Advanced Trigger Point Dry Needling for the Shoulder

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

January 28, 2018
8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Adrian Hillyer, L.Ac.
Guest Instructor


301 E. Bethany Home Rd., Ste A-100, Phoenix AZ 85012   View map

“Dry needling may be one of the missing protocols in Acupuncture for addressing the tendino-muscular channel. Most if not all of the acupuncture literature states that this pathway of the body doesn’t have its own points, but may be addressed topically using various methods in order to elicit a therapeutic response. It think this system is amazing and quite effective in any situation where it may be indicated.”

$175 for One Day ($300 when combined with required Introduction Course)

Gain a competitive advantage by providing a knowledgeable and more comprehensive practice with this training.

***Practitioners must have completed the intro course to dry needling in order to participate in this course***

We will discuss the anatomy of each muscle covered in the course including Origin, Insertion, Action, and relevant tests. We will also cover the trigger points in these muscles, their referral patterns and when it may be useful to needle these trigger points.

Muscles covered in this course include:

Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Teres Major, Deltoids, Pectoralis, Rhomboid, Lower Trapezius, and Serratus Anterior.

After completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Detailed review of shoulder anatomy
  • Kinesiology of the shoulder
  • Assessment of the shoulder including postural analysis, orthopedics and movement assessment
  • Review of Common shoulder pathologies
  • Treatment of shoulder conditions using trigger point dry needling, manual therapy, kinesiotaping, and exercise therapy


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

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

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

Review some of the common shoulder pathologies seen in clinic including subacromial bursitis, impingement, SLAP tears, Bicipital Tendinosis, Frozen Shoulder and post operative considerations.


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 instructor and PIHMA Alumnus Adrian Hillyer, 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.


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