Dry Needling

ICE Dry Needling


This is not your “hunt and peck” DN series. This dry needling certification is completely reimagined, comprehensive, and contemporary. Get ready to leverage 6 channel e-stim protocols that match perfectly with the intention of your treatment: pain relief, neuromuscular facilitation, recovery, and more. This certification STARTS with mastering the basics – relevant anatomy and specific muscle needling; but then moves into case-based protocols to ensure you know the “who, when, and why”, not just the psychomotor skill. At completion of this certification you will be able to identify patient presentations that pair with specific needle placement and e-stim setting protocols to maximize clinical outcomes.

Why Choose DNES Certification?


Comprehensive E-Stim Education

Learn strategies to leverage e-stim for a wide variety of clinical intentions. Every ICE dry needling course provides a 6 channel unit at each table ensuring loads of repetitions on this invaluable piece of equipment.
Contemporary Practice

Contemporary Practice

Move well beyond “muscle only” application and into the world of applying e-stim to peripheral nerves and more. Our “Advanced” course is exactly that, the course where you get to explore the very forefront of needling research and clinical application.


Needling is important, but is only as good as the follow-up loading strategies you pair it with. You can expect to learn comprehensive strategies for each patient walking into your doors and understand how needling fits into a multi-modal fitness-forward approach.

Three Live Weekend Courses

Course Curriculum and Requirements


Lower Body DN

Offered 20+ times per year


Upper Body DN

Offered 20+ times per year


Advanced DN

Capstone course focused on elevated techniques beyond muscular needling. Must have completed Lower and Upper DN.

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

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Upcoming Lower Body Dry Needling Course

Upcoming Upper Body Dry Needling Course

Upcoming Advanced Dry Needling Course

About This Certification

3 Live Courses

Choose between 2- or 3-day courses in order to best satisfy your needs and state requirements.


Each course has a skills competency assessment built in to ensure safety and psychomotor competence.


Each course has a written exam to ensure retention of key knowledge and application strategies.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


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Who can attend this class?

Only individuals with an active healthcare license who have the authority to perform dry needling granted by their state’s scope of practice can attend this course. In general, this limits dry needling to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, chiropractors, and athletic trainers. You are ultimately responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you based on the state that you practice in.

Do I have to be needled?

In order to receive our dry needling certification, it is required that you receive dry needling as it is important to understand the experience in order to reassure and educate patients. Additionally, having dry needling performed on you gives invaluable insight on how slight technique alterations can significantly affect the client experience.

I’m pregnant, can I still attend?

Yes! If for medical reasons you are unable to receive needles you’ll need to bring another participant for you to practice with throughout the weekend.

Should I choose the 2 or 3 day course?

Often clinicians choose the most cost effective option that meets their state’s requirements to allow them to legally perform dry needling. The courses are identical in philosophy, the 3 day course simply offers additional muscular targets, more repetitions with existing protocols, and several bonus case studies to work on clinical reasoning through the lens of dry needling.

Does my state require two or three day courses?

Head to the bottom of this page to review state by state requirements and a map to give a lay of the land across the country!

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