Become familiar with and build upon the theoretical and practical foundations of dry needling, the main tool in an invasive approach to treating myofascial trigger points.
Muscles in general and myofascial trigger points in particular are the main source of pain in people. According to doctors Travell and Simons, myofascial pain syndrome refers to the sensory, motor and autonomic signs and symptoms caused by myofascial trigger points.
As a physiotherapist you must be familiar with this syndrome and know how to effectively diagnose and treat it, with a view to preventing the symptoms from becoming chronic.
In a global approach, the shoulder and myofascial trigger points should not be considered in isolation, but rather in conjunction with other structures (joints, nerves, etc.). This is why we suggest using the fascial system as a means of integration.
Gain insight into this discipline and learn about diagnostic examination techniques and treatment approaches.
The objectives of this highly practical course are:
- To memorise muscle anatomy and topography.
- To gain an understanding of the nature and inherent characteristics of trigger points and myofascial pain.
- To describe and identify the perpetuating factors and differential diagnosis of the muscles you study.
- To recognise and elicit the referred pain patterns of the muscles described by Travell and Simons.
- To examine and palpate myofascial trigger points on a tight muscle band.
- To perform joint and muscle mobility tests to identify limitations associated with trigger points.
- To learn and perform different forms of palpation.
- To use palpation and dry needling to elicit a local twitch response in the muscles you study.
- To describe and perform a number of different conservative myofascial techniques (Lewit, Mitchell, Jones...).
- To describe the myofascial techniques traditionally used in physiotherapy.
- To describe and perform subcutaneous needling and dry needling.
- To describe the methodology, indications and contraindications of dry needling.
- To describe and apply cryo-spray.
- To describe spinal segmental dysfunction and how its treatment relates to myofascial pain.
- To describe and apply myofascial sequences in the case of myofascial pain.
- To describe and apply segment-specific spinal electrical stimulation in cases of myofascial pain.
Who is it intended for? Prospective students
Students with a degree in Physiotherapy
Postgraduate diploma in Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: conservative treatment and dry needling.