levels of dry needling are there? ›

We provide a 3 level course curriculum to train PTs in a variety of dry needling techniques to be utilized with a wide range of patients. Therapists that successfully complete Dry Needling Level 1, Dry Needling Level 2, and Advanced Dry Needling Level 3 will receive their Certification in Dry Needling (CDNT).

How many times a week can you do dry needling? ›

The average dry needling patient will undergo 2 or 3 sessions once a week. For more severe issues or rare conditions, 5 to 6 sessions, sometimes 2 per week, may be recommended. A dry needling session lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.

Do physiotherapists do dry needling? ›

Physiotherapists can be trained to use Dry Needling, Western Acupuncture and/or Traditional Acupuncture. Dry Needling involves needling to altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. This may include needling of myofascial trigger points and periosteum.

Are there any dangers in dry needling? ›

Since dry needling involves a needle penetrating the skin, iatrogenic injury to vessels, nerves, spinal cord, internal organs, implanted devices, or infection are possible hazards for patients.

Can dry needling hit a nerve? ›

Objective. Some dry needling treatments involve repetitive and rapid needle insertions into myofascial trigger points. This type of treatment causes muscle injury and can also damage nerve fibers.

Is dry needling or acupuncture better for back pain? ›

If you're simply looking to relieve muscle pain and tightness, dry needling is a promising option. But if you're seeking treatment for a certain medical condition, acupuncture is the way to go. You may either feel relaxed or energized after undergoing any of the two procedures.

Can an acupuncturist hit a nerve? ›

If an acupuncture needle goes too deep then there is a risk that it can either puncture an organ such as a lung or gallbladder, or it hits a nerve or blood vessel causing pain and discomfort. However, this is very rare especially when the acupuncture professional has been trained competently.

What qualifications do I need to practice acupuncture? ›

Academic Requirements

Some of those requirements include over 400 hours of practising acupuncture, the history of Acupuncture, and mental health. Students are also required, under BAAB courses, to have an in-depth understanding of physiology, anatomy, and biology.

Is dry needling good for arthritis? ›

Dry needling is an effective treatment in reducing pain from osteoarthritis because it increases blood circulation around the joint, thereby providing natural relief.

What size needle is used for dry needling? ›

Dr. Travell preferred a 22-gauge, 1.5-in hypodermic needle for trigger point therapy and used this needle for both injection therapy and dry needling.

Is dry needling good for sciatica? ›

For sciatica due to lumbar stenosis, dry needling decreases the tightness in spinal muscles, reducing the compression on vertebrae and sciatic nerve. In cases of pain reaching the back of your leg, physical therapists can target the following trigger points: Piriformis muscles.

Which dry needling course is best? ›

AAMT has Certified more PTs, ATs and Chiropractors in dry needling than any other institute. AAMT is the worldwide leader in dry needling education, research and clinical practice!

How deep do needles go in dry needling? ›

Superficial dry needling [9] involves inserting a needle at a depth up to 10 mm or into the subcutaneous tissue and may be combined with manipulation of the needle while in situ.

Is dry needling better than massage? ›

Both treatments were applied on myofascial trigger points in the sub-occipital, temporalis, SCM and upper trapezius muscles. The results showed that both methods had similar effects in patients with TTH; however, dry needling increased the pain threshold at trigger points more than friction massage did.

What should you not do after dry needling? ›

Avoid ice unless you are icing a bruise, heat is better for muscle soreness. Drink alcohol, but it is recommended you do not do so excessively.

How long does dry needling results last? ›

After dry needling, experiencing some slight soreness is normal, and you will typically note an improvement in your symptoms within one to two days. How long the benefits will last will vary per individual. The first few treatments will usually have a short length of relief spanning over several days.

Why is dry needling so painful? ›

Does dry needling hurt? The actual inserting of the needle does not hurt—these needles are very thin. Sometimes the muscle will twitch when you put it in, and it can feel sore if that happens. You usually will feel a little muscle ache or soreness for a day or two after that feels like you worked out that muscle.

Who should perform dry needling? ›

Dry needling is also called trigger point dry needling or myofascial trigger point dry needling. It is done by acupuncturists, some chiropractors, medical doctors, and some physical therapists (PTs) to treat myofascial pain.

Does dry needling work for tight muscles? ›

Dry needling can reduce muscle tension and improve pain. A twitch can occur when the needle goes into the trigger point, and may be a sign that the therapy is working.

Who should not do dry needling? ›

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for dry needling.

Dry needling is not for those with unmanaged blood-clotting or immune-system disorders. Plus, the American Physical Therapy Association does not recommend dry needling for children younger than 12.

Can you puncture a lung from dry needling? ›

One risk associated with dry needling is accidental puncture of a lung (pneumothorax). If this were to occur, it may likely require a chest x-ray and no further treatment. The symptoms of shortness of breath may last from several days to weeks.

Why do I feel sick after dry needling? ›

It is common to feel tired, nauseous, emotional, giggly or “loopy” and/or somewhat “out of it” after treatment. This is a normal response that can last up to an hour or two after treatment. Infrequently, there are times when treatment may actually make your typical symptoms worse in the short term.

Can dry needling damage tendons? ›

Dry needling does not cause any weakening of the tendon. It is usually performed in conjunction with physical therapy to improve strength and range of motion of the injured joint.

Does dry needling remove knots? ›

Dry needle therapy resolves muscle knots by inserting a very thin needle directly into the trigger point. The knot responds to the interruption and relaxes immediately. Most patients agree that dry needling doesn't hurt in the way that you might think!

Is dry needling good for anxiety? ›

Specifically, dry needling can assist in the treatment of stress and anxiety by: Impacting areas of the brain related to pain, stress and sensitivity. It can deactivate the 'analytical brain' responsible for worrying and promote relaxation. Regulating hormones and neurotransmitters including serotonin.

Which is better dry needling or cupping? ›

Dry needling is more for treating pain and activating or inhibiting a muscle depending on what is needed. Cupping is more for breaking up fascial (connective tissue) adhesions, creating a deep stretch in the muscle resulting in improved range of motion.

Can dry needling help degenerative disc disease? ›

Dry needling has successfully been used to treat a variety of conditions including: Head and Neck Pain - including whiplash and headaches / migraines, degenerative joint disease, degenerative disk disease or osteoarthritis.

What happens if an acupuncture needle hits a vein? ›

If a needle hits a vein, you will likely feel a pinching sensation, and there will be some bleeding. Your therapist will provide pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding, once the needle is removed. You may have a bruise after and/or more pain.

What part of the brain is affected by acupuncture? ›

Research Highlights. Acupuncture modulates brain activity at the limbic–paralimbic–neocortical network (LPNN) and the default mode network (DMN).

What happens if an acupuncture needle hits an artery? ›

If a needle hits an artery, there will be a lot of pain and a very significant amount of bleeding and bruising. It may take a few minutes of pressure to the wound before the bleeding stops. Note that this is very rare, as arteries are deeper within the body and thicker than veins, which makes them harder to pierce.

Is studying acupuncture hard? ›

However, studying Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture can be challenging at times with so much to take in and understand. It is not necessary to have any prior medical knowledge as this will be taught as part of the course.

How many years study for acupuncture? ›

Acupuncturists usually require completion of a three-year diploma program in acupuncture from a private institute or completion of some university undergraduate studies in science and training in a related health care discipline or work experience under the supervision of a registered acupuncturist.

How many years course is acupuncture? ›

the Acupuncture Course fees range between INR 5,000 - 4,00,000 while Acupuncture course duration ranges between few weeks to 4 years.

Is dry needling good for knee pain? ›

Dry needling inactivates trigger points which can restore normal muscle function, alleviate pain, and improve mobility! This practice commonly helps to alleviate neck pain, back pain, and knee pain. It can even help to relieve symptoms from TMJ or tension headaches.

Can dry needling be done on knees? ›

A lesser-known treatment option for knee OA is dry needling therapy. Increasing evidence has shown this procedure to be effective in reducing pain and disability in the osteoarthritic knee, and studies have shown it can increase arterial pressure around the knee by up to 40%.

Is dry needling good for hip pain? ›


Dry needling is as effective as cortisone injection in reducing pain and improving movement problems caused by this condition.

Does dry needling touch the bone? ›

Superficial dry needling (Baldry 2002; Griswold, 2019) is commonly used by many hands-on healthcare professionals. The needle is only inserted a few millimeters into the skin, reaching the epidermal layer but avoiding the muscle or bone.

Should I rest after dry needling? ›

Following a dry-needling session, it is important to keep hydrated and drink extra water. If you experience muscle soreness in the hours after a treatment session, your provider may recommend rest, heat or ice therapy, a warm bath with Epsom salts, or other at-home therapies.

Is dry needling easy? ›

While the name of the procedure may sound intimidating, dry needling is safe, minimally discomforting and often an effective technique for patients with certain musculoskeletal presentations. Dry needling is a treatment performed by skilled, trained physical therapists, certified in the procedure.

How long does a skin needling session take? ›

2. How Long Does Micro needling Take? The entire treatment takes only about half an hour to complete. However, the duration of your treatment will vary on a case-by-case basis.

How many sessions of dry needling does it take to work? ›

How many sessions of dry needling will I need? Results' dry needling patients average 2-3 sessions, and will not use more than 5-6 except in rare circumstances. Often we will use dry needling once or twice per week out of 2-3 visits.

Is dry needling risky? ›

The truth is, dry needling is a very safe treatment. It does not involve a lot of risks – especially when performed by an experienced provider – and can be used to treat patients of all ages. The needles used for dry needling are sterilized and delicately placed in precise positions.

How successful is dry needling? ›

Dry needling has been shown to immediately increase pressure pain threshold (PPT) and range of motion, decrease muscle tone, and decrease pain in patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Can needling damage skin? ›

Skin damage is a risk that commonly occurs with microneedling devices. The damage may include bleeding, bruising, redness, tightness, itching and peeling, and these typically go away without any treatment after a few days or weeks.

Does needling really work? ›

Microneedling is generally a safe and effective procedure that can improve the appearance of the skin. It may reduce wrinkles, diminish scarring, and tighten or rejuvenate loose or aging skin.

How many times do you need skin needling? ›

How Often Should You do Microneedling Treatments? As a general rule of thumb, microneedling treatment can be safely done about once a month or every 4 to 6 weeks.

Why does dry needling hurt so much? ›

Dry needling can be painful, and the location of the injury affect the amount of pain experienced, but it usually manifests in two ways: As the needle is inserted through the skin into the muscle, there may be a slight contraction or twitch within the muscle, that creates pain.


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