Manual Medicine Australasia

Level 1    Myofascial Dry Needling and Cupping Course

 For the Treatment of Somatic Dysfunction


Learn the basics of Myofascial needling and cupping that will have you armed with the technique, confidence and know how to immediately incorporate these amazingly effective modalities into your treatment repertoire!


Why choose us?

Our aim is to take you beyond basic trigger point theory that the others are doing and incorporate motor points, traditional points and how to use your greatest diagnostic tool, your palpation to identify and treat problem areas!


This course is taught by Dr Jon Marshall, a qualified Osteopath and registered Acupuncturist who has specifically tailored this course for manual medicine practitioners and senior students who are seeking to utilize and incorporate these techniques immediately in their clinical practice. Through hands on supervised practice, learn both of these modalities in the same weekend!


Our course 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


Organiser and Lecturer

Dr Jon Marshall (Osteopath & Acupuncturist)

B.App Sci (Comp Med), M.Ost, M.App Sci (Acupuncture)

Manual Medicine Australasia

Level 3 Rialto South tower

525 Collins St, Melbourne.

Victoria, 3000



Osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, medical doctors, massage therapists and senior students of these related health professions.




This 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.

At the end of the seminar the participants will be able to:



  1. Identify and select a variety of point locations.

  2. Prepare the patient for needling including correct position and swabbing.

  3. Apply correct needling insertion and manipulation methods including insertion depth, angle and retention time.

  4. Perform various types of myofascial cupping including fixed, mobile and flash methods of cupping.




  1. Understand the mechanism, procedure and application of myofascial dry needling and myofascial cupping.

  2. Understand the importance of safety procedures.

  3. Understand the importance of infection control.

  4. Understand the skin penetration act.

  5. Identify indications and contraindications to needling and cupping.

  6. Comprehend the different kinds of points and methods of selecting them.

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19th & 20th July 2017


Wednesday & Thursday

9.30am - 4.30pm


Functional Training Institute



Registration 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.


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

Pre-course reading 3 hours. 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.



Course Outline


Theory component:


  • Neurophysiology of Dry Needling, different approaches to needling (Traditional, trigger point, motor point, segmental needling)

  • Safety guide-lines 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



Prerequisite: Completion of Day 1 Dry Needling course


Course Outline


Theory component


  • Myofascial Syndromes of the Cervical, Shoulder and upper limb region.


Practical component


  • Needling techniques for the cervical spine.

  • Needling techniques for the rotator cuff, thoracic region 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.

Early Bird Registration till 19th June 2017 (Monday)

Fees: $660 inclusive of GST


Registration from 20th June 2017 onwards

Fees: $770.00 inclusive of GST

1. Workshop title

2. Full name to be printed on certificate

3. Facebook name to stay connected

4. Mobile number 

5. Email address

6. Occupation for reference


Upon confirmation of registration, you can make payment


1. Cash/NETS at Functional Training Institute reception.

2. Via bank transfer or cheque deposit to Functional Training Institute Pte Ltd, DBS Current Account 033 902 6417.

3. Email confirmation will be sent upon payment received.

4. Official receipt will be emailed after course.

5. Please drop us an email after bank transfer or bank deposit.