COURSE DESCRIPTION

The ON-Point Dry Needling (OPDN) program is a two (2) Level (I & II) curriculum that permits the student to begin dry needling on the Monday following the previous weekend session of Level I. You do not have to wait until the completion of the second level (Level II) to start dry needling your patients in need.  The level I covers the entire anatomy (spine and extremities) whereas the Level II provides for the instruction of the more challenging, what would be considered precarious muscle groups and also the use of evidence based therapeutic supportive procedures to the dry needling procedure.  These would include the up to date use of US, electrotherapy, point stimulation, auriculotherapy, light therapy,  muscle release/soft tissue work and selection of appropriate staged of exercise therapy. 
 
The basic blue print procedure to follow during treatment is to document one’s Observation, (to include viscerosomatic rule outfollowed by the Palpation and then Provocation of tissue/muscle as in ortho/neuro challenges, followed by the selected needling procedure, and ultimately repeating the initial procedure (OPP ) so as to demonstrate the effectiveness or the lack thereof, as a result of  the dry needling procedure (DNP). 

The ON-Point Dry Needling (OPDN) program is a two level sessions (Level I & II).

Level I is a 20-hour program, (5 hrs. on line, 15 hrs. live lab) based primarily on the Myofascial Pain Syndrome model that prepares the practitioner to start needling on the following Monday morning with a starter kit provided by Lhasa OMS and OPDN.   The 5 hr. online is the didactic portion of the program.  This program provides the practitioner the knowledge, skill and tools to bring the practice to a new level of patient care and pain management. ON-Point Dry Needling provides all the preliminary steps necessary to make certain the patient is a candidate for this procedure, and at the same time instills confidence for the clinician to makes the right needle selection with proper needle insertion into the selected muscle/fascia. RED FLAGS are continually reinforced driving the notion if you know where NOT to needle, you’ll do no harm. Emphasis is also placed on outcomes in terms of questionnaires as well as pre and post ortho/neuro testing.

Level II is a one day 10 Hr. program taking on the more challenging muscles of the system such as the head’ deep neck, jaw, deep hip, spinal intrinsics, etc.   The use of supportive procedures and modalities are discussed such as Auriculo points, US, Light, Cupping, as well as an introduction to Dx US during needling.

At this point in time every state that allows dry needling to be performed have different requirements pertaining to the number of required hours necessary to practice dry needling.  Depending on the state, the hours vary from 80 to 12.  My personal contention is that when the CPT coding and recommended reimbursement is finalized a more consistent number of hours recommendation will come into view right around the 25 – 35 hr. mark.

THE MUSCLES TO BE MASTERED WITH ON-POINT DRY NEEDLING

LEVEL 1

Abductor DigitiMinimi

LEVEL 2

Flexor digitorum brevis

Adductor PollicisInfraspinatus
Adductor LongusLattisimusDorsi
Biceps BrachiiMassetter
Biceps FemorisOccipitofrontalis
BrachoradialisPeriformis
DeltoidPronator Teres
Extensor Carpi Radialis BrevisQuadratus Plantae
Extensor Carpi Radialis LongusQuadratus Lumborum
Extensor Carpi UlnarisQuadratus Plantae
Extensor DigitorumSupinator
Flexor Carpi RadialisSupraspinatus
Flexor Carpi UlnarisTemporalis
GastrocnemiusTeres Major
Gluteus MaximusTeres Minor
Gluteus Medius 
Gluteus MinimusBone – Tendon – Ligament
GracilisPatellar tendon(s)
Palmaris LongusMedial Femoral Condyle
Peroneus BrevisMedial Patella Facet (post surface)
Peroneus LongusTibial Tuberosity
Rectus FemorisCalcaneus
SartoriusAchilles Tendon
SemimembranosisAnt Talo-Fib Ligament
SemitendinosisHumeral Medial Epicondyle
SoleusRadial Head
Tibialis Anterior 
Triceps Brachii 
Upper Trapezius 
Vastus Lateralis 

Vastus Medialis

OPDN Registration Form for Level I & II

Level I - $995

Level II - $695

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