This three day Trigger Point Dry Needling Training course (23 contact hours) is a continuation of the Level I course and consists of a combination of lecture, testing, demonstration and a large amount of hands-on laboratory sessions. In the advanced Trigger Point Dry Needling Training course, participants will use the skills they have learned and practiced in the first course to treat musculature that was deemed more difficult due to various safety concerns. Additionally participants will be given an assessment tool to enhance evaluation of chronic myofascial pain patients and help with the clinical decision making process for the use of dry needling.
- Define trigger points, motor banding, and neurological presentations of neuromuscular dysfunction.
- Review literature supporting efficacy and treatment rationale of Trigger Point Dry Needling.
- Instruct application of Trigger Point Dry Needling for more advanced orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions.
- Review anatomy of regions to be taught in Level II course.
- Discuss with participants their own experiences regarding legal and billing issues integrating Trigger Point Dry Needling into their practice setting.
- Discuss safety.
- Discuss indications and contraindications for treatment.
- Discuss specific treatment rationale for various diagnoses.
This Trigger Point Dry Needling Training course will benefit physical therapists, medical doctors, and doctors of osteopathy who work with patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal conditions. This course will be limited to people who have taken the Level I Trigger Point Dry Needling Training course and have completed their treatment logs consisting of 250 or more treatment sessions over a 5 – 6 month period. Prior to the course participants should review C. Chan Gunn’s book Treatment of Chronic Pain and Travell and Simons two volumes of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. Participants should also be prepared to share their experiences since integrating Trigger Point Dry Needling into their practice.
Instructor: Dr. Patty Pennell, PT, ScD
Dr. Patty Pennell-Noel is the owner of Back to Motion Physical Therapy that she founded in Denver 13 years ago and has worked in the Denver area for her 21 year career. In 1992, she received her Master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado and has her Doctorate of Science through Texas Tech. Patty has been teaching continuing education to PTs for over 15 years and dry needling for 4 years.
Patty has extensive training and experience in manual therapy of the spine and extremities. The other focus of her practice is diagnosis and treatment of running injuries including orthotic prescription. She traveled for 3 years with the Women’s Tennis Association treating professional tennis players all over the world. Patty was awarded Colorado Physical Therapy Association’s Physical Therapist of the Year in 2008. Aside from her private practice, Patty works as clinical faculty for Regis University’s Physical Therapy Program.