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Level 3 - Spine & Upper Quadrant Course

Getting great dry needling results and aspire to extend your skills to a greater range of clients?

Comprehensive Advanced Upper Quadrant dry needling and acupuncture program


Aware of your technical limitations and professional responsibility to stay within your scope of practice?

This course is designed for those who have attended a Level 1 Introductory Course and Level 2 - Spine & Lower Quadrant Course, and are clinicians wanting to treat a greater variety of conditions involving the upper quadrant. With up to 80% of presentations having a musculoskeletal involvement; be they Mums & Dads, weekend warriors, committed athletes or vocational injuries, dry needling is a ‘must have’ skill to assist them to recover.

"It was very beneficial to broaden my clinical skills, refine my grasp of surface anatomy and expand my awareness of the effects of trigger points on myofascial pain and paresthesias" Sharelle Rippingale - Physiotherapist

After completing this course you will;

  • Understand why the latest Cochrane reviews emphasise the involvement of dry needling in the treatment of headache, and how to apply this information
  • Confidently be able to differentiate through palpation the anterior and posterior cervical tubercles and needle the scalenes
  • Learn techniques to enable safe needling of muscles that arise from the rib cage
  • Understand muscle activation around the TMJ and how to treat using dry needling
  • Integrate cervical trigger points using a facilitated segment paradigm
  • Learn referral patterns, clinical tests, home programs for over 30 common clinically presenting muscles

This course is not a ‘technique’ course. You will learn and apply your skills of observation, palpation, surface and 3D depth anatomy, clinical reasoning and exercise progression to appropriately manage clients successfully. Doug brings together all these skills as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist with over 30 years as a full-time practising clinician and researcher.

Additional Bonus – Living Anatomy Wet Lab Workshop

This is truly a unique opportunity to put together surface anatomy with 3D depth anatomy. Bringing together a dry needling clinician and cadavers in the same room provides you with the opportunity like never before to put theory and clinical practice together.

Level 2 & 3-course participants can attend an exclusive 2-hour Anatomy Workshop with Course Director Mr Doug Cary for a 50% reduction to the normal investment.

Full benefits include;

  • Opportunity to examine in detail specimens selected in world-class facilities
  • Opportunity to revise and enhance your visualisation and understanding of applied neuromusculoskeletal and regional anatomy
  • Anatomy of the specimens explained in detail by Doug Cary - Course Director
  • Opportunity to discuss and share your knowledge with colleagues and experienced dry needling practitioners
  • Lab coats and surgical gloves provided, closed shoes required

At the end of the day, we treat human 3D bodies and you can only get so much information from 2D books. One of the most common comments from past participants was "wouldn’t it be great to have wet lab anatomy sessions to coincide with advanced courses in dry needling," and now you have it! This is the first and only program in Australia offering this important course inclusion.

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Course Participation Requirements

  • Due to the presumed anatomy knowledge, advanced palpation skills and structure of these courses, our minimal education standard is a degree course or higher in an area of the medical sciences (e.g. physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, medicine, podiatry)
  • You are required to provide current registration with your national professional body (not an industry body)
  • You are required to have public indemnity insurance as per your professional bodies minimum standard
  • For these reasons, graduates of human movements, exercise physiology, nursing, remedial & therapeutic massage are ineligible to apply and AAP Education recommends you seek a course focused only on simple dry needling techniques

Continuing Professional Development

AAP Accredited course: 22 hours National Registration CPD requirements.

This comprehensive two-day course builds upon knowledge gained in the Level 1 Introductory and Level 2 - Spine & Lower Quadrant Course, focusing on the head, TMJ and neck, thoracic spine, shoulder girdle and upper limb.

  • Includes detailed colour and referenced course e-manual (Value $85)
  • Fully catered meals and refreshments
  • Includes all associated needle supplies 
  • Includes bonus Level 3- Spine & Upper Quadrant Course Techniques DVD (Valued at $100.00)
  • Includes discounted option (50%) Living Anatomy Workshop on Mon Aug 30 at UWA 6-8 pm (Valued at $80). Please register for this workshop and use the coupon code provided in your Level 3 Spine and Upper Quadrant Course confirmation email.
  • Course numbers are limited to 14 to maximise learning transfer

An AAP Education Accredited Course. National AHPRA CPD hours 22.

Event Date Wed-01-Aug-2018
Event End Date Thu-02-Aug-2018
Bendat Community Centre
36 Dodd St, Wembley WA 6014, Australia
Bendat Community Centre

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Price Available place
AAP Education Member $725.00 8
New & Recent Graduate $625.00 1
Rural & Remote Clinician $625.00 1
APA Member $725.00 4