University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dry Needling Level 1 - Foundations

PT dryneedling an arm

Presented by: Laeth Hamil, PT, DPT, DNPro and Taylor Bushnell, PT, DPT, DNPro of Dry Needling Pro

UNMC’s Division of Physical Therapy Education will hold this 2-day continuing education event August 24-25, 2024 in the Bennett Hall Lab Room 4016 on the University of Nebraska Medical Center Campus, Omaha, NE.

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Speaker Bios
Dr. Laeth Hamil graduated from Kansas University Medical Center in 2017. He has been practicing in the Kansas City area since his graduation, and is currently the clinic director at KC Rehab Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Liberty Missouri. His practice has a sports and manual therapy focus and has been utilizing dry needling for several year. Laeth has a passion for complex cases and working with people who have failed other conservative treatments. In treating those cases he has found that using a multifaceted approach including manual therapy, exercise progression and Dry needling is much more efficient at improving his patients function than a single system of thought. In addition to treating complex patients Laeth has a passion for teaching. He takes on multiple clinical students and teaches dry needling to help develop practitioners skill bases. He partnered with Taylor in 2019 to expand the teaching offerings of Dry Needling Pro.

Dr. Taylor Bushnell graduated from the University of St. Augustine in 2009. Since then he has practiced in Boston, Ma, Eugene Or, and St. Louis Mo. He has been utilizing dry needling in his practice since 2011, working with average orthopedic patients to elite level professional athletes. He is passionate about treating patients and teaching effective dry needling skills to all practitioners. Taylor pairs dry needling with other manual therapy, strength training and postural training. Taylor currently is the clinic director at Peak Sport and Spine - The Grove in St Louis, and is the owner of Momentum Lab PT a cash-based PT practice and the owner and creator of Dry Needling Pro.
Course Description
Learn the foundations and techniques for safe and effective dry needling. This course contains lower and upper extremity and spine dry needling. You will learn about safe handling of needles and proper blood borne pathogen management. At the end of this course, you will be able to take these skills directly into the clinic to add to your interventions.
To take this course you must be licensed as a PT, MD, DO, DC, ATC, LAC, PA, NP, or a DPT student in their final year. Please check with your state practice act in your respective field to know if you are able to dry needle.

This course is 27 continuing education contact hours.
Course Objectives
  1. Learn the theory behind dry needling and differences from traditional acupuncture
  2. Understand the basic physiology of trigger points
  3. Understand common trigger point referral patterns and how they differ from radicular patterns
  4. Demonstrate and understand dry needling safety, including:
    • Understand emergency preparedness for adverse dry needling effects
      • Physiological (shock, vasovagal)
      • Psychological (claustrophobia, anxiety, agitation)
    • Understand precautions related to:
      • blood thinners
      • clots
      • pregnancy
      • surgical sites, etc
    • Learn contraindications to dry needling related to:
      • wounds
      • infections
      • blood thinners
      • pacemakers/defibrillators
    • Demonstrate proper PPE utilization and safe blood borne pathogen precautions
    • Demonstrate safe needle insertion and show proper needle redirection
    • Demonstrate proper hygiene and needle site sterility
  5. Learn basic upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine dry needling application including:
    • Learn anatomical landmarks, borders, origin and insertion, referral patterns
    • Demonstrate safe patient positioning
    • Demonstrate needle direction and depth for a given muscle
    • Demonstrate proper palpation and trigger point identification
    • Demonstrate differentiation of active vs latent trigger points
    • Understand choosing proper needle size for each muscle
    • Demonstrate safe pistoning techniques taught in level 1
Course Schedule

Day 1

7:30-8:15 Introduction and Pre-Test
8:15-8:30 Needling, Safety and Handling
8:45-9:15 Deltoid
9:15-9:45 Biceps, Triceps, Anconeus
9:45-10:15 Infraspinatus, Subscap
10:15-10:45 Teres Major/Minor, Lats
10:45-11:30 Wrist and Elbow extensors
11:30-12:30 Upper Trap, SCM
12:30-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:30 Cervical Paraspinals
2:30-3:30 Pec Major (Pinch grip only)
3:30-4:30 QL/Paraspinals/Psoas
4:30-5:30 Case Study 1

Day 2

7:30-8:30 Review from First day
8:30-9:30 Obliques, Rec Abd, Iliacus
9:30-10:30 Gluteus Maximus/Medius/Minimus/TFL
10:30-11:30 Quads/Hamstrings
11:30-12:30 Adductors
12:30-1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:30 Gastrocnemius/Soleus/Peroneals
2:30-3:30 Tib Anterior/Quadratus Plantae
3:30-4:30 Review and Case Study 2
4:30-5:30 Post Test and Certificates

Course Fee


Early Bird

After Aug 11

UNMC alumni and CIs $750 $800
Public $895 $950

Cancellation/Refund Policy for September course:

100% if canceled 2 weeks in advance (by August 10).
50% if canceled up to 2 days prior to the course.
No refund if canceled the day before the course.