04 Sep 2020 - 16 Oct 2020    
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Bookings closed
Craig Smith
Short Description
CPD Points
3 Continuing Education Units / hours per module

Important Information

DRY NEEDLING FOR THE MAIN MUSCLES – AN ONLINE REVIEW COURSE WITH LIVE DEMO NEEDLING; MODULES 1-8 via zoom live streaming; See module schedule below; 6th Sep – 16 October 2020; 9am – 12noon each day South African times

Friday, 4th Sep 2020 – Module 1: DN for the cervical and lumbar spine muscles;

Sunday, 6th Sep 2020 – Module 2: DN for the upper quarter muscles;

Friday, 11th Sep 2020 – Module 3: DN for the hip, pelvis and gluteal muscles;

Sunday, 13th Sep 2020 – Module 4: DN for the lower limb muscles.

Friday, 18th Sep 2020 – Module 5: DN for the arm and forearm muscles.

Friday, 2nd Oct 2020 – Module 6: DN for the abdominals, deep chest, scalenes and TMJ muscles.

Friday, 9th Oct 2020 – Module 7: DN for sports injuries, tendon needling, headaches, neural pain etc.

Friday, 16th Oct 2020 – Module 8: DN Advanced course for difficult muscles like the intercostals, pec minor, piriformis, suscapularis axillary approach, upper QL, obturator externus, ioliopsoas, tib post etc etc.

Past participant feedback

I thoroughly enjoyed the DN online review course conducted by Craig. Its a refreshing course, able to concentrate better coz its only 4 hours per day and learning from your comfort, saving on travel and accommodation and reasonable to enroll . Its informative, brushing up on all the anatomy and theory aspects of the DN and interactive being able to communicate and ask questions. I will definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to do DN or top up their skills – Martha

I had an excellent experience with this DN online course. Craig has great teaching skills to pass on Knowledge and always kind to answer any question. Very nice to get the video recording and pdf’s as the materials to study with. I wish we could have received the pdf’s in advance to help during the class time. Thank you for this opportunity at these quarentine times! 🙂 Priscilla

DRY NEEDLING FOR THE MAIN MUSCLES – ONLINE REVIEW COURSE; MODULES 1-8 via zoom live streaming -WILL BE DIVIDED UP INTO 8 REVIEW MODULES WITH 1 MODULE BEING PRESENTED ON EACH DAY – SIGN UP FOR A SINGLE MODULE OR MULTIPLE MODULES – Course times for each day; 9AM – 12noon South Africa times (3hrs max each module); please check your own local times.


Course material

Why Dry Needling?

Dry Needling (DN) is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

DN is used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia and connective tissue and diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input and reduce or restore impairments of function leading to improved activity and participation. The physiological basis for DN depends upon the targeted tissue and treatment objectives. The treatment of myofascial trigger points ( TrPs) has a different physiological basis than treatment of excessive muscle tension, scar tissue, fascia, and connective tissues. TrPs are hyperirritable spots within a taut band of contractured skeletal muscle fibres that produce local and/or referred pain when stimulated.

TrPs are divided into active and latent TrPs dependent upon the degree of irritability. Active TrPs are spontaneously painful, while latent TrPs are only painful when stimulated. TrPs are physiological contractures, characterized by local ischemia and hypoxia, local and referred pain and altered muscle activation patterns. TrPs activate muscle nociceptors and are peripheral sources of persistent nociceptive input, thus contributing to the development of peripheral and central sensitization.

DN can be divided into deep and superficial DN. Deep DN has been shown to inactivate TrPs by eliciting local twitch responses (LTR) which are modulated by the central nervous system. A LTR is a spinal cord reflex that is characterized by an involuntary contraction of the contractured taut band, which can be elicited by a snapping palpation or penetration with a needle. The LTR has been shown to be associated with alleviation and mitigation of spontaneous electrical activity or motor endplate noise; a reduction of the concentration of numerous nociceptive, inflammatory, and immune system related chemicals and relaxation of the taut band.

Deep DN of TrPs is associated with reduced local and referred pain, improved range of motion and decreased TrP irritability both locally and more remotely. DN normalizes the chemical milieu and pH of skeletal muscle and restores local circulation. Superficial DN is thought to activate mechanoreceptors coupled to slow conducting unmyelinated C fibre afferents, and indirectly, stimulate the anterior cingular cortex. Superficial DN may also be mediated througi stimulation of A delta fibres, or via stretching of fibroblasts in connective tissue. Superficial DN is associated with reduced local and referred pain and improved range of motion.

DN may be incorporated into a treatment plan when myofascial TrPs are present, which may lead to impairments in posture, pain and functional limitations. TrPs are sources of persistent peripheral nociceptive input and their inactivation is consistent with current pain management insights DN also is indicated with restrictions in range of motion due to contractured muscle fibres or taut bands, or other soft tissue restrictions, such as fascial adhesions or scar tissue. TrPs have been identified in numerous diagnoses and can treat radiculopathies, joint dysfunction, disk pathology, tendinopathies, cranio-mandibular dysfunction, headaches and migraines, tension-type headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, computer-related or repetitive strain disorders, whiplash associated injury, spinal dysfunction, pelvic pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndromes, sports injuries, nocturnal cramps and other relatively uncommon disorders.

If you are a soft tissue therapist and DN is in your scope of practice, then is it time for you to learn this amazing new technique to help your patients and clients overcome their pain and dysfunction.

For more information about Dry Needling, click here.

A Club Physio Dry Needling Online Course includes:

All resource material shared during the online course;
Certificate of attendance in digital form (with CPD points/hours depending on your areas approval / accreditation);
Pathway to completing the Dry Needling Level 1 attendance course and the DN level 2 certification course and certifying as a dry needling practitioner;

Please note:

Dry Needling courses are for healthcare therapists / professionals (clinical physiotherapists (PT’s), chiropractors (DC’s), osteopaths (DO’s), podiatrists, soft tissue and manual therapists, kinesiologists, doctors, nurses, medical specialists and acupuncturists) for whom dry needling is within your scope of practice and you are legally permitted to needle in your registered country / state. No minimum dry needling or previous acupuncture experience required but presumed anatomy, advanced palpation skills and clinical expertise is expected due to the advanced nature and in depth structure of our DN courses. Professional indemnity insurance as per your professional body is also a pre-requisite.
Some sports / rehab / massage therapists can apply subject to scope of practice with your professional organization, theoretical and practical experience and having professional indemnity insurance.
If you are not sure whether DN falls within your scope of practice, ask your professional organization or you can email us here. 


How to book for this course?

How To Book This Course:

• Step 1: Create an account; register your details here or click on the ‘My Profile’ button on the top menu: we need your details in order to reserve your seat and email you the preliminary materials for the course – ps; please note that registering your details does not book you onto the course – you need to follow step 2 below.

• Step 2: Book your place; Once you have registered your details, come back to this DN webpage to submit your booking below and choose your payment method; to book, click on the Submit button below.

• Step 3: Choose and make your payment method below; Payment by Bank Transfer: If you wish to pay via a bank transfer, simply follow the payment details on the proforma invoice that has been emailed to you now that you have made your booking. Payment by PayPal or Credit Card: Click the “Buy Now” Paypal button above to pay via PayPal or Credit Card. You are now booked and will receive a confirmation email shortly!


Course Times

COURSE TIMES – 9am – 12noon South Africa times (3hrs max each module); please check your own local times.



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