Primary Level – I
ON Point Dry Needling (OPDN – I)


  • Day  1 (5 Hrs) On demand video on the preliminary didactic material prior to the live segment.
  • Day  2  8:30 AM  – 6:00 PM    (8 Hrs)
  • Day  3  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM     (7 Hrs)

Total CE Hours           20 CEU’s :  5Hrs.  online; 15 Hrs.  live                   

Instructor:   John H. Merrick, MA, PT, DC

Primary Level:  As noted above the first five (5) Hrs. of the program will be on line, provided by the instructor upon registration and should be completed prior to the start of the live session. The remaining fifteen (15) Hrs. will be live, hands (needles) on. The Dry Needling Procedure (DNP) is becoming a common method of treating various adverse presentations of patients with neuromusculoskeletal pain syndromes as well as functional tissue adaptations (with or without pain). What the program addresses is the proverbial myofascial trigger point as described by Travell and Simons and their references of pain patterns. A clear grasp of this concept is vital for the practitioner to obtain optimal outcomes with the DNP particularly from the pain model perspective. We understand that with the “pain” model approach there is most likely going to be concomitant structural adaptations yet these adaptations or changes in posture/structure can be present with or without pain. We as primary care practitioners must realize the differential diagnosis of the myofascial TrP v. a more serious visceral condition is critical in practice. This Level will also present the Radiculopathis Model (Gunn, etal) dealing with the segmental level of innervation pertaining to the pain pattern presentation by the patient. Sufficed to say that the DNP is classified as a soft tissue mobilization procedure, and yet another tool in the bag of the experts of manual/manipulation (adjustment) practitioner.
The objectives of the Primary Level 20 hr. course is to convey the fundamentals of the dry needling procedures based upon the concept of the myofascial pain syndrome (MFPxS) and more specifically management of the myofascial trigger point TrP, while simultaneously recognize the concomitant neuro/physiological distortion patterns. The physiological principles, methods, and needle safety of the DNP are discussed in depth. The SAFETY precautions are emphasized throughout the course. The student will become clinically proficient regarding the pathophysiological evidence of the TrP, as well the history, theory, and research related to the DNP. Further the student will become proficient in the skill of performing dry needling in an efficient and effective way through the idea pre and post testing as well as the use of outcome assessment tools. There will be a Lab Manual that will be followed as a guide in terms of the muscle group selections as well as the various needle procedures performed throughout the course. All participants will be expected to partake as a “needler and a needleee”. A signed waiver with full disclosure will be provided for each participant.

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 - $595

I had a persistent discomfort in my left upper abdominal area for several months and so my primary care sent me to a specialist who ran the gamete on me with testing,; MRI, endoscopy Ultrasound and at the end of the day it was a hands up we don’t know. I was seeing Dr. Merrick for acupuncture and was telling him about it and after a little probing he suggested dry needling. I can’t wait to go back to my primary care doc and the specialist. Pain is gone.

Dan Macek
Manchester, NH

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