Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 26.00
Dry Needling and Pelvic Health: Foundational Concepts and Techniques is a lab intensive, hybrid course designed with the pelvic health practitioner in mind. This is the foundational dry needling course in our three course pelvic health series. Practitioners will learn an innovative approach to treating clients with pelvic floor and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction commonly associated with lumbopelvic pain, incontinence, voiding dysfunction and/or sexual pain or dysfunction. This foundational dry needling course will instruct participants in the application of dry needling to female pelvic floor musculature and associated neuroanatomical structures including the lumbosacral spine, abdomen, pelvis and hip joint complex. This course will provide a comprehensive review of anatomy, a strong emphasis on safety and precautions, ample lab time to optimize dry needling techniques, as well as dialogue surrounding clinical integration and relevant evidence.
Please Note: Due to the nature of this course content, it will be delivered in the traditional "in-person" manner. This means the course instructors will be teaching at a single location, and it will not be possible to join the course remotely via video conference. As with all Herman & Wallace courses, this course content is only intended for practitioners who are licensed appropriately, and for whom dry needling is within their scope of practice. It is the responsibility of every course registrant to check with their state boards to ensure that the content of a Herman & Wallace course that they attend is within their state-specific scope of practice.
Course Attire Recommendations:
You will be part of a two to three-person lab table. During practice you will needle and will be needled in the following body regions: anterior hip and thigh, trunk, posterior hip and thigh and pelvic floor. We recommend bringing a pair of shorts or a skirt so that your table partner can access these body regions. We will provide adequate draping to sustain modesty during the lab sessions.
Pre-recorded Online Content (8 hours):
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
Course Eligibility Requirement:
This course will be a hybrid course, one day online and two days live. Students will have access to the online course content for one month prior to their course date.
The course will only be offered to licensed physical therapists and qualified students enrolled in doctorate of physical therapy programs in states where dry needling is within the practice act for state licensure.
Kelly Sammis, PT, OCS, CLT, AFDN-S
Kelly Sammis is a physical therapist, educator of dry needling and all things pelvic, Pilates instructor, wife and mama living and working in Parker, Colorado. Her passion for treatment in physical therapy is in sports performance, pelvic health and overall wellness. She specializes in the treatment of male and female pelvic floor dysfunction, athletic injury/return to sport, sports performance and persistent pain. Her formal education took place at Ohio University (2007) and The University of St Augustine for Health Sciences (2010).
She is a midwest native with a strong history of treating persistent pain, pelvic floor and return to sport dysfunctions. Kelly serves as lead faculty developing and teaching dry needling and pelvic health courses nationwide. When she is not treating clients or teaching you can find her spending time with her husband, two children and labradoodle, Dexter, exploring our landscapes and the beautiful mountains of Colorado!
Tina Anderson, MS PT
Tina Anderson received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2001 from Grand Valley State University located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Tina specializes in treating patients with complex neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction including dysfunctions of the pelvic floor. Tina earned her dry needling certification in 2006 and has been teaching dry needling nationwide since 2008. Tina was integral in pioneering dry needling techniques for the pelvic floor and surrounding neuroanatomical structures. She currently owns and operates a private physical therapy practice in Aspen, Colorado. Tina and her family, including their new “fur” child Beatrice, love living and playing in the Rocky Mountains!