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  • 02 Mar, 2018 to 04 Mar, 2018
  • 22 Jun, 2018 to 24 Jun, 2018
  • day 1; 1pm - 7pm and days 2&3; 8.30 - 4.30 pm
Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin

Presenter Name

Billy Byrne

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Acupuncture, Musculoskeletal Therapy, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Sports Medicine

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

540€ discount fee; 600€ standard fee (Standard)
10% discount
( ISCP Member )
10% discount
(ISCP Student Member )
10% discount
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

Participants will acquire the manual skills necessary to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction safely and effectively using dry needling techniques. 


In addition, participants will learn about:

- The neurophysiology of Dry Needling;

- Safety guidelines for needling;

- Ethics relating to dry needling therapy;

- Myofascial Pain Syndromes and the importance of the trigger point;

- Clinical application and protocols for dry needling therapies;

- Superficial, deep (intramuscular), and related dry needling techniques.

Event Description

Why Dry Needling?

Upskill your manual therapy techniques to include dry needling, once of the most effective and penetrative ways to treat MSK and myofascial pain. Club Physio offers the most comprehensive Dry Needling level 1&2 courses and the only pathway to certifying as a dry needing practitioner.

Dry Needling (DN) is a skilled intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

DN is used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia and connective tissue and diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input and reduce or restore impairments of function leading to improved activity and participation. The physiological basis for DN depends upon the targeted tissue and treatment objectives. The treatment of myofascial trigger points ( TrPs) has a different physiological basis than treatment of excessive muscle tension, scar tissue, fascia, and connective tissues. TrPs are hyperirritable spots within a taut band of contractured skeletal muscle fibres that produce local and/or referred pain when stimulated.

TrPs are divided into active and latent TrPs dependent upon the degree of irritability. Active TrPs are spontaneously painful, while latent TrPs are only painful when stimulated. TrPs are physiological contractures, characterized by local ischemia and hypoxia, local and referred pain and altered muscle activation patterns. TrPs activate muscle nociceptors and are peripheral sources of persistent nociceptive input, thus contributing to the development of peripheral and central sensitization.

DN can be divided into deep and superficial DN. Deep DN has been shown to inactivate TrPs by eliciting local twitch responses (LTR) which are modulated by the central nervous system. A LTR is a spinal cord reflex that is characterized by an involuntary contraction of the contractured taut band, which can be elicited by a snapping palpation or penetration with a needle. The LTR has been shown to be associated with alleviation and mitigation of spontaneous electrical activity or motor endplate noise; a reduction of the concentration of numerous nociceptive, inflammatory, and immune system related chemicals and relaxation of the taut band.

Deep DN of TrPs is associated with reduced local and referred pain, improved range of motion and decreased TrP irritability both locally and more remotely. DN normalizes the chemical milieu and pH of skeletal muscle and restores local circulation. Superficial DN is thought to activate mechanoreceptors coupled to slow conducting unmyelinated C fibre afferents, and indirectly, stimulate the anterior cingular cortex. Superficial DN may also be mediated through stimulation of A delta fibres, or via stretching of fibroblasts in connective tissue. Superficial DN is associated with reduced local and referred pain and improved range of motion.

DN may be incorporated into a treatment plan when myofascial TrPs are present, which may lead to impairments in posture, pain and functional limitations. TrPs are sources of persistent peripheral nociceptive input and their inactivation is consistent with current pain management insights DN also is indicated with restrictions in range of motion due to contractured muscle fibres or taut bands, or other soft tissue restrictions, such as fascial adhesions or scar tissue. TrPs have been identified in numerous diagnoses and can treat radiculopathies, joint dysfunction, disk pathology, tendinopathies, cranio-mandibular dysfunction, headaches and migraines, tension-type headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, computer-related or repetitive strain disorders, whiplash associated injury, spinal dysfunction, pelvic pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndromes, sports injuries, nocturnal cramps and other relatively uncommon disorders.

If you are a soft tissue therapist and DN is in your scope of practice, then is it time for you to learn this amazing new technique to help your patients and clients overcome their pain and dysfunction.

For more information about Dry Needling, click here.

A Club Physio Dry Needling Course registration includes:

  • All practice needles supplied for the course;
  • An illustrated electronic course manual (sent our weeks ahead of the course to help you best prepare);
  • Tea, coffee and snacks on each day;
  • Certificate of attendance in printed or digital form (with CPD points depending on your areas approval / accreditation);
  • Pathway to completing the Dry Needling Level 2 course and certifying as a dry needling practitioner;
  • One free listing of your practice on our website.

Please note:

Dry Needling courses are for healthcare therapists / professionals (clinical physiotherapists (PT's), chiropractors (DC's), osteopaths (DO's), podiatrists, soft tissue and manual therapists, kinesiologists, doctors, nurses, medical specialists and acupuncturists) for whom dry needling is within your scope of practice and you are legally permitted to needle in your registered country / state. No minimum dry needling or previous acupuncture experience required but presumed anatomy, advanced palpation skills and clinical expertise is expected due to the advanced nature and in depth structure of our DN courses. Professional indemnity insurance as per your professional body is also a pre-requisite.
Some sports / rehab / massage therapists can apply subject to scope of practice with your professional organization, theoretical and practical experience and having professional indemnity insurance.
If you are not sure whether DN falls within your scope of practice, ask your professional organization or you can email us here. 

Presenter Profile

Billy Byrne, Brief CV

Course - Dry Needling

Billy has been involved in the practice and teaching of Bodywork for almost 13 years. I have a special interest in the area of Trigger Point Dry Needling, and its role in the treatment of Myofascial Pain and various sports related injuries - this includes working with the world renowned cast of Riverdance for the last 10 years.

Billy studied with pioneers in this field, such as Dr Bob Gerwin, and Dr Jan Dommeholt in the United States (Travel & Simons) and am currently involved in the delivery of Dry Needling Programmes throughout Ireland, Europe and the UK with Club Physio and i have presented over "à DN courses.


Cost to Attend

600€ standard fee, 10% discount if you book and pay within 24 hours ( 540€)

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