Osteopathy Dry Needling Course

Introducing our comprehensive Osteopathy Dry Needling Course, a meticulously designed program that aims to equip Osteopaths with the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate dry needling into their clinical practice. This course is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to expand their therapeutic repertoire and enhance their ability to manage musculoskeletal conditions effectively.

Our Dry Needling Course for Osteopaths includes a total of 26.3 CPD hours.

The Osteopathy Dry Needling Course (Level 1 & Level 2 combined)  is held on the same weekend. The practical hands-on demonstration will run from Friday 6.30-9.30pm (Level 1), Saturday 8.30am-6pm (Level 1) and on Sunday 8.30am-6pm (Level 2)

Osteopathy Dry Needling Course Overview

This Dry Needling course is specifically tailored for Osteopaths, drawing on over a decade of educational expertise. Designed and delivered by an Osteopath, for Osteopaths, the course is grounded in a deep understanding of anatomy and structural bodywork. It seamlessly integrates with both structural and indirect osteopathic techniques, enhancing your practice with a new skill set. The course is structured to build your confidence in applying Dry Needling as a complementary treatment modality, enriching the care you provide to your patients.

The course combines both the Level 1 and Level 2 curriculum, offering a comprehensive understanding and practical competence in dry needling techniques for musculoskeletal conditions. Participants will learn the theoretical basis, safety protocols, and hands-on techniques for effective dry needling.

Precise Points Dry Needling Courses are infused with a strong background in osseous, muscular and neuroanatomy. Through a comprehensive analysis of the anatomy and physiology that underpins Dry Needling and all forms of manual therapy, you will be able to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal pain, structural dysfunction, acute and chronic conditions. In addition, more obscure clinical presentations will also be explored.

Through a combination of theoretical instruction and practical hands-on training, and interactive discussions, Osteopaths will learn how to accurately assess patients, identify trigger points, and develop personalised treatment plans tailored to individual needs.

The foundation of all techniques taught in the Precise Points Dry Needling Course is a fundamental understanding of what is being treated, why it is being treated, how the techniques used can benefit the condition.  Therefore, you will leave the course understanding how best to administer your chosen techniques.

The Level 1 Dry Needing Course focuses on building a strong foundation in dry needling techniques, emphasising safety protocols, needle insertion techniques, and basic needle manipulation skills. Osteopaths will learn how to effectively address common musculoskeletal conditions such as neck pain, low back pain, shoulder impingement, and sciatica.

The Level 2 Dry Needling Course builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Level 1, delving deeper into advanced dry needling techniques and their applications in complex clinical scenarios. Osteopaths will explore advanced needling approaches, including intramuscular, periosteal, and ligamentous techniques, as well as strategies for integrating dry needling into comprehensive rehabilitation programs.

Using Dry Needling in an Osteopathy Clinic

Precise Points Dry Needling courses have been developed to allow osteopaths to apply a variety of styles and needling techniques.  Foremost, these techniques are governed by approaching the treatment of each individual client as an individual. Therefore, this Dry Needling Course will allow the osteopath to confidently diagnose and treat the client with an arsenal of techniques that will not be limited to only one style.

Incorporating dry needling into a osteopathy clinic’s practice can yield significant benefits for both patients and the clinic itself. From pain reduction and improved mobility to diversified services and increased revenue streams, the advantages of introducing dry needling are multifaceted. By staying at the forefront of innovative treatments and prioritising patient care, osteopathy practitioners can position themselves for sustained growth and success in a competitive healthcare landscape.

How the course is delivered

The dry needling course for physiotherapists is a blend of online and practical components and the course is delivered in three components.

  1. Online Learning Modules – study & learn at your own pace with immediate access on course registration.
  2. Online Video Demonstrations – over 120 videos
  3. Practical Hands-on Training – The 2.5 days workshop is delivered on Friday evenings, Saturday & Sunday in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane. (Check available dates on the right)

Pre-course materials and theoretical components are provided online, allowing Osteopaths to learn the necessary background information at their own pace before attending practical hands-on sessions. The online component includes theory related to the essentials of Dry Needling, such as the mechanisms of Dry Needling, safety considerations, treatment protocols, understanding skin penetration and more.

Following on from the online theory modules, participants will have access to over 120 videos of material related to Dry Needling techniques specifically related to osseous, soft tissue and practical demonstrations.

The 2.5 Days practical component is entirely hands-on, building on the material covered in the online content and applying it to the practical aspects of Dry Needling. Through a combination of visual, palpatory, and practical exercises, regional areas of the body will be explored using different Dry Needling techniques. This includes instruction on proper needle insertion depth, angle, and manipulation techniques to elicit desired responses.

Under the guidance of an experienced dry needling doctor, you’ll learn various needling techniques, understanding anatomy in relation to dry needling while practicing on fellow participants.

To ensure competence, each course module have mini exams that must be completed to advance to the next part of the series.  This will solidify your learning experience and give you confidence as you enter the practical component of the course.

Upon course registration, participants receive 12 months access to the online dry needing course support materials to supplement their learning.


  • Dry Needling fundamentals and theory videos that cover all aspects of the theory behind Dry Needling as well as the legislative practical application of Dry Needling in the clinical environment.
  • Over 120 practical video demonstrations that cover all osseous, soft tissue and practical demonstrations that are taught in the practical component of the course.
  • Trigger Point charts
  • Research papers
  • Course notes

Osteopathy Dry Needling Course Objectives

Osteopathy Dry Needling Course Outcomes

The learning outcomes from the Osteopathy Dry Needling Course typically include:
Understand the theoretical foundations of dry needling, including its history and mechanisms of action. The ability to explain the theory, principles, and physiological mechanisms behind dry needling.
A comprehensive review of relevant anatomy and physiology to ensure safe and effective needle placement. This includes understanding the locations of muscles, nerves, blood vessels, tissues, and other structures.
Enhance palpation skills to accurately locate and identify muscular trigger points. Develop proficient needling techniques to effectively deactivate trigger points, alleviate pain, and improve functional mobility.
Understanding how to integrate dry needling into overall patient management, including informed consent, aftercare, and combining with other therapeutic interventions. With an emphasis on safety procedures, contraindications, and managing potential side effects or complications. Participants will be trained in hygiene practices, handling of needles, and emergency procedures.
Osteopaths will develop skills in assessing patients to identify areas of dysfunction, pain, or restricted movement that may benefit from dry needling. This includes conducting thorough evaluations, taking patient histories, and performing physical examinations to formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
Dry needling is often used as a component of pain management strategies. Osteopaths will learn how to integrate dry needling into comprehensive treatment plans aimed at reducing pain, improving function, and enhancing overall quality of life for patients with various musculoskeletal conditions.
Effective communication with patients is essential in physiotherapy practice. Physiotherapists will develop skills in explaining the dry needling procedure, discussing treatment goals and expectations, and providing education on self-care techniques or exercises to support ongoing recovery.
Enhanced clinical reasoning to determine when dry needling is an appropriate intervention based on individual patient presentation and diagnosis.
An overview of the research supporting the use of dry needling and how to apply it within an evidence-based framework.

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion that can be used towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and insurance purposes, demonstrating your proficiency in this specialised area of practice. Plus, you’ll have 12 months access to all online components and video demonstrations to continue your education and to further enhance your skills.

Our Dry Needling Course for Osteopaths includes a total of 26.3 CPD hours.

Course Frequently Asked Questions

Dry Needling is currently covered under the scope of practice for Osteopaths.  To be able to use Dry Needling, an Osteopath must complete a minimum of 16 hours on a Dry Needling Course.

The Precise Points Dry Needling Courses for osteopaths, L1 and L2, is a combined 26.3 hours.

Our Dry Needling Courses for Osteopaths include 16.8 hours for L1, 9.5 hours for L2, for a total of 26.3 hours CPD.

This is also consistent with AHPRA guidelines for Physiotherapists, which states that: Physiotherapists  “must participate in activities that contribute directly to maintaining and improving your competence in your chosen scope of practice”.

Yes! Our Dry Needling Courses for Osteopaths is an AOA endorsed course.You will also meet all requirements by AHPRA to meet insurer standards.

This is not uncommon – many people comment how they are comfortable giving needles but not receiving them!

The first and foremost thing with Dry Needling is consent – if you do not give consent then Dry Needling cannot proceed.

The course has been designed to have a partner.

I encourage all participants to treat their partner, as they would like to be treated themselves.

Most participants, once the initial contact has been completed, begin to actually enjoy needling – as will your patients!


Dry Needling does not have to be painful.  It is important to ensure that your client is comfortable and informed in the type of treatment you are going administer.  If your patient is prepared for how you insert and apply the needles, and you are sensitive to how your patient is receiving the needles, together you will be able to create a positive effect where you will be able to use needling effectively.

However I want to ensure that you, the participant, is able to do perform all techniques so that you will be able to treat a variety of people safely and effectively.

From our Dry Needling Courses for Osteopaths, you can expect to receive a lot of material, a lot of attention, a lot of specificity in relation to your palpation, lots of anatomical knowledge or revision, skills that you will be able to use on Monday, skills that compliment how you already treat.  It makes sense.

With all the material online you will be able to review what you have learnt any time for a year.

If you decide you would like to attend another course, there is an online video series available or you are welcome to attend a revision course in vivo.

With our Dry Needling Courses for Osteopaths, you will have a one-year access to

  • Online theory (this will go through the basics of what is Dry Needling, what is a Myofascial Trigger Point, What are the mechanisms of Dry Needling, registration standards, safety concerns, red flags, treatment guidelines etc etc)
  • Access to 120 online practical demonstration videos and case studies relating to Dry Needling
  • A library of research papers on Dry Needling
  • 2 colour Trigger Point manuals
  • A needle starter pack for Monday morning
  • A 10% discount off your first purchase of Dry Needling supplies
  • And more and more!

There is only one teacher.  Putting a needle into the skin, with a little practice is easy once done a couple of times. However understanding why something is painful, how to apply the needle if someone is resisting, applying different techniques, these are all things that have come with experience.

Your learning experience is very important to me.  I have chosen not to ask any people to teach with me because I want to make sure that you being taught by someone that has over 18 years experience needling.

It is very important to me that you leave the course with every bit of my knowledge and skill given to you by me – not via a third party.

Due to the fact that I am the only teacher my courses are always small.

If you want a course with 5 assistants (who may have had 2-3 years of Dry Needling experience), and 30 people in the room, then this course is not for you.

If you want a course where the class is super small and intimate, where the teacher (me) treats every day using Dry Needling and will give real life scenarios, where the teacher will be honest and will give you individual attention, and a teacher who will make sure that you leave confident about what you have learnt on the course, then this course will appeal to you.

I teach in an intimate setting where I can know everyone, understand each persons technique and then give them individual attention, guidance and critique to ensure that on Monday you will confidently be able to treat the first person that presents with a hamstring strain, or levator scapulae tightness (of course these will be found in your diagnosis) or all of the other most common causes of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction that we will cover in this Dry Needling Course.

I am very proud of the Precise Points Dry Needling course, and my teaching.  When someone attends my course, they trust me to teach them to be confident and skillful, and I want to make sure that anyone and everyone who attends my Dry Needling course has the best learning experience they can have.

Yes!!!! I have run courses over the past 10 years – both my general course and to individual group practices in both Melbourne and Brisbane.


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10% deposit followed by six weekly payments

Course Components

26.3 CPD hours

Online Theory

Video Demonstrations

Practical Hands-on Training

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