Remedial Massage Therapist Dry Needling Course

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

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

The Remedial Massage Therapist 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)

Minimum requirement: Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy.

Massage Therapist Dry Needling Course Overview

The Remedial Massage Therapist Course is a comprehensive and practical program that provides remedial massage therapists with the knowledge and skills they need to use dry needling safely and effectively in their practice. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner looking to expand your treatment options or a recent graduate eager to learn about the latest therapeutic techniques, this course offers valuable insights and hands-on experience that can enhance your clinical practice.

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

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. Remedial massage therapists 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. Remedial massage therapists 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. Remedial massage therapists 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 Remedial Massage Clinic

Precise Points Dry Needling courses have been developed to allow remedial massage therapists 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 remedial massage therapist 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 remedial massage therapists 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, remedial massage therapists can position themselves for sustained growth and success in a competitive healthcare landscape.

How the course is delivered

The dry needling course for Remedial Massage Therapists 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 Remedial Massage Therapists 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

Massage Therapist Dry Needling Course Objectives

Massage Therapist Dry Needling Course Outcomes

Learning outcomes from the Remedial Massage Therapist 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.
Remedial Massage Therapists 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. Remedial Massage Therapists 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 chiropractic practice. Remedial Massage Therapists 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.

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

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


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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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