Dry Needling to Help Enhance Patient Care.
Our Dry Needling Program (SFDN) offers a diagnosis-focused approach through foundational and advanced dry needling courses. Classes are taught throughout the country to healthcare and therapeutic pain management professionals from a variety of disciplines to learn effective strategies to manage commonly encountered pathologies in orthopedic and sport rehabilitation, including treatment for the hip flexor, shoulder impingement, hyperextension, and more.
A curriculum developed by Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT. Current science and research will be presented, along with a vast amount of clinical experience and pearls, allowing immediate application of dry needling into the clinicians’ professional practice.
Dry Needling Courses
Foundational Dry Needling Courses
Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sport Performance (SFDN1)
In this 27-hour lab-based course, the clinician will learn a diagnosis-focused approach to dry needling. These include fundamental skills necessary for safe and proper needle insertion and removal, as well as effective strategies for therapeutic pain management for commonly encountered pathologies in orthopedic and sport rehabilitation. Safety considerations are emphasized. The use of intramuscular electrical stimulation will also be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced in class. Learn More.
Foundations in Dry Needling for Upper Extremity Orthopedic Rehab (SFDN-UE)
Specifically developed for Occupational Therapists and Hand Therapists utilizing a diagnosis-focused approach to dry needling the upper extremity including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Common pathologies encountered in an outpatient setting will be discussed such as those that lead to impingement and limited range of motion. Explore our course curriculum to learn more. Safety considerations are emphasized. The use of intramuscular electrical stimulation will also be discussed, demonstrated, and practiced in class. Learn More.
Foundations in Anatomical Dissection (SFDN-AD)
A full-body dissection opportunity, in a more realistic appreciation of tissue quality and fascial connections through utilization of fresh-frozen tissue cadavers. Intended for an improved appreciation for human anatomy as it relates to dry needling safety, we value the relationship of dry needling with other clinical interventions such as manual therapy, therapeutic pain management and exercise, and strength and conditioning. Therefore, we encourage all healthcare and sports performance practitioners with a passion for improving their anatomical knowledge to join this course. Learn More.
Advanced Dry Needling Courses
Advanced Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sport Performance (SFDN2)
Expanding on the diagnosis-focused approach to dry needling and intramuscular stimulation. Further development of the Pentamodal Method introduced in the Foundations Class will be a major focus for this course, emphasizing a whole-body treatment approach to dry needling. Safety considerations will continue to be a priority. Elements of sport performance, recovery and regeneration concepts, and acute injury management will all be included.
Cervical and Thoracic Spine (SFDN-CT)
Differential diagnosis skills are emphasized in this course, integrating dry needling techniques with manipulation and mobilization to address movement impairments of the cervical spine and thoracic spine. Focus will be placed on specific advanced dry needling strategies that facilitate manual therapy to improve dysfunction of the cervical and thoracic spine. This course will specifically address the atlanto-occipital joint, atlanto-axial joint, mid cervical facet joints, cervicothoracic junction, and the thoracic spine.
Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex (SFDN – LPH)
Learn a diagnosis-focused approach to the Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex with the addition of specific advanced dry needling strategies for the pelvic floor, coccyx, symphysis pubis, hip joint, sacroiliac ligaments, regional nerve dysfunction leading to lower back and pelvic pain. Advanced mobilization labs will focus on lumbar, pelvis, and coccyx techniques, and the integrated approach to dealing with a complex diagnosis will be reviewed through a discussion of case studies, current research, and clinical expertise.
Diagnosis-based and symptomatic approaches to management of pelvic health disorders in men and women. Advanced dry needling strategies for pelvic s will be presented that have shown favorable clinical outcomes in patients with urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, vulvodynia, constipation, urinary retention, dyspareunia, episiotomy scarring, testicular pain, pudendal neuralgia, anismus, and painful intercourse. Thoughtful comprehensive treatment strategies will be offered to help guide the practitioner managing this difficult patient population. In addition, dry needling for the pregnant patient will be discussed and guidelines for optimal outcomes will be considered.
Structure and Function Education Courses provide Continuing Education (CEU)
We are proud to provide CEUs for various health professions including athletic trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors and more. See if Structure & Function Education coursework will satisfy the continuing education requirements for your state licensure or certification.