Unit 4, 11 Charrington Court. 35 Old Northern Rd, Baulkham Hills


March 28th 2021

Course Description and Goals

The Functional Dry Needling (FDN) course has been written for the unique programming taught in our education. The purpose of this Level 1 training is to introduce clinicians to FDN programming and protocols. Participants will workshop each and every region of the body. Level 1 training includes proposed physiological effects/ benefits, soft tissue assessment, and regional treatment using the unique programming.

Level 1 Course Objectives

The primary objective of Level 1 is to develop an understanding of FDN and how to apply it into the full spectrum of musculoskeletal treatment approaches. By the end of the training, participants will be able to:          

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the FDN instruments, FDN treatments and potential effects and benefits
  • Identify and discuss the indications, contraindications (relative and absolute) of dry needling   
  • Review and develop a better understanding of soft tissue injury, healing and potential reactivity to dry needling (therapeutic and adverse)
  • Develop skill and competence in the application of dry needling to the major regions of the spine and extremities (covered in this course)

Level 1 Prerequisites

Level 1 participants should have a well-developed working knowledge of the human neuromusculoskeletal system and its major structures. Prior experience with manual therapy and manual soft tissue mobilization techniques are helpful.

Teaching/Learning Methods & Materials

Various teaching methods will be utilized consistent with the various levels of complexity of the learning objectives. These will include explanations, demonstrations, performance, feedback, teaching, supervised open practice and case troubleshooting. Teaching materials include the Level 1 PowerPoint/Keynote presentation, Level 1 Training Materials and video demonstrations.

Important Information

Manual therapy must be in the scope of practice in your licensed profession or you must be an active student undertaking a manual therapy course. Any tools purchased alongside your ticket will be shipped to the course location and available for pickup at the commencement of the course.

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Terms & Conditions

  • 25% fee for registration cancellations made less than 2 weeks before scheduled class date.
  • Training may be canceled if a minimum number of trainees are not reached one month prior to training. All registrants will receive a full refund or immediate transfer to a future training.
  • If a course has to be cancelled last minute, whether if the instructor has an emergency or the weather, we will do everything we can to notify you of any course cancellation.
  • Wear loose clothing, shorts preferable.
  • GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: Every attempt is made to offer programs as announced. Smart Tools reserves the right to adjust program faculty, location, dates, times, and/or tuition to accommodate unanticipated occurrences, to limit seating, or to cancel due to insufficient enrollment. Smart Tools is not responsible for any expenses incurred by registrants due to program adjustments or cancellation. Only those who are preregistered can be notified in the event of changes/cancellation.
  • Policy for Grievance Resolution: A full description of the grievance must be submitted in writing to the Smart Tools Education Coordinator (info@smarttoolsplus.com.au). Upon assessment of the circumstances surrounding the grievance, the Coordinator will make a determination as to the validity of the complaint and the degree (if any) of Smart Tools’ culpability.Resolution may include any of the following:- Tuition fees may be waived- Tuition fees may be reduced- Tuition fees may be refunded- A credit amount may be given toward another class- No action taken, tuition fees may stand as advertised.

Course Outline

8:00am – 9:00am

Introduction to the Technique

Participants review and complete the release of liability form. History, physiological rationale of Dry needling, principles relating to soft tissue dysfunction and anticipated results from applying dry needling programming is covered. A review of the current scientific literature and evidence based model is discussed.

9:00am – 10:30am

Application of Dry Needling into a clinical setting

Demonstration of various dry needling techniques followed by participants familiarising themselves with technique, approach, safety and consent.

15 Minute Break

10:45am - 12:00pm

Lower Extremity (Foot, Ankle, Lower Leg, Knee)

Suggested patient and clinician positioning, needle choice and technique is demonstrated and practiced for this region. Participants practice the below in a lab format.

Foot and Ankle

Dorsal Surface
· Extensor Digitorum Brevis
· Extensor Hallucis Brevis

Plantar Surface
· Abductor Hallucis
· Abductor Digiti Minimi
· Flexor Digitorum Brevis
· Quadratus Plantae

Lower Leg

Anterior Compartment
· Tibialis Anterior
· Extensor Digitorum Longus
· Extensor Hallucis Longus

Lateral Compartment
· Fibularis (Peroneus) Tertius
· Fibularis (Peroneus) Longus
· Fibularis (Peroneus) Brevis

Posterior Compartment
· Gastrocnemius
· Achilles Tendon
· Soleus
· Plantaris
· Popliteus
· Tibialis Posterior
· Flexor Digitorum Longus
· Flexor Hallucis Longus

1 Hour Lunch Break

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Lumbopelvic Hip Complex (Upper Leg, Hip and Pelvis)

Suggested patient and clinician positioning, needle choice and technique is demonstrated and practiced for this region. Participants practice the below in a lab format.

Upper Leg

Anterior Compartment

  •      Sartorius
  •      Tensor Fascia Latae
  •      Rectus Femoris
  •      Vastus Intermedius
  •      Vastus Lateralis
  •      Vastus Medialis
  •      Illiotibial Band

Posterior Compartment

  •      Biceps Femoris
  •      Semimembranosus
  •      Semitendinosus

Medial Compartment

  •      Adductor Brevis
  •      Adductor Longus
  •      Adductor Magnus
  •      Gracilis


Posterior Compartment

  •      Gluteus Maximus
  •      Gluteus Medius  
  •      Gluteus Minimus
  •      Piriformis
  •      Obturator Internus/Externus
  •      Quadratus Femoris

Anterior Compartment

  •      Psoas Major
  •      Psoas Minor
  •      Illiacus

15 Minute Break

3:15pm - 5:00pm

Spine (Thoracic and Lumbar Region)

Lumbar Region

· Erector Spinae Iliocostalis
· Erector Spinae Longissimus
· Erector Spinae Spinalis
· Quadratus Lumborum

Thoracic Region

· Semispinalis
· Multifidus
· Latissimus Dorsi
· Levator Scapulae
· Rhomboid Major/Minor

8:00am – 9:00am

Participants practice the previous days techniques in lab conditions
15 Minute Break

9:45am – 12:00pm

Head and Neck

Shoulder (See Section 10)

  •      Pectoralis Major
  •      Pectoralis Minor

Cervical Region

Posterior Compartment

  •      Trapezius (Upper/Middle)
  •      Posterior Scalenes
  •      Splenius Capitis
  •      Splenius Cervicis
  •      Levator Scapulae
  •      Suboccipital Muscles

Anterior Compartment

  •      Sternocleidomastoid
  •      Anterior Scalenes


  •      Occipital
  •      Masseter
  •      Temporalis

1 Hour Lunch Break

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Upper Extremity (Shoulder and Arm)


Posterior Capsule
· Supraspinatus
· Infraspinatus
· Teres Major
· Teres Minor
· Subscapularis
· Latissimus Dorsi
Anterior Capsule
· Deltoid
· Pectoralis Major
· Pectoralis Minor

Upper Arm

Anterior Arm
· Corachobrachialis
· Biceps Brachii
· Brachialis

Posterior Arm
· Triceps Brachii

15 Minute Break

3:15pm - 5:00pm

Upper Extremity (Forearm, Wrist and Hand)

Lower Arm

Anterior Forearm
· Pronator Teres
· Flexor Carpi Radialis
· Flexor Carpi Ulnaris
· Brachioradialis
· Flexor Digitorum Superficialis
· Flexor Digitorum Profundus
· Flexor Pollicis Longus
· Supinator
Posterior Forearm
· Anconeus
· Extensor Carpi Radialis Longus
· Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis
· Extensor Digitorum
· Extensor Digiti Minimi
· Extensor Carpi Ulnaris
· Abductor Pollicis Longus
· Extensor Pollicis Longus
· Extensor Pollicis Brevis
· Extensor Indices

Wrist & Hand
Thenar Eminence
· Abductor Pollicis Brevis
· Flexor Pollicis Brevis
· Opponens Pollicis

Hypothenar Eminence
· Abductor Digiti Minimi
· Flexor Digiti Minimi
· Opponens Digiti Minimi

Central Compartment
· Adductor Pollicis
· Palmaris Brevis

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