Dry Needling Courses for Remedial Massage Therapists

This course is designed to equip remedial massage therapists with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to safely and effectively incorporate dry needling techniques into their practice. Dry needling is a therapeutic modality that involves the insertion of thin needles into trigger points, muscles, or connective tissues to alleviate pain and improve musculoskeletal function. Participants will learn the principles, techniques, and applications of dry needling through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions.

The course is endorsed by the Massage & Myotherapy Association, and the Massage Association of Australia.

  • ANTA – 80 CPE Points
  • ATMS – 100 CPE Points
  • AMT – 100 CPE Points

Dry Needling Course for Remedial Massage Therapists

This Dry Needling Course for Remedial Massage Therapists has been designed to the meet registration standards and requirements of Associations and Insurers to gain CPD points, insurance, BUT most importantly to be able to needle safely in clinic.

This 80 hour Dry Needling Course meets the standards required by insurers to be legally safe to apply Dry Needling in the clinically setting.

Students, once registered, will begin the online theory component, which utilizes easy to view videos that describe the most important concepts in Dry Needling.

These concepts include the differences between Dry Needling and other professions, the physiology behind Dry Needling, red and yellow flags in Dry Needling, safety standards and expectations in Dry Needling, treatment protocol in Dry Needling etc.

The theoretical section is then followed by a wealth of regional anatomy to prepare the student for the practical component of the Dry Needling Course.

All these sections 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.

Online, you will have access to over 120 videos specifically related to osseous, soft tissue and practical demonstrations.

The practical component is made up of just that – practical application.  The practical component of the 80 Dry Needling Course for Remedial Massage Therapists, uses a systematic approach, incorporating knowledge gained in the online component and applying it in the clinical setting. 

Dry Needling Courses for Massage Therapists FAQs

Below are some common questions that have been asked over the past 8 years of this course running.

Palpation, anatomy, and confident Dry Needling.

To empower you with a solid base in anatomy, physiology, palpatory skill and Dry Needling techniques that will make you confident enough to make Dry Needling a part of your everyday practice.

This is not just a case of being able to insert a needle into the skin, but being able to diagnose a problem, decide the best practice protocol and whether Dry Needling is appropriate.  You will be able to identify which muscles you would like to needle, understand the surrounding neurovascular anatomy AND then be able to confidently, safely, and effectively insert the needle!

Having been teaching this course for 8 years, I have developed a systematic style of learning that fills in the gaps for you as you go along.  By learning (or revising) the various structures in the body through the online content, you will be prepared for the practical component of the Dry Needling Course. 

The course is currently endorsed by the Massage & Myotherapy Association, and the Massage Association of Australia.

Other associations to recognize this 80 hour Dry Needling Course and receive CPE points are:

ANTA: 80 hours – 80 CPE points

ATMS: 1 point/2 hours – This will be recognised for a total of 100 cpe

AMT: 1point/2 hours – This will be recognised for a total of 100 cpe

The Precise Points Dry Needling Course for Remedial Massage Therapists is covered by all major insurers of Remedial Massage Therapists.

This includes AON and Arthur J. Gallagher, Insurance House, and Guild amongst others.

To gain insurance a Dry Needling Course for Remedial Massage Therapists has to be 80 hours in total.

Participants of the Precise Points Dry Needling 80 hour Dry Needling Course for Massage Therapists will receive a certificate stating they have participated in an 80 hour course.

Participants will also receive recognition in the form of certificates, of practical examinations held onsite, which are required to meet Association and Insurer standards.

Precise Points strongly advises to confirm with your association and insurer your insurance requirements, so as to avoid any miscommunication or misrepresentation. 

The minimum qualification is Diploma of Remedial Massage.

This is required by all major associations and insurance providers, when attending a Dry Needling Course.

The Diploma qualification ensures that there is a minimum knowledge of anatomy, physiology, neural and arterial structures

If your anatomy, physiology, neural, and arterial knowledge is a little rusty or you do not feel confident, DO NOT FRET, as you will have access to lots of anatomy material in the online content of the course!

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.

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)
  • 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!

Yes they are.  Please contact info@precisepoints.com.au to make an arrangement.

I feel like that is a trick question and at the same time a no brainer!

There seems to be a big focus by providers on using this adjective – most likely for marketing purposes!

Yes it certainly is and there is absolutely no compromise on this from my perspective.

I have been inserting needles into patients for 18 years.

I have taught anatomy in the wet labs for at University for 6 years. 

I have needled at hospitals in China.

I have taught Dry Needling Courses for more than 8 years. 

Needling is not a technique used for fun or games.

I use needles in the clinical setting because I believe it gives excellent results, and the patient will benefit from my techniques.

Any organization that conducts a Dry Needling Course, or any individual that uses Dry Needling, should be practicing safely.

This does not come from waving a glove around, or writing in big letters that they are safe.

Safety in Dry Needling comes from the individual – and the individual is empowered when they have knowledge.

That knowledge is made up an understanding of what they are doing, why they are doing it, the structures around where they are doing it, the consequences around doing it, and finally being able to have a good enough technique to apply all the above.

The Precise Points 80-hour Dry Needling Course for Remedial Massage Therapists will empower you with that knowledge so that you will be able to use Dry Needling Safely in your clinical practice – it is my guarantee to you.

The correct question to that is what do we not cover!

The 80 hour Dry Needling Course for Massage Therapists is very comprehensive – I do not leave anything in the tank and you will receive instruction on each region in the body.

Areas covered in the L1 Dry Needling Course are:

  • Anterior Shoulder
  • Posterior Shoulder
  • Brachium
  • Ante Brachium
  • Anterior Hip
  • Posterior Hip
  • Anterior Thigh
  • Posterior Thigh
  • Shin
  • Calf
  • Lumbar

Areas covered in the L2 Dry Needling Course are:

  • Lumbar (different needling)
  • Thorax
  • Posterior Cervical
  • Anterior Cervical
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • TMJ
  • Anterior Head and Face

No there is not a Master Class.

I teach everything I know, and all you will need to know in the L1 & L2 courses.

I believe and am very confident that you will be 100% ready and prepared to begin needling on Monday morning into any region in the body.

Skill comes with practice, and the more you needle the quicker will be the learning curve.

You will not need a Master Class, as you will already be needling all areas that you need to confidently and safely.

Should you need to revise any theory, anatomy or practical demonstrations, you will be able to review all the material in your online component of the course.

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.

There is only one teacher – me.

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.

This is not a generic course that can be taught to assistants with a couple of years experience to then pass onto you.

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.

This is my job and I take your learning experience seriously.

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.

This is not uncommon – many people comment how they are comfortable applying 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!

Remember, experiencing Dry Needling will make you a better practitioner when applying Dry Needling.


Dry Needling does not have to be painful.

It is most important to ensure that the client is comfortable and informed in the type of treatment you are going to give them. 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.

I work full-time in my practice!

The Dry Needling material in the course is directly from my clinical experience that I use each day in practice. This has been learnt over the course of the past 18 years and I am confident you will also have excellent clinical results on completion of the Dry Needling Course.


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Payment plan available on checkout
10% deposit followed by six weekly payments

Course Components

ANTA – 80 CPE Points
ATMS - 100 CPE Points
AMT - 100 CPE Points

Online Theory

Video Demonstrations

Practical Hands-on Training

CPE Points

You will be able to gain up to 30 CPE points for the year from  ANTA, ATMS, AMT for this course.  This course meets requirements from insurers of these associations to practice Dry Needling.

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