Trigger Point Acupuncture - Advanced Low-Back & Hip Treatment

Grow your practice by building a more comprehensive knowledge and treatment base.

June 3, 2018
8:00am to 4:30pm


Adrian Hillyer, L.Ac.
Guest Instructor


301 E Bethany Home Rd., Suite A-100   View map

One Day Course.  Join us for another weekend of advanced trigger point techniques and treatment methodologies. This time with a focus on the lower body.

Note: Practitioners must have completed the intro course to trigger point needling in order to participate in this course. Click Here to enroll in combined course. ($595.00 when both classes taken together).


  • Detailed review of low back and hip anatomy
  • kinesiology of the core
  • Assessment of the low back and hips including postural analysis, orthopedics and movement assessment
  • Review of Common hip and low back pathologies
  • Treatment of low back and hip conditions using trigger point trigger pt needling, manual therapy, kinesiotaping (RockTape!), and exercise therapy


Review of low back and hip anatomy including boney landmarks, muscles, tendons, ligaments, as well as relevant vessels and nerves related to needling.

Kinesiology of the core- how does our core function and where common things go awry.

Orthopedic testing for the low back and hips to identify probable anatomical issues and how to assess movement of the core including range of motion as well as biomechanical abnormalities.

Review some of the common low back and hip pathologies seen in clinic including lumbar strain, Disc Herniation, Hip flexor strain, hamstring strain and tendinosis

Muscles Covered in this course include:
Gluteus Muscles, Piriformis, Multifidi, TFL, Rectus Femoris, Biceps Femoris, QL, Erector Spinae.

Acupuncturists need to take the lead in any form of invasive needling. This very affordable workshop (7.5 CEUs) targets this area of Dry Needling and Trigger Point Therapy and prepares Acupuncturists to be competitive in this area.

Gain this competitive advantage by becoming even more knowledgeable and comprehensive using this style of practice. PIHMA is excited to welcome guest instructors and PIHMA Alumni Adrian Hillyer, L.Ac. and Dr. Samantha Hilyer, ND, L.Ac., who is teaching this approach to acupuncture students at Bastyr so they can take the lead in this perceived form of practice.

This course helps Acupuncturists focus on “trigger point therapy” language and related techniques to not only relate more effectively to a western medical audience but to also ensure and demonstrate it is delivered with greater safety and expertise based on the acupuncturist’s extensive background and training. As experts in needling, Acupuncturists need to develop diverse ways of presenting their craft to be more compatible
in the growing market.

Attendees will better understand how and why this trend has developed, and how to ensure public safety by reviewing “dry needling approaches”, their dangers and their diverse techniques.

About the Instructors

Dr. Samantha Hillyer, ND LAc

Samantha Hillyer is a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist specializing in pain management. She graduated from USC with a B.S. in Health Promotion Disease Prevention and Pre-Med and then continued her journey in health and medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, both in Arizona. Samantha has been extensively trained in injections and pain therapies such as prolotherapy by Hackett Hemwall, trigger point injections and has training in sports taping. In addition to her practice in Bellevue WA, she travels to teach trigger point acupuncture and run Be Well Get Away wellness retreats.

Adrian Hilyer, L.Ac.

Adrian practices in Washington and focuses on sports medicine providing athletes with fast results so they can return to what they love. He has received certifications in advanced Dry Needling, Kinesiotaping as well as other sports medicine modalities. A graduate of the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA), Adrian has been published many times for articles on natural health and has done live radio interviews speaking about sports medicine and acupuncture. Currently he teaches Trigger Point Dry Needling to Bastyr acupuncture students and others across the nation.