Intramuscular Dry Needling of the Cervical, Scapulo-thoracic,
Craniofacial Region and Upper Extremity
An Evidence and Pathology Based Approach to Improve Clinical Outcomes
Time: 8 am-5:30 pm
Hours: 25 or 2.5 CEUs
Who Attends: Physical Therapists
This 3-day seminar will provide the physical therapist with a thorough understanding of the history and current evidence regarding the use of Dry Needling in clinical practice. The seminar will build a foundation on which the attendee may then integrate Dry Needling into clinical physical therapy practice. This seminar is a lab-intensive, hands-on class. Participants will safely handle needle manipulation and acquire motor skills necessary to perform a skilled needling session. Participants should come prepared to practice dry needling and also be prepared to play the part of the practice patient. Intramuscular Dry Needling Part I is the first seminar of a two-part certification program divided into upper and lower quadrants.
Practical observation and testing occur at the conclusion of each class (Part I & Part II) with a final written exam taking place after the completion of Part II. The testing is conducted in order to assure that the clinician attains a safe and effective level of clinical practice in DN techniques. **
Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will:
• Discuss the origins, history, and evolution of dry needling
• Classify the origins and distinguishing factors of Latent and Active Myofascial Trigger Points
• Describe the neurophysiological effects of dry needling on Myofascial Trigger Points and Myofascial Pain Syndrome
• Demonstrate appropriate communication to the patients of the risks, benefits, and potential for adverse events of dry needling
• Develop a comprehensive dry needling treatment regimen for the cervical, scapulo-thoracic, craniofacial, and upper extremity regions based on common patient complaints, current evidence, and physical exam findings to support manual therapy and therapeutic exercise
• Identify and incorporate the most effective manual therapy techniques, coupled with dry needling and neuromuscular training to bring about improved outcomes for cervical, scapulothoracic, craniofacial, and upper extremity dysfunction
• Perform accurate needle penetration based on neuromusculoskeletal anatomy and targeted patient outcomes
• Demonstrate safe needling techniques and decision making as to tissue area selection, needle length, and depth of needle penetration
• Recognize the utility of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for improving dry needling accuracy and the identification of pathological tissues
**Participants are responsible for reviewing and understanding their individual state’s dry needling scope of practice.
BScPT Southwest Baptist University Cert. DN Dry Needling Certified
DPT University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences MTC Manual Therapy Certified
MSKUS Cert. Muskuloskeletal Ultrasound Imaging Certified
Dr. Krell is the founder and co-owner of Rocky Mountain Spine and Sport Physical Therapy. He actively manages his outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation company in Denver, Colorado, which opened its first clinic in 2003 and has since grown to locations.
Dr. Krell has effectively treated patients with a variety of orthopedic disorders and has successfully integrated dry needling into his daily practice. He is also certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) Imaging to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions. In addition, he is one of the first in the United States to perform US-guided dry needling to improve the accuracy and specificity of needling in the target tissue.
Dr. Krell received the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) Famous Alumni award for the University of St. Augustine and was awarded Best Of The Best by Colorado Community Newspapers. With over 22 years of clinical experience, he has taught manual therapy courses nationally and trained many third-year PT students during their clinical rotations in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.