Functional Dry Needling Level 1

April 22-23, 2017

Elevate your practice to a new level of patient care by entering this foundational Functional Dry Needling course of study which teaches the insertion of fine filament needles into neuromuscular junctions/motor points, stimulating the muscle, bringing unbelievable pain relief and significantly improved function to athletes and patients who have been suffering for years.

This 3-day course teaches the technique and involves ample lab time to test, practice and perfect the art and science of Functional Dry Needling to offer this to your patients the very next day.  Musculature taught in the introductory level involves areas of the hip, lower extremity, thigh, upper extremity, shoulder, lumbar spine and cervical spine.  A strong emphasis on safety and precaution is reinforced, as well as clinical application, research, history of dry needling, and relevant case study.

Upon completion of this introductory level course, each practitioner will understand trigger points and the clinical presentation of neuromuscular dysfunction.  They will demonstrate competency in dry needling of the muscles covered and will understand indications, contraindications, precautions and complications associated with Functional Dry Needling.  To earn this certificate, all practitioners must pass both a theoretical and practical examination.


Current license as a PT, MD, DO, DC, PA or NP

Minimum of 6 months practicing as clinician. (Colorado PT’s are required to practice for 2 years prior to taking the course.  Check with your state’s dry needling requirements.)


Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

 27.5 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA




Day One

7:30-8:00 Registration

8:00-8:30 Welcome! Course Introductions

8:30-9:00 Quiz

9:00-10:30 Introduction to Dry Needling: History, Definitions and Terminology Understanding Neuromuscular Dysfunction

10:30-11:00 Needle Safety, Lab Experience: Needle Orientation and Clean Needle Technique (CNT)

11:00-12:00 Neuroanatomy and Palpation Lab: Lower Quarter

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:00 Anterior Hip and Thigh: Lecture and Lab

2:00-3:30 Medial and Posterior Thigh: Lecture and Lab

3:30-5:30 Posterior Hip: Lecture and Lab

5:30-6:00 Aftercare Instructions, Questions, and Wrap-Up

Day Two

8:00-9:30 Understanding Pain Physiologic Effects of DN DN in Clinical Practice Differences Between DN and Acupuncture

9:30-12:00 Lumbar Spine: Lecture and Lab

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:00 Whiteboard Questions/Discussion, Ordering Supplies

1:00-2:00 Neuroanatomy and Palpation Lab: Upper Quarter

 2:00-4:00 Cervical Spine: Lecture and Lab

4:00-5:30 Shoulder: Lecture and Lab

5:30-6:00 Questions, Practical Prep, Wrap-up

Day Three

 8:00-10:00 Written and Practical Testing

10:00-10:30 Directed Lab Session: Indirect Supervision of Lumbar Spine and Lower Extremity Clinical Integration Optional Positions and Techniques Incorporating Electrical Stimulation

 10:30-12:00 Lower Extremity: Lecture and Lab

12:00-12:30 Whiteboard Questions/Discussion, Billing, Scope of Practice 12:30-1:00 Lunch and Learn: Test Review and Navigating the KinetaCore Website

1:00-3:00 Brachium and Antebrachium: Lecture 


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

Nightly rate: $105.00 (price varies based on room availability)


Contact: Jade LeBeauf


Angela Dumas