“Dr. Merrick’s On Point Dry Needling course was fantastic, and so enlightening,..great anatomy review. Hands on experience throughout the weekend, definitely felt confident and ready to use my new skillset in my office Monday morning! Thanks! “
Pam Leitner, DC Stratham, NH
“Thank you Dr. Merrick for a great Dry Needling class. I found it informative, enjoyable, and totally applicable on the Monday morning after! I feel we all had ample opportunity to needle most of the muscle groups and we had great explanation and video instruction along the way. This is a great tool for working with athletes as I do! “
Dr. Tamara Lovelace
“As a chiropractor with over 2 decades of experience, it isn't often that I come across a modality that has had such a profound impact on my practice. Dry needling had added an evidence based approach to many conditions there were otherwise difficult to treat. Dr. Merrick's classes offer a laid back and comprehensive approach to the art of dry needling. I highly recommend this course”.
Dr. Dennis J. Lanni DC, DACBSP, CSCS, ART, FAKTR
“After taking Dr. Merrick’s dry needling course, I quickly realized the healing power of what I was shown. A 30 y.o. women presented to my office with phantom limb pain involving her missing big toe. She suffered multiple injuries as a pedestrian being hit by a motor vehicle, one that necessitated the removal of her big toe to the first metatarsal head. Her presenting symptoms were pins and needles, burning, and tingling in the missing hallux. Her podiatrist told her the symptoms were due to vascular injury. During the examination, I pressed on a common location of a trigger point in the tibialis anterior and she exclaimed that her big toe symptoms went away. I released the pressure and the symptoms returned, a tingling pins and needles feeling. I pressed again, harder, and her symptoms abated again, only to return upon release. I immediately reached for a 30mm x .20 needle and placed it into the trigger point. The patient felt an immediate bolt of an achey pain down her lower leg and into her phantom big toe, I felt a local twitch response, and repeated several insertions until the twitching stopped. After removal of the needle, she said her lower leg and big toe (her missing big toe) felt achey but her symptoms were gradually lessening. After about 15 minutes her symptoms were completely gone. This happened 14 months ago. Her symptoms have not returned since. At all.”
Dr. George Defranca
“Dr. Merrick’s dry needling class was amazing. He was a great instructor that made learning the techniques easy to learn while giving me confidence in preforming the procedures in clinic on Monday. I Highly recommend this needling program to help take your practice to the next level.”
Dr. Brad Nutting
Brookfield, WI
“During the Level I class Dr. Merrick asked if we had any family, friends or patients that might benefit from the dry needling procedure, My husband has been an avid powerlifter until two plus years ago when he injured his right shoulder and had been “light” lifting ever since so I brought him in for a group evaluation and a specific dry needling technique for the right shoulder (subscapularis and upper trap). The post needling assessment was amazing to all of us in the group and especially to my husband. ROM 50% improvement, pain levels down at least 60% when provocated. My husband is my partner in chiropractic and still is “shocked” at the instant results that still remain. Weight training resistance is climbing, cautiously. By the time I started with Level II I’d done upwards of 250 dry needling procedures with mostly quick, awesome outcomes. Thank you Dr. Merrick for adding a new and incredible tool in my treatment bag”
Dr. Teresa Paulsurd
Eau Clair, WI
“Special thanks to Dr. Merrick for providing me dry a needling technique, giving me some of my life back. Long story short after my 5th child (all normal deliveries) I had residual abdominal pain during core exercise and sadly while laughing. During the Level II class I mentioned this since Dr. Merrick is always looking for volunteers and we were working on the core. The needling procedure (multiple needles & point ES) of the rectus abdominus and ipsilateral Transvers Abdominus was “painless” but with weird sensations across my abdomen, like emotional release (eyes tearing up a bit). The thought came to me and the group about our discussions on the innervation from the fascia in part (interoception) to the Amygdala. Emotionally amazing and now after 5 years, I am exercising and laughing without abdominal pain. I would point out my confidence level using dry needling is terrific but I would not recommend taking this class if you have pain with laughter. Thank you, Dr. Merrick” By the time I started with Level II I’d done upwards of 250 dry needling procedures with mostly quick, awesome outcomes. Thank you Dr. Merrick for adding a new and incredible tool in my treatment bag”
Dr. Jamie Lenz
Madison, WI
“Dr. Merrick is a charismatic and knowledgeable speaker with an extensive and impressive background prior to joining the ranks of the chiropractic profession that makes him an asset to chiropractic. The late Dr. Joseph Janse, longtime president of the former National College of Chiropractic recognized Dr, Merrick’s immense talents and requested that he create the first Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation program at a chiropractic institution while still a student at National. Likewise, his peers recognized his leadership skills as he was elected president of his class that graduated in September of 1982.
Dr. Rick Cox, OSCA District 10 Director
Hi John, Again a great seminar this last weekend—by far the best I’ve been to in my 24 years of practice.
Dr. Kelly Delorey
Wakefield, MA
I was pleased and excited to see that the mass chiropractic society is sponsoring dry needling seminars. I have been interested in this modality and form of treatment for many years but have not had the opportunity to be trained as a chiropractor. Dr. John Merrick has many years of experience as both a physical therapist and a chiropractor. He is a competent teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed the 20 hours of training. There was plenty of hands-on practice and opportunity for individual attention. It’s great to have one more tool in my tool box that may help my patients!
Anne Gleason DC
Billerica, MA
I found the Dry Needling Certification Course [sponsored by the MCS] very well presented. Before practicing the techniques we watched detailed videos of the specific body areas to be treated. Dr. Merrick supervised our dry needling technique at all times. I felt very confident in my dry needling technique by the end of the course and was able to incorporate it into my practice on Monday. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to add a great adjunct to their practice. It has a high success rate with most neuromusculoskeletal conditions seen in health care today
Otto Todorov
Needham, MA
The course was to the point! Pun intended. It covered a wide array of musculoskeletal ailments and the comprehensive needling points to be targeted. John Merrick, DC, PT, MA is very knowledgeable and his expertise in the subject came through. A very pleasant experience and I would highly recommend it to the Chiropractic Physician who wants to add another great adjunct to their tool box.
Hristos (Chris) K. Giannos
DC, MS, CCSP (Damato Chiropractic Center-Newington, CT)
I started investigating dry needling after hearing positive reports from several of my patients who had dry needling done by physical therapists. As I was looking into different training programs I received an e-mail from the New Hampshire Chiropractic Association announcing a dry needling course taught by John Merrick, B.S., M.A., P.T. , D.C. which was accredited by a CCE institution (National University of Health Sciences). The course was very hands on, with ample one on one instruction. By the end of the course I felt comfortable bringing this new modality into my practice. Over the last few months I have seen good results with quite a few difficult cases. Because of the results I’ve seen with this technique I asked Dr. Merrick to bring the course to Vermont. I would encourage this course to anyone who is currently using, or considering adding, soft tissue techniques such as manual trigger point release, ART or instrument assisted soft tissue work such as Graston. Dry needling is well received by most patients, effective, relatively quick to perform and physically very easy on the practitioner (unlike many other soft tissue techniques) which I find very significant after 28 years in practice! If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail me directly:drjim@mcdanielchiro.com.
DR. JIM MCDANIEL

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