Trigger Point Acupuncture for L.Ac.s - Introduction

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

June 2, 2018
8:00am to 4:30pm


Adrian Hillyer, L.Ac.
Guest Instructor


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

“If an acupuncturist wants to treat pain, in my opinion, this would be the most beneficial form of needling to get results versus using TCM principles and channel needling. So I believe this is a very beneficial course to properly train acupuncturists (more deeply) in this type of needling. Plus if acupuncturists want to stay competitive in being able to offer different needling techniques, like trigger point needling, then this is the perfect course.”

$350 for One Day ($595 when combined with Day 2 – Advanced Low-Back & Hip Treatment)

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

This introductory course will cover the basic trigger point needling techniques and common trigger points found every day in clinic. It will provide you skills you can immediately integrate into practice and prepare you to learn more advanced trigger point skills.

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.

After completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define Trigger points in a western clinical setting as well as in correlation to acupuncture points
  • Identify the scientific theory behind direct dry needling (acupuncture) to trigger points
  • Select accurate trigger points to needle based on patient needs and human anatomy and kinesiology
  • Safely position and needle trigger points in patients with a variety of dry needling (acupuncture) techniques Correctly charting trigger point needling

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.

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.

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