Whether you’re a second / third level student or someone who would like a change of direction in their profession, our college can offer you part time practitioner’s diploma courses in the fast growing field of complementary medicine.
Our college has a full range of video library and the college facilities are made available to students for study groups and tutorial sessions.
Our college is the only college in Ireland that allow students to attend one of our clinics and while supervised to treat patients with conditions that are covered on the course. This gives the student a unique opportunity to see patients from their first visit and to be involved in the diagnosis straight through to the treatment and rehab program. These types of benefits make our college the first choice for serious students who want to work in the field of complementary medicine while learning in the best possible environment to ensure an enjoyable learning experience.
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What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is an invasive procedure whereby solid filament (acupuncture) needles are inserted
into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial triggerpoint.
A myofascial triggerpoint (sometimes known as a knot) consists of multiple contraction knots,
which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle.
The approach is based on Western anatomical and neurophysiological principles which are not to
be confused with the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique of acupuncture (Travell &
What can Dry Needling help?
Dry needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Muscles are thought to be a
primary contributing factor to the symptoms. Conditions which respond to dry needling include,
but are not limited to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Repetitive Strain Injuries
How does Dry Needling work?
The pioneering studies by Dr Shah and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health (USA) suggest
that inserting a needle into trigger points can cause favourable biochemical changes which assist
in reducing pain. It is essential to elicit a Local Twitch Response which is a spinal cord reflex and
is the first step in breaking the pain cycle.
1. Something causes pain, if it happens often enough or if the trauma is great enough, the
pain signal may return through the Sympathietic Ganglion and activate Primary Afferent
Nocioceptors (H) which will feedback to the spinal cord. This will cause pain to continue
instead of fade and is called a Reflex Arc.
2. At the same time motor neurones may become stuck in a feedback loop/reflex arc,
facilitating muscle spasm. In some cases the reflex arc continues for years, even
3. Introducing a new stimulus (i.e. the needle) impedes the reflex arc and has the effect of
relaxing the muscle.
Finally a course that offers everything a therapist needs to know to be able to properly assess and treat patients. I’ve been doing courses in Physical Therapy and related subjects for over 10 years in various colleges in Ireland and none compare to the Irish Institute of Physical Therapy. The tutors are to be commended for their work and motivation. In my opinion if your serious about helping patients you need to train at the I.I.P.T.
— Derek King, 086-6092834
Practitioner Diploma Courses
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