Functional Dry Needling® for the Pelvic Floor

Instructor: Tina Anderson, PT, MS
Contact Hours: 4 Hours - This course will immediately follow the first day of the Level 2 Dry Needling Course, usually a Friday.
Please Contact the course administrator if you have any questions regarding the below information.

Course Overview & Objectives:

Audience: The content of this class is intended for physical therapists, physicians and other medical health-care practitioners whom have completed KinetaCore's Level 1 and Level 2 Dry Needling courses.  Participants may take the lab the same time as the Level 2 course in which they are participating or at another time, but Level 2 must be taken before taking the Pelvic Floor Lab.

Course Overview: This is a 4-hour lab covering the application of dry needling to the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle regions which is designed to enhance the clinical practice of FDN to those suffering from pelvic pain and pelvic floor disorders. The course participant will learn the specific techniques of FDN and application for various patient populations such as those with pudendal neuralgia, nerve entrapments, vulvar pain disorders, coccygeal pain, vaginismus, interstitial cystitis, prostatodynia incontinence, pelvic muscular dysfunction, including hypertonus or incoordination. Case studies will also be presented throughout the course.  A specific connection to the spinal segments associated with this dysfunction will be highlighted and discussed with a specific focus on the thoracic and lumbar spine and abdominal musculature.

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar the course participants shall be able to:

  1. Review indications for FDN for pelvic disorders
  2. Summarize pelvic pain pathophysiology and treatment options
  3. Describe anatomical considerations and precautions when needling in the pelvic region
  4. Identify specific bony landmarks of the pelvis and differentiate individual pelvic muscles for needling
  5. Demonstrate FDN technique of the pelvic floor/pelvic girdle musculature
  6. Discuss special considerations when needling nerve entrapment, ANS dysfunction, central sensitization Maigne syndrome and visceral pain
  7. Evaluate visceral and somatic muscle referred pain with FDN protocols
  8. Differentiate between inhibitory versus excitatory FDN
  9. Understand the impact of other dysfunctions on the pelvic floor, for example, thoracic somatic dysfunction.
  • Completion of Level 1 (Introductory) and Level 2 (Advanced) Dry Needling Courses through KinetaCore®
  • Pelvic Physical Therapy Level 1 from the APTA Section of Women's Health or Pelvic Floor 1 from Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute
  • Familiar with palpatory anatomy of the perineum both external and internal
  • Potential participants without above experience will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please submit your CV or educational experience and supportive information to determine your eligibility to participate in this course to

Required Reading: Click here for article #1. Click here for article #2.

Suggested Reading/Review:

C. Chan Gunn’s book Treatment of Chronic Pain

Travell and Simons Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Any anatomy book or CD for the pelvic floor/pelvic girdle musculature

Muscles to be covered in this Advanced Course will be:

  • All pelvic and reproductive musculature
  • Adductors reviewed from Level 1 and New muscles from Level 2.
  • Posterior hip review of Level 1 and New muscles from Level 2. - Headache in the pelvis

    Please Note: As this course includes extensive lab work, all course attendees should come prepared to participate as both clinician and patient.  Pelvic floor muscle examinations and treatment will be taught in labs. 
    Pregnant women may not participate in this course due to risks associated with the practical sessions.

    *The course content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or scope of practice. Clinical continuing education should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated; except as they are involved in a specific plan of care.

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