Dry Needling Therapy Course

CPD Award in Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling Therapy?

Dry Needling is a skilled intervention that uses a thin needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscles and connective (fascial) tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.
Dry Needling is used to treat dysfunctions in skeletal muscle, fascia and connective tissue and diminish persistent peripheral nociceptive input and reduce or restore impairments of function leading to improved activity and participation.
Dry Needling may be incorporated into a treatment plan when myofascial TrPs are present. TrPs have been identified in numerous diagnoses and can treat radiculopathies, joint dysfunction, disk pathology, tendinopathies, cranio-mandibular dysfunction, headaches and migraines, tension-type headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, computer-related or repetitive strain disorders, whiplash associated injury, spinal dysfunction, pelvic pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, complex regional pain syndromes, sports injuries, nocturnal cramps and other relatively uncommon disorders.

Course Options:
NSC offers two dry needling CPD programmes.
Course 1 – Dry Needling Techniques for Muscular Structures
Course 2 – Dry Needling Techniques for Articular / Ligamentous Structures


Applicants must hold a qualification in sports massage/neuromuscular/physio therapy which includes the treatment of pathological tissue and trigger point therapy. 


Course Information

Course Information



Course 1 - Muscular Structures
  • History of dry needling
  • Neurophysiology of dry needling
  • Muscle Trigger Points
  • Contraindications & Safety
  • Dry Needling Application for Major Muscular Structures
Course 2 – Articular / Ligamentous Structures
  • History of dry needling
  • Neurophysiology of dry needling
  • Articular Structures Pathophysiology
  • Contraindications & Safety
  • Dry Needling Application for Major Articular and Ligamentous Structures
Course Fee

€250 per course or €450 for both courses (savings of €50).  Each CPD training programme occurs over one day

Course Dates

Next course date: July 2023.

For groups of 6 or more, NSC can organise a training day anytime of the year.  Please contact [email protected] for more information.

How to Apply

To apply, please email [email protected] to request an application form.

Course Accreditation

This course is endorsed by the National Sports College and will allow students to gain Professional Indemnity to practice dry needling therapy.