The Hobbs Masters Needling Series begins with a 27-hour foundational education course tailored for clinicians new to dry needling. Though essential for beginners, experienced practitioners will find the material informative and refreshing, helping to focus and simplify their practice while improving patient outcomes.
This 3-day course is supplemented with online modules carefully developed to maximize delivery of live, 90% hands-on instruction. Practitioners will learn clinically reasoned, evidence-informed approaches of all major regions of the body, including the spine and both upper and lower quarters, for a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. This will provide the busy clinician the requisite instruction necessary to treat the most common conditions encountered in daily clinical practice without the need to take multiple courses.
For a broader foundational understanding, participants will be instructed not only in needling superficially and deep within muscles (i.e., trigger point dry needling) but will also learn proper periosteal and connective tissue needling techniques for many conditions. Additionally, participants will learn how to integrate peripheral, spinal segmental and central needling approaches within a clinical reasoning framework.
This course will focus on the therapeutic effects of manual dry needle manipulation, with emphasis placed on safe needle handling, relevant anatomical considerations for each region, and appropriate selection of sites to needle on the body. Clinicians will also gain skill in appropriate dosing of dry needling to allow for optimal effectiveness and maximal patient comfort. Through the lens of modern pain science, clinicians will be educated on the potent anti-nociceptive effects that dry needling can offer to patients with painful musculoskeletal disorders.
DIN-1 is part of the ABPTRFE accredited A.T. Still Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program, in Mesa, AZ.
DIN-1 Foundations Online Content
- Introduction to Dynamic Integrative Needling System (DINS).
- Safety and Contraindications for Dry Needling Practice.
- Clinical Reasoning and Evidence for Dry Needling.
- Therapeutic Effects of Manual Dry Needle Manipulation.
- Dosage Parameters within the DINS.
DIN-1 In-Class Live Content
- Safety and contraindications review.
- Safe needling procedures and handling concepts.
- Anatomical reviews of each region prior to needling.
- Dry needling evidence review.
- Dry needling techniques for spinal and extremity disorders.
- Using dry needling for examination of soft tissue dysfunction.
- Local, segmental, and non-local needling approaches.
- Selecting sites for needle insertion including:
- Trigger points/muscle tissue
- Fascia/connective tissues
- Periosteal needling
- Locations for strong central effects
- Spinal and extremity case presentations.
- Reflective Diary Assignment
- Case Study Assignment
A 100+ page manual is provided with all lectures and detailed needling intervention descriptions to participants in the course.