Integrated Dry NeedlingTM (IDN) Course
Intramuscular dry needling is a therapeutic intervention that consists of inserting a needle into muscle tissue, without the injection of a solution, for the purpose of treating myofascial pain and dysfunction.
In physiotherapy practice, dry needling is commonly performed using a fine filament needle such as an acupuncture needle in order to target taut bands of skeletal muscle fibers containing myofascial trigger points. As many of the physiological effects of dry needling are associated with the elicitation of a ‘local twitch response’, this involuntary spinal reflex is encouraged by rapid manipulation of the dry needle within myofascial trigger points.
IDN can be an effective adjunct to the overall physiotherapy treatment regimen for patients with a wide variety of neuro-orthopaedic conditions. The course is designed to cover dry needling techniques for the whole body. Learning takes place over 3 weekends (8 days in total) and involves lectures, guided practical sessions, a cadaver lab, written and practical evaluations, as well as clinical case reasoning pertaining to the application and integration of IDN into clinical physiotherapy practice.
Developed by Canadian Physiotherapists for Canadian Physiotherapists.
Our instructors have extensive backgrounds in the use of dry needling and its integration with other treatment modalities. Learn more about our faculty here.
The curriculum of the Integrated Dry Needling course has been designed to meet the required competencies established by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario for a physiotherapist to use dry needling in their practice and to roster for this skill set.
Clinical Reasoning will be examined throughout all three weekends. Prior needling experience is not required, but is an asset.
*Note that this course is only open to physiotherapists.
IDN Course Objectives
Upon completion, physiotherapists will have attained the following competencies:
- Knowledge of the pathophysiology, pathoanatomy and pathogenesis of myofascial pain
- Understanding the mechanical, biochemical and neurophysiological effects of IDN
- Practical application of the theory of IDN for treating neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the neck, trunk, upper and lower extremities as well as headaches and temporomandibular dysfunction
- Assessment skills for guiding the performance of IDN to the above listed anatomical regions
- Ability to integrate dry needling into a multi-modal physiotherapy approach
- Knowledge of the indications and contraindications for IDN
- Application of IDN using clean needle technique in a safe and effective manner
- Awareness of unsafe areas not to be needled
- Management of the potential adverse effects or complications of IDN