What the practitioner can expect to take away from the OPDN Level I program

1. The practitioner will be clear as to the evolution of dry needling and the progressive development of clinical applications and clinical applications.

2. Updated global NMSK anatomy review

3. Have a working understanding of the three P’s [Pre-existing, Precipitating and Perpetuating] factors involved with myofascial trigger point (TrP) syndromes.

4. Enhancement and a new appreciation of palpation skills.

5. Appreciation of the synchronous and harmonious function of the intrinsic & global kinematic and kinetic systems and their relationship to the dry needling procedure.

6. Master the “Handling of the Needling” in terms of needling selection, point-depth and angle insertions and at the same time identifying the types of tissue encountered at the end of a needle.

7. Have a working knowledge and application of the several needling techniques presented to include but not limited to:
a. Myofascial Trigger Point (TrP) and the pain syndrome
b. Superficial v. Deep techniques
c. Radiculopathic Model (Gunn)
d. Structural/Postural Adaptations

8. Have a working knowledge of the absolute and relative contraindications (Red, Yellow & Green flags) of the dry needling procedure.

9. Understand the administrative issues, CPT coding, Reimbursement, Consent forms, innovative (OPDN) soap note (templates provided soon)

ON-Point Dry Needling program provides 20 CEU’s from NUHS. The program is open to all practitioners (DC, PT, MHT, MD, NPc, Pac, OT,)

OPDN Registration Form for Level I & II
Level I - $995
Level II - $695

“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

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