Advanced Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sport Performance (SFDN2)

In this 27-hour lab-based advanced dry needling course on orthopedic rehab and sport performance, the clinician will expand 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. Science and research supporting the Pentamodal Method will be presented and discussed. Elements of sport performance, recovery and regeneration concepts, and acute injury management will all be included. The instructor’s vast amount of clinical experience in sport performance and sport rehab will immediately expand upon your utilization of dry needling within your orthopedic/ sport rehabilitation and sport performance practice.

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Course Details

Areas of the body / topics to be covered in class include:

  • Cervical spine (including anterior cervical spine)
  • Thoracic spine
  • Lumbar spine (L1-L3 included)
  • Abdomen
  • Expansion of the Pentamodal Method including fascial areas and peri-neural tissue
  • Acute trauma and swelling
  • Recovery and regeneration protocols for sport performance
  • Additional areas of the upper and lower extremities as well as the face and head will be covered and expanded upon from Foundations to expand upon your current treatment interventions

Upon course completion, the clinician will:

  • Adhere to safe needling techniques, including universal precautions and blood borne pathogen education per the CDC and/or OSHA given a specific case study.
  • Integrate surface anatomy palpation and layered anatomy application for safety considerations when inserting a dry needle into a patient given a specific case study.
  • Master application of dry needling techniques for general recovery and regeneration.
  • Master application of dry needling techniques for acute injuries given a specific case study.
  • Master application of dry needling in advanced areas of the body including the spine and abdomen
  • Master the application of all 5 anatomical considerations of the Pentamodal Method
  • Master application of intramuscular electrical stimulation to enhance outcomes for the common orthopedic pathologies and sport related dysfunctions given a specific case study.
  • Present a case study for safe and effective dry needling application


The completion of SFDN1 – Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehab and Sport Performance

Required Reading:

  1. Acupuncture in human performance. Pelham TW
  2. Effect of acute acupuncture treatment on exercise performance and post-exercise recovery: a systematic review. JUrroz P
  3. Safety of acupuncture: results of a prospective observational study with 229,230 patients and introduction of a medical information and consent form. Witt CM
  4. Complete a case study: As part of your practical exam for SFDN2, you are required to complete a case study. Ideally, this case study is a complicated case that did NOT have a good outcome and you are seeking advice from your colleagues. You may also use a complicated case that had excellent results and would like to share this case to benefit others. We will discuss each case study as a group and potentially demonstrate treatment techniques.
    • How to Complete Your Case Study: 
      1. Log-In to with your username and password.  (upper right corner of the site)
      2. Go to the dropdown menu “Practitioner Support” at the top of the page. 
      3. Select “Submit Case Study”
      4. Complete each section and export or print to pdf, so you have a copy.
      5. Please bring a printed copy to class (or have one accessible on your tablet or laptop) and be prepared to share your thoughts about your case. 

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.

Course Supplies:

All supplies necessary for the course will be provided with the following exceptions:

  1. Portable Electrical Stimulation (e-stim) machine, SFE recommends these units (Use coupon code SAF15 for 15% off)
  2. If you have a latex allergy, it is recommended for you to bring your own gloves for use during lab.

You will receive an email prior to the course you register for with the following information:

  1. Any course specific instructions such as location reminder, parking instructions, class check-in times, etc
  2. Log-in information and instructions for the online education platform
    1. This log in information will allow you to access the Advanced Course power points, course resources, course certificate, etc.
    2. Please be sure to log in successfully to the back end of the website prior to class

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Upcoming Courses

Important: The Foundations in Dry Needling for Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Sport Performance course is a prerequisite for all of the following classes:

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**Attendance Policy – Prior to registering for the course, make sure you are able to attend the entire weekend. Exceptions to this rule will not be allowed. For more details, please see the cancellation and attendance policy.

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