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Anatomical Dissection and Dry Needling

Course Description:

In this 4 day, 25-hour lab-based course, the clinician will have the opportunity to dissect and explore the human anatomy via “fresh” tissue cadavers. The cadavers are not embalmed, which allows a more realistic appreciation of tissue quality and fascial connections. The clinician will be able to perform dissection under the guidance of lab instructors, exploring the relevant anatomical relationships for safe dry needling practice.

During lab, the clinician will be guided through a systematic approach to dissection, carefully exploring the safety considerations and relevant anatomy for each region of the body, as it relates to dry needling. Appreciation for depth of various structures, proper needle length and angle for each region, safety concerns in the area, nerve location, and fascial connections will all be described and discussed.

A maximum of 6 people per cadaver will facilitate the learning opportunity for each student, allowing a truly hands on dissection experience for each person.

Upon course completion, the clinician will:

  • Integrate surface anatomy palpation and layered anatomy application for safety considerations when inserting a fine filiform needle into a patient given a specific case study.
  • Locate musculoskeletal, neural, fascial and visceral tissues in a given area of the body based on a given diagnosis.
  • Explain anatomical relationships of musculoskeletal, neural, fascial and visceral tissues in a given area
  • Assess risk for inserting a needle into a given area based on anatomical considerations.
  • Perform guided dissection of the human cadaver to appraise safe needle length and angle for a given area of the body
  • Identify anatomical safety concerns when inserting a fine filiform needle into a patient given a specific region of the body.
  • Apply safe needle angles after selecting an appropriate needle length for a specific area of the body.


A professional education and license that allows you to perform dry needling as a health care professional

Professionals who may take this course include:

  • Athletic Trainers
  • Physical Therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Acupuncturists
  • If you do not see your health care profession listed, or practice outside of the United States, please contact Sue Falsone directly for more information

Required Reading:

  1. Peuker E, Cummings M. Anatomy for the acupuncturist–facts & fiction 1: the head and neck region. Acupunct Med. 2003;21(1-2):2–8.
  2. Peuker E, Cummings M. Anatomy for the acupuncturist–facts & fiction 2: the chest, abdomen, and back. Acupunct Med. 2003;21(3):72–79.
  3. Peuker E, Cummings M. Anatomy for the acupuncturist–facts & fiction 3: upper & lower extremity. Acupunct Med. 2003;21(4):112–132.

Suggested Reading:

  1. Stecco, L. Fascial Manipulation for Musculoskeletal Pain. Picin: Padova, IT;. 2004.
  2. Dung, H. Acupuncture: An Anatomical Approach. 2nd Edition. CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL; 2014.

All supplies necessary for the course will be provided. Please wear appropriate lab clothing and wear comfortable shoes, as you will be standing much of the day. Lab coats, gloves, and protective eye wear will be provided.

Course Location: Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment, Tempe, AZ.

Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment, Inc., is an established educational institution specializing in human anatomy. It was founded in Boulder, Colorado by Robin Zdravkovic and Todd Garcia in 2002. The success of Laboratories of Anatomical Enlightenment, Inc. grew rapidly. In 2004 a second laboratory was opened in Westminster, Colorado and the opening of a third laboratory located in Tempe, Arizona took place in 2005.

You will receive an email 7-10 prior to the course you register for with the following:

  1. Any course specific instructions such as location reminder, parking instructions, etc.
  2. Log-in information and instructions for the back end of
    1. This log in information will allow you to access power points, class forums, helpful forms, etc.
    2. Please be sure to log in successfully to the back end of the website prior to class

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