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” Our mission is to provide courses that impart practical and valuable knowledge on the subject matter, in a highly comprehensive manner so that practitioners are confident in utilising their new skills immediately to achieve tangible results for their patients “

 

 

Courses Overview

These seminars are designed to introduce practitioners to the basics of musculoskeletal needling, myofascial cupping, advanced dry needling and electrotherapy that will have you armed with the technique, confidence and know how to immediately incorporate these amazingly effective modalities into your treatment repertoire!

Our courses focuses on correct needling fundamentals with an emphasis on:

  • Correct needling technique
  • Methods of needle stimulation and adequate needle retention
  • Safety and hygiene
  • Treatment protocols
  • Up to date research and treatment methods
  • Indications and prescription
  • Contraindications to needling and cupping

To excel at myofascial needling, there are several attributes that are critical to master. These include:

  • Confidence
  • Precision
  • Speed
  • Lots of practice!

The majority of the seminars involves practical needling. The theory and pre-reading component is done before the workshop which allows for a more comprehensive and targeted mode of learning with the sole aim of getting you as proficient in needling, cupping, and electrotherapy as soon as possible, not to waste time and sit through PowerPoint presentations.

Despite what you may have heard, the purpose of dry needling is not to give your “hands a rest”, to be used as a substitute for soft tissue or to free up your time in the clinic to relax in treatments. The neuro-physiological therapeutic effects of myofascial dry needling and cupping are very powerful and greatly enhanced when used in conjunction with your existing manual techniques.

In addition to the deactivation of trigger and overactive motor points, other far reaching benefits include:

  • Strengthen tendons and ligaments
  • Stimulate Golgi Receptors and muscle spindles
  • Provide blood and growth factors to hemodynamically disturbed tissues (commonly seen in myofascial pain syndromes)
  • Reset motor points and neural control
  • Stimulate other reflex mechanisms

Manual Medicine Australasia has been among the first to integrate myofascial cupping, dry needling and electrotherapy into an easy to learn seminar for Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and remedial massage therapists.

Our success has led to a trend in other providers offering similar seminars which is inevitable… The revolution has begun and we are proud to be the pioneers behind it!

Admission Requirements

These courses are open to qualified osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, medical doctors, massage therapists, as well as senior students of these related health professions.

Please note that the prerequisite for our Level 2 course is successful completion of Level 1 – Myofascial Needling & Cupping and a minimum of 3 months needling experience.

Level 1 Course Details

There is pre-course reading of approximately 3 hours to allow for a more time getting you as proficient in needling, cupping, and electrotherapy as soon as possible, rather than sit through PowerPoint presentations. Students must read the safety guidelines prepared by the AACMA as well as revise the related anatomy to re-acquaint themselves with the course content.

The course is delivered over a two day period. Students are presented with the theory, procedure and application of two main components: Myofascial dry needling and Myofascial cupping.

For the dry needling component, topics covered are safe needling practice, different types of points, point location, needling technique and application, indications and contraindications of needling treatment.

The myofascial cupping component consists of introduction to the theory, procedure, application, indications and contraindications of cupping treatment.

The course material is delivered by a 78 page manual and accompanied with lectures, demonstrations and student handouts. There will be a maximum of 15 participants during hands-on practical sessions.

There will be adequate time for Q and A during the lectures, practical sessions and at the end of both days.

You will acquire the skills to:

• Identify and select a variety of point locations
• Prepare the patient for needling including correct position and swabbing
• Apply correct needling insertion and manipulation methods including insertion depth, angle and retention time
• Perform various types of myofascial cupping including fixed, mobile and flash methods of cupping

You will gain the knowledge to:

• Understand the mechanism, procedure and application of myofascial dry needling and myofascial cupping
• Understand the importance of safety procedures
• Understand the importance of infection control
• Understand the skin penetration act
• Identify indications and contraindications to needling and cupping
• Comprehend the different kinds of points and methods of selecting them

The Manual medicine Australasia Dry Needling course is divided up into 2 modules (Module 1 – 2) and will be taught over 2 days.

DAY 1 COURSE OUTLINE

Theory component:
• Neurophysiology of Dry Needling, different approaches to needling (Traditional, trigger point, motor point, segmental needling)
• Safety guidelines for needling
• Myofascial Pain Syndromes

Practical component:
• Superficial Dry Needling Techniques
• Deep Dry Needling of the Gluteals , Piriformis, Gastroc and Soleus muscles
• Needling techniques for the lumbar spine, QL (Segmental techniques)
• Needling techniques for the thigh; Hamstrings, Quadriceps and Adductors.
• Introduction to Myofascial cupping

DAY 2 COURSE OUTLINE

Prerequisite: Completion of Day 1 Dry Needling course

Theory component:
• Myofascial Syndromes of the Cervical, Shoulder and upper limb region

Practical component:
• Needling techniques for the thoracic spine and lung fields
• Needling techniques for the rotator cuff and upper limb
• Review of all areas covered in the series of case history
• Participants will be able to apply techniques they have learnt on the course immediately in their clinical situations

Registration is required with the relevant professional board where dry needling falls within your scope of practice and whereby you are insured by your own professional body or private health insurance to practice dry needling on completion of the course.

Level 2 Course Details

There is pre-course reading of approximately 3 hours to allow for a more time getting you as proficient in needling, cupping, and electrotherapy as soon as possible, rather than sit through PowerPoint presentations. Students must read the safety guidelines prepared by the AACMA as well as revise the related anatomy to re-acquaint themselves with the course content.

The course is delivered over a two day period. Students are presented with the theory, procedure and application of two main components: Advanced myofascial dry needling and the application of electrotherapy.

For the dry needling component, topics covered are review of key concepts from Level 1 including safe needling practice, different types of points, point location, needling technique and application, indications and contraindications of needling treatment.

The electrotherapy component consists of introduction to the theory, procedure, application, indications and contraindications of electrotherapy treatment.

The course material is delivered by a 112 page manual and accompanied with lectures, demonstrations and student handouts. There will be a maximum of 20 participants during hands-on practical sessions.

There will be adequate time for Q and A during the lectures, practical sessions and at the end of both days.

You will acquire the skills to:

• Identify and select a variety of point locations
• Prepare the patient for needling including correct position and swabbing
• Apply correct needling insertion and manipulation methods including insertion depth, angle and retention time
• Perform and understand the correct application and indications for electrotherapy

You will gain the knowledge to:

• Understand the importance of safety procedures
• Understand the importance of infection control
• Understand the skin penetration act
• Identify indications and contraindications to needling and electrotherapy
• Comprehend the different kinds of points and methods of selecting them

The Manual Medicine Australasia Dry Needling course is divided up into 2 modules (Module 1 – 2) and will be taught over 2 days.

DAY 1 COURSE OUTLINE

Theory component:
• Review basic concepts covered in Level 1 and question time
• Safety guidelines for needling
• Introduction to Electrotherapy
• Treatment protocols for TMJ, cervical, head and facial needling
• Treatment protocols for anterior chest, sternum and ribs

Practical component:
• Superficial Dry Needling Techniques
• Needling techniques to massater, Ptreygoids, TMJ, temporalis, procureus and frontalis
• Needling techniques for the cervical spine (Sub-Occipitals, cervical erector spinae, multifdus
• Needling techniques for the anterior neck (SCM, scalenes)
• Needling techniques for the anterior chest (pectoralis major/minor), anterior deltoid and the delto-pectoral groove, serratus anterior, sternalis, ribs)

DAY 2 COURSE OUTLINE

Prerequisite: Completion of Day 1 Dry Needling course

Theory component:
• Treatment protocols for common clinical presentations for the upper limb and anterior chest
• Treatment protocols for common clinical presentations for the neck, cervical spine, and headaches
• Treatment protocols for common clinical presentations for the Thoracic spine, lumbar spine and abdominal region
• Treatment protocols for common clinical presentations for hip and gluteal region
• Treatment protocols for common clinical presentations for knee, ankle and foot pain

Practical component:
• Needling techniques for the upper limb and anterior chest
• Needling techniques for the neck, cervical spine, and headaches.
• Needling techniques for the Thoracic spine, lumbar spine and abdominal region
• Needling techniques for hip and gluteal region
• Needling techniques for knee, ankle and foot pain
• Review of all areas covered in the series of case history
• Participants will be able to apply techniques they have learnt on the course immediately in their clinical situations

Registration is required with the relevant professional board where dry needling falls within your scope of practice and whereby you are insured by your own professional body or private health insurance to practice dry needling on completion of the course.

About Dr Jon Marshall | Founding Director

Dr Jon Marshall
B.App Sci (Comp Med), M.Osteo, M.App Sci (Acupuncture)
Founder / Course Tutor

Dr. Jon Marshall is an accomplished practitioner and educator with 15 years of experience as an Osteopath and Acupuncturist. His profound passion for pain, healing, and movement began at the age of 10 when he delved into the study of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.

This early interest took him to Japan, where he resided for seven years, and it became the catalyst that shaped his path towards Osteopathy and Acupuncture.

During his time in Japan, Dr. Jon Marshall recognized the significant connection between martial arts and healing in Asian culture, which led him to complete a Diploma in Acupuncture under the guidance of a skilful manipulation expert. This experience sparked his fascination with Osteopathy.

Dr. Jon Marshall’s educational journey includes a Bachelor of Applied Science in Complementary Medicine (Osteopathy) from RMIT University, followed by a Master’s degree in Osteopathy. Additionally, he pursued a Master of Applied Science in Acupuncture, making him one of the few Osteopaths with formal qualifications in Acupuncture.

His expertise and dedication to his craft earned him the appointment as the Osteopath for the Australian Olympic Taekwondo Team in 2011. He travelled with the team to various international tournaments and events, including the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Azerbaijan, New Caledonia, and Egypt.

Apart from his clinical work, Dr. Jon Marshall is actively involved in academia. He has lectured at esteemed institutions such as RMIT University in Melbourne, where he contributed to both the Chinese Medicine and Osteopathy departments. He also imparted his knowledge at the International College of Osteopathy in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2012, he founded Manual Medicine Australasia to meet the growing demand for reputable high-quality CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses among manual medicine practitioners. Driven by his vision to provide quality needling and manual medicine courses, Dr. Jon Marshall sought to bring the very best teachers in this field to Australia. His commitment to excellence has made Manual Medicine Australasia a renowned institution for providing comprehensive and cutting-edge education in Dry Needling, Cupping, Acupuncture, and Osteopathic Techniques.

Thousands of students have graduated from our unique approach to Dry Needling, which goes beyond the commonly taught trigger point needling. We were the first provider to teach electrotherapy for dry needling, establishing our own niche of probably the best and most fun dry needling course in Australasia! As a result of this, Dr. Jon Marshall has taught 1000s of students both in Australia and abroad, making a significant impact on improving their existing skill set and laying a solid foundation for the safe and effective application of Dry Needling and Myofascial Cupping.

Furthermore, Dr. Jon Marshall’s exceptional contributions to the field of manual medicine have recently been recognized, as he was promoted to the esteemed position of Adjunct Associate Professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

With 15 years of experience as an Osteopath and Acupuncturist, Dr. Jon Marshall’s treatment and teachings are in high demand throughout the world. His dedication to his patients and commitment to advancing the field of manual medicine make him a respected authority in his field, and he continues to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of students and patients alike.