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Southwest Health

Level 1 - Introduction to Dry Needling

Advance your patient care skills by learning how to utilize and incorporate dry needling into your practice!

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Level 1 - Introduction to Dry Needling
Level 1 - Introduction to Dry Needling

Time & Location

Mar 12, 2022, 8:00 AM – Mar 13, 2022, 2:00 PM

Southwest Health, 1400 Eastside Rd, Platteville, WI 53818, USA


About the event


Emerging evidence continues to support the utilization of dry needling techniques in improving pain and function in patients with a variety of diagnoses. In this course we will discuss and demonstrate various methods in how to use a needle as an extension of a practitioner’s hands in facilitating the reduction of pain and dysfunction in patients with general neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Instruction focuses first on recognizing the different theoretical paradigms behind the use of a dry needle complimented with the clinical reasoning and decision making behind how to safely and effectively use the needle within your patient care. Using a multi-modal approach to patient care, participants will be able to integrate the use of dry needling into their current practice patterns immediately following this course.

Approach   This course is delivered in a lecture and lab-based format, combining pre-course readings, viewings and on-site learning experiences to facilitate participant learning. Pre-course readings and viewings are provided to participants 14 days in advance of an intensive on-site laboratory training session.  Pre-course readings will include a post assessment evaluation prior to onsite training to ensure universal basic knowledge of safe and effective techniques. On-site objectives will reinforce pre-course materials and investigate the therapeutic effects, mechanisms, safety and legal issues involved with dry needling.  A 2-day onsite lab intensive schedule is designed to satisfy the training requirements of most state practice acts (Participants are responsible for knowing their practice act requirements).  All participants will receive hands-on demonstration and practice of selected DN techniques. Discussion will include the integration of DN techniques into an overall treatment regimen that includes the use of manual interventions (manual and optional tool assisted soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization/manipulation, and manual stretching) and exercise.  The course will have a student to faculty ratio of no greater than 12:1. An on-site skill assessment is used to reinforce course objectives and assess skill acquisition/competency. Successful completion of this course requires skills assessment and attendance at each onsite day.

Method of Assessing Participant Learning 

Following the completion of the pre-course materials, the participants will be given a written multiple-choice quiz which will require a passing score of 80% to be admitted to the hands-on course. This onsite course will be successfully completed with participants exhibiting competency during live skills checks in a laboratory setting throughout the course. Time will be devoted to allow for 1:1 technique observation and a formal skills check will be completed for each muscle instructed. Participants will be required to identify safety parameters, contraindications, and demonstrate the technique using their partner’s muscle and the instructor will assess their ability to safely perform dry needling at each muscle.

Method for Verification of Attendance 

Participants will be required to sign-in and out on an attendance sheet for both days of this course.

Target Audience:

Licensed Physical Therapists and other Medical/Allied health Care providers who meet required  Intermediate level course.


18 contact hours (15 hours for 2-day onsite lecture/laboratory session and 3 hours online)


$750 per participant

Appropriate dress:

Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).

Prerequisites: None


Upon completing this course, you'll be able to:

1. Discuss the ability and appropriateness of physical therapists in providing trigger point dry needling to patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Review the APTA, AAOMPT, and state board position statements regarding this intervention.

2. Compare and contrast the differences in acupuncture and dry needling in terms of eastern vs. western treatment philosophies, needling technique, and goals of intervention.

3. Discuss the evidence surrounding the proposed mechanisms of action, treatment effectiveness, and relative safety for DN.

4. Perform and develop proficiency/competency in using safe and appropriate application of DN.

5. Demonstrate the appropriate integration of DN into a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with lower/upper extremity dysfunction that may include joint mobilization/manipulation, manual and tool assisted soft tissue mobilization, manual stretching, and therapeutic exercise.

6. Demonstrate appropriate safety precautions and articulate legal issues regarding DN.

Instructor Biography: 

Dr. Kevin Wait, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS served as the former co-course coordinator for Evidence In Motion’s Trigger-Point Dry Needling Continuing Education Course Series. He is currently the Clinic Director at Capitol Physical Therapy in Sun Prairie, WI. He previously served as Clinical Faculty at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. He managed the development EIM’s Clinical Excellence Network—an innovative clinical education model featuring a standardized curriculum and collaborative learning model. Dr. Wait completed residency training at Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine in La Crosse, Wisconsin, after which he became a board certified sports clinical specialist (SCS). He will sit for his orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS) exam in March, 2018. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is a primary reviewer for the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT). Dr. Wait has presented at national orthopedic, sports, and education meetings. He can be contacted via e-mail at

Dr. Josh Bruner, PT, DPT, CSCS is currently a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and holds a certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He’s a full-time physical therapist at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health in Platteville, WI. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2014 and completed an orthopedic residency with Specialized Physical Therapy Education (SPTE) in 2017. Since completing the residency training, Dr. Bruner has been a clinical mentor for the program as well as a guest lecturer for a Physical Therapy Assistance program. He’s also been an instructor for several continuing education courses varying from dry needling to the management of various physical therapy disorders. Outside of the residency program, he has received additional training in analyzing and treating movement impairments as a certified performance specialist and implementing sports performance programs for high school and collegiate athletes. Prior to the physical therapy profession, Dr. Bruner spent time working as a strength and conditioning coach for Auburn University’s football program.


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