• Dry Needling Courses: Online theory Plus 12 hr practical course

    CPD Health Courses provides fully accredited online theory plus 12 hr practical Dry Needling courses for Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Remedial Massage Therapists* and Podiatrists.                                               


    Our Dry Needling course is accredited by the APA, CAA, Osteopathy Australia & an AAMT Approved Provider for CPE* and recognised by Massage Australia. It is allocated 20 CPD/FLA/ CPE hours. Upper Trapezius is included in our 2015 DNT Intro Course.                           


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    Why are so many practitioners choosing our Dry Needling course?...Its Easy...

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    • Fully accreditated by the APA, CAA, Osteopathy Australia & AAMT* & allocated 20 CPD/FLA/CPE hours
    • The Dry Needling Intro course is an AAMT Approved Provider for CPE (20 hrs)* & recognised by Massage Australia
    • Our DNT Intro / DN Advanced courses meet the standards required for professional indemnity insurance**
    • Our 2015 DNT Intro course includes upper Trapezius
    • Complete your Dry Needling Intro & Dry Needling Advanced course in one weekend!
    •  We offer 12 hr DNT Intro & Advanced practical courses in  Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart & Perth (Fri 5-8pm & Sat 8-6pm).
    • Complete your online theory on your PC or laptop today; then join us on your chosen practical course
    • Small practical groups - average teacher to student ratio for needling practice is 1:5 
    • Start needling within 30 minutes of arriving at your practical course
    • Start using valuable Dry Needling techniques in your practice the very next day
    • Receive a fully illustrated colour course manual & course certificates
    • Choose your course, register, pay-start your online theory today!
    • No waiting /no membership fees
    • Save time & money by studying in your own home, clinic or office
    • Fast and easy user interaction on your laptop or PC
    • Start & stop your online theory as many times as you like
    • Personalized coaching - gain confidence to provide safe & effective treatment in your clinic the very next day!
    • Free Lifetime Support. Contact us anytime with your questions
    • Undergrad. students are welcome to join us- for more information please email before enrolling
    • * Our Dry Needling Intro accreditation with AAMT is extensive & very thorough. You are welcome to join us if you are a member of another association. 

      CPD HC advises all RMT's to check with their Professional Indemnity Insurer that they will be covered to use dry needling therapy subject to successful completion of CPD Health Courses DNT course.

      AON insurance provides PI Insurance for RMT's after successful completion of the CPD Helath Courses DN Introductory course (20 hrs duration).

      If you wish to join our DN Intro course but cannot gain PI Insurance with your current Insurer, our advice is to contact AAMT & their associated Insuer AON.


    What People Are Saying:

    I just wanted to let you know how I was getting on after attending your course on the Gold Coast.

    First off, thanks for providing such a comprehensive online component. I normally take on CPD reluctantly, doing it becaude I have to, not because I want to. I have also had a moderately sceptical opinion of Dry Needling and would have been categorised as a hard case to convince.

    The online portion was excellently structured, enjoyable and convenient to complete.

    Attending the practical part of the course, I was amazed at the amount we covered in one day. The hands on sessions were perfectly balanced with classroom learning segments, the course materials were generous & well presented.

    The final convincer was feeling the effects of the needles. The sleep I had that night was also testament to the efficacy of this approach.

    I put my new skills to work immediately on my return, the benefits have been astonishing; from stubborn shoulders suddenly responding after weeks of slow, hard treatment to me not feeling so exhausted at the end of a day in the clinic.

    I am enjoying integrating Dry Needling into my practice and looking forwards to  joining you on the Advanced course...

    Dr Jonathan Davies- Gisborne Osteo...more


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    Dry Needling is a different Model to Acupuncture

    Different Model

    There has been a lot of debate & controversy even legal argument related to the practice of these therapies. This article aims to differentiate these two distinct treatment options without bias but based on research & references from the current literature.


    There are clear historical differences between Dry Needling Therapy & Acupuncture. The history of a discipline is important as a starting point from where we can begin to understand & become more informed about any subject. Here, we can see that Dry Needling comes from a medical origin and importantly the use of a syringe to alleviate pain rather than an acupuncture needle.

    Dry Needling

    Dry Needling’s origins began in the 1930’s & the work of a British Rheumatologist, Dr John Kellgren from University College Hospital, London.

    He discovered that injecting saline into muscles could produce pain in a distinct pattern remote from the site of the injection (1 & 2). Dr Kellgren also found that manual pressure over tender areas in muscle tissue could produce the same referral patterns as an injection. Injecting a short-acting analgesic procaine injection could relieve the pain produced by the manual pressure.

    In the late 1930’s Dr Janet Travell, a cardiologist from the USA became interested in the earlier work of Kellgren. She questioned the mechanism of the analgesic effects of procaine on tender muscle tissue areas because the analgesic effect lasted much longer than the 90-minute duration that procaine normally provides. She found that the injection needle alone could relieve the pain that is evoked from manual pressure over a tender muscle, hence the term “dry needling”(3).


    Is thought to have originated more than 5300 years ago. The discovery of Oetzi the Tyrolean Iceman in the Otzal Alps in Austria by 2 German hikers is perhaps the first evidence of acupuncture treatment (4,5).

    Oetzi, an almost perfectly preserved hunter from Neolithic times was marked with health related tattoos over the back & leg. These are thought to indicate a form of acupuncture or acupressure prescription, if this relationship is correct then it predates Chinese origins of Acupuncture in 200-100 BC with the publication of the seminal work, The Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic.


    Definitions provide us with clarification with respect to a description of the technique & the scientific, historical & philosophical basis about which the technique is based. We can also use this to state an objective & purpose of the treatment in question.

    Here we can see that Dry Needling is focused on treating a single tissue, which causes pain. Conversely, Acupuncture is based on treating general health conditions that are not within the scope of practice of many of the therapists who practice Dry Needling Therapy & are not Acupuncturists.

    In addition, the examination procedure for locating a myofascial trigger point or taut band in muscle tissue relies on manual palpation skills. These manual skills are used in conjunction with a physical examination, orthopaedic testing & case history analysis. Physical therapists are trained extensively in these areas.

    Acupuncturists use a variety of different examination skills that are specific to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) such as pulse & tongue examination. Palpation over tender muscle areas is not part of a normal TCM examination.

    So, the technique is different, the aim is different & the procedure prior to the application of the skill or intervention is completely different.

    Dry Needling

    Dry Needling is defined as rapid, short/term needling to altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. This may include but is not limited to myofascial trigger points, periosteum & connective tissues. It may be performed by an acupuncture needle or any other injection needle without the injection of a fluid (6).


    Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupuncture points along the skin of the body involving various methods such as penetration by thin needles or the application of heat, pressure, or laser light (7).

    What do they treat?

    Dry Needling

    Pain arising from muscle tissues or myofascial tissues.


    The World Health Organization (WHO) states that acupuncture is used to treat over forty different medical conditions, including allergies, respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, gynecological problems, nervous conditions, and disorders of the eyes, nose and throat, and childhood illnesses, among others. Acupuncture is also used in the treatment of alcoholism & substance abuse. It is also used to treat headaches and chronic pain, associated with problems like back injuries and arthritis.

    Treatment Method

    Perhaps one of the most profound differences is the fact that Dry Needling targets a painful muscle trigger point, which is variable in location & unrelated to other location sites of pain. Whereas Acupuncture treatment is independent of pain location, it is dependent on a TCM diagnosis and needling a subsequent combination of sites or Acupoints based on that diagnosis.

    The needles are left in situ for generally a much greater period that those used in Dry Needling.

    Pain reduction & restoration of motion range are treatment outcomes of Dry Needling that are often seen immediately after removal of the acupuncture needles. The effects of Acupuncture are normally seen sometime after the treatment.

    This is not to imply that Acupuncture is in any way less effective than Dry Needling. The distinction is made because it’s important to appreciate that Acupuncturists are treating completely different conditions to those of Physical Therapists with differing outcome measures than those of pain or improvement in range of motion, which can be tested and observed more easily.

    Dry Needling

    Acupuncture needles are placed into trigger points or taut bands of muscle tissue that are palpated by the practitioner. The aim of treatment is to restore normal muscle health, tissue tension & local physiology. This has the effect of reducing pain that arises from these tender taut bands in muscle tissue.


    Acupuncture needles are placed into distinct locations called Acupoints, which are found on 12 imaginary channels or meridians on the body. The meridians connect the 360 primary Acupoints distributed throughout the human body (8).

    Who practices these therapies?

    Acupuncturists often claim that Physical Therapists only train for a weekend or less in order to practice Dry Needling. This is untruthful & misleading. Dry Needling therapists have already completed, in some cases over 2000 hours of training focused on musculoskeletal conditions & treatment prior to attending a Dry Needling course.

    To practice Dry Needling in Australia one must have completed an accredited course. A Dry Needling course provider must have their course material assessed by the relevant professional associations to ensure it meets the continuing professional development learning outcomes & objectives. In addition, practitioners must advise their professional indemnity insurer that they are qualified to practice Dry Needling.

    To say that there are no regulatory bodies to protect the public from unsafe Physical Therapists who use Dry Needling is also untrue. Dry Needling along with all other treatment modalities are highly regulated by professional associations & the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency.

    One cannot compare the duration of a Dry Needling course, which may be between 20-60 hours with that of the training for an Acupuncturist.

    To be eligible to attend a Dry Needling course a practitioner must already have an undergraduate qualification as a Physiotherapist, Osteopath, Chiropractor or Remedial Massage therapist. This initial training can be 5 years in the case of an Osteopath or Chiropractor or 4 years as a Physiotherapist in Australia. Remedial Massage Therapist must have completed a minimum of 100 hours of anatomy training within their Diploma course.
    Acupuncturist train as undergraduates completing a course that is 5 years in duration. This type of course often includes training in other modalities such as Chinese Herbal medicine.

    Is Dry Needling Safe?

    Yes. Dry Needling is very safe when performed by a trained therapist. According to a study in 2013 that looked at 7629 Dry Needling treatments & the adverse outcomes resulting from those treatments, the risk of a serious adverse reaction or event was 0.04%. To put this into perspective, the risk of an adverse event after taking Aspirin is 18% & Panadol is 14.5% (9).


    1.Kellgren JH: Referred pains from muscle. Br Med J 1: 325–327,1938.
    2.Lewis T: Study of somatic pain. Br Med J 1: 321–325, 1938.
    3.Travell J, Rinzler SH. The myofascial genesis of pain.
    4.Postgrad Med. 11:425-34. 1952
    5.Dorfer, L; M Moser, F Bahr, K Spindler, E Egarter-Vigl, S Giullén, G Dohr, T Kenner (September 1999). “A Medical Report from the stone Age”
    6.PAANZ 2014. Physiotherapy Acupuncture Associaition of New Zealand: Guidelines for safe Acupuncture & Dry Needling Practice
    7.Ernst, E. (2006). “Acupuncture–a critical analysis”.Journal of Internal Medicine 259 (2): 125–137. Definition.
    8.Whorton JC. Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America. Oxford University Press, 2004. Meridians & Acupoints
    9.Adverse events following trigger point dry needling: a prospective survey of chartered physiotherapists. Brady, Johnson, McEvoy, Dommerholt, Doody

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