Certification in Biomedical  Dry Needling

This unique program will assist the attendees in identifying biomechanical and neurophysiological deficits physical

therapists encounter, and treat them safelyand effectively. Techniques and theory integrating recent advances in pain science and manual therapy into trigger point dry needling will be taught. Participants will be exposed to a variety of learning methods including presentations, video demonstration, theoretical material and intensive lab based courses to learn technique. This program consists of 100 continuing education hours consisting of weekend lab intensives and pre-course dry needling theory and learning modules. Participants completing the two-weekend program will demonstrate safe and effective Dry Needling techniques. Successful completion of theoretical and practical examinations is required for attendees to utilize skills taught in clinical practice.  Only attendees who complete both Courses I and II will be granted Certification in Biomedical Dry Needling. Presently, physiotherapists that complete Course I and II requirements meet Physiotherapy Alberta College’s requirements to be added to the Advanced Register of Dry Needling.

Course I: Foundamental Dry Needling 


Course I focuses on the theoretical basis of Dry Needling including an overview of the history, safety, clean needling techniques and application of trigger point dry needling to common upper and lower quadrant muscles. This course is appropriate for physiotherapists with no Dry Needling experience and physiotherapists with acupuncture experience who want to integrate dry needling into a cohesive clinical model.

Course II:
Dry Needling & Manual Therapy

Course II expands on the theoretical basis of dry needling and incorporates joint mobilization/manipulation into treatment model. Course attendees will be able to  apply modern pain science theory, manual therapy and neurophysiological principals resulting in an effective pain management and functional  approach to patient care.Electro-therapeutic Dry Needling interventions will also be covered.

Course I & II are required to obtain Certification in Biomedical Dry Needling