Advanced Trigger Point Dry Needling for the Shoulder

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

June 16, 2019
8:00 am to 5:00 pm


Adrian Hillyer, L.Ac.
Guest Instructor


301 E. Bethany Home Rd., Ste A-230, Phoenix AZ 85012   View map
  Practitioners and Students may take the entire weekend or choose to take single day modules (Note: Introduction Module is a prerequisite for the Advanced Shoulder treatment module).
Day 1 – Introduction to Trigger Point Acupuncture (Prerequisite for Day 2)
Saturday, June 15, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
This introductory course will cover the western language, trigger point needling techniques and common trigger points found every day in clinic. It will provide skills to immediately integrate into practice and prepare one to learn more advanced trigger point skills. Read more about the goals of this session at the following link.
Day 2 – Advanced Trigger Point Dry Needling for Shoulder Treatment
Sunday, June 16, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
We will discuss the anatomy of the shoulder 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.  Read more about muscles covered and goals of this day at the following link.
 Register for Day 2 only. (Day 1 is a prerequisite for this Advanced Course)(Note: if you previously took the introductory course, you are prepared for this Advanced Session)
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.


Grow your practice and increase your knowledge base.


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