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Dr. Ivo Waerlop

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Trigger Point Dry Needling & Intramuscular Therapy: An Anatomical and Physiological Perspective. PART 2 – The Appendicular Skeleton.

Course Date: Friday, May 5th to  Sunday, May 7th, 2017 (3 Full Days)

Course Accreditation

This course will meet all of the CPTBC College practice standards set out under the self-declaration model for Physiotherapists practicing acupuncture/dry needling in BC.In order to register, participants are required to have a minimum of 1200 practice hours over a five year period. Proof of a current/active Physiotherapist license will be required. 

All course participants must pass both a theoretical and practical exam on this course and demonstrate safety and competency with the dry needling technique in order to receive a certificate of completion and begin implementing this tool into daily practice. A passing grade for the practical and theoretical exam is 80% or greater. Further, as per the CPTBC college guidelines, participants must submit a self declaration to the college upon completion of this course in order to be put on to the dry needling roster. Further details regarding this can be found on the CPTBC webpage under college practice standards (see the link below).


Course Description

This is a dry needling course unlike any other you have taken or that is currently offered. Dr. Waerlop takes you through the anatomy, physiology and neurology of what you need to know about this very pertinent and timely modality, providing many clinical examples and applications throughout the course.

Similar to Part 1, Part 2 spans 3 days and covers the appendicular skeleton with a strong focus on the foot and gait. Participants will return to their practices Monday morning with tools that they can immediately implement, along with exercises to support the work they are doing. Extensive references are given to support this treatment technique which can be used to educate both patients and potential referral sources. Comprehensive hands on training with small class sizes and individualized attention are used to help the clinician master the material and be confident in their new skill set.

**Note:A written and practical exam must be completed by all participants, with a passing grade of 80% achieved in order to receive a certificate of completion for this course. If a participant does not achieve a passing grade on the exam, opportunities for a re-take of the exam will be made available at an additional cost of $100.

Course Details

Program Dates: Friday, May 5th – Sunday, May 7th

Location: Capilano University, 2055 Purcell Way. North Vancouver, BC.

Times: 8am-6pm (Friday & Saturday); 8am-4pm Sunday.

  • Note: This is an intensive course and in order to get through the required material, minimal breaks will be offered. Snacks, including coffee/tea and water as well as lunch will be provided. Due to group size, dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated. Please bring any additional food/water you feel you may need to sustain you over the duration of the course.
  • Course fees include – supplies to be used throughout the course, zip drive with relevant lecture materials/slides, snacks & lunch over the course of the 3 days.

Cancellation Policy

Upon registering for this course you are securing a spot in Part 2 Dry Needling, Trigger Point Dry Needling and Intramuscular Therapy: An Anatomical and Physiological Perspective. If you have to cancel, a 15% admin fee up until 4 weeks prior to the course will be incurred. If you must cancel after this date, due to the allocation of funds for course participants at this time, Twin Bridges Physiotherapy will not be able to provide a refund.

Twin Bridges Physiotherapy and/or Dr. Ivo Waerlop reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.  If a course is canceled due to weather or low enrollment, we will contact you at the email address and phone number which you provided at registration, and a full refund will be given for your course registration.  Twin Bridges Physiotherapy/Dr. Ivo Waerlop is not responsible for any charges incurred by the registrant due to cancellation of the course other than the registration fee — travel costs will not be refunded.

  • Current registration as a practicing Physical Therapist. Proof of registration/license will be required.
  • Minimum of 2 years of practicing as a registered Physical therapist.
  • Be prepared to participate in the course including the lab/practical sessions. In order to ensure appropriate patient care, it is important that the practitioner experiences the treatment in and educational setting. Because of this, pregnant women may not participate in this course due to the risks that are associated with pregnancy and dry needling.
  • Participants must have taken Part 1 Trigger Point Dry Needling or an equivalent of. If you have taken a previous dry needling course that is not Part 1 of this series and you are interested in taking Part 2, please email Karly Foster at Karly@twinbridgesphysiotherapy.com to find out if you are eligible to take the course. Proof of your completion of your previous dry needling course will be required.

Part 2 Course Outline

This course is part 2 of a 2 part series.

Part 2 is a 27 hour course that will include a combination of lecture, case studies, progress quizzes and a hands-on practicum and labs which will prepare the practitioner to implement this technique immediately following the completion of the course.  Upon completion of this program, the practitioner will understand the underlying principles of dry needling, trigger point dry needling and intramuscular therapy and will be able to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions (within their scope of practice) utilizing dry needling, trigger point dry needling and instramuscular therapy.

Material that will be covered in part 2 includes the following:

  • A review of the physiological mechanisms underlying dry needling, trigger point dry needling and intramuscular therapy
  • Review of pain management neurophysiology
  • Review of clean needle technique, precautions, contraindications and emergency management.
  • Review of pertinent anatomy, referral patterns (sclerotome, dermatome and myotome) and precautions for each of the muscles covered in the upper and lower extremities.
  • Review supporting literature for dry needling, trigger point dry needling and intramuscular therapy

Program Objectives:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the physiology and application of dry needling, trigger point dry needling and intramuscular therapy.
  • Analyze history and examination findings as they relate to dry needling, trigger point dry needling and intramuscular therapy and implement it in the clinical decision making process
  • Apply history taking, diagnostic skills and examination findings and synthesize and implement a treatment plan for many common conditions presenting to a physiotherapists office with dry needling, trigger point dry needling and intramuscular therapy.
  • Outline and demonstrate hygiene, safety, clean needle technique, indications and contra-indications for dry needling, trigger point dry needling and intramuscular therapy.