Physiotherapy Dry Needling Course

If you are a newly graduated physiotherapist, transitioning from the public system to private practice, or looking to enhance your skills in a competitive private practice environment, the Precise Points Dry Needling Physiotherapy Course will equip you with the necessary skills to incorporate Dry Needling into your clinical practice.

This course will give Physiotherapists a total of 26.3 CPD hours for the year.

The Physiotherapy 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)

Physiotherapy Dry Needling Course Overview

Our intensive Physiotherapy Dry Needling Course has been specifically designed to meet the standards required for physiotherapists to acquire the necessary skills to use Dry Needling in their practice.

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, participants 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. Physiotherapists 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. Physiotherapists 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 a Physiotherapy Clinic

Precise Points Dry Needling courses have been developed to allow physiotherapists 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 physiotherapist 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 physiotherapy 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, physiotherapy 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 Physiotherapists 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

Physiotherapy Dry Needling Course Objectives

Physiotherapy Dry Needling Course Outcomes

The learning outcomes from the Physiotherapist 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.
Physiotherapists will learn the proper techniques for inserting thin needles into specific trigger points or muscle knots. This includes understanding the depth and angle of insertion, as well as the appropriate manipulation of the needle to achieve therapeutic effects.
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.
Physiotherapists 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. Physiotherapists 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.

This course will give Physiotherapists a total of 26.3 CPD hours for the year.

Course Frequently Asked Questions

As a minimum Physiotherapists are required to complete 20 hours CPD per year for AHPRA.

As a Physiotherapist you are required to complete a minimum 16 hours Dry Needling Course to be covered by your insurer.

The Precise Points L1 & L2 Dry Needling Course for Physiotherapists will give you a total of 26.3 CPD hours for the year

The Precise Points Dry Needling courses for Physiotherapists is built around guidelines the APA has prescribed to be met by Dry Needling Courses.  Up until 2017, the Precise Points Dry Needling Course was an APA approved third party course.  However following 2017 the APA discontinued endorsement of all third party courses– i.e. those courses not run by the APA.

This however does not affect participants of the Precise Points Dry Needling Courses. The APA has acknowledged via correspondence that all participants of this Dry Needling Course will receive recognition for CPD and insurance purposes.

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”.

For the newly graduated Physiotherapist, this Dry Needling Course for Physiotherapists will solidify your osseous and anatomical knowledge.  If you have just exited the hospital system and are entering private practice, your anatomical and palpatory skills may be a little rusty, or knowledge may be forgotten.Dry Needling Courses for Physiotherapists you will reinvigorate your palpatory and soft tissue knowledge.  The importance of this is that this will then be applied to the practical component of the Dry Needling Course.You will be able to confidently apply precise anatomical location of osseous structures to the anatomy attached to those structures.  This is the framework for then applying the skills of Dry Needling, which you will acquire in the practical component of the course.If you are a Physiotherapist already in private practice Precise Points Dry Needling Courses for Physiotherapists will give you the skills in a weekend to seamlessly apply Dry Needling on Monday morning.You will not only learn how to needle individual muscles, but you will learn how to treat specific musculoskeletal conditions, that you will see everyday in clinic.
  • How do you treat impingement syndrome?
  • How do we treat shin splints?
  • How do you treat someone with lower back pain?
Your background (and all research) points to the use of exercise, which is a valid and effective tool of treatment.However what if someone is not responding as quick as you would like? Or a muscle that is locked or too taut to stretch cannot be released?This is where Dry Needling can be used within your practice immediately – to accelerate the effects of treatment or to provide a new course of treatment to a condition that has been stubborn to treat.Precise Points has been teaching Physiotherapists for the past 10 years. I have taught Physiotherapists not only within the general courses I run, but have also taught private courses to Physiotherapist practices in both Melbourne and Brisbane.

Dry Needling Courses for Physiotherapists covers:

Level 1 covers shoulder, upper limb, hip (ant/post), lower limb, and lumbar.

Level 2 covers lumbar (different techniques), thorax, ant/post cervical, hands, feet, TMJ, ant face/head.

This seems to have come into marketing vogue the last year or so.


This is one of several techniques that are taught in the practical component.

My philosophy is that one style of treatment is not suitable for every individual, as all people are different with different needs.

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.

I teach everything I know, and all you will need in the L1 & L2 dry needling courses for Physiotherapists.

I believe and am confident that you will be 100% confident and ready to begin needling on Monday morning.

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 confidently needling all regions of the body – you will already be a master!

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.

You will have 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
  • 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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Course Components

26.3 CPD hours for the year

Online Theory

Video Demonstrations

Practical Hands-on Training

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