DAY 1 (9 hours)
8:00-9:00 Literature Review and Emergence of the Technique
9:00-10:00 Detailed Anatomical Review of the Pelvic Region
10:00-12:00 Lab: Manual Examination of the Male and Female Pelvis
1:00-3:00 Review of DN Techniques of Clinically Important Muscles Outside Pelvic Floor
4:00-6:00 Lab: DN of Superior Pubic Ramus and muscle attachments
Day 2 (7 hours)
8:00-9:00 Lab: Superficial and Deep Transverse
9:00-10:00 Lab: Bulbospongiosus and Ischiocavernosus
10:00-11:00 Lab: Obturator Internus and Externus
11:00-12:00 Lab: Pubococcygeus, Iliococcygeus and Coccygeus
12:00-2:30 Lab: DN of Ligaments of the Hip and Pelvis region
2:30-3:00 Q&A and Post-course Test.
Pelvic Dry Needling – Outline
This course is a two-day course to utilize dry needling of the pelvic floor in clinical practice and is open to physical therapists, occupational therapists, chiropractors, physicians, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, athletic trainers, and physical therapist assistant/occupational therapist assistant (per each state’s written guidelines).
Master Dry Needling of the Pelvis is a lab intensive on-site course designed to instruct participants in the application of dry needling to female and male pelvic musculature and associated neuroanatomical structures including the thoracolumbar spine, abdomen, pelvis and hip joint complex. This course will provide a comprehensive review of anatomy, practice hands-on examination techniques and discuss clinical reasoning related to disorders of the pelvic region. This course is a revolutionary approach to treating patients with pelvic dysfunction commonly associated with pelvic pain, low back pain, incontinence, voiding dysfunction and/or sexual pain or dysfunction. Dry needling will assist with the restoration of muscle function, improve proprioception, reduce and eliminate pain, and normalize tissue sensitivity to optimize patients’ function and quality of life.
This course builds from the foundation of Master Dry Needling Level I and as such, this course, or an equivalent introductory dry needling course, will be required prior to registering for Pelvic Dry Needling.
Safety and the proper handling of potential blood borne pathogens associated with DN applications will be emphasized. The course is designed to place heavy emphasis on practical, hands-on practice.
Participants will review clinical anatomy and practice DN treatment of each tissue and region covered throughout the course. Each attendee will be expected to sign a waiver and practice DN on a lab partner.
NOTE: This course does not utilize needling of the internal pelvic floor.
Pregnant females are not allowed to participate in the course as all attendees are expected to needle lab partners.
*State practice act that includes dry needling as being within scope of practice.
*Active malpractice insurance (If you are covered by Employer /Clinic/Company/University/College malpractice insurance, then you can also take the class)
*Signed liability waiver by all attendees. Female attendees must sign to certify they are not pregnant.
Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
1. Demonstrate competency with anatomy, palpation and the application of dry needling to the muscles of the pelvic, hip, lumbar, and abdominal regions.
2. Understand the rationale for selecting dry needling to achieve optimal patient outcomes using clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice.
3. Understand the involvement of the neurological system and dysfunction associated with the pelvic region.
4. Practice the application of electrical stimulation with dry needling to the pelvic structures and associated anatomical structures to improve identified neuromuscular dysfunction.
5. Determine the patient’s mechanism of injury or surgical interventions to decide which pelvic region dry needling interventions are most effective.
6. Determine pelvic musculature that presents as atrophy versus hypertonus dysfunction as contributing factors to patient complaints.
7. Perform dry needling techniques to the pelvic region utilizing all safety considerations and techniques.
8. Determine the appropriate depth of needle insertion, based upon patient complaint and tissue involvement, to achieve desired patient outcome.
9. Pass a written examination on dry needling of the pelvic region.
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