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Trigger Point Dry Needling Introductory Top 30

Dr Johnson McEvoy MISCP, PT

3 Day

24 hour

Cost: €575

David G Simons Academy Course

Instantly applicable


Knowledge & skill-based

Strong emphasis on safety & technique

Top 30 Muscles*

  1. Infraspinatus

  2. Subscapularis

  3. Pectoralis Major

  4. Deltoid

  5. Teres Major

  6. Triceps Brachii

  7. Anconeus

  8. ECRL

  9. Brachioradialis

  10. Extensor Digitorum

  11. Adductor Pollicis

  12. Trapezius Upper & lower

  13. Trapezius Middle

  14. Rhomboideus

  15. Scalene

  16. Levator Scapulae

  17. Sternocleidomastoid 

  18. Longissimus and Iliocostalis

  19. Masseter

  20. Temporalis

  21. Lateral Pterygoid 

  22. Gluteus Medius & Minimus

  23. Quadratus Lumborum 

  24. Iliopsoas and Iliacus

  25. Pectineus

  26. Vastus Medialis

  27. Vastus Lateralis

  28. Gastrocnemius

  29. Soleus Muscle

  30. Tibialis Posterior

*May vary slightly


Figure 32 Subscapularis medial portion i
Figure 1 Infraspinatus.jpg

David G Simons Academy of Switzerland Course

The course is designed for Physiotherapists (PT's), MDs, ATC, DO, DC
Duration of the Course 24 hours

Course Contents
This three-day introductory course covers the foundations of Dry Needling, myofascial pain syndrome, trigger points and the clinical highlights of dry needling. It is a hands-on course. Participants practice Dry Needling of the Top 30 muscles under consistent supervision with each other. 

Course Objectives
Upon completion of the course, participants will ...

  • understand the basic scientific backgrounds of the myofascial pain syndrome and of trigger points.

  • be able to identify the Top 30 muscles by surface anatomy, palpation, and function, including clinical symptoms and perpetuating factors relevant to each muscle.

  • be able to identify the features of trigger points by physical examination and apply this knowledge to the top 30 muscles.

  • understand the specific indications and contraindications of Dry Needling.

  • have the ability to apply the safety rules for Dry Needling.

  • be able to perform Dry Needling of the top 30 muscles, superficial and deep dry needling where appropriate

  • understand the possible side effects and complications of Dry Needling and will be able to react appropriately.


Dry needling is within the scope of practice for Chartered Physiotherapists and HSE within Ireland. MISCP's need to follow the 2012 ISCP Dry Needling Guidelines for Dry Needling. This course is cognisant of the 201 Guidelines and Johnson was the lead project manager for the guideline development. 

If you plan to work abroad, we advise you that you familiarize yourself with the relevant regulatory requirements of a specific country including you also make sure that Dry Needling is included in your professional liability insurance.

For any other profession within Ireland, we advise you to contact your professional body.

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