Dry Needling Evidence-Based Concepts and Essential Skills

John Gwilliam, PT, MHA, CWS, Cert. DN

Online Course

Includes all course content in digital format

Prerequisites Required
2 hours - Provided by Summit Professional Education



Dry needling is a practice that has been around for many decades, but over the last 10 years, it has emerged as one of the most effective strategies to address and improve neuromuscular and musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain.With established and emerging evidence, various models and methods have been developed to use this intervention to help reduce pain, improve motion, and restore function.

This course will provide participants tools and resources to assist the therapist in determining when and how to utilize dry needling for the benefit of each patient. Participants will review current evidence and best practice recommendations. In addition, participants will be provided an overview of various techniques and approaches for dry needling, including case presentations and outcomes.


  • Evidence supporting dry needling as an intervention approach to help alleviate musculoskeletal limitations and pain
  • Essential concepts for when and how to incorporate dry needling into the plan of care

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and describe the primary benefits and theory of dry needling
  2. Describe key aspects of evidence-based assessment and treatment for dry needling

Course Content

Dry Needling Evidence-Based Concepts and Essential Skills
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Next Steps
  1. Theory, Research, and Best Practices
    • Trigger point theory
    • Techniques
    • Best practice recommendations
  2. Effective Assessment and Safe Intervention
    • To needle or not to needle?
    • Treatment guidelines
    • The twitch response
    • Electrical stimulation
John Gwilliam, PT, MHA, CWS, Cert. DN, is an experienced physical therapist and is certified in Dry Needling. He has extensive experience with the impact that this intervention can have for many patients. John has focused on utilizing evidence-based practice to develop individualized treatment plans to enhance recovery, decrease pain and improve overall function. John currently serves as director of rehabilitation services at a level II trauma center with a full outpatient therapy center. He encourages his team to develop open communication with physicians, nurses, and other involved disciplines to provide comprehensive care and recovery. John earned his Master of Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University, as well as a master's in healthcare administration from Midwestern State University and received his BS in Kinesiology from Texas Woman's University. He is a member of the APTA, TPTA and the American Board of Wound Management.


FINANCIAL: John Gwilliam is compensated by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: John Gwilliam has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

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